Trump to follow other stars in reporting for jury dutyNEW YORK - New York has a star-studded jury pool, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is due to join a long list of celebrities who have made the trip to lower Manhattan to sit with hundreds of others who could be picked to decide trials.
That list has included directors Woody Allen and Spike Lee, actors Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathleen Turner, comedians Jon Stewart and Conan O’Brien, and TV news anchors Tom Brokaw and Barbara Walters.
Trump said last week he’s looking forward to reporting for duty on Monday. The real estate mogul and reality TV star has been called previously but his campaign said he hadn’t received those summonses.
Here’s a look at the cast of characters who have shown up for jury duty in New York:
The Material Girl was summarily dismissed a couple of hours after showing up at state court last year, though the special treatment she received raised eyebrows. Instead of rubbing shoulders with the masses in the sprawling jury duty waiting room, she got to wait privately in a clerk’s office. A court spokesman explained that officials didn’t want Madonna’s presence to distract the other jurors.
Even though the former president was not made to show up for jury duty in 2003, he was nonetheless seriously considered for an attempted murder case in Manhattan federal court. He was referred to only as Prospective Juror No. 142, but his identity became clear when his answers to various questions were read aloud. Under previous jobs, he listed “President of the United States.’’
Prosecutors asked for immediate disqualification, but the defense objected. The judge, a Clinton appointee, decided that No. 142 and his Secret Service protection would “undermine our efforts to keep the case focused quietly on the evidence.’’
The former White House intern who had an affair with Clinton while he was president was questioned in 2002 as a potential juror in a state case involving a personal-injury lawsuit against the city. A clerk said that when Lewinsky was asked if she could be fair, she replied she did not think she could serve. As questioning continued, she became teary-eyed and the attorneys and judge agreed she should be excused. AP