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Ted Cruz Reports for Jury Duty in Houston

By    |   Saturday, 10 Jan 2015 01:21 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz spent Friday waiting his turn along with a room full of other prospective jurors to find out if he'd be part of a trial court jury in Houston.

"It is both a privilege and responsibility to serve on a jury," said the Texas Republican, who arrived at the Harris County Jury Plaza Friday morning, went through the metal detector, and joined the rest of the jury pool, reports Your Houston News.

"One of the best aspects of being an American is our right to trial by jury," Cruz told the publication. “When I received my jury summons, I was proud to do my civic duty.”

Sitting on a jury would be a switch of places in a courtroom for Cruz, who is a Harvard-educated lawyer. Cruz was Solicitor General of Texas from 2003-2008, serving as the youngest Solicitor General in the nation and the state's longest-serving and first Hispanic Solicitor General, according to ballotpedia.org.

At first, Cruz sat in the front row of the jury room, listening along with about 200 other prospective jurors while a clerk explained the schedule and then at about 11 a.m., he and a 65-person panel went to a criminal court to learn who would be picked to decide the case of a man charged with evading arrest.

The other jurors knew who he was, and many had their photos taken with the senator and potential 2016 presidential primary candidate during breaks.

Despite the wait, Cruz was not picked for the jury, and he and the others not selected were let go at around 3 p.m., the report said.

District Clerk Chris Daniel praised Cruz for appearing, saying that "when a U.S. senator can find time in a busy schedule to come here, it helps send the message about the importance of jury service. His presence lets others in less prominent positions know that they should work hard to fulfill this civic responsibility.”

And Cruz said that Americans are "fortunate to be able to exercise our rights," as many countries do not give their citizens the protection of trial by jury.”

The jury system works best when a cross-section of people show up for jury duty, including "stay-at-home moms and dads. Students. Retirees. Laborers. And, yes, movers and shakers like Sen. Cruz.”

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