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
Hizzoner Heads for Jury Duty
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 reduce traffic and pollution. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)   (Associated Press)

(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. (Read more New York City stories.)

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