Today is day 3 of picking a jury. It’s been interesting hearing how those close to the incident came to know of the case and how for the most part have given it only a small consideration.
Thanks so much to AJ for the work he is doing in recording the day’s events. You can find them in the hearing tab at the top of the page.
Day 1 resulted in 4 jurors being interviewed and of those 1 was dismissed, likely because he was hard of hearing.
B12 – A white woman who works the third shift at her job. She told attorney’s she does not watch a lot of TV but has heard of the trial. She’s familiar with shows like “CSI” and says she wants to keep an “open mind” and does not have a pre-determined opinion of the trial. “B12” told the attorneys she has heard of George Zimmerman’s wife and remembers she and George had raised money from donations to pay their bills a remembers seeing a photo of Trayvon Martin in a hoodie.
B29 – A married female third-shift worker who has five children and moved to Seminole County from Chicago four months ago. Says she never paid attention to the news and doesn’t always believe it. She watches a lot of reality TV. A 4-6 week trial may be a problem if she was sequestered because although her husband is supportive she doesn’t know if she would be emotionally tough enough to be. “B29” says she has seen t-shirts and photos of Trayvon Martin and assumed he was 12 or 13 years old. She told the attorneys she has friends who have already took sides in the case but she has not.
B30 – A 65 year old white male. Started off with a joke when the attorneys said that he is juror B30 and he said he’d rather “be 30 than be 65” – a comment that got a chuckle from George Zimmerman and most of the courtroom. B30 says he does not watch TV because it is “too negative” nor has he done research about the case because he’s “not tech-savvy.” Played in a band for 20 years and that’s why he says his hearing is bad.
B76 – A white woman who says she remembers a gun involved from watching the news. Says her family is very open-minded and has lived in Seminole County since 1981. B76 does not have cable television or access to national newscasts. She has discussed the case with relatives but that hasn’t lead for her to make a decision or personal judgment yet adding she can keep an open-mind and disregard what the media says. She told the attorneys she was aware when Zimmerman was arrested and saw spokespeople from both sides on the news.
Day 2 saw 10 jurors interviewed:
At this link you can get a summary of each juror: http://www.cfnews13.com/content/news/articles/cfn/2013/6/11/zimmerman_trial_day_2.html
Most interesting was potential juror #35, An African American male who had strong views on what has gone on in this case. I’m certain he and Tracy Martin would not see eye to eye on the matter. Here’s a really good write up and what transpired in the courtroom during #35’s interview: http://www.local10.com/news/jury-selection-continues-in-zimmerman-trial/-/1717324/20514338/-/j29snk/-/index.html