WASHINGTON (CNN) – Armed with magazines, briefing books and paperwork to pass the time, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg arrived Monday morning with his fellow citizens for a day of jury duty.
Bloomberg was just like every other juror at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan, except for television cameras and reporters who surrounded him on the front steps.
As he arrived, he said, “It’s part of democracy. It’s what I learned in the seventh grade, and I’ve always been a believer than everyone should participate.”
He was last called to jury duty before being elected mayor, but his group was dismissed shortly after arriving. “I planned to have a nice, quiet day catching up. Maybe this time I will.” But Bloomberg said he would rather be selected for a panel this time, noting, “It’s always more interesting to be on a jury than just sit there.”
Bloomberg will become the second sitting New York mayor to be on a jury if chosen. AP notes his predecessor, current GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, was foreman of a tenant dispute jury while in office in 1999.
Asked if the city can afford to have the mayor tied up on a jury, Bloomberg joked, “There are lots of people who believe the city is better off if I’m on a case rather than at City Hall. I’ll leave that to the op-ed writers.”
- CNN's Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk