In the United States, jury duty is a compulsory act of service that individuals should attend. While failing to attend the service is not considered illegal, it simply means that the individual will be put back into the selection pool for another trial. Repeatedly ignoring a jury summon, on the other hand, can result to stricter punishments. So how can an individual skip jury duty?
Unless you’re someone as big as Brad Pitt, there’s no way for you to escape jury duty in the United States. As reported by MailOnline, the renowned actor, who turns 51 today, was turned down for his jury duty summon because he was “too distracting.”
On Friday, Pitt showed up at the Los Angeles Criminal Court House in downtown Los Angeles along with other potential jurors. After several hours of waiting for his turn to be in the jury box, Pitt was informed that his services weren’t necessary anymore, citing he would be “too much of a distraction.”
While this turned out to be an advantage for the actor, it was actually something he thought would be interesting. Especially after making time in his already busy schedule just so he could serve on a jury, turns out that his services wouldn’t be needed.
“Brad was hoping he might get picked to serve on a short case. But the problem was, he would actually be required to serve for as long as it took for the case to be decided,” a source shared, as published on Just Jared.
While most cases usually last up to seven days, there are instances when the case could take a longer period of time. Because of this, the juror will need to continue serving his jury duty as long as the case is not yet over.
Potential jurors are selected randomly using state IDs, driver’s licenses and even voter registration lists. It isn’t until the individual shows up at court that they get to be discovered whether or not they are a celebrity.
For Brad Pitt, this wasn’t the first time he was ready to serve his jury duty. Back in 2003, Pitt was also called for service and even wore his juror badge. This time around, Pitt was sent home because the attention of the public would be on the actor instead of the person defending his name. Additionally, other jurors could wait for Pitt’s verdict and be easily influenced by it.
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