Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Former President Obama Reports For Jury Duty

Former President Obama Reports For Jury Duty

Former President Barack Obama reported for jury duty in Chicago on Wednesday morning.

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans said the former commander in chief "promised to do his duty" and was assigned to a panel that was not called to serve on a jury.

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

Obama arrived at the justice center in Chicago by motorcade, according to several USA media reports that showed him entering the building and being greeted by people at the courthouse.

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Excited onlookers filmed Mr Obama's grand entrance as the former leader spent some time greeting all the members of the jury, shaking hands and even signing a book. When he arrived there was a feeding frenzy as crowds of people inside the courthouse took photos and videos of the former president.

A jury duty summons is usually sent in the post and requires the recipient to report on the designated day or face consequences such as a fine. Hill said that the former president would donate it to Cook County.

Bush reported for jury duty in Dallas, Texas in 2015. The official, who is not authorized to speak about the former president's jury duty, spoke on condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately clear if the courthouse would provide Obama with a private room for security reasons while he waits to be summoned to a specific courtroom for jury duty, or if he will wait in the same assembly room as other prospective jurors. He also was not selected.

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