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    Supreme Court justice shows up for jury duty in Marlborough court
    By Gina Holland / Associated Press
    Wednesday, January 5, 2005

    MARLBOROUGH -- No one took any notice of the tall, slim man who appeared yesterday for jury duty. Had he worn his black robe, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer no doubt would have drawn more attention.

    Even Marlborough District Court Judge Thomas Sullivan Jr. did not recognize Breyer, a Cambridge resident, until he read the justice's name on a document listing potential jurors for cases he was hearing.

    "When I looked at the slip, I said, 'Oh, my God,'" Sullivan said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.



    Two cases were to be heard, one for drunken driving and another for assault. Enough jurors were picked for the assault case before Breyer's name was called, and the defense attorney in the drunken driving case excluded the justice from that jury.

    According to Sullivan, the defense attorney said, "The last thing I need is two judges on the case."

    Breyer, 66, said he felt it was important to do his civic duty and report to the courthouse. He divides his time between Washington and Massachusetts.

    "It proves that everyone can participate, and in a democracy that is important," Breyer said.

    Sullivan was impressed.

    "If anyone could have made a phone call and gotten out of it, he could have. He really wanted to sit on the case," Sullivan said. "That might put some other people to shame who were planning to try to get out of jury duty."
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    It's nice to see that some "higher ups" are taking jury duty seriously. When I had duty this spring, a woman was complaining that she shouldn't be there because her cousin was a cop, standing right behind her was a local police chief that I know. He was just smirking the whole time she was complaining to the court officer, and when it was his time, the officer addressed him as chief and registered him...the look on the woman's face when she did that was priceless
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    Rather impressive if I do say so. He knew he wouldn't get picked for a jury, but he still went adn didn't wiggle out of it.

    I'll never get picked for a jury because of my medical and educational background, but I would not have a problem with it, unless it turns into an OJ or Kobe freak show with all of those twit reporters.
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    Holy cow; a person who stands up for what he believes in. How novel in this world today. Ya gotta respect the man for that, even if your personal views differ.
    On the home front; I have wanted to participate in jury duty for years but my name has never come up. I was totally disgusted with my M-I-L; she got picked and whined her way out of it citing financial reasons. I have never respected her quite as much since then. If one is going to whine about the justice system then one should try taking a closer look at the process to see if imrovements can be made. M-I-L just whines

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    has a president ever been summoned for jury duty?

    I got called once and was not picked because i was asked if i favored police officers, I said yes, they said good bye.
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    Originally posted by Dalmatian90
    Supreme Court justice shows up for jury duty in Marlborough court
    By Gina Holland / Associated Press
    Wednesday, January 5, 2005

    MARLBOROUGH ... Breyer, 66, said he felt it was important to do his civic duty and report to the courthouse. He divides his time between Washington and Massachusetts.

    "It proves that everyone can participate, and in a democracy that is important," Breyer said.

    it would have been even more impressive had the judge referred to the US as a REPUBLIC

    But he still gets an attaboy

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