Today, June 19th, is Day 8 of the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman trial. he entire day is devoted to the prosecution’s Bernie de la Rionda posing individual and group questions to the remaining 40 jurors.
The trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Eastern this morning. We’ll bring you updates as they become available. Also, be sure to check the end of this article, our trial updates page, the Axiom Amnesia Facebook page and Twitter feed for live blogs and discussions on the trial.
Here’s what to expect:
The jury pool is now narrowed to 40 prospects: 16 men, 24 women, 23 Whites, 6 Blacks, 9 people of other/non-specified races, and 2 Hispanics. These are the 40 jurors who will move on to the next round of questioning, beginning today: B-12, B-29, B-76, B-7, B-35, B-37, B-51, B-86, E-6, E-40, E-54, E-73, M-75, B-61, B-72, E-22, E-13, E-28, K-80, K-95, P-67, G-14, G-29, G-47, G-63, G-66, G-81, H-6, H-7, H-18, H-29, H-35, H-81, H-69, H-86, I-5, I-19, I-24, I-33, and I-44.
Round two of jury selection for the trial of George Zimmerman begins this morning, when attorneys will conduct group-questioning of potential jurors, in the hope of finding a panel to try the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The trial reached a milestone Tuesday, when Circuit Judge Debra Nelson announced the state and defense had gotten 40 potential jurors through the pretrial publicity phase of questioning. Over the trial’s first seven days, potential jurors were questioned individually about what they know, and how they feel, about the Miami Gardens teen’s high-profile killing.
This morning, jury selection switches gears to something much more like jury selection at an everyday trial: 30 of the 40 first-round survivors will sit together in the courtroom and answer questions on a wide variety of more general topics.
For example: They may be asked whether they’ve ever been arrested, if they trust the testimony of a police officer more than a civilian witness or whether they have a medical condition that makes it hard for them to sit in court all day.
Each side, state and defense, can excuse 10 jurors without having to explain why. In addition, other jurors will likely be excused “for cause” should Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson decide they’re unfit.
The attorneys and judge hope the process will find 10 Seminole County residents — six jurors and four alternates — to try the case.
Source: Orlando Sentinel
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