Wednesday 18 July 2018

Former US president Barack Obama called for jury duty

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally with New Jersey Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Jim Murphy in Newark, New Jersey
Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally with New Jersey Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Jim Murphy in Newark, New Jersey
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Former US president Barack Obama has been called for jury duty in Chicago.

Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans told county commissioners during a budget hearing on Friday that Mr Obama, who owns homes in Washington, DC and Chicago's Kenwood neighbourhood, will serve in November.

He is registered to vote in Chicago.

Mr Evans said Mr Obama's safety will be "uppermost in our minds" when he serves.

Those called can be put either in the pool for criminal case or civil hearings.

They can be called to any of the county's Chicago or suburban courthouses. All jurors watch a decades-old video about their duties narrated by a mustachioed Lester Holt, once a local news reader and now anchor of NBC Nightly News.

Jurors in Cook County are paid 17.20 US dollars (£13.10) for each day of service.

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