The Reel Life and the Hung Jury
22 Mar 2012
According to Fox31 Denver, Susan Cole was charged with first degree perjury and attempting to influence a public servant after she allegedly acted mentally unstable in order to get out of jury duty.
Cole, 54, was able to avoid jury duty after wearing "mismatched shoes, reindeer socks, and a shirt with the caption 'Ask me about my best seller,'" according to the article. She told the judge that she "suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from military service, was the victim of domestic violence, and had been homeless."
A few months later, Cole called into the “Dave Logan Show” on 850 KOA radio and retold her story, using the name "Char from Denver."
Unfortunately for Cole, Judge Anne Mansfield was also listening to the show, and the story sounded quite familiar to her.
“One of the show’s callers related an elaborate story of how she deliberately dressed in a disheveled and uncoordinated fashion with the intent of appearing mentally unstable,” according to an affidavit. “The caller then indicated that her appearance had the desired effect as it drew stares from fellow jurors and she was ultimately excused by the judge in the courtroom.”
The District Attorney's Office checked the juror logs and tracked down Cole, who said that most of her story was true. However, that wasn't enough, and an arrest warrant was issued. She is expected to turn herself in next week.
The Reel Life has to applaud Cole for her very unique way of getting out of jury duty. But as we always have said, "those who boast will roast."
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