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James Lowe's Vermont Jury Duty Evasion Goes Viral With Prison Costume

By    |   Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:03 PM

James Lowe, a Vermont man, had a creative way to get out of jury duty Tuesday.

Dressed in a black-and-white striped prisoner’s jumpsuit with a matching beanie, Lowe showed up to court only to be asked to leave later, The Associated Press reported via CBS News.

According to The Caledonian Record, Lowe arrived on time and joined with the other prospective jurors prior to the selection process. But deputies soon had him go to an empty courtroom to meet individually with the judge who requested that he leave.

Lowe told The Record the judge informed him he could have been found in contempt court, which could mean paying a fine or even serving jail time. Lowe argued the instructions for jurors did not mention any restrictions on clothing.

The Record reported Lowe said he happily left because of his work schedule and familial obligations.

There are many ways to avoid jury duty, according to the International Business Times. Those called for jury duty should read through the juror summons, which Lowe reportedly did.

According to Business Insider, each state has rules and regulations that can allow people to postpone or even waive the summons.

Having a law school degree or criminal law-related job is one of the quickest and most successful ways of ditching jury duty, according to the IB Times.

“I should add that I don't necessarily advocate avoiding jury duty,” graduate of Columbia Law School David Cheng wrote on Business Insider. “It's not a bad experience at all, and for many people, probably more interesting and easier than their everyday jobs.”

Twitter users shared their thoughts on the scheme:

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