Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How Not to Get Out of Jury Duty

If you are going to lie to the judge in order to avoid jury duty, it is probably not a good idea to brag about it on the radio. As discussed in the article below, a prospective juror in Denver, who appeared in court with mismatched shoes, curlers and smeared lipstick on her face, lied to a judge about having a mental illness in order to be excused from jury duty. Her lie was later uncovered when the judge heard a radio talk show in which this same juror bragged about faking PTSD in order to get out of serving on a jury. The judge tracked down the juror who was ultimately charged and convicted of perjury and attempting to influence a public official. The prospective juror was sentenced to probation and community service.

Interestingly, most people, like this prospective juror, dread jury duty because of stories they hear about it. But, after serving, most are quite happy about their experience.

Grand Junction Sentinel:'Crazy' Denver juror sentenced for lying to avoid jury duty

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