Monday, May 4, 2009

NEW Attitude towards Jury Duty

This couple just couldn't make up a story to get out of jury duty like most people. They had to be brutally honest.... and you gotta appreciate that. What had me ROTFL is they had it notarized!

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A couple decided they couldn't afford the lost income if the husband reported for jury duty, so they cooked up an expletive-filled affidavit telling the court in no uncertain terms that the husband didn't want to serve. That was back in January. Now, the vulgarity-laced affidavit has turned up on the Internet on a Web site called The Smoking Gun, owned by the cable and satellite network Court TV.

"Apparently you morons didn't understand me the first time. I CANNOT take time off from work. I'm not putting my family's well-being at stake to participate in this crap... [he doesn't] believe in America's "justice" system (the quotation marks are his) and that jury duty is "a complete waste of time."

Most of Slye's other comments use language not suitable to be quoted here.

The wife his wife, Jennifer, told The Associated Press that she — not her husband — actually wrote the affidavit.

When Erik got the summons for jury duty, he asked to be excused on the basis of lost income, but got a second notice a month later.

"We had to up the ante," Jennifer said. "Some people think we're like militia people or something ... but I just said, 'We can't afford it. That didn't work. Maybe this will.'"

Erik Slye did end up being excused from jury duty in that instance and has since been twice more excused — once because he again pleaded financial hardship and the second time because the trip he was taking Friday clashed with the court schedule.

Erik Slye was summoned into court two weeks ago to discuss the affidavit.

At Judge Brown's direction, Slye apologized to several clerks who were in the courtroom at the time.

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