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Taylor Swift appeared for jury selection and social media couldn’t handle it

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Selfies, so many selfies

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Pop sensation Taylor Swift shocked the world this weekend when she did a VMA awards no-show.

The rumour mill went into overdrive: had the number one selling artist dodged the awards ceremony because of her long-running feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (both in attendance)?

No, she was completing her jury duty instead — sparking off a bit of a social media meltdown.

First, there were the tweeters who praised a “down to earth” Swift for attending jury selection.

…not that it’s required by law or anything.

Then came the, perhaps inevitable, flood of juror on juror selfies.

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Even her bodyguards were snapped hanging out in the court.

Unfortunately, Swift’s courtroom performance was short-lived.

It has been reported the 26-year-old pop star has been excused from jury service because she felt as though she couldn’t be impartial. This is because the case in question had a sex attack element, and Swift is herself involved in an ongoing sexual assault case.

While some spectators have questioned whether Swift actually managed to wriggle her way out of the case because of her celeb status, criminal barrister Max Hardy reckons that’s probably not what’s happened. He said:

In an English rape trial any prospective juror, celebrity or not, who disclosed involvement in proceedings civil or criminal relating to sexual matters would almost certainly be asked to stand by.

So, that’s the end of the Taylor Swift/jury duty social media hysteria. Looks unlikely we’ll be getting a repeat of the (brilliant) moment a judge in California used snippets from Swift’s greatest hits in the summing up of a plagiarism case involving the starlet.

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8 Comments

zyoeru

So what? Madonna is constantly getting called for jury service and then being discharged. I have the feeling the same thing would have happened despite the ongoing trial Swift is involved with – to have a famous person serve on a jury would detract from the seriousness of serving as a juror. This much is obvious with people posing for “selfies” in a court which is completely inappropriate behaviour, in my opinion.

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Scouser of Counsel

Well in England they would be arrested for taking pictures in a court building, but remember the US is a country where they televise trials, and bills have gone before state legislatures (all failed) proposing the televising of executions!

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Domaine

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Lord Lyle of Dotage

I never heard of these ‘celebrities’ before except Madonna. Thanx LC for keeping us up to date on celebrity tittle tattle for teeny boppers.

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Scouser of Counsel

Perfectly true, and perfectly proper.

I had a historic sex abuse trial at the start of the year where one of the jurors, after being sworn, passed a note disclosing that [they] had been sexually abused as a child and felt that it might colour [their] view of the case.

[They were] rightly asked to stand down.

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Trumpenkrieg

Taylor Swift is an Alt Right icon.

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Lord Lyle of Church St Market

My mate Duvet Dave downa pub , who’s a celebrity in Church St Market, West End, gets excused service coz he knows all the defendants.

But wasn’t u supposed to know the defendants back in the day?

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