PUBLIC OPINION > Lying to Get Out of Jury Duty Should Be Punishable By Arrest
News 2012/03/26 22:00:00
The American justice system simply wouldn't work without jury duty, but not everyone wants to participate. Every once in a while, you hear about someone trying to get out of jury duty by pretending to be undesirable -- crazy, racist, obnoxious, you name it. It's a popular sitcom topic. But when 57-year-old Susan Cole tried to fake post-traumatic stress disorder, it landed her in big trouble. Actually, she was successful. Then she bragged about it on a radio show. Now she's being charged with perjury in the first degree and attempt to influence a public servant. We asked the public if that's worthy of arrest.
If you ever do get out of jury duty by lying, you'd better be careful who you tell. More than half of respondents would be willing to send you off to the big house for it! They might not turn you in, but they'd definitely give you a dirty look. It all comes down to civic duty. As citizens of this great country, we should feel obligated to serve on an honest jury in hopes that we would receive the same benefit should we ever be tried. The biggest argument against an arrest was scope of punishment. A lot of respondents suggested maybe a ticket or a fine, but thought jail was too much.
Women Are More Sympathetic
The differences of opinion weren't enormous in any category, with most hovering very close to the overall vote, but there was a notable difference between the male and female vote. Men were typically harsher, with 62% calling for an arrest, while women fell just below the bar with 46% in favor of an arrest -- a difference of 16%.
Age Favors Arrest
Even the age difference was minimal, but it did show a visible progression. Young adults were the least likely to call for an arrest, with 48%, and the number steadily went up from there, peaking at 78% in the over 65 category.
Politics Don't Matters
Believe it or not, there was close to no difference between liberals and conservatives. With terms like "moral obligation" flying around, we expected some backlash, but both parties agreed jury duty is indeed an important part of being an American citizen. Not much religious difference, either.
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