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Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan Summoned for Jury Duty

Elena Kagan smiles after becoming the Supreme Court's newest member, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. Kagan, 50, who replaces retired Justice John Paul Stevens, becomes the fourth woman to ever sit on the high court. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Not only was the newest Supreme Court associate justice summoned for jury duty, but many were shocked when Elena Kagen sat and waited to be picked with her fellow prospective jurors Thursday morning at D.C. Superior Court.

ABC News reports:

Sporting dark trousers and a checkered patterned sweater jacket, she sat quietly, reading through what appeared to be a legal brief and making handwritten notes in the margin.

Kagan was eventually released Thursday afternoon.

She was seen chatting warmly with a handful of people who recognized her. Then, Kagan dropped her plastic badge in the trash can and left the courthouse without stopping to collect her $4 transportation stipend.

The U.S. Supreme Court will return to session to hear oral arguments at the end of February.

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