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Claiming Homosexuality Gets You Out Of Jury Duty, But Not Claiming To Be A Racist

We know one way to get out of jury duty in New York: claim that by being gay and treated as a second-class citizen, you cannot fairly uphold the law in court. Here’s one way not to get out of jury duty in New York: claim to be a racist. That’s what Juror No. 799 did in a mob murder trial, writing on her questionnaire that the three people she least admired were “African-Americans, Hispanics and Haitians.” No. 799, an Asian woman in her twenties, will now serve jury duty indefinitely.