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Man tells Judge he is 'too racist' to perform Jury duty

DRAMA IN COURT: Man tells Judge he is 'too racist' to perform Jury duty

A MAN who was called for jury duty could now face jail time after claiming he was unable to fulfil his service because he is an 'extreme homophobic and racist', say reports.

The man in question, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was quoted as saying the controversial statements during a letter he wrote to Southampton Crown Court explaining why he shouldn’t serve on the jury selected to serve on an assault and dangerous driving trial.

According to the Mirror Judge Gary Burrell QC read the letter out in open court, in which the man said his 'extreme views' would stop him from being an impartial party.

In the note, the man wrote: “I believe that it would be a serious injustice to the legal system to select me for jury service."

“I hold extreme prejudices against homosexuals and black/foreign people and couldn’t possibly be impartial if either appeared in court."

“It would not be in the court’s interest to have me a juror.”

It was also claimed that the man admitted that when reaching a verdict he would simply vote with the majority rather than give his true opinion on the case in question.

He added: “I would be more than happy to speak to a judge regarding my personal views on the legal system, which I do not hold in high regard.”

He also added that he didn’t think he had the right to “judge anyone”.

Judge Burrell, who admitted that he question the authenticity of the mans claims said: “If you do genuinely hold these views then you are someone who should not be on the jury."

"I also question whether you should be doing anything responsible in society at all.”

The man, who was escorted from the court building, now faces prosecution for Contempt of Court Act after failing to serve on a jury. If convicted he could serve up to two years in prison.

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