Jacob Maldonado didn’t want to sit on a jury for an upcoming trial so he thought about a way out and set in motion, something rarely ever seen.
Maldonado shouted out “He is guilty! He is guilty!” outside the courtroom to get out of jury duty and all it did was land him in jail. Maldonado’s lawyer claimed he had a bad day which caused him to make the outburst.
So in actuality, he did get out of the duty after all.
“He was trying to get out of jury duty,” attorney Jason Burks told the court. “Obviously, he took a very improper approach to it.”
Maldonado had been called as a possible juror in a Honolulu misdemeanor assault trial. The court was about to begin jury selection when lawyers alerted Judge Edward Kubo that a potential juror was creating a disturbance outside.
Kubo declared a mistrial, finding the man’s disturbance had affected the 44 other potential jurors, according to the judge’s order.
The judge ordered Maldonado’s arrest on a contempt charge and set a $10,000 cash bail. Maldonado spent the night in jail and appeared before Kubo on Wednesday morning.
“It was so uncalled for,” Kubo said Wednesday. “The fairness of a trial is mandated and expected.” [via Pix11]
Maldonado was released without being charged or fined.
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