Judge orders prejudice juror in New York to indefinite jury duty

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  1. Prinnctopher's Belt

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    An incensed federal judge sentenced a racist Brooklyn woman to indefinite jury duty on Tuesday after she trashed the NYPD and minorities.

    "This is an outrage, and so are you!" Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis told the woman, holding up her bile-filled juror questionnaire.

    Juror No. 799, an Asian woman in her 20s who said she works in the garment industry, was up for jury duty in the death penalty trial of Bonanno crime boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano.

    It didn't take long for her to start looking worse than the defendant.

    Asked to name three people she least admired, she wrote on her questionnaire: "African-Americans, Hispanics and Haitians."

    When the judge asked why she answered the question that way, she replied, "You always hear about them in the news doing something."

    She also declared that cops are all lazy, claiming that they sound their sirens to bypass traffic jams.

    Garaufis flipped forward several pages in her questionnaire.

    He landed on the page where she had said she had a relative who was a member of the Chinese Ghost Shadows gang in the 1980s, convicted of murder and still in prison.

    "Why didn't you put 'Asians' down also?" the judge asked sarcastically, referring to her list of least-liked people.

    "Maybe I should have," she said.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Taryn Merkl requested that the woman be disqualified from the Vinny Gorgeous case because of her "inappropriate" comments. The motion was granted.

    It is not unheard of for people to try to get out of jury service by making ridiculous statements concerning their views.

    It was unclear Tuesday whether that was this woman's motive.

    And if it was, it didn't work.

    Indeed, the woman was going to be seeing a lot of Brooklyn Federal Court.

    "She's coming back [today], Thursday and Friday - and until the future, when I am ready to dismiss her," Garaufis said.

    One thousand prospective jurors have filled out questionnaires for the Basciano case, approaching the Eastern District of New York record of 1,089 summoned for the late Gambino boss John Gotti's trial 20 years ago.

    Nearly half of the jurors are struck before they even get to court for questioning due to language barriers, fear of the Mafia or their extreme views for and against the death penalty.

    The panel members that do get selected for the trial will be anonymous and transported to the courthouse by U.S. marshals to thwart any possibility of jury tampering.

  2. Abacus21

    Abacus21 Staff Alumni

    Hm. Well, she sounds like an enlightened individual, if these comments were indeed made with thought and not in an attempt to get out of it ...
  3. jota1

    jota1 Well-Known Member

    Can you blame her?
    If jury duty was like it used to be, a discrete and serious part of your civic duties then most people would willingly accept. Who the hell wants to be put in the center of this media circus where every orifice of your body is analyzed and commented on in public.
  4. Xaos

    Xaos Well-Known Member

    LOL... wow.
  5. johnnysays

    johnnysays Well-Known Member

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  6. chjones21

    chjones21 Well-Known Member

    Totally agree with johnnysays - judge is on some kind of ego reaction. She sounds like a in ya face, out-to-provoke somewhat typical, bolshy twenty-year-old. Massive over-reaction from the judge as far as I can see and it actually made me laugh the bit about the police are lazy and just put on their sirens to bypass traffic.

    I would have had a hard time keeping a straight face at that, and even though as a judge you have to be completely disapproving of these kinds of things... still his reaction is a bit extreme, yeah she didn't take the process seriously - and what, really... she doesn't want to do jury service it's not the worst thing in the world.

    Still I never know with the US what they mean by Asian - here in the UK, it is often referring to people from the Indian sub-continent, whereas for some reason I can't imagine this being an Indian girl --- more I see her being Chinese/Korean rebellious style girl. (Oh well, I obviously have my own stereo-typical ideas about these things too....)
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