Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who one of about 50 prospective jurors in a drug case before D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Richter, was relieved from his commitment Monday afternoon.

Gray was part of a morning panel, during which he and other prospective jurors were interviewed to determine whether they should be one of 14 city residents to hear the case against a District man facing drug charges.

Before Gray was called in to join the panel, he did not wait in the jury lounge or “quiet room” with other possible jurors. Instead, he waited in the chambers of Chief Judge Lee Satterfield, courthouse sources said.

Gray was then ushered into the courtroom with the other men and women. After he was dismissed, he visited the juror lounge.

Security in Richter’s courtroom was heightened because of the mayor’s presence. Gray sat in the front row of the courtroom with other prospective jurors, occasionally checking his Blackberry.

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