Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Jury Duty Doesn’t Sit Right With Some People

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some people avoid jury duty the way Superman avoids kryptonite – and they’ll do anything to get out of it.

According to Paul DeGroot, a senior assistant prosecutor in the criminal division for Passaic County, New Jersey, some people use any kind of excuse to get out of jury duty even if it’s a downright lie.

Some of the more outrageous excuses that DeGroot has heard include, “I smoke pot all day so you don’t want me on the jury,” “I can’t stand cops so I wouldn’t be fair to the prosecution” and “I’m a Quaker so sitting on a jury goes against my beliefs.”

Since the prosecution, defense and judge can’t confirm any of these claims, DeGroot says these folks usually can get off being a juror.

Still, DeGroot says jury avoiders are the exception and not the rule. He figures “80-90 percent” of perspective jurors actually want to sit on a trial.

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