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Former President Barack Obama Shows Up for Jury Duty

Former President Barack Obama Shows Up for Jury Duty”

The 44th president of the United States Barack Obama answered a jury summons and arrived at the Chicago courthouse with stringent security and a motorcade.

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.

Before leaving, Obama shook hands and signed autographs for potential jurors, according to USA Today. Walter Palmer was summoned for jury for the first time Wednesday.

"Did you know I was coming?"

After navigating through traffic in the Loop, he arrived at the Daley Center courthouse around 10 a.m., and entered the building through the basement.

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U.S. talk host Oprah Winfrey served as a juror on a murder trail in 2004 while Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks sat on the benches in 2013.

Obama watched the entire 20-minute educational video during his time at the Daley Center, Evans said.

While the Obamas now live in Washington, the former president and first lady Michelle Obama maintain a home in Chicago, the city where he got his political start.

Obama is in line to be paid the same $17.20 a day that others receive for reporting for jury duty. It's safe to say Obama was one of the highest-profile people to report for jury duty in the county's recent history. 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.

Obama is not the first former president to be called for jury duty.



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