Jurors at a Dallas court were surprised to see former President George W. Bush on Wednesday.
The 69-year-old former president was called upon at the George L Allen Sr Courts building in Texas for jury duty. A statement from George Bush’s spokesperson, Freddy Ford, explained Bush’s appearance.
“President Bush received his jury summons and reported for service this morning at the George Allen Courts Building in Dallas. He sat through the jury selection panel for a case in Judge Eric Moye’s court on the 14th civil district but – surprise! – was not picked to serve as a juror.”
Imagine what a ruckus it would cause if the former President of the United States was present during a hearing. According to Judge Moye, as Dallas News reports, the reason Bush was not selected wasn’t because he is well-known, but because the positions have been filled.
“He was number 27 or a 35 member panel and we only got through number 23.”
One of the jurors said that everyone made it appear that one juror didn’t show up for jury duty, but it was George Bush they were talking about all along, much to everyone’s surprise, reported the Independent.
“They made it seem like it was an anonymous juror that never showed up and then they brought him in.”
Although George Bush wasn’t picked to be part of the jury, he spent time in court to take pictures with the other jurors and the people who were present. Reports say that Bush was there from 8:50 a.m. until before noon. Other jurors enjoyed his presence, saying that “he was very personable, very friendly.”
At least my interns have fun! Pres. George Bush Jr. was at the courthouse today. Jury duty is required of all! pic.twitter.com/d3Y5Q6wmsE
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Judge Moye only learned that George Bush would be present in his court that Wednesday morning. All in all, he said that having the former president in the courtroom was “quite an experience.” He also praised Bush for doing his civic duty and hopes his appearance will encourage others to show up when summoned to court.
“One of the remarks I made to jury was all of you have some reason why you have to do something else. But take a look over and see you have the former president who has given his time to be here, so think how good your excuses for getting out of here really are.”
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