An eager John McCain reported for jury duty Monday on a murder case, but was later released.
"Got word I'm done with #juryduty today - I appreciate the Court staff's dedicated work & all #Arizonans who serve on our juries," the Republican Arizona Sen. and the GOP's 2008 presidential nominee tweeted Monday afternoon.
Earlier, a smiling McCain, fresh from a week in Egypt with Repubican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, joked with a news crew that he was "Doing my civic duty for a change."
"Going to see if we can’t reinstitute law and order here in Maricopa County, which has been badly deteriorating. So we’re out to get those criminals."
According to McCain, he’s been called for duty several times, including in 2005 for a DUI trial, but never selected Politico reported
. "It’s part of our civic duty," he said before heading into Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, carrying a Starbucks cup.
McCain was a prospective panelist for the re-trial of a man whose convictions in the 1991 killings of nine people at a Buddhist temple west of Phoenix were overturned on appeal. Jury selection began Monday.
"Something told me you weren't going to make it on this one,"Judge Joseph Kreamer
told the senator after other prospective jurors left the courtroom.
"I thought it was important to be involved in the process," McCain said afterward. "I was impressed with their efficiency and the information that they give prospective jurors using technology. The videos I think explained to anyone the importance, frankly, of being a juror."
McCain had no conflicts with his official schedule since Congress is in recess.
The New York Daily News
reported other lawmakers have served even while on the job,
including Joe Biden, called in 2000 at New Castle County Courthouse in Delaware while still a senator and again in 2010, when he reported for duty as the vice president. He attended both, though in 2010, he was dismissed by midday.
President Barack Obama was called in January 2010 but did not attend. George W. Bush also postponed his appearance, and Bill Clinton was dismissed when he was called to a pool for a gang-related shooting, the News reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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