Out here in laid back Oregon we're allowed to take knitting in. Of course you can't knit 'in the box' but then, you can't have pen or paper, either. What's up with not being able to take notes? Don't they KNOW some folks memories are hazy?
I've been called up three times in the past two years, but never had to go in. You call the night before, and they let you know whether to drop everything in your life to sit on a jury.
My Dad, this was thirty years ago, told the judge he couldn't be on the jury because he couldn't read, which was a lie, he couldn't read well. He actually had hemmorhoids, but didn't want to say that in a room with women in it. The judge looked at him, and said, "That's OK, neither can the lawyers." My poor Dad had to sit through a twelve day trial.