The Crazy Jury Duty Scheme That Got a Woman Arrested

Nobody likes jury duty, but Susan Cole, 57-year old beautician from Colorado, really, really, really didn't want to do her civic duty.

So she hatched a scheme so crazy it actually worked:

[She] devised a plan “to appear to be mentally unstable” by wearing “mismatched shoes, reindeer socks…and a shirt that bore the caption ‘Ask me about my best seller.’” She also claimed to have lived on the street and that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from domestic abuse she experienced in the military. [...]

After a brief questioning before the judge, Cole, pictured above, was dismissed from the case without objection from either the prosecution or the defense.

She would've gotten away with it, except she had the clever idea of bragging about it on the radio ... and the judge that dismissed her was actually listening to the show!

Needless to say, she was arrested: Link


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Don't know what the average jail term in for contempt of court over in Colorado, but here in the UK she'd have probably got a month. Cut that in half with time off for good behaviour and that's how long jury duty lasts. Which would you rather a couple of weeks listening to dull cases (they usually are) or a couple of weeks in prison?
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