Jul 2, 2011 3:32 PM by Matt Stafford

Ritter shows up for jury duty, but isn't picked

DENVER (AP) - Former Gov. Bill Ritter nearly served on a jury last month in Denver after showing up for jury duty and filling out questions about his ability to judge a drug case.

Ritter said he could be a fair judge - even though the former Democratic governor once was Denver's district attorney and appointed the case's judge to the bench.

Ritter was dismissed from the jury pool for a different reason. He told attorneys and Denver District Court Judge Ken Laff that the defendant in the case may have been related to someone he prosecuted in 1981.

Laff told The Denver Post that it's important to show jury pools that no one's too important for jury duty. But Laff said conflicts made Ritter's service impossible. The defendant was later acquitted.


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