Woman Faces Jail Time for Lying to Avoid Jury Duty
When a Colorado woman called into a radio show to boast about getting out of jury duty, the judge who dismissed her was listening. Now she's facing jail time. Video by fox47news.comvideo
A Colorado woman calls in to a radio show to tell the story of how she tricked her way out of jury duty.
Unfortunately for her, the judge who dismissed the woman was listening to that radio show, and wasn't too happy to hear her boast about it. The woman now may be facing jail time.
Thousands of listeners heard Susan Cole tell what she thought was a funny story. Cole showed up to the courthouse in curlers, reindeer socks, and mismatched shoes. "When they asked me about mental issues, I got up and said 'yeah have some mental issues'", Cole said on the radio show.
She got out of jury duty - and got into some big trouble. The judge who dismissed Cole was listening, and she wasn't laughing.
"I didn't mean to harm the judge. I really felt bad she interpreted this," Cole says.
Denver investigators charged Cole with two felonies - first degree perjury and attempt to Influence a public servant .
Cole does claim to have history of mental problems - which she wrote about in his book under the pen name "Char Cole".
"The military threw me in a mental institution and kept me there for five days trying to tell me I had a mental issue."
But the Army found no medical records for Cole.
"The defense will have to show that she did not knowingly lie about a material fact," says legal analyst Scott Robinson. He says Cole's on-air confession makes defending her more difficult.
"Bragging about getting out of jury duty is a little bit like being proud of not voting or cheating on your taxes," he says.
"They're trying to make me an example," says Cole. She now has to go to court - not as a juror, but a defendant.
We'll keep you posted if Susan does end up behind bars for her boasting.