09 November, 2017
No one is exempt from jury duty, not even former President Barack Obama!
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.
When he arrived in the jury room, Obama greeted the other citizens waiting to be selected for a trial - shaking hands and signing books.
"Did you know I was coming?"
Nor is he the first famous Chicagoan to be called to jury duty.
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Obama arrived at the justice center in Chicago by motorcade, according to several US media reports that showed him entering the building and being greeted by people at the courthouse.
Obama watched the entire 20-minute educational video during his time at the Daley Center, Evans said.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were also called for jury duty post-White House.
Obama still owns a home at 51st and Greenwood, and is registered to vote in Chicago, although he and his family live in D.C.
Eventually Obama was placed on a jury panel, but when that panel wasn't needed he was allowed to go home.
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. In 2004, Oprah Winfrey was on a Chicago jury that convicted a man of murder.