Dodging jury duty via a fantastic fabrication

Though we take our job seriously at this blog, we can’t help but post the occasional zinger. From Modesto, Calif., we offer this great true story of the prospective juror who got carried away during voir dire when asked why he would not be able to serve.

According to the court transcripts, Walker told Cordova — under oath — he was the starting catcher for the San Jose Giants baseball club, which plays in the Single-A California League (same as the Modesto Nuts).

He also told Cordova the Giants were in the playoffs at the time.

“When is your next game?” Cordova asked.

“There was actually one today,” Walker told him. “I haven’t looked at it, but if we won, we have another tomorrow … .”

His interest piqued, Cordova replied, “So if you didn’t win today, you would not have a game tomorrow?”

“Correct,” Walker answered.

Cordova then took the unusual step of waiving the court’s no cell phone rule and asked Walker to call someone to get an update.

To see how the story resolves itself, continue here at the Modesto Bee.

About jgastil

John Gastil is Head and Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, where he specializes in political deliberation and group decision making.
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