Sep 12 2012
A British man who said his “extreme homophobic and racist views” should make him ineligible for jury duty now faces prosecution over the claim. The Daily Echo reports that the man’s identity is being kept anonymous for now but that Judge Gary Burrell QC read the leader in open court. In the letter, the man writes:
“I strongly believe that it would be a serious injustice to the legal system to select me for jury service. I hold extreme prejudices against homosexuals and black/foreign people and couldn’t possibly be impartial if either appeared in court. Therefore it would not be in the court’s interest to have me a juror.”
Though he escaped jury duty, the man could soon find himself on trial. The prosecutor and defense attorneys in the case, barristers Rebecca Austin and Robert Bryan, stepped outside their traditional role of legal combatants to lodge a joint complaint against the man. Under Britain’s Contempt of Courts Act, he could face prison time or a fine for failing to serve on jury duty.
Probably the funniest headline I’ve seen in weeks. This guy probably thought he was slick as sh%t with this maneuver. Talk about your all-time backfires. As bad as it would be to serve jail time, I couldn’t help but laugh if this dude serves some hard time for this sh$t. For the record, that’s the actual judge involved in this case, it’s not a joke. Seriously.
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