Saturday, August 14, 2004

11 Angry Men, and Oprah

I pity the poor guy who has Oprah Winfrey sitting on the jury for his trial.

The Associated Press and other sources are reporting the talk show mogul will report for jury duty Monday.

The multimillionaire will be paid the same as every other joe in the jury box... $17.20 a day.

The Cook County Court doesn't want Winfrey's presence to cause a commotion, so they'll allow her to enter and exit the court through a side door.

Now how about that. A celebrity making good on her civic duty.

Quite a refreshing attitude, in my book. The rest of us have to miss out on work (sometimes at a financial loss) for jury duty. Parents have to pay for babysitters, for others it's parking, we all make little sacrifices to step up and do what we're supposed to.

I've heard all about celebrities needing a sitting jury for their various legal indescretions (Kobe Bryant, O.J. Simpson, and of course Martha Stewart.)

photo courtesy of the
Irish Examiner

But I can't remember for the life of me the last time I heard about a big name celebrity sucking it up and serving like the rest of us schmoes.

I think it's great Oprah wants to be like the rest of us.

C'mon. At least she's trying.

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