Judge orders woman to serve indefinite jury duty

April 6, 2011 3:25:40 PM PDT
A woman's alleged clever trick to get out of jury duty has backfired.

Now, an angry judge has ordered her to indefinite jury duty.

He wasn't happy with her questionnaire trashing the NYPD and minorities.

It happened here at the Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn during jury selection for the death penalty case involving organized crime boss Vincent Basciano.

His trial is undoubtedly one that will be long, complicated, and taxing for jurors.

So, it's not surprising that hundreds of people, so far, might not wish to serve.

But, prospective juror number 799 certainly had a way with words on her questionnaire, and Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis wasn't about to take it lightly.

"Now you indicated the people you least admire, African-Americans, Hispanics and Haitians," Judge Garaufis said.

She said, "mmm-hmm".

"You were asked the three people you least admire?" Judge Garaufis said.

"Yes", the prospective juror replied.

"Not half the population of New York City?" Judge Garaufis said.

"Yes," she said.

So what was her reason for not liking them?

"Because every time when there's news, it's always about them and they always commit crimes," the woman said.

Needless to say, people are not amused by these comments, and they say if she really wanted to get out of jury duty she could have tried being honest, unless of course, she was being honest, which is another sad possibility.

"I'm sure there are lots of people with those feelings, just keep it hidden, she just chose to verbalize them," said Marciana Sealey, a Brooklyn resident.

Meanwhile, the courtroom drama didn't end there.

The judge went on to say, "Now you said your view about the police department, you don't seem to like them either."

"No," the woman said.

"Are they lazy?" the judge asked.

"I think so," she said.

"Tell me something, are any of these answers an accurate representation of what you think?" the judge asked.

"Yes," the woman replied.

"I find that extraordinary," Judge Garaufis said, "She is to come back tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, and sit in the jury assembly area and for the future, until I'm ready to excuse her." "The judge is right, the judge is right," one person said.

One thing is very clear; she won't sit on the jury in Basciano's trial, which is set to start in the coming days.