Everyone has dreamed of doing it when they get that jury duty notice in the mail. They dream of dressing up in a crazy outfit and pretending to be mentally insane so they don’t have to sit on a jury. Well, one woman is going to need a criminal defense attorney of her own after doing exactly that, and then getting caught after the fact.
The story is almost too bizarre to be true. A woman in Colorado called into a morning radio show. The topic: “Things you’ve done to get out of jury duty.” The woman told a story about how she showed up to the courthouse with curlers in her hair, mismatched shoes, and a wild t-shirt. She went on to describe how she pretended to suffer from multiple mental ailments. Needless to say, she was dismissed from the jury.
Unfortunately for the woman, the judge that had presided over that trial happened to be listening to the same morning radio show, remembered the woman, and had her arrested. She is being charged with felony perjury.
In California, perjury is considered a felony and could carry as many as 4 years in prison if convicted. However, for someone with no criminal history, a first time offense is unlikely to result in prison time, and is more likely to result in fines, community service and probation.
So the next time you show up for jury duty, it probably isn’t a good idea to wear tinfoil in your hair and start carrying on conversations with imaginary voices. If you do, definitely don’t brag about it on morning radio. You never know who might be listening.