Yesterday the unthinkable popped off inside a Florida courtroom, during jury selection for the man accused of carrying out the Parkland shooting.
A potential juror named ‘Miss Bristol’ – who MTO News has learned is of Jamaican heritage – interrupted the judge, and told her that because the trial was expected to take ‘a whole entire month’, it conflicted with her birthday and would interrupt the married woman’s love life with her side dude.
The juror spoke out to Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, 46. – and you have to see it to believe it:
‘First of all let me clarify myself, July second is my birthday, July Fourth is my son, and the 18th is my other son. And again, I need to figure out something. I have my sugar daddy that I see every day.’
The judge replied: ‘I’m sorry?’ Miss Bristol replied: ‘My sugar daddy.’
The judge, looking increasingly confused, said: ‘I’m not exactly sure what you’re talking about.’
‘Well I am married and I have my sugar daddy. I see him every day.’
Lost for words, Judge Scherer replied: ‘OK. All right. Ma’am, we’ll come back to you, OK? Thank you.’ ‘Miss Bristol’ was later excused.
A video of the judge’s exchange with the woman has now gone viral, with many calling her sugar daddy story the ‘best excuse’ they’ve ever heard for getting out of jury duty.
People reacted to the exchange on social media – and are flabbergasted by it.
‘I mean, who hasn’t tried the sugar daddy excuse to get out of jury duty at least once?’ said one user.
‘Florida court clerks are going to have to add the sugar daddy exception to jury service,’ another said.
‘Well this has to be the best excuse I’ve ever heard!’ another quipped.
‘If having to see my Sugar Daddy isn’t a viable excuse to be dismissed from jury duty, then what is?!’ said another.
The sentencing trial is scheduled to last between June and September.
Monday was the first day of jury selection.
Cruz was a 19-year-old expelled student with a history of mental health and behavioral issues at the time of the killings, prosecutors said last year.