And on a super busy Tuesday after a three-day Memorial Day weekend, Bush had a better than good chance of being sent up from the central jury room to wait it out on a venire panel in a trial court, which is exactly what happened says Gena Slaughter, who presides over the 191st District Court and handles jury service administrative matters for Dallas’ civil courthouse.
“At the request of her security, she was not in the central jury room downstairs. We set her up in my jury room,” Slaughter says. “She was very nice and very gracious. I explained voir dire to her and what happened next.”
Bush was eventually sent up to the 192nd District Court where she was seated with a venire panel being considered for a car wreck case, but she was dismissed after a lawyer used a preemptory strike on the former FLOTUS.
Overall, the process seemed to go smoothly, except for a few people who were not expecting to run into a flock of Secret Service agents outside Slaughter’s courtroom.
“There were a lot of people with guns in my hallway,” says Slaughter, who consulted with Bush’ security detail last week about her jury service. “One of my interns forgot she was coming in and he was a little shell shocked.”
--- John Council