I have been called, for local or federal, every two years since turning 18. At first I was always excused because I received my summons during finals. I had the flu one time, and the case was dismissed or they decided to settle every other time.
**my 52 year old cousin had been called as well and we were discussing that. It was only the 2nd time that he had been called. I felt picked on
I can understand why they would be leery of officers or dispatchers when it comes to criminal cases. You get to know some people, very well, due to the job and your first reaction to being asked 'do you think this person is guilty?' would be... All day, every day. They deserve the best chances for an unbiased trial. Some can put their feeling and what they know aside, and some can't.