Avoiding jury duty: it's about who you know

By Lawyers Weekly|03 March 2012

When randomly called up for jury duty, most of us wish we had a great excuse to get out of it and will often go to great lengths to avoid any time sitting in a court staring at the clock. But…

When randomly called up for jury duty, most of us wish we had a great excuse to get out of it and will often go to great lengths to avoid any time sitting in a court staring at the clock.

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But one American man, John Backderk of Cleveland Ohio, didn't have to concoct some outlandish excuse when he was called for jury duty, because he knows the right people.

According to Lowering the Bar, Backderk was able to avoid his jury duty - not because he was ill or had an emergency situation - but because he's buddies with a serial killer.

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Lowering the Bar says the questioning went something like this:

Question: "Has anyone you know ever been convicted of a crime?"

Answer: "I had a close friend in high school who killed 17 people."

Resulting statement: "We would like to thank and dismiss juror number eight."

Not surprisingly, juror number eight's honest answer was followed by silence and then a follow-up question: "Who?"

Apparently Backderk attended high school with former Ohio resident and now deceased serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Avoiding jury duty: it's about who you know
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