Oh, that mayor with his excuses. Just last month he got out of jury duty to go meet with the president and hang out with the Giants (and visit his daughters, but still) and now he’s at it again, this time getting dismissed from the SF Superior Court, just across the street from City Hall.
As the Chron reports, Lee was called to serve on an eviction case. His background might have gotten him bounced, anyway: one of Lee’s first legal victories was organizing a 1977 renters’ strike at the Ping Yuen public housing complex in response to the murder and attempted rape of a 17-year-old resident.
Lee was a clerk at the Asian Law Caucus at the time and represented the tenants during negotiations with the San Francisco Housing Authority.
But he didn’t even make it as far as jury selection — what really kept Lee from serving was simply the fact that he’s the mayor and doesn’t have time for that shit.
“I just wrote down, ‘I’m the mayor and I’ve got to deal with emergencies and all the other things,’ ” Lee told the Chron.
James Robertson, the judge presiding over the case, apparently agreed that the five days the case would take would be way too long to keep the mayor, and sent him back across the street.