Originally Posted by zinger1457
That wasn't my experience as an engineer living in CA. Of the ~10 times I was called up for jury duty I was selected for 6-7 juries and was never dismissed. I'm sure there may be specific cases where one of the lawyers would prefer not having an engineer who could possibly understand the details but typically that wasn't the case in my experience. In the juries I served the one's who seemed to get dismissed the most were those with some type of connection to law enforcement.
I remember the first time I was on jury duty in 1987 and got on a case which went to verdict (guilty). I spoke to the ADA after the case. He wanted me to review his performance (he was pretty young, as was I at 24). I happened to ask him why he cose me as a juror and what he was looking for. He told me he wanted college-educated people if possible because he wanted to get people who would not be bamboozled by the defense lawyer's smoke-screen tactics.
The defense lawyer also made sure to exclude the few females being questioned, leaving us with 6 men, all of whom except for me were at least in their 40s. The ADA and I figured out he did this because this was a shoplifting case and the defense lawyer wanted older men who were not likely to be regular shoppers and would possibly buy into the nonsense about the defendant "not realizing she was pushing a loaded shopping cart out of the store." I, being a frequent shopper, did not believe that garbage for a second and easily convinced the others it was a load of bull. I told the ADA that he was lucky to have me in the jury room.