Brooklyn Judge Delays Trial to Allow Juror to Audition for ‘Law & Order: SVU’

People will try just about anything to get out of jury duty.

But I’ve never seen anything like this: a judge presiding over a high-profile attempted murder case in Brooklyn delayed the trial for several hours to allow one of the jurors to audition for a television show.  But it wasn’t just any show.  In one of those moments that seems to prove that the universe has a sense of humor, the juror received a call to audition for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The juror (whose identity is of course kept secret) admitted the importance of the audition to the New York Daily News, saying, “If it was anything else, I wouldn’t even have brought it up.”  The juror made the case that as an actor parts like this make up a significant amount of his income.  Justice Wayne Ozzi was persuaded, and delayed the trial for five hours.  Justice Ozzi sent him off with, “Good luck, we’ll be looking for you on TV.” 

There’s no word on what type of role the juror (who is only described by the article as a “tall, black-haired man, who also owns a production company”) was auditioning for, but hopefully it’s one that serving on a jury has prepared him for.

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