Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's chief law enforcement officer, returned to the courthouse where he once served as a judge, this time in the role of prospective juror performing his civic duty.
The Justice Department said Holder wasn't chosen and that he won't be called back.
Had he been selected for the jury Tuesday, the attorney general would have been on a panel hearing an armed robbery case.
Holder sat in the last row of Judge Stuart Nash's courtroom along with other prospective jurors as the judge gave details of the case.
From 1988 to 1993, Holder was a judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, hearing hundreds of criminal cases.
Holder's three FBI bodyguards waited in the hallway during the proceeding.