Thursday, October 20, 2005

Celebrity Jury Duty

Most people dread jury duty. You have to take the day (or week or longer) off from work. You have to find a place to park downtown. You have to sit and listen to some expert witness talk about minute details of something that has never affected your life in any meaningful way. Then you have the pressure of deciding someone's fate.

Most adults will be called for jury duty at some point in their lives, even celebrities. Oprah Winfrey made the news when she sat on a Chicago jury this past summer. Now, Yahoo! News is reporting that Michael Jackson has been summoned for jury service in California. Although the King of Pop has spent plenty of time in courtrooms over the past year, it is unlikely that he will serve on a California jury because he is now a permanent resident of Bahrain. It seems likely to me that most attorneys would move to have him stricken as a juror anyway because his level of celebrity would probably distract from the court process.

So, the next time that you are dreading an upcoming jury service, remember that you may have a celebrity encounter in the courthouse (although the prospect is much less likely in Delaware than California, New York, or Chicago).

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