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Oprah Winfrey a Juror in Chicago Murder Trial


— August 16, 2004

CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) — U.S. television talk show host Oprah Winfrey was picked to serve on a jury in a murder trial Monday, court officials said.

“It’s not every day that you have a celebrity on a jury,” a spokesman for the Cook County prosecutor’s office in Chicago said.

For daily pay of $17.20, the billionaire Chicago resident will travel from her tony North Side apartment to the grubby courthouse on the city’s South Side.

Winfrey will help decide whether Dion Coleman is guilty of shooting to death Walter Holley after a dispute over a counterfeit $50 bill Holley had accused Coleman of passing.

Details here via CNN.com.

UPDATE: Oprah and fellow jurors find Chicago man guilty of murder. That didn’t take long . . . . (via TalkLeft)


CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) — U.S. television talk show host Oprah Winfrey was picked to serve on a jury in a murder trial Monday, court officials said.

“It’s not every day that you have a celebrity on a jury,” a spokesman for the Cook County prosecutor’s office in Chicago said.

For daily pay of $17.20, the billionaire Chicago resident will travel from her tony North Side apartment to the grubby courthouse on the city’s South Side.

Winfrey will help decide whether Dion Coleman is guilty of shooting to death Walter Holley after a dispute over a counterfeit $50 bill Holley had accused Coleman of passing.

Details here via CNN.com.

UPDATE: Oprah and fellow jurors find Chicago man guilty of murder. That didn’t take long . . . . (via TalkLeft)

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