Last year, a woman who had been summoned to report to jury duty informed a judge that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. The judge believed the woman and relieved her from her civic duties. But four months later, the same judge happened to be listening to a local radio show that featured a woman who was telling the audience that she was able to avoid serving on a jury by pretending that she suffered from a mental illness.
The woman now faces felony charges for allegedly faking the disorder and for also attempting to influence a public servant by informing others about how they too can avoid jury duty. The 57-year-old woman claims that she does have a history of suffering from mental illness as a result of experiencing domestic violence while serving in the military. However, she has never been diagnosed with PTSD by a medical professional.