Posted Aug 12, 2013 10:20 pm CDT
Sen. John McCain was ready to do his civic duty.
But after the Arizona Republican wound up in a pool of about 80 potential jurors in a Maricopa County murder case, the judge released him, the Associated Press reports.
Judge Joseph Kreamer explained to other members of the pool on Monday that a narrow exception for people whose jobs involve health, welfare or the public interest includes an “ER doctor or a U.S. senator.” Outside the presence of the pool, he told McCain, “Something told me you weren’t going to make it on this one.”
The trial, including jury selection, was expected to last up to two months. McCain said he had been willing to serve on a short trial, the AP reports.
“I would have had to cancel a few meetings, but I’m sure that the country would have survived without those,” the senator said.