Friday, August 9th, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  8 responses

LeBron James Showed Up for Jury Duty in Akron

To the shock of most in a courtroom near his home in Akron, Ohio on Thursday, LeBron James casually strolled in. He wasn’t needed, though, as the criminal trials never took place. Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “LeBron James reported ahead of schedule for jury duty Thursday morning at the Summit County Courthouse, but he and other members of the pool were sent home after two potential criminal trials did not take place. One defendant who was scheduled for trial, in Common Pleas Judge Tom Teodosio’s court, did not appear and had a bench warrant issued for his arrest. The other defendant, in Judge Tom Parker’s court, pleaded guilty to a drug offense during pretrial proceedings. Citizen James, meanwhile, sat ‘quietly and appreciatively’ in the ground-floor office of a court official who supervises the jury pool in a larger seating area nearby, Sheriff’s Lt. Kandy Fatheree said. James was at the courthouse by about 8:20 a.m., 10 minutes ahead of the scheduled reporting time for potential jurors, she said. [...] Before they left, Teodosio thanked James and the others for their service ‘like I do in all cases,’ the judge said. ‘It’s an important duty they perform for the community and the justice system.’ James, who lives in Bath Township, had posted pictures of himself as he was preparing to go to the courthouse. ‘Jury duty time. Time to serve my civic duty,’ James wrote on his Instagram photo account. Fatheree said it was fun to see the reactions of the other jurors when they saw James in the waiting area. ‘As soon as he walked in I just scanned the room, and everyone knew immediately who he was,’ she said. ‘It was kind of funny to see the movements of everyone whispering to each other.’”

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  • iDavidAMGoliath

    Gotta respect King James for that!

  • Bebop

    That’s the first time he didn’t flop near a court.

  • Lexluther312

    Biggest LeBron hater out there… but gotta respect the guy. I used to think his “down-to-earth, good-guy” persona off the court was just a show, but he seems like a stand-up guy. Much more stand-up than he was with the “Check My Stat$” fiasco; seems to have matured. Respect

  • Todd

    Do what you do LB

  • spit hot fiyah

    what happens if u don’t show up when u are called for jury duty? anyone?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I know in the state of Texas you could be seized by the marshall and put in front of judge explaining your reasoning for your absence. If it’s not a good reason you could fined for up to $100 and/or 3 days in county jail.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    And in a peace court you could be fined up to $1000 and 6 months county.

  • spit hot fiyah