Joe Biden reports for jury duty
January 24th, 2011
11:47 AM ET
12 years ago

Joe Biden reports for jury duty

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden reported for jury duty in Delaware Monday morning, but he was not chosen to sit on a jury.

The White House announced early Monday that Biden, who served for nearly four decades as a U.S. senator from Delaware, and who often retreats to his Wilmington family home on the weekends, would "participate in the standard jury selection process in his capacity as a private citizen" at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington.

A White House official later confirmed that the vice president was released around noon along with the rest of his jury pool.

Just last week, Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan reported to the Washington, D.C. Superior Court for jury duty, but was also released from service and did not sit on any hearings.

-CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears contributed to this report.

Updated 3:26 p.m.

Filed under: Elena Kagan • Joe Biden
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. wiredweirdoinSF

    A lot of the non biased media are focusing on the story about how the three SEIU locals in Chicago that contributed $28 million dollars to the Obama campaign, are being allowed to "opt out" of Obamacare. This is kind of a screwy deal that has never really been reported by CNN or MSNBC that allows these unions that stole money from their members to campaign for democrat liberals and Obamacare are now being allowed to "opt out," while the hard working taxpayers who were against it are not. Perhaps CNN will someday explain this, but probably not. There might be a nonsensial Palin story to report instead.

    January 24, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    I guess Joe's run out of things to do. I'm sure he could have gotten excused but I'm sure this is a nice publicity stunt for him. But how much is it costing us for all his security? Doesn't ANYBODY think about the COSTS of these stupid stunts?

    January 24, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. TinKnight

    Protect, so...our public servants should NOT do their civic duties? Maybe we should excuse them from paying their taxes?

    Face it, you'd complain no matter what he did...if he was excused from serving, as you suggest, you would've complained about him abusing his power.
    Regardless of your view of him or his politics, I'd rather have someone who's doing what's right (in showing up for jury duty) than someone who just complains about the world (Internet trolls).

    January 24, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Fed Up

    Gee, he's doing his civic duty like millions of other people each year. They don't get their names on CNN. Hmm. Bet he doesn't have to serve either.

    January 24, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Truth


    It seems that you don't fully understand the healthcare law. Anyone who can donate 28 million dollars to a political campaign is surely not waltzing around with a note from OBAMA so they can "opt out" of mandated health insurance. In fact, I'm sure they can afford, and enjoy, some of the best health insurance in the country. The idea that anyone can "opt out" of an entirely consumer-protection-based regulatory system is just asinine.

    January 24, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Delaware Expat

    This is hilarious. When you report for jury duty in New Castle County, there is this infamous woman who runs the show and barks at everyone and makes caustic jokes. Some people hate her, others think she's entertaining. I would love to be in the room to see how she treats Biden! I happened to be called for duty the day then-gubernatorial candidate (now governor) Jack Markell was also called. Almost no one seemed to recognize him, including the woman in charge. However, she recognized several active duty military in the crowd and everyone clapped for them. You are just sitting in a big room with a couple hundred people. Will the Secret Service let people come up and talk to Biden? As if jury duty isn't hassle enough...imagine the security there today!

    January 24, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Looking at one side of the aisle is not productive

    I think they should let him off the hook. As Vice President, he has OTHER civic duties to attend to.

    January 24, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Bill

    What ... no note from the Prez.... please excuse youg Joey .....?????? 😉

    January 24, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Col

    The point, people, is that everyone....even those elected to our highest offices...are still viewed as citizens equally under the law and are responsible for their civic duty. That's how it should be. They could have probably pulled strings and gotten out of it since they have greater duties to the nation, but they showed up for duty. I commend them and every citizen who does their part in our democracy.

    January 24, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "I guess Joe's run out of things to do. I'm sure he could have gotten excused but I'm sure this is a nice publicity stunt for him. But how much is it costing us for all his security? Doesn't ANYBODY think about the COSTS of these stupid stunts?"

    And if he did get excused, you'd be ranting insanely about him abusing his position as VP to shirk his civic duty to attend jury duty. There's no pleasing you people, everyone knows it and your comment highlights it perfectly. You just have a knee jerk reaction to rationalize some pantwetting tantrum no matter what they do because they are Dems/liberals. Hooray for irrational hissy fits.

    January 24, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |