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Christopher Meloni Fails to Land Jury Duty Because of His TV Detective Role

April 08, 2010 07:14:48 GMT

The 49-year-old actor admits that he never serves as a jury even though he has asked for it, saying 'That's never happened. They just take a look at me and say, 'Thank you for trying'.'


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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Christopher Meloni has escaped jury duty for over a decade because defense attorneys refuse to let the famous TV detective serve in a U.S. court of law. The 49-year-old is widely recognized as top cop Detective Elliot Stabler, the character he's played since the show started in 1999.

And the Jack Willis of "Nights in Rodanthe" insists attorneys always turn him away when he shows up for jury duty, because they're afraid he may be biased.

He says, "I've never done jury duty and I've gone but there's no defense attorney who is going to have Elliot Stabler (serve on a case). That's never happened. They just take a look at me and say, 'Thank you for trying'."


 




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