2009-11-26 / Local & State

Judge Sentences Juror For Swine Flu Hoax

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A suburban Philadelphia man who falsely told a court employee that he had to leave jury duty because he had swine flu has been ordered to spend three days in court observing jury trials.

Bucks County Judge Clyde Waite says the claim by Anthony DiCicco on July 13 not only caused a mistrial, but made all those in contact with the 24-yearold Jamison man assume they had been exposed to the virus. Waite said in court Wednesday that he was showing some leniency because DiCicco genuinely was sick, but not with swine flu.

Court administrator Douglas Praul says a fellow juror reported that DiCicco “acted extremely anxious and nervous,’’ causing court officials to investigate.

Defense lawyer Brian Lafferty says his client felt he had to say something to avoid exposing people to whatever illness he had.

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