U.K. Juror Halts Criminal Trial to Attend Chicago in the West End, and Ends Up in Jail Himself

News   U.K. Juror Halts Criminal Trial to Attend Chicago in the West End, and Ends Up in Jail Himself A 19-year-old man serving on the jury for a criminal trial is reported to have feigned illness and halted proceedings, in order to able to attend a performance of the West End production of Chicago; he has himself now been jailed.

According to a report in The Guardian, Matthew Banks, a college student, has now been detained for 14 days in a young offenders' institution, where he will now spend Christmas, for his offense.

Judge Martin Rudland, who labeled him "frivolous," said that he made the prison order "with a heavy heart" but that lying to court officials for such a frivolous reason was a serious offense. He did not, however, say that "he had it coming, he had it coming, he only had himself to blame."

The week-long trial later continued in the absence of Banks, with the remaining 11 jurors reaching a verdict.

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