A man was jailed after trying to get out of jury duty by repeatedly shouting “He’s guilty!” on the first day of a trial in Hawaii.
Jacob Maldonado spent the night in a prison cell for his courtroom outburst during an assault trial on the paradise island.
A judge locked him up after ruling the disturbance may have affected the 44 other people being considered for jury duty.
The potential juror was arrested on a contempt charge, with bail set at $ 10,000, after Judge Edward Kubo was forced to declare a mistrial.
At a fresh hearing on Wednesday, Maldonado’s lawyer claimed his client was having a bad day at the time.
Attorney Jason Burks said: “He was trying to get out of jury duty.
“So uncalled for”
“Obviously, he took a very improper approach to it.”
Burks added that Maldonado’s father had recently been diagnosed with cancer and his wife was struggling with medical issues.
Judge Kubo said Maldonado was “continuously yelling, ‘He is guilty, he is guilty,’” in a crowded third-floor atrium.
The judge told the defendant: “It was so uncalled for. The fairness of a trial is mandated and expected.”
He added the outburst was akin to someone yelling “there’s a bomb” on a plane.
Judge Kubo said: “We have to take it seriously.”
Maldonado apologized and said he would never do it again.
He was released from prison without being charged or fined and managed to avoid jury duty after all.