Woman Gets Indefinite Jury Duty for Racist Remarks

She got out of one trial, but she'll be back in court
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2011 10:20 AM CDT
The jury box is shown in a courtroom sketch.   (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)

(Newser) – You've probably heard stories about people getting out of jury duty by making outrageous statements—but that tactic, if in fact it was her ploy, most definitely did not work for one Brooklyn woman. Juror No. 799, up for duty in the death penalty trial of a crime boss, was sentenced to indefinite jury duty yesterday after a judge found her juror questionnaire full of racist and offensive comments.

The Asian woman in her 20s wrote that the three people she least admires are "African-Americans, Hispanics, and Haitians." When asked why, she said, "You always hear about them in the news doing something." She also claimed NYPD cops are lazy. "This is an outrage, and so are you!" said the judge. He dismissed her from that particular trial, but said, "She's coming back [today], Thursday, and Friday—and until the future, when I am ready to dismiss her," the New York Daily News reports.

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