Trials & Litigation

Jury service links singer Chris Brown, Justice Kagan and Wis. Gov. Scott Walker


Wisconsin’s governor was dismissed Wednesday from a jury hearing a Milwaukee personal injury case, but there was no word on whether another prominent individual—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan—was even selected to hear a case after reporting for jury duty in the nation’s capital.

Gov. Scott Walker was dismissed shortly before the jury in his case went into deliberations, after he realized and revealed to the presiding judge, through law enforcement officers, that the CEO of an insurance company involved in the auto accident case had donated $2,000 to his election campaign, the Associated Press reports.

He had earlier been struck from a panel of potential jurors for a murder case, the Journal Sentinel reports. Another Journal Sentinel story provides additional details about the campaign donation.

Meanwhile, Kagan was spotted at the D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday, and the Supreme Court confirmed that she was there for jury duty, the Washington Post (reg. req.) reports. Kagan also reported for jury duty in 2011.

Singer Chris Brown, no stranger to courtrooms, was also at the D.C. courthouse Wednesday for a status hearing in a case over an October scuffle outside a Washington hotel. However, he and Kagan were unlikely to cross paths because no jury trial is scheduled in his case, U.S. News & World Report’s Washington Whispers blog reports.

Brown and his bodyguard rejected plea deals Wednesday concerning the misdemeanor assault case each faces, reports the Washington Post (reg. req.).

Despite heightened security over Brown’s appearance, shoving matches ensued between members of the media and U.S. marshals and at one point they closed the front entrance to the courthouse.

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