Thursday, April 7, 2011

When Keeping it Real Racist Goes Wrong: Asian Lady Sentenced to Indefinite Jury Duty by Federal Judge

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There's nothing funny about racism, and there's nothing especially funny about racism in a court of law. Just ask any one of the countless people of color railroaded by our judicial system. I seriously doubt if any of them walked out of court in stitches from fits of laughter. But even with that being the case, this is one day I wish I were in this particular Brooklyn courtroom. I can assure you my raucous laughter may have very well landed me in contempt of court.
An incensed federal judge sentenced a racist Brooklyn woman to indefinite jury duty on Tuesday after she trashed the NYPD and minorities.

"This is an outrage, and so are you!" Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis told the woman, holding up her bile-filled juror questionnaire.

Juror No. 799, an Asian woman in her 20s who said she works in the garment industry, was up for jury duty in the death penalty trial of Bonanno crime boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano.

It didn't take long for her to start looking worse than the defendant.

Asked to name three people she least admired, she wrote on her questionnaire: "African-Americans, Hispanics and Haitians."

When the judge asked why she answered the question that way, she replied, "You always hear about them in the news doing something."

She also declared that cops are all lazy, claiming that they sound their sirens to bypass traffic jams.

Garaufis flipped forward several pages in her questionnaire.

He landed on the page where she had said she had a relative who was a member of the Chinese Ghost Shadows gang in the 1980s, convicted of murder and still in prison.

"Why didn't you put 'Asians' down also?" the judge asked sarcastically, referring to her list of least-liked people.

"Maybe I should have," she said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Taryn Merkl requested that the woman be disqualified from the Vinny Gorgeous case because of her "inappropriate" comments. The motion was granted.

It is not unheard of for people to try to get out of jury service by making ridiculous statements concerning their views.

It was unclear Tuesday whether that was this woman's motive.

And if it was, it didn't work. (source)
Now it's really unclear as to whether this woman's motivation was an attempt to escape the clutches of dreaded jury duty, or whether she was being completely honest in her questionnaire. Personally, I think it was both. I think she was being dead serious while at the same time hoping to be disqualified. At any rate, what I find hilarious is the fact that she now will be a permanent fixture in a courtroom much like a gavel given her indefinite jury duty status. Not funny however, is knowing that her prejudices will impact decisions in a court of law. But then again, when exactly has that not ever been the case?

Anyway, watch this sister get "Jackie Chan'ed" in this clip:


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