Homer Simpson once said:
Getting out of jury duty is easy. The trick is to say you're prejudiced against all races.Turns out that judges don't think that's very funny:
Daniel Ellis went to rather extreme lengths to avoid getting picked for a grand jury on Cape Cod, asserting on a questionnaire and telling a judge that he was homophobic, a racist, and a habitual liar.He was not exactly subtle:
He made it all up, prompting an angry judge on Monday to refer the case to the Cape & Islands district attorney's office for possible charges, which could include perjury.
After excusing the other prospective jurors, [Judge] Nickerson, concerned about Ellis's questionnaire, called him back.Remember, kids, there are worse things that getting stuck doing jury duty!
'You say on your form that you're not a fan of homosexuals?' Nickerson asked Ellis, according to the preliminary transcript.
'That I'm a racist,' Ellis interrupted, according to the transcript. 'I'm frequently found to be a liar, too.'
'I'm sorry?' Nickerson said.
'I said I'm frequently found to be a liar,' Ellis replied.
'So, are you lying to me now?' asked Nickerson.
'Well, I don't know. I might be,' said Ellis.
Later, Ellis admitted he was trying to get out of jury duty.
'Well, I just . . . I don't think I can handle it,' he said.