Jury Set for George Zimmerman Murder Trial of Trayvon Martin … All Females, 5 White and 1 Hispanic (B-29, B-76, B-37, B-51, E-6, E-40)
THE JURY IS SET FOR THE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN MURDER TRIAL … and the winning alpha-numbers are … B-29, B-76, B-37, B-51, E-6, E-40.
The jury has been finally set for the George Zimmerman murder trial. As reported at the Orlando Sentinel, the jury will be made up of six woman, five of them white and one Hispanic. I can already hear the claims of racial injustice. How long will it take by those who have made a cottage industry of race baiting that there are no blacks on the jury? But isn’t this a perfect make up of a jury of his peers? After all, it was the media who referred to Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic. Further, 5 of the jurors have children and with regards to the four alternate jurors, two are men and two are women. The women and one of the men are white; the other man is thought to be Hispanic. George Zimmerman is charged with the second degree murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin. However, the way this case has gone, it has been more about race than evidence and the law. Martin’s family questions whether they can get justice. Others ask, can Zimmerman get a fair trial with all the pre-trail hysterics and playing of the race card? This highly contentious and racially divided case can have no good outcome because of all the pre-trail racial muddying of the water by the MSM and others, including by President Barack Obama who called it a tragedy and stated that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin. Talk about taking sides. hmm, isn’t there a presumption of innocence in the United States?
Interestingly enough, two of the female jurors that were placed on the final six, wanted to be struck by the prosecution. Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson asked Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda to give his race- and gender-neutral explanations for each strike. The prosecution did so; however, the judge disallowed and both of the woman wound up on the jury of six. Might prove to be a blow to the State. Mediaite has a breakdown of the six jurors.
Six women, all but one of them white, will decide whether Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a case that sparked widespread outrage and prompted civil rights marches.
They will begin their work — listening to testimony and evaluating evidence — Monday morning.
On Thursday, attorneys who had individually questioned nearly 100 prospective jurors, went one-by-one, picking the six plus four alternates
It was dramatic, contentious and race was very much at play.
The process was moving along smoothly when defense attorney Mark O’Mara piped up.
“I would now ask the state to give a race-neutral reason why they have struck four white women in a row,” he said.
In response, Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson asked Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda to give his race- and gender-neutral explanations for each strike.
He did, but the judge rejected the prosecutor’s argument in the case of two of the women — both of whom ended up on the jury.
The racial shots across the bow by the family are already being made that unless there is a guilty verdict, there is no justice.
In a statement, lawyers for Trayvon’s family said: “With the makeup of this jury, the question of whether every American can get equal justice regardless of who serves on their jury panel will be answered.”
The four alternates are a middle-aged white man, a young man who is possibly Hispanic, a white college-aged woman and an older white woman who works as a nurse.
Opening arguments are set for Monday, June 24, 2013. Let the games begin.