Hizzoner Heads for Jury Duty

Bloomberg hopes to catch up on his 'to-read' list
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2007 5:39 AM CDT
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg walks through the halls of the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Monday, July 16, 2007. Bloomberg was in Albany to make an apparent last-ditch push for his toll plan to...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In New York, even the best connections won't get you out of jury duty. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reporting to court today, noting that the 8:45 a.m. start gives him an extra hour to sleep or catch up on his "to-read" list. "Doctors, architects, nurses, and day care workers serve on jury duty. Why not mayors?" his spokesman asked.

Rudy Giuliani served as a juror in 1999 when he was mayor,  and decided in favor of a tenant suing a landlord. But Bloomberg's odds of being excused are high, and while the  $40-a-day pay jurors get would actually be an improvement on the 2 cents Bloomberg takes home in the salary he set for himself as mayor, he says he'll turn down the court's money.