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Judge gives woman 'indefinite' jury duty

April 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, April 6 (UPI) -- A federal judge has sentenced a New York woman to indefinite jury duty after she made allegedly racist remarks on a prospective juror questionnaire.

"This is an outrage, and so are you!" U.S. Judge Nicholas Garaufis told the woman Tuesday, holding up her juror questionnaire, the New York Daily News reported.

The prospective juror was up for jury duty in the death penalty trial of Bonanno crime boss Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano.

Asked on her questionnaire to name three people she least admired, the Asian woman in her 20s from Brooklyn allegedly wrote "African-Americans, Hispanics and Haitians."

Asked by the judge why she wrote that, she said, "You always hear about them in the news doing something."

She also wrote that all policemen are lazy and use their sirens to get around traffic jams.

Garaufis granted a prosecution request the woman be disqualified from the Basciano case for her "inappropriate" comments.

However, Garaufis said, the woman would still be seeing a lot of his courtroom.

"She's coming back [today], Thursday and Friday -- and until the future, when I am ready to dismiss her," Garaufis said.

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