Friday, July 13, 2007

Jury Duty Avoidance Could Bring Charges...

The lawyers always want me for the jury when I get called. I don't know if I'm a rare demographic or what, but even though I've been called back to the judges chambers for the final process loads of times...I have never actually been picked. Why? I grew up on a street that was ALL cops and firemen. Most cases involve a police officer's word against a civilian. When they ask if I am more prone to believe the cop, the answer is an honest "Yes Sir" and I'm sent on my way... The problem is that I want to get picked.

This guy took the ploy a bit too far:

" A Cape Cod man who claimed he was homophobic, racist and a habitual liar to avoid jury duty earned an angry rebuke from a judge on Monday, who referred the case to prosecutors for possible charges.

On a questionnaire that all potential jurors fill out, Ellis wrote that he didn't like homosexuals and blacks. He then echoed those sentiments in an interview with Nickerson.

"You say on your form that you're not a fan of homosexuals," Nickerson said.

"That I'm a racist," Ellis interrupted.

"I'm frequently found to be a liar, too. I can't really help it," Ellis added.

"I'm sorry?" Nickerson said.

"I said I'm frequently found to be a liar," Ellis replied.

"So, are you lying to me now?" Nickerson asked.

"Well, I don't know. I might be," was the response.

Ellis then admitted he really didn't want to serve on a jury.

"I have the distinct impression that you're intentionally trying to avoid jury service," Nickerson said.

"That's true," Ellis answered.

Nickerson ordered Ellis taken into custody. He was released later Monday morning.

Ellis could face perjury and other charges." (source)

Then again, who is the judge to say he's lying…? I'm quite sure this United States is full of lying, gay and other-then-their-own race hating people.

Way worse than this (IMO) is the older woman that I used to work with that had forgone voting her entire life to ensure not getting called for jury duty. Then at 62 gets called anyway because it's a misconception that they only use voter registration. 44 years of giving up her voice for nothing. Sad.

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