August 17, 2004
CHICAGO - Oprah Winfrey was picked to serve on a jury at Cook County Criminal Court. Winfrey walked into the courthouse Monday through an alternate entrance to avoid crowds. But officials said once inside the courtroom, she wouldn't receive any special treatment.
The talk-show host had told reporters she didn't think she'd be picked because she's too opinionated. But Winfrey added that if she were selected, "I'm just hoping it doesn't take longer than a week because I've got shows to do."
After Winfrey was selected for a murder trial, Judge James B. Linn was asked how she was picked.
"This was a straight-up jury selection," he said.
Last week, Cook County sheriff's office spokeswoman Sally Daly said Winfrey was among some 300 prospective jurors scheduled to appear at court Monday.