If someone asks how to get out of jury duty I tell them what they don’t want to hear–it’s their civic duty, everyone should serve on a jury, etc. Massachusetts makes it easy to preach this line its “one day, one trial” system provides little wriggle room to escape jury service. Everyone does serve on a jury in Massachusetts–judges, lawyers, law students, law professors, doctors, failed presidential candidates (John Kerry served on a jury about six months after the 2004 election), students who live in Massachusetts eight months out of the year to attend school . . . everyone. I have no sympathy for people who try to duck it.
I did, however, just read a story about a juror who was deservedly discharged from a Massachusetts jury in a criminal trial. The defendant was convicted and claimed on appeal that the judge abused her discretion in discharging this juror. The Massachusetts Appeals Court did not agree and upheld the conviction. The title of the story merits a spoiler alert; click to read The Case of the Stinky Juror.