How Not to Get Out of Jury Duty

A Cape Cod, Massachussets man trying to get out of jury duty claimed that he was racist, homophobic and a habitual liar to get out of jury duty. The discussion with the judge went like this:

"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 

While jury duty can be disruptive to the schedule, it is a civic duty. (Plus, if you’re trying to get out of jury duty, there are better, more honest ways to do it.
Written By:Helen Mosbrooker On July 11, 2007 5:35 AM

Other ways are just being patient when they call you for jury duty. My last call came the end of April. No cases the first week, and still no cases the second week, so I was excused from serving - this time.
Your example was really incredible - what a jerk. And I have to wonder whose "peer" he might be.
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Written By:Nate On March 21, 2008 11:46 PM

It's pretty sad in this country that even if the guy wants to shirk his civic duty, that he is going to be arrested for perjury because he said things that are not politicaly correct. That is bogus...if I believe laser beams are going to shoot out of my butt in the courtroom, I should be able to say what I think (as guaranteed by the first ammendment) even if this judge doesn't like it.

Written By:ann On March 26, 2008 5:50 AM

Try to be as annoying as possible. It's easier than you think. What ever the case is about it happened to you. Be creative make it up as you go along. Ask alot of stupid questions and be very vocal it seems to annoy them. Remember that it is your ticket to freedom. So a few minutes of making a fool of yourself is definitey worth it.

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