Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Former President Barack Obama gets called to jury duty

Former President Barack Obama gets called to jury duty

Former President Barack Obama has been called for jury duty in Cook County, Illinois, and he says he plans to fulfill his civic duty by reporting and, if actually chosen, serving.

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans told officials on Friday that Obama had been called up for the civilian service next month in IL, the state where he served as a senator.

He did not specify the date or courthouse location Obama will report to next month.

In 2010, as he was preparing for his first State of the Union address, he received a summons for jury duty in Cook County, where he owns a home.

A spokesman for Obama has not commented.

"Obviously we will make certain that he has all the accouterments that accompany a former president", Evans said.

"His safety will be uppermost in our minds", Evans said.

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Obama has so far not publicly commented on his jury service, but it'd take a courageous defence lawyer who would try and strike him off.

There was one time, however, when Obama could not serve as his "commitment" was elsewhere.

Mr Obama served as an IL senator before his 2008 election to the White House, and is registered to vote in the capital Chicago. Obama's vice president, Joe Biden was also not selected after being called for jury duty in DE in January 2011 while serving in his position in Washington, D.C.

The former president lives in Washington, but he maintains a home in Chicago.

Bush was summoned to the George Allen Dallas County Civil Court building in August 2015.

Jurors in Cook County are paid $17.20 for each day of service. Although not ultimately selected, he spent approximately three hours at the court and posed for photos with his fellow jury candidates.

In March 2003, Bill Clinton was Prospective Juror No. 142 in federal court in Manhattan.

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