Samuel L. Jackson Dismissed From Jury After Citing Movie Obligations


Jackson reportedly said he'd like to serve in the future, when he has more time.

Samuel L. Jackson reportedly was dismissed as a prospective juror on Thursday in L.A. after he said serving on the case would interfere with his work on a movie.

CNS News reported that the actor wrote a note to L.A. Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin, saying that although it was a "privilege" to be considered as a juror, he is scheduled to begin production work on a movie, continuing into October. Jackson maintained that, in addition to affecting his own job, his jury service would infringe on the finances of multiple other cast- and crewmembers working on the movie.

The case he would have served on involves a woman who is suing Janssen Research & Development, LLC because, she claims, her schizophrenic son died as a subject of a drug study involving Risperdal.

Judge Fruin said he was inclined to grant Jackson's request, and the case's attorneys agreed. Following the hearing, Jackson reportedly said he'd love to serve on a jury when he has more time and said his fellow prospective jurors "were a good group of people."