KKK Leader Gets Out of Jury Duty

Railton Loy said he would serve in full KKK uniform

By Matt Bartosik
|  Friday, Mar 19, 2010  |  Updated 2:45 PM CDT
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A member of the Ku Klux Klan salutes during American Nazi Party rally at Valley Forge National Park September 25, 2004 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

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People have come up with all kinds of excuses to get out of jury duty. Perhaps their non-existent relative just passed away. Or maybe their kid came down with a supposed 24-hour flu.

But Railton Loy of South Bend didn't use any of these excuses. He got out of jury duty by proclaiming his impartiality.

"I should not be on any jury," he said in a phone interview with the South Bend Tribune. "I'm the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan."

He's not kidding. Loy and his white-hooded cronies have been in the local headlines before. In fact, he didn't understand why his name was in the selection pool at all, considering his biased-and-proud-of-it affiliation.

Loy was selected randomly to serve jury duty in St Joseph County, reports the South Bend Tribune.  Court Administrator Pat Evans explained that Loy's name was just one of thousands of potential jurors.

Loy told the court he could not be fair and impartial unless "the defendant was white," and he threatened to show up to the courthouse in full KKK uniform.

Bailiff Julie Igaz told the South Bend Tribune that she didn’t want to waste the court's time, so she exempted Loy from duty.

Judge Roland Chamblee Jr. agreed with her decision, due to Loy's refusal to be impartial.

However, don't think you can add this to your list of creative fibs. Igaz said she only let Loy off because she recognized his name, otherwise she would've demanded proof.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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