Susan Cole from Colorado stood out in a Denver jury pool last summer, with mismatched socks and shoes, and her hair in curlers.
District Judge Anne Mansfield dismissed the cosmetologist and author from jury duty after Cole said that she “broke out of domestic violence in the military” and had post-traumatic stress disorder.
But when Cole told a radio show months later that she went to court disheveled to appear mentally ill, an investigator from the District Attorney’s office was listening.
“For about two weeks after when my roommate and I would think about it, or I would tell my clients about it, we would cry we would laugh so hard,” Cole said on air.
Prosecutors charged Cole on Wednesday with perjury and attempting to influence a public servant.
An arrest affidavit says Cole felt emotionally drained and unprepared to serve on a jury after wrongly believing her cousin was in a fatal accident.
However, investigators say Cole couldn’t prove she was diagnosed with PTSD.