New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will have to take time out from his job running the nation's largest city to help decide whether a man deserves $6 million for having his private parts scalded in the shower.

Giuliani was picked today to serve jury duty in the case of a man who is suing his landlord for the shower injury.

"I was surprised, but I really want to comment on it as little as possible," Giuliani said. "I am gratified and very honored to serve and actually looking forward to it after all these years as a trial lawyer."

Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, had expected to be dismissed quickly from the pool of jurors. Instead he waited the entire morning and most of the afternoon with 125 other prospective jurors before being picked. [Giuliani was the first juror chosen and, as such, automatically becomes jury foreman, Reuters reported.]

The plaintiffs are a man and his wife who are seeking $6 million in damages from their landlord for allegedly improperly maintaining the boiler and pipes in their East Harlem apartment. The wife is seeking an additional $1 million for loss of consortium.

"This is a very rewarding experience, I hope," Giuliani said.

Giuliani is likely to be the Republican nominee for the Senate seat being vacated by Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D). His opponent in November 2000 is expected to be first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.