CHICAGO, October 28, 2017 – Former President Barack Obama has been called up for jury duty. Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans says that Obama has been summoned for jury duty next month in Illinois.
While Obama currently lives in Washington D.C., he maintains a residence in the Chicago area. Currently, no date has been set date for the former president to serve on a local area jury.
However, the Chicago Tribune reported that County court is preparing for the former president’s arrival by taking extra security measures. Obama was previously called up for jury duty in 2010, but missed the date due to a meeting with an Iraqi dignitary.
Obama has been thoroughly enjoying his life in the private sector since he left the Oval Office last January. He has indulged in the high life around the world at posh resorts and on the yachts of the wealthy. He has kite-surfed in the Virgin Islands and attended a Broadway show with his oldest daughter Malia.
Most recently, Obama, along with former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, made a joint appearance at a Texas hurricane relief concert last week.
Obama is not the only politician or celebrity to be chosen for jury duty. Both Chicago natives Oprah Winfrey and Lawrence Tureaud (Mr. T) have been summoned in the past. Oprah served on a 2004 jury that ended up convicting the defendant. Mr. T, on the other hand, was not selected as a juror from the available pool in which he had been placed.
Previously, former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have been summoned to jury duty. Neither were actually chosen to serve on a jury. Clinton was bypassed to serve on the jury for a trial involving a gang shooting in the Bronx.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was called for jury duty during his term as Vice-president but was also not chosen as a juror. Ditto current Chief Justice John Roberts who was summoned to serve but also not selected. According to a Cook Country jury FAQ, Obama, if actually seated on a jury, will receive $17.20 for each day he serves.
To date, the former president has remained silent on his potentially upcoming jury duty.