Susan Cole sentenced for schmucky scheme to skip jury duty she bragged about on the radio
A lot of us have fantasized about ways we might be able to talk our way out of jury duty -- but Susan Cole actually pulled it off, by casting herself in the role of a crazy person. Problem is, she bragged about her gambit on a radio program heard by a judge, leading to prosecution on a pair of charges to which she pleaded guilty this week. Here's the bizarre tale as told by Cole's arrest affidavit, on view below.
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In October 2011, as we've previously reported, 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.
Judge Anne Mansfield.
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.
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.
A Cole PR shot.
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.Continue to read more about Susan Cole's guilty plea in the jury-duty case.
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.