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 its a downright lie.
Some of the more outrageous excuses that DeGroot has heard include, I smoke pot all day so you dont want me on the jury, I cant stand cops so I wouldnt be fair to the prosecution and Im a Quaker so sitting on a jury goes against my beliefs.
Since the prosecution, defense and judge cant 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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