Wednesday, July 25, 2007

As if jury duty isn't bad enough already

Inmate found guilty in masturbation trial

A Broward prisoner on trial, accused of illegally masturbating in his jail cell, was found guilty of indecent exposure Tuesday.

...The case drew snickers in the courtroom Tuesday, especially during jury selection, when the jurors were quizzed about their masturbation habits.

The awkward questioning was posed by defense attorney Kathleen McHugh, who faced 17 prospective jurors and asked point-blank who among them had never masturbated.

No hands went up

Then, she went one-by-one, asking each prospective juror if he or she had ever masturbated.

All nine men said yes, two of the 10 women said no.

...The 20-year-old was alone in his jail cell in November when a female deputy, watching him from a nearby control room, became offended when she saw him masturbating.

["Jurors, do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?"

Aren't the toilets in jail in plain-view, too? How can inmates NOT expose themselves, esp. when they're in jail for 10 years?!]

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