Mentioning old friend Jeffrey Dahmer is a sure way to get out of jury duty

Judge John Sutula was conducting his usual screening session with prospective jurors last week when he asked a question everyone in the jury pool must handle: Has anyone you know ever been convicted of a crime?

After some routine answers about relatively minor crimes, the question was put to John Backderf, better known as Derf, the cartoonist and graphic novelist who draws The City for a number of alternative newspapers, including Cleveland Scene.

I had a close friend in high school who killed 17 people, he said — via

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