Obama reports for jury duty in Chicago and is dismissed

Barack Obama
Barack Obama reported for jury duty in Chicago.

Former US President Barack Obama has turned up for jury duty at a Chicago courthouse, but was dismissed by the judge without being called on to serve.

Crowds thronged the Daley Center municipal building to catch a glimpse of the 44th US president.

There was no official explanation for his dismissal, but it is not uncommon for people called to perform jury service not to be assigned a case.

Mr Obama arrived at court on Wednesday morning and left around midday.

The former president, who was once a law professor, has a house in Chicago.

Each potential juror is paid about $17.20 (£13.11) from the county.

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