Gov. Corbett asks to be excused from jury duty

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When a jury summons arrives in the mail, for many people, the immediate reaction is: How can I get out of this?

Work responsibilities? Family obligations? Running the sixth most populous state in the country?

For Gov. Tom Corbett, that last one surely helped him escape jury duty in Common Pleas court last week.

At least for the time being.

The governor, whose official residence is in Shaler, was summoned for service on Friday.

He wrote a letter to the court in late February asking for a deferral in his service.

"Regrettably, due to irreconcilable conflicts within my public duties as governor, I must respectfully request a postponement," Gov. Corbett wrote. "Jury duty is a solemn obligation of all citizens of the United States and this commonwealth, and I welcome the opportunity to serve the justice system with my fellow citizens of Allegheny County as jurors for the court of Common Pleas."

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning, the administrative judge for the criminal division, issued an order deferring Gov. Corbett's appearance "until his term of service to the Commonwealth shall have concluded."

Gov. Corbett formerly served as an assistant district attorney, state attorney general and as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

"Some of his greatest memories and stories are of cases he tried as an ADA in Allegheny County," said spokesman Kevin Harley, "He's used to talking to juries.

"I'd put my money on him to be elected foreman."

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Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com


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