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Vice President Biden Called For Jury Duty In Delaware, But Dismissed

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(AP Photo / Jim Watson, Pool)

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden may be the Nation’s Vice President, but that doesn’t mean he can avoid fulfilling his civic duty.

Biden reported Monday morning for jury duty along with about 100 other people at the New Castle County courthouse after receiving a jury summons.

“I don’t consider myself different than any other person,” Biden told The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. “This is important.  It is an honor to be a part of the system.”

Biden and several Secret Service agents waited with other prospective jurors in the jury assembly room. During a break, staffers and security poured in from a side door to consult with the vice president. Biden said he had to make several calls on a secure telephone during the break, including one to President Barack Obama.

Biden, along with other prospective jurors, was dismissed shortly after noon.

President Barack Obama has also been called for jury duty while in office. He was summoned for jury duty in suburban Chicago last January, but told the court that he wouldn’t be able to make it.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan reported to jury duty last week in District of Columbia Superior Court, but was not called to serve on a case.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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