NEW YORK (PIX11) - One of the most important rules of the Courts of New York is that nobody is exempt from jury service. Proving that rule in New York Supreme Court all day Tuesday was Chelsea Clinton.
The former First Daughter was part of a jury pool that had been considered for a possible long-term trial.
While she did fulfill her civic duty to the fullest extent by being present at the call for jurors at New York Supreme Court in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, she may have ended up being passed over for actual jury selection due to her late term pregnancy.
The case for which she was being considered, titled the Teague Case, is potentially a weeks-long trial. Clinton is due to give birth this summer.
PIX11 News learned all of this information first hand. PIX11 reporter James Ford was in the same 60-person jury pool as the once-and-possibly-future First Daughter. She willingly took a selfie with our reporter.
Clinton, who has recently been in the headlines due to her speaking fees, which have reached as high as $75,000 per event, spoke freely -- and for free -- with every member of the pool who spoke with her, including people who wished her well in her pregnancy.
Her all day service, from 9:00 A.M. to 4:20 P.M., contrasts sharply with that of Madonna. The pop megastar had avoided service for weeks when she finally showed up at the same courthouse as Clinton a week and a half ago.
Unlike Clinton, who appeared to be at jury duty roll call alone, Madonna had appeared with an entourage of body guards and assistants, prompting a judge to excuse her from service after just 90 minutes because of the potential for distraction during court proceedings.
By contrast, Clinton remained ready to serve all day, and had a book on hand to while away the hours of waiting that typically accompany jury selection.
Both Clinton and Madonna live in Manhattan, a requirement for selection to a New York County Supreme Court jury.
In the end, a judge decided that nobody in Clinton's jury pool, including this reporter, would be selected to sit on a jury.
At the end of the business day Tuesday, Clinton and the other potential jurors were officially excused from jury service for at least the next four years.