That Time a Supreme Court Justice Had Jury Duty in Maryland

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Last week, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts showed up in a Maryland courtroom… but not necessarily in the capacity you might expect.

According to the Washington Post, Roberts was among 50 prospective jurors being considered for a two-day civil trial in Montgomery County. When asked if there was anything that would prevent him from being fair and impartial, Juror 49 — aka Roberts — replied with a succinct “Nope.” After speaking privately with the judge and lawyers at the bench, Roberts was not selected for the jury. The Atlantic points out that Roberts’s legal expertise might actually make him a less-than-perfect juror, because other people might be reluctant to disagree with him.

It just goes to show that jury duty summons letter comes for us all at some point, even to the nation’s top arbiter of justice.



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