Alex Blaze

Racist, homophobic liar tries to get out of jury duty

Filed By Alex Blaze | July 11, 2007 1:26 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Media
Tags: Daniel Ellis, homophobic behavior, jury duty, racism

From MSNBC:

A Cape Cod man who claimed he was homophobic, racist and a habitual liar to avoid jury duty earned an angry rebuke from a judge on Monday, who referred the case to prosecutors for possible charges.

"In 32 years of service in courtrooms, as a prosecutor, as a defense attorney and now as a judge, I have quite frankly never confronted such a brazen situation of an individual attempting to avoid juror service," [Judge] Nickerson told Daniel Ellis.

First thought: HA HA! This guy is trying that move Homer Simpson described about 18 years ago.

The second thought came from further down in the article, after Ellis told Nickerson that he was a racist, homophobic liar verbally:

Nickerson ordered Ellis taken into custody. He was released later Monday morning.

Ellis could face perjury and other charges.

Well, it didn't help that the guy was so vague, although I'm sure that if he thought long and hard enough he could have thought up many instances in which he had been racist or homophobic or had lied. It's an interesting position to take; even though he was just saying this out of laziness, he's probably correct. White and straight denial of bias usually stems from not wanting to be seen as racist or homophobic, even though I don't see how anyone growing up in this country could avoid being indoctrinated with a racist or homophobic mentality.

This whole thing is based on the idea that someone isn't racist unless they say the n-word and isn't homophobic unless they say the other f-word. And all the while the system continues to accept the gay panic defense and make decisions based on white fantasies of aggressive people of color who need to be controlled, and the one guy who actually says he's racist and homophobic gets punished because the system can't survive if it doesn't weed out people who don't adopt a false veneer of complete open-mindedness and also can't survive if everyone were to say that they were racist and homophobic, whether it was just to get out of jury duty or not, whether it was true or not.

The judge, and not just this judge and not just this type of judge, wanted the entire group of jurors to just say that they weren't racist or homophobic whether they were or not. I just wish that Ellis weren't so flippant about this whole thing and had a better motivation for his statements.


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