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Justice is Supreme, but not on jury

No one took notice of the tall, slim man who appeared yesterday for jury duty in Marlborough. Had he worn his black robe, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer no doubt would have drawn more attention.

Even District Court Judge Thomas Sullivan Jr. didn't recognize Breyer until he read the justice's name on a document listing potential jurors. "When I looked at the slip, I said, 'Oh, my God,' " Sullivan said.

Two cases were to be heard, one for drunken driving and another for assault. Enough jurors were picked for the assault case before Breyer's name was called, and the defense attorney in the drunken driving case excluded the justice from that jury.

Breyer, 66, said he felt it was important to do his civic duty. "It proves that everyone can participate," Breyer said.

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