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The state of Kansas Supreme Court chief justice was called for jury duty
by Nathan'ette Burdine: August 15, 2017

It turns out that not even a state Supreme Court chief justice can escape jury duty.

Last week, KSN reported that the State of Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss reported to jury duty.

Nuss was among 52 potential jurors who were summoned for a felony robbery case.

Luckily for Nuss and the other jurors, they didn’t have to sit in for the long, drawn out questioning from the lawyers.

According to KSN, the defendant in the case decided he’d make a deal and avoid trial and the jurors all together.

The judge in the case, Mark Braun, talked to the jurors afterwards. During his conversation, he introduced Nuss as the state’s chief justice on the Supreme Court.

Yeah, I know. The fact that Braun had to introduce Nuss says that very few, if any, knew who Nuss was.

Nuss, however, isn’t paying any never mind to the fact that he isn’t Judge Judy famous. He’s just happy to do his civic duty.

KSN quoted the chief justice as saying, “You lead by example. You can’t expect people to do things you’re not willing to do.”

Nuss’ judicial colleague, Appellate Court Judge Steve Leben, took notice of the chief justice doing his civic duty.

Leben tweeted about his colleague, “Kansas Chief Justice Lawton Nuss reported this week but the case settled.”

According to KSN, Nuss isn’t the first top ranking official to receive a jury duty notice. Former Chief Justice Kay McFarland and former Governor/Secretary of Human Health Services Kathleen Sebelius also received notices for jury duty. Fortunately for them, they didn’t have to sit in for questioning.

KSN reported that this is the third time Nuss received a notice for jury duty, and the first time he’s had to go and sit in for questioning.

If Nuss had been selected to serve on the jury and the case had moved forward on appeal to the state’s Supreme Court, Nuss would have had to remove himself because a judge can’t serve as both the judge and jury.

Ha, get it, judge and jury?! The judicial system, sometimes, you gotta love it! Ha!!!

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