It may read like a John Grisham movie script, but Samuel L. Jackson will not be cast in the role of prospective juror for a civil case against a major drug corporation.
The Los Angeles Superior Court civil case, where a mother is suing a major pharmaceutical company for the death of her 25-year-old schizophrenic son, Augustine Liu. where Marion Liu is suing Janssen Research and Development LLC for her son’s February 2009 death, following his participation in an investigational drug study involving Risperdal, which is used to treat schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder.
Samuel L. Jackson, who reported for jury duty on the case, was dismissed as a prospective juror on Sept. 22. Jackson told a judge, according to reports, that serving on a lengthy negligence case involving a prescription drug could cause him to be in breach of contract of obligations associated with an upcoming film.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin read aloud a note from the actor, who said that while it was a “privilege” to be considered for the panel, his production work is scheduled to begin later this month and continue into October.
Jackson wrote that not only would he be unable to perform his role, but those associated with the film would be financially hurt.
“My inclination is to grant his request,” Fruin said.
The attorneys on both sides concurred.
After the hearing, the 66-year-old actor known for such films as “Pulp Fiction” and “Marvel’s The Avengers” said he would like to serve on a jury in the future when he has more time.
Jackson first reported for jury duty Monday and returned today. As he left the hallway outside the courtroom in the downtown civil courts building, Jackson shook hands and waved to some of the other prospective jurors.
Asked if he met some new friends, Jackson replied, “Yeah, they’re a good group of people.”