Barack Obama Shows Up in Chicago for Jury Duty; Not Chosen

Nov 09, 2017, 01:12
Barack Obama Shows Up in Chicago for Jury Duty; Not Chosen

With Secret Service agents in tow, former US president Barack Obama reported Wednesday to a courthouse in Chicago for jury duty.

Obama is the highest-ranking former public official to be called to jury duty in Chicago, and nearly certainly the only one who ever arrived with a Secret Service detail.

He shook hands with other potential jurors in the assembly room and signed copies of his books people had taken to court with them.

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Barack Obama has many titles. "I am surprised that he's actually coming".

On Wednesday, Obama did get the prospective juror experience of sitting through a decades-old, 20-minute video in which Lester Holt- now the anchor of NBC Nightly News but back then on local news -explained the ins-and-outs of jury duty.

One group was called and the rest of the 220 jurors - including the 44th president - were dismissed, though Evans added that Obama said he was willing to serve had he been selected.

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"The Former president was here at our invitation", Evans said. Like others, Obama is in line to be paid $17.20 a day for jury duty.

Obama is the highest-ranking former public official to be called to jury duty in Chicago.

Former President Barack Obama arrives for jury duty. However people can be dismissed for jury due to economic hardship or if they work full time for the army, emergency services or the U.S. government.

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Obama spent the night at his home in Kenwood before leaving for jury duty shortly after 9:30 a.m., in a motorcade of four black SUVs, a marked Chicago police SUV, and a marked Illinois State Police SUV.

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