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09 November 2017, 01:11 | Katrina Lee
Barack Obama arrives at Chicago court to report for jury duty
No longer the world's most powerful politician, Obama approached the court like an ordinary American waiting to carry out his civic duty.
Wearing a sport coat and shirt, but no tie, Obama waved as he walked near the Richard J. Daley Center in downtown Chicago on Wednesday morning.
With Secret Service agents in tow, former USA president Barack Obama reported Wednesday to a courthouse in Chicago for jury duty.
He is not the first former US President to be considered for jury service.
Obama now lives in Washington DC, with his family, so it's probably time to change his address.
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On Wednesday, Obama did get the prospective juror experience of sitting through a decades-old, 20-minute video in which Lester Holt- now the anchor of NBC Nightly News but back then on local news -explained the ins-and-outs of jury duty.
He left his Chicago home in the Kenwood neighbourhood at 9.30am and arrived at the courthouse a half hour layer.
Eventually Obama was placed on a jury panel, but when that panel wasn't needed he was allowed to go home.
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans told reporters around noon that Obama wouldn't be serving. Obama's predecessor in the White House, George W. Bush, responded to a jury summons in 2015.
For his day of public service, he will presumably receive the standard payment for every Cook County juror, which is $17.20. He was not selected to sit on a jury. In 2004, Oprah Winfrey was on a Chicago jury that convicted a man of murder.
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