Opinion split on whether lying to get out of jury duty is a crime

April 13, 2012
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A recent informal public opinion survey found that respondents were closely split on whether lying to get out of jury duty is grounds for arrest.

SodaHead.com – an opinion-based online community – polled its users to see if they thought lying to get out of jury duty should be punishable by arrest. Of those responding, 55 percent believe it should be considered a crime; 45 percent don’t think it’s “a big deal.”

Whether or not you think it is a crime could depend on your age. Nearly three-fourths of those over the age of 65 think it’s a crime. Only 54 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds think it should be a crime.

The poll results aren’t in-depth, but they do provide an interesting snapshot of what people think about jury duty. It’s definitely something that a lot of people dread. Just last week, I had a friend who lives in California ask on Facebook what he should say to get out of jury duty.

Must be a California thing, because of the states highlighted by SodaHead.com, California residents were more likely to say that lying to get out of jury duty shouldn’t be a crime. The four other states mentioned – New York, Nevada, Texas and Florida – all had higher response rates indicating those residents think it should be a crime.  
 

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