DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver woman has been charged for allegedly lying to get out of jury duty.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office formally charged Susan Cole, 57, with first-degree perjury and attempt to influence a public servant.
“The charges allege that on June 28, 2011, Cole knowingly made false statements under oath during jury selection in a Denver District Courtroom and that her deceit was an attempt to influence the court so that she would be excused from jury duty,” Lynn Kimbrough with the Denver District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Kimbrough said Cole called a radio talk show and described she had avoided jury service.
“I decided not to put my makeup on and I put black eyebrows on. I put bright red lipstick on. I left my hair in my curlers and I put on a t-shirt that said ‘Ask Me About My Best-Seller,’ ” Cole said on KOA radio. “When they asked me about mental issues I got up and said, ‘Yeah, I have some mental issues.’ Then the judge said, ‘Does anyone care if she leaves?’ And everybody else said all at once in a great big voice, ‘No.’ “