‘Crazy’ Denver juror sentenced for lying to avoid jury duty
DENVER – The woman who faked a mental illness to get out of jury duty, then bragged about the ruse on radio, has received her sentence.
Susan Cole, 58, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempt to influence a public servant, a felony, and second-degree perjury, a misdemeanor, according to a news release from the Denver district attorney’s office.
She was immediately sentenced to a two-year deferred judgment on the felony count, and two years of probation on the misdemeanor count, to be served concurrently, the release stated. Cole is also required to perform 40 hours of community service.
On June 28, 2011, Cole, a published author and Denver cosmetologist, sold her act by having heavy makeup smeared on her face while her hair hung askew in curlers, with shoes and reindeer socks mismatched.
Denver District Court Judge Anne Mansfield — presiding over jury selection that day — quickly dismissed the Cole, who explained in disjointed speech, “I broke out of domestic violence in the military. And I have a lot of repercussions. One is post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Months later, Cole bragged on a radio program about how she avoided jury duty.
Turns out, Judge Mansfield was listening.