Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn called for jury duty, doesn't get picked
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn reported for jury duty Monday morning, but by the end of the day he had not put on any panels of prospective jurors and was dismissed from duty.
It wasn't a surprise. Buckhorn said he had been summoned twice before, once when he was a special assistant to then-Mayor Sandy Freedman and once when he was serving on the City Council, and was rejected both times. On Monday, he brought along a briefcase full of work-related reading to keep himself busy while he waited.
"As the chief law law enforcement officer in the city, there are some complications with me serving," he said. "but it's my duty to show up. I'm happy to do it. ... It's important that people do take the time to show up"