Kid Rock dismissed from jury duty

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Pontiac — Kid Rock, a Clarkston resident less-well-known as Robert James Ritchie, fulfilled his civic duty and reported to the Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac for jury duty on Thursday morning.

Ritchie was dismissed from jury duty around 2:30 p.m., according to a clerk for Oakland County Circuit Judge Martha Anderson. She declined to give a reason for his dismissal, but said the questioning went smoothly.

Last month, Kid Rock closed out his venue record 10th consecutive sold-out concert at DTE Energy Music Theatre. Rock was joined by self-proclaimed “Motor City Madman” Ted Nugent at his DTE Energy tour.

Also this summer, a local branch of the National Action Network, led by the Rev. Charles Williams II, threatened protests over General Motors’ sponsorship of Kid Rock because of the artist’s affinity for and regular display of the Confederate flag. After meeting with GM representatives, the protests never materialized.

Also earlier this year, Kid Rock was found to have applied for a pay-to-play position on the “auxiliary police force” in the small village of Oakley.

Detroit News Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.