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Da Brat Juror

Sentenced To Do Homework

After Screwing Up Trial

3/26/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The juror who caused a mistrial in Da Brat's assault case by lying about his citizenship -- just got the legal equivalent of high school detention ... because the judge ordered him TO WRITE AN ESSAY as punishment.

We broke the story ... Dante Leon Chavarria was held in contempt  after the judge found out he had lied about being a U.S. citizen when he was called for jury duty.

Chavarria spent two days in the slammer for causing the mistrial.  But even worse than that ... the judge ordered him to write an essay on the origins and importance of the U.S. Jury system ... and read it aloud in open court. 

Chavarria's lawyer tells TMZ ... Chavarria didn't mean to lie ... he's a Mexican citizen who's here in the U.S. legally on a visa ... and had simply been confused by the judge's questions. 

We're told Chavarria was nervous reading his essay aloud since English isn't his first language ... but the judge seemed satisfied and we're told there won't be any more criminal charges.

Talk about cruel and unusual punishment.

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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Homework? How about deporting his law breaking azz?

182 days ago
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Joe the plumber    

Da Brat... really? And you're surprised the juror can't spell?

182 days ago
3.

Brian    

He should be deported. You lie in court, you shouldn't be allowed to stay if you aren't an American.

182 days ago
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Googie    

That punishment was a joke. I got more punishment for talking in class. Send his arse back to Mexico, he broke the law, he understood perfectly what the judge was asking him. The judge should be ashamed of himself.

182 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

he's a Mexican citizen...................SEND HIM BACK TO CUBA!

182 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

Oh come on judge, I thought visa mean citizen.
Oops!!

182 days ago
7.

verlinda    

Deport his ass

182 days ago
8.

Crabby    

just another dirty lying law breaking mexican what a surprise

182 days ago
9.

Calico    

Why did the judge not ask to see a passport or green card?
The legal system in the US is a bit mixed up, to say the least.

182 days ago
10.

Katz    

So this is what we do with illegals who under oath lied? We give them a paper to write like they did in 3rd grade! Really? An American would of been fined and perhaps serve some time. Do you think writing a paper will stop him from his lying and cheating? Well, he lied to get into this country and we just let them continue to do what they want whenever they want? What has happened to this country?

182 days ago
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Bossy Potato    

I'm sorry, but seriously, what a fcuking idiot. And also, isn't the judicial system supposed to check out everyone's citizenship BEFORE the trial starts? What, they just believe everyone?! Coming from a country that has how many immigrants. That's just silly.

182 days ago
12.

xxx    

Seriously? WHY come here, why try and get a visa to work here if you DON'T KNOW THE ****ING LANGUAGE? Welcome to the United States, WE SPEAK ENGLISH!

182 days ago
13.

Socalpimp    

Illegals in Cali already vote in Federal elections...why not serve on jury trials?

182 days ago
14.

Swins    

How fcuking hard is it to understand "Are you a US Citizen?"

Break a law in the US, you should be deported immediately

182 days ago
15.

levyi    

How did he get called for jury duty if he's ineligible anyway? It's because he pays taxes. So, shaddup.

182 days ago
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