I was just at lunch, and was lucky enough to have a chatty waiter. Out of the blue, the waiter asked me whether I knew of a good way to get out of jury duty. I responded that I did not. He then went on at some length about all the ways in which he has, over the years, tried to avoid serving as a juror. Some of these measures seemed to me quite extreme. So I asked him the following question:
"I'm curious: Let's say you're unlucky enough to be accused of a serious crime that you did not commit and are brought to stand trial. Would you want to be tried before a jury of your peers or not?"
He replied quickly and confidently: "Of course."
So I responded: "Is it possible that the fact that you feel entitled to a trial by jury entails that you have a responsibility to serve as a juror if called?"
His reply: "Don't judge me. I'll get your check."