Here’s a suggestion: If you’re sitting on a jury, don’t commit the crime that you’ve been charged with passing judgment on. Unfortunately, Jennifer Mercado didn’t get the message.
Allegedly, while sitting on credit card theft case in a Bronx courtroom, Mercado lifted an American Express card from fellow juror John Postrk’s coat and went on a three-day shopping spree, during the trial’s lunch breaks. Apparently American Express noticed the unusual activity and notified Mr. Postrk. Once the police became involved one store’s security tapes revealed the shopping spree.
When charged with grand larceny, stolen property, identity theft, and unlawful use of a credit card and confronted with the evidence, Mercado confessed to using the card. Her defense now seems to be that Mr. Postrk was hitting on her and allowed her to use his credit card. More to follow.
Does this sound like a Carl Hiaasen novel to anyone else?