For anyone not wanting to serve on a jury, it seems there's an easy way to avoid it: Know a serial killer. During the screening of potential jurors by a judge in Cleveland last week, John Backderf was asked if he had known anyone convicted of a crime. The unexpected response caused the judge and lawyers attending to freeze, "I had a close friend in high school who killed 17 people."
In fact, Backderf is about to publish My Friend Dahmer, a graphic novel about cannibalistic serial killer Jeffery Dahmer, who was convicted in the deaths and dismemberment of both boys and men in Milwaukee. As you might have guessed, Mr. Backderf has been excused from his duty. Read the full article, or click here to find out who else can get you out of jury duty.
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