- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PROVO, Utah (AP) - A judge has dismissed Utah Gov. Gary Herbert from serving on a jury after the Republican governor reported to court.

Herbert’s office says the governor was one of 35 potential jurors called for a case of driving under the influence Tuesday morning in a state courtroom in Provo.

Herbert told reporters that he was honored to do his civic duty and doesn’t know exactly why he wasn’t selected for the jury.

The Utah State Courts website says judges can excuse potential jurors from service for public necessity or extreme inconvenience, but it notes that everyone is inconvenienced by jury duty to some degree.

With his dismissal, Herbert will continue on a scheduled trip to Nevada on Tuesday evening for the Western Governors’ Association Annual Meeting.

He returns Friday afternoon.

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