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The jury in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman was selected today. Six women will decide Zimmerman’s fate, after he fatally shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. Five of the women are white and one is Latina, according to several reports.

All of the jurors names have been kept confidential, though small details have emerged: atleast four are mothers, two rescue animals as a hobby, two recently relocated to the area (one from Iowa, another from Chicago) and one was arrested before but has no animosity toward the legal system because of it.

The panel was chosen after two weeks of jury selection from a pool of 40 candidates who progressed to the second round of jury questioning. Two men and two women were also picked as alternate jurors.

Critics have already expressed disdain for the fact that no African-Americans were selected for the panel but others argue that the jury’s racial composition reflects Seminole County, which is 78.5 percent White and 16.5 percent Black.

Opening arguments are set for Monday.

What is your take on the jury selection, Clutchettes and Gents?

 

23 Comments

  1. Trisha

    I’m not sure how this one will play out. Zimmerman may walk free depending on how these women feel about black males and their experiences with black males.

    Yes, women are more sympathizing than men and the mothers may have more compassion for Sybrina. However, those emotions could easily be persuaded if they are straddling the fence with their perceptions of black men and violence.

    If they are unable to look at this case individually, I’m still not convinced if this is a great selection or not. The alternative would have for sure freed Zimmerman.

    I have to pray, wait, and hope it turns out in Trayvon’s favor.

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  2. i feel like this jury is a win win for zimmerman and its sad. if he wins then he wins no harm no foul for his side if he loses i feel like this is a set up for saying he wasnt actually judged by a jury of his “peers” and deserves a 2nd trial with a more diverse/better representation of his area. if its 76%white 16% black why the 1 latina (where did she come from) and NO black, also what is with the all women? Unless Seminole County, Florida is the mythical land of The Amazons & I didnt know it, how is this his peers?? Again i really feel like this is a set up for a mistrial or basis for appeal should he lose

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  3. Echi

    “but others argue that the jury’s racial composition reflects Seminole County, which is 78.5 percent White and 16.5 percent Black.”

    17% of a 12 member jury is two. They really couldn’t find anyone?

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    • Echi

      Wait – there are only six people?

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