Susan Cole, a Denver woman, has pleaded guilty to second-degree perjury and attempting to influence a public servant for faking post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) in order to get out of jury duty.
The Denver Post is reporting that Cole was summed in June 2011 for jury duty, and she looked purposefully disheveled. “Her makeup looked like something you would wear during a theater performance,” court reporter Kelli Wessels told investigators at the time. “When the judge asked the entire panel if anyone had a mental illness, [Cole] stated she had difficulties getting ready in the morning, which was apparent to me by the way she was dressed.”
Cole claimed that she had been a victim of domestic violence and to be suffering from PSTD after her military service. Her act got her out of her civic duty.
However her ruse was discovered four months later when Judge Masfield, the Judge who was presiding over the case Cole got out of, heard her on the radio bragging about how she faked her way out of jury duty.
Cole pleaded guilty Tuesday, and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service.