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Oprah will sit on murder-trial jury. Doing her civic duty, she'll deliberate on a case in Chicago

Oprah Winfrey | MADAME FOREWOMAN? Winfrey is selected for a murder-trial jury
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MADAME FOREWOMAN? Winfrey is selected for a murder-trial jury

Oprah Winfrey earns hundreds of millions of dollars from her talk show, but for the next few days, she'll be earning $17.20 a day. Called up for jury duty in Chicago, Winfrey reported to a South Side courthouse on Monday and was selected to serve on a murder trial. ''If I were [a lawyer], I wouldn't pick me,'' she told the Chicago Sun-Times in the courthouse lobby before her selection as a juror. ''I can have an open mind, but I'm really too opinionated.''

The trial is expected to last three days. ''I'm hoping it won't take longer than a week,'' Winfrey told reporters earlier in the day, ''because I've got shows to do.'' Asked whether she thought any of the sordid details of a murder trial might faze her, she told the Chicago Tribune, ''Everything I could hear in a trial I've already heard on my show.'' She added that, at the courthouse, ''I've met a lot of interesting people ... and got some show ideas.''

Originally posted Aug 17, 2004

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