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    Jury duty excuses could bring charges

    BARNSTABLE, Mass. - 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.

    "In 32 years of service in courtrooms, as a prosecutor, as a defense attorney and now as a judge, I have quite frankly never confronted such a brazen situation of an individual attempting to avoid juror service," Barnstable Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson told Daniel Ellis, according to a preliminary court transcript of the exchange.

    Ellis, of Falmouth, had been called to court with about 60 other potential jurors for possible service on a 23-member grand jury.

    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.

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    Re: Jury duty excuses could bring charges

    I wouldn't want anyone on my jury that hates jury duty that much.
    The Judge is being a bit harsh.

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    Re: Jury duty excuses could bring charges

    A person needs to perform their civic duty. This guy is clearly trying to avoid Jury duty.

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    "singersp" wrote:
    A person needs to perform their civic duty. This guy is clearly trying to avoid Jury duty.
    I disagree with that.
    As with the military, there are people that should not serve, and should not be forced to serve.

    Putting, no forcing, someone on Jury duty that is bitterly against it isn't good for the trial.
    The system should look at a person's background to see if they have served a "civic" duty.
    If they haven't, give them a "different civic" option.


    A trial needs "everyone to be on their game" for justice to be served.

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    "sleepagent" wrote:
    "singersp" wrote:
    A person needs to perform their civic duty. This guy is clearly trying to avoid Jury duty.
    I disagree with that.
    As with the military, there are people that should not serve, and should not be forced to serve.

    Putting, no forcing, someone on Jury duty that is bitterly against it isn't good for the trial.
    The system should look at a person's background to see if they have served a "civic" duty.
    If they haven't, give them a "different civic" option.


    A trial needs "everyone to be on their game" for justice to be served.
    Sure there are certain times & people that should be exempt. Dairy farmers also come to mind.

    But I'm speaking in general terms here.

    I never said people should be forced to serve.

    I would like to think anyone volunteering to serve & die for their country, wouldn't think twice about performing jury duty.

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    Re: Jury duty excuses could bring charges

    "singersp" wrote:
    "sleepagent" wrote:
    "singersp" wrote:
    A person needs to perform their civic duty. This guy is clearly trying to avoid Jury duty.
    I disagree with that.
    As with the military, there are people that should not serve, and should not be forced to serve.

    Putting, no forcing, someone on Jury duty that is bitterly against it isn't good for the trial.
    The system should look at a person's background to see if they have served a "civic" duty.
    If they haven't, give them a "different civic" option.


    A trial needs "everyone to be on their game" for justice to be served.
    Sure there are certain times & people that should be exempt. Dairy farmers also come to mind.

    But I'm speaking in general terms here.

    I never said people should be forced to serve.

    I would like to think anyone volunteering to serve & die for their country, wouldn't think twice about performing jury duty.
    I wasn't implying that you said "force".
    It was this dickhead Judge who is trying to make a point and send a message about his view of jury duty.

    For god's sake, the guy showed up.
    He really didn't want to be there.
    The Judge needs to get off his high horse and find someone else to serve.

    I served my country and haven't been called in for jury duty.
    I don't have any interest in performing that "civic" duty though.
    I did more than my fair share for our great country.

    The guy could've easily gotten out of serving by just telling the judge during the interview process, "If the police arrested him, he must be quilty!"
    The defense attorney would've excused him immediately!

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    Re: Jury duty excuses could bring charges

    I don't see anything wrong with the judge's reaction.
    If he lied on the questionnaire just to get out of jury duty, then he committed perjury.
    There are easier ways to get out of jury duty than lying.

    And I also consider it a civic duty.
    I would rather not do it, because the $25 or whatever you get per day for jury duty doesn't even come close to what I would be losing by not going to work.
    But if called and accepted, I would do it.

    People currently serving in the military are almost always exempt, but I see no reason for former military to be.
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    Screw jury duty.
    I owe them jack shit!

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    Re: Jury duty excuses could bring charges

    "Json" wrote:
    Screw jury duty.
    I owe them jack pooh!
    If you want the right to be tried by a jury of your peers in the event you are tried for something, then you also have to accept the responsibility to serve on one of those juries.
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    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

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    "Json" wrote:
    Screw jury duty.
    I owe them jack shit!
    I hope you're joking.

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