1) Is it true that all I have to do to get out of it is to develop strong opinions on whatever they ask? (Without committing perjury of course.)
2) If they want me to be a juror anyway, will the trial start relatively soon--like within a few days--or will they say, "Great, so show up on November 4th..."? If the latter is the case, then I can't do it--classes start at the end of the month and I have to be a T.A. But if they want me as a juror for a few days in mid-September then I'm perfectly available to judge my peers.
*sigh*...such a pain to cooperate with constitutional rights sometimes. :)