Susan Cole accused of skipping jury duty after she brags about it on the radio

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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You get the idea.
People aren't usually prosecuted for lying to get out of jury duty. If they were, the court system would have a mighty tough time finding enough jurors to determine the guilt or innocence of the non-jurors.

Then again, most people who pull off this gambit don't concoct as elaborate a scheme as the one Susan Cole is accused of executing -- and then brag about it on the radio.

The bizarre story is told in the arrest affidavit for Cole; it's on view below in its entirety.

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Judge Anne Mansfield.
This past October, according to the report, Denver District Judge Anne Mansfield was listening to Dave Logan's show on KOA radio. The topic? Getting out of jury duty -- and among the callers to Logan and co-host Dave Krieger was a woman who described how she dressed in the sort of disheveled manner meant to suggest she was mentally ill. The outfit caused the other jurors to stare at her and the judge to excuse her from the courtroom.

And who was that judge? Mansfield suspected it was her, since she recalled an incident like the one the woman described taking place on her watch earlier in the year.

Before long, an investigator with the Denver District Attorney's Office was put on the case. He listened to the podcast of the day's show and heard the segment in question, delivered by a woman who dubbed herself "Char from Denver." She explained that a couple of weeks before she was slated to serve on a jury, a fatal motorcycle accident had occurred in her neighborhood, and while she didn't know the victim, she was traumatized by the experience -- so much so that she felt emotionally unequipped for jury duty.

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Susan Cole.
To get out of this responsibility, "Char" told the two Daves she put on mismatched shoes, reindeer socks she'd received over the holidays and a shirt that read "Ask Me About My Best Seller." She also put her hair up in curlers and slathered on an excessive amount of makeup -- something she'd never do in her professional life as a beautician and salesperson of Mary Kay cosmetics.

Cut to the courtroom. The judge asked if anyone present had any mental health issues that might affect their ability to serve. "Char" raised her hand, and was soon sent packing.

This level of detail helped the DA's office investigator pinpoint the court case in question to one that took place in late June. The transcript of the proceeding featured a woman identified as Cole saying the following:

I'm Juror 4361, and I broke out of domestic violence in the military. And I have a lot of repercussions. One is post-traumatic stress disorder. Another thing is I get very confused in the morning when I try to get read.

Other issues I have -- I do not want to go into detail. And I'll tell you what, I just get too emotional. And breaking out of domestic violence with a suitcase on my back from Germany and my military records are now missing.

I have lived on the street, and I have worked myself up to living with my cousin and stuff. And I don't want to emotionally go through this.

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Cole's book.
The following February, the investigator finally connected with Cole, who admitted that she was Juror 4361 -- and she allegedly echoed some of the claims she made in court. For instance, she said she suffered from PTSD due to an abusive marriage and bad things that happened to her while her husband was stationed overseas, the document states. She also insisted that she wore the outfit in question because she didn't have the energy to improve her appearance.

Cole subsequently made a number of attempts to verify these assertions, including giving the investigator a copy of a book she wrote entitled Seven Initiations with El-Way's Secrets, which is described on the website of its publisher, Atlas Books, like so:

Seven Initiations with El-Way's Secrets can renew your spiritual outlook and help you deal with difficult relationships and situations. El-Way's secrets explore Seven Initiations hidden in Genesis 9:11 and expose the King warned about in Revelation 9:11. Insight is threaded throughout the pages to help identify weaknesses and strengths in yourself, in your work with others, in your personal relationships, and in your relationship with God. The reader will learn tremendous power in the number seven and its spiritual significance. By embracing Seven Initiations with El-Way's Secrets, you can enrich your life. From the seven pillars of wisdom to an all-star athlete who wore the number seven, you will learn all aspects of this God-given number. Do you have the courage to explore and use Seven Initiations with El-Way's Secrets? Read this book and find out.

Also on the page is a bio of the author, identified as Char Cole:

Many citizens dislike politics and institutional religion; yet find wisdom and comfort in spiritual laws. Char Cole is one such person. She lived through a controlled and sheltered childhood, a repressive church, an abusive marriage, and even manipulation by the United States military before coming to understand that truth and unconditional love directly from God's word can be personal and empowering. Char Cole lives in Denver, Colorado where she styles hair. She has three grown children and two grandchildren.

Convincing? Apparently not enough for the DA's office. She's been formally charged with first-degree perjury and an attempt to influence a public servant. She's expected to surrender to authorities and go through the booking process later this week.

Bet she won't call KOA to share the details. Here's the affidavit.

Susan Cole Arrest Affidavit

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Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer. -- Robert Frost

A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance. -- Herbert Spencer

Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely ones in virtually every social situation, from dating to trial by jury. -- Martha Beck

Jury selection is strictly an emotional process. They're looking for people they can manipulate. Both sides are. -- Joseph Wambaugh

We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read -- Mark Twain

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. --Groucho Marx

guest
guest

I have been called twice in my life but have yet to make it to the selection process.I would love to serve and, a government minimalist, I am fully aware of jury nullification.

Jt885
Jt885

I'm appall at some of the comments left here.  People should be pleased they have the right to sit among the juror of their peers in order to have JUSTICE serve.  Imagine it's ordinary people who are on the panel to eliminate bias, etc. If you're in the Middle East. Jeez you wouldn't be allowed to have a proper trial, they might just execute you.  I'm please to be apart of the american judicial system, and serve my duty as a citizen. 

Maury1
Maury1

People should just toss these jury duty summons in the dumpster.  It is a pain in the @ss, plain and simple.  And quit giving me this, "It is your civic duty" BS.  It should be voluntary.  Quit forcing me to do something I despise.  Just leave me the F alone!

Good grief
Good grief

I saw this woman on TV last night. She obviously has mental issues, so, once again, the cops and DA will waste taxypayers' money to thump their chests while gangbangers who jump innocent people on the street (remember that? Our DA doesn't) go unpunished and hundres and hundreds of missing persons cases go unsolved. What a crazy world of justice we have. Yes, judge and prosecutor, this looney lady is a threat to society. Grow up and focus on what's important, will ya?

Joe
Joe

 Jury duty is one of the (very few) things that you *might* be called to do that is a condition of being a citizen of this nation.

If you don't like it, there is a very simple solution.

Jonny
Jonny

Ya, judge will ruin her life out of spite and the need to make example out of her. But lying and hiding your prejudice to get on jury duty is wonderfully respectable eh? We need better judges! Tha is the lesson here!

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