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Thursday June 20, 2013

One Ethnic Minority Part of All Woman Jury Deciding George Zimmerman’s Fate

One Ethnic Minority Part of All Woman Jury Deciding George Zimmerman’s Fate

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The state of Florida has chosen an all woman jury to determine the fate of George Zimmerman on charges of murdering African-American teen Trayvon Martin.

Martin was 17-years-old when he was shot and killed by Zimmerman, the local neighborhood watchman, near his father’s home in Sanford, Florida.  The February 26, 2012 incident sparked outrage across the country due to the fact Martin was not armed at the time of his death and thought to have been racially-profiled by Zimmerman.  Zimmerman, a multi-racial Hispanic American, claimed he acted in self-defense.

The six women are all white except for one woman identified as a woman of color who is either black or Hispanic.  The trial will officially start at 9:00 a.m. on Monday; with the jury being sequestered.  The only minority is a mother of eight who is originally from Chicago and works at a local nursing home.  The state of Florida only seats a traditional 12 jury panel in death sentence cases.

Attorneys for both sides questioned 58 people about their exposure to coverage of the case and then the selection was whittled down to 40 from which the 6 jurors and 4 alternates were chosen.