Woman accused of dodging jury duty appears in court

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DENVER -- Dressed in a yellow-and-white jail jumpsuit, 57-year-old Susan Cole listened to the charges against her in a Denver courtroom Thursday afternoon.

Cole is facing charges of 1st degree perjury and attempt to influence a public servant.

According to the Denver District Attorney’s office, the charges allege that last summer, Cole knowingly made false statements under oath during jury selection in a Denver District courtroom and that her deceit was an attempt to influence the court so that she would be excused from jury duty.

Court documents show that, during jury selection, Cole was dressed in mismatched shoes and had lipstick everywhere but on her lips.

She talked about the incident recently on 850-KOA radio. The only problem:  the judge during her jury-selection process was listening.

Cole talked to FOX31 Denver Wednesday night. “I am not an educated woman.  I broke a law.  I don’t know what I did. I showed them I didn’t lie under oath,” she said.

Paula Rhoads-Hook was in the courtroom Thursday, in protest.  “I can prove I’m mentally disabled and she can’t. And I can put my lipstick on,” she says.

Cole is due back in court for her 2nd advisement April 9th. She is free after posting $1,000 bond.

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