Sen. Claire McCaskill was called for jury duty Monday and hilariously live-tweeted her experience while waiting for hours for jury selection.
Technically, elected officials are exempt from jury duty, but some senators still want to participate, considering it an honor and duty.
McCaskill, a Democratic senator from Missouri, was a prosecuting attorney in the 1990s, so her legal lexicon was on point. 💅
McCaskill was prepared to keep tweeting no matter how long she had to be at jury duty:
She was admittedly embarrassed by the low pay given to jurors, acknowledging it is a Missouri foible.
After awhile, the first round of jurors were called, but McCaskill's group wasn't.
She joked about what people were doing while they were waiting:
She compared jury selection to the feeling in middle school when you are hoping you aren't last to be picked for the team.
Again, the senator was prepared for this to be a long day.
The former attorney became nervous while wondering why she was getting skipped over for the team — I mean, jury.
MAYBE it was personal that she wasn't getting picked.
She started talking about the TV in the waiting room, wondering what would be done after someone went for the remote.
Don't worry though — she didn't want the power to control the channel selection.
As the boredom increased, people naturally went in search of snacks.
Finally, the TV channel was set to Comedy Central, which seemed like a generally safe choice, although there was one skeptical audience member...
YAS! McCaskill finally got called to the courtroom.
Still, she knew it might be a long time until she knew if she would be selected for jury duty.
She warned her followers that when she stepped into the courtroom, she would have to close down her live-tweeting operation.
First though, she would have to do some more waiting.
Again, she wondered if this was all happening because she had been a lawyer in her past life.
Never go to jury duty without your own snacks, McCaskill told her followers.
While being questioned in the courtroom, her Twitter feed went quiet. But during a short break she tweeted that she couldn't talk about the case.
Finally, she learned that she had been selected to be a juror in the trial! 🎉
As a juror, McCaskill is not allowed to discuss details of the case, but she said she would share the verdict when it is decided.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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