Jury Selection Begins in Zimmerman Murder Trial

Yamiche Alcindor, USA Today, June 10, 2013

Jury selection in the Trayvon Martin murder case got off to a prompt start Monday, with Circuit Judge Debra Nelson quickly hearing, then rejecting, a request from defense lawyer Mark O’Mara to delay the trial.

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Supporters of Zimmerman and Martin have waged emotionally charged arguments about the deadly encounter here Feb. 26, 2012. The Internet has buzzed with debates about whether Zimmerman was defending himself against an aggressive teen who had begun pummeling him–or whether he had profiled and murdered a black, unarmed 17-year-old.

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Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for Zimmerman’s attorneys, said selection of the six-person jury could last one to three weeks and the trial three to four weeks.

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George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman, and Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, also attended the proceedings.

“We are relieved that the start of the trial is here with the jury selection as we seek justice for our son Trayvon,” Tracy Martin said. “We also seek a fair and impartial trial. We ask that the community continue to stay peaceful as we place our faith in the justice system. We ask that the community do the same.”

Outside the courthouse, about a dozen people–mostly in support of Trayvon Martin and his family–held signs that read: “We are all Trayvon! The whole damn system is guilty!” and “We say no more!”

Noche Diaz, 24, came to Sanford from Harlem, N.Y. for the first day of trial. “When Trayvon Martin was killed they let George Zimmerman walk free until thousands of people stepped out,” Diaz said. “We need to be part of the process.”

He said acquitting Zimmerman would send a message that vigilantes can kill young men of color and get away with it.

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Zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge, is claiming he shot Martin in self-defense. He remains free on a $1 million bond.

Prosecutors plan to argue that Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, profiled Martin, wrongly assumed he was a criminal, disregarded a police dispatcher’s instructions not to follow the teen, confronted the young man, and killed him.

“Both sides are going to have to be careful in juror selection because the race issues in this case are highly charged,” said Randy Reep, a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor in Jacksonville, Fla. “If I was the prosecutor in this case, I would be desiring to have black people or other minorities who have had bad experiences based solely on their ‘profileable’ characteristics.”

Those people, Reep said, are more likely to relate and side with Martin. He added that’s a departure from common scenarios because usually defense attorneys want black jurors who they believe are more likely to be distrustful of law enforcement officials.

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  • MekongDelta69

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…
    (Unfortunately for him), George Zimmerman is a dead man walking.

    [Btw, the USA Today is a typical left-wing rag.]

    • brengunn

      Your right about that. Say three black jurors, they all return a guilty verdict of course, three white jurors, the likelihood of one returning a guilty is high. So his odds aren’t good. Plus add in the pressure for the verdict to be the right one and you have a guilty man going down for many, many moons.

    • Basketeddie

      Not if there is a white male on the jury.

  • Puggg

    There was going to be a “million hoodie march” in Sanford today. I hope it happened, and I hope the cops used it as an opportunity to close the loop on some outstanding warrants.

    • The__Bobster

      http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/22546836/george-zimmerman-trial-national-hoodie-march

      SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) – A group of protesters plans to hold a “National Hoodie March” in Sanford this morning as jury selection in the George Zimmerman trial gets underway.

      The group plans to gather in front of the Seminole County Courthouse at 9
      a.m. to demand justice for Treeboon Marr-Inn. At noon, protesters wearing hoodies plan to pull their hoodies over their nappy or pointy heads.

      “We want justice ($$$) for Treeboon Marr-Inn … This is sumpfin we’re determined
      to struggle for, and you know, it’s the only way it’s going to happen is if
      people in huge numbers around the country show up and show their solidarity and demand it,” one protester said.

      “Without continued resistance, there will not be justice ($$$) in this case, or any
      of the cases where there is a target painted firmly on the backs of black and
      Latino youth,” the group said in a news release.

      • MekongDelta69

        You know why I don’t believe your story Bob?

        Because there are waaaaaay too many correctly spelled words that you attribute to the ‘youfs of colored crayons.’

        Please try to brush up on your eee-bahn-iks before you make such an egregious error again.

        This has been a Public Service Announcement, brought to you by The Association of Hooded and Oppressed Youfs.

      • me

        And the ‘youfs’ are all innocent little ‘angels’ that ‘din’ do nuffins’. Maybe if they stopped breaking the law, flash mobbing, robbing, playing ‘knockout’ games, targeting whites, and generally acting like feral animals….just an idea.
        How about European Americans show up wearing suits and ties, and carrying briefcases…or wearing hardhats and work boots…..or their nursing scrubs…..or their work uniforms….and all carrying signs about black on white crime –as a show of solidarity for justice, law and order, and a demand for common decency from these ‘urban youths’? Whites are the ones with the targets painted on their backs….

        • Frans

          That’s a good idea—wearing clothing that represents YT as hardworking, productive, ethical, moral. Great idea. I’d participate!

    • Viking_61

      Dat bees rayciss!!!

  • joemcgee

    It’ll most likely be over with jury selection. He’s done in my opinion. Even if he actually is aquitted by some miracle, the fedgov will jump in and get him on a civil rights violation (don’t call it double jeopardy).

    • MBlanc46

      Indeed. I’d almost bet on it.

  • sbuffalonative

    We’re not hearing the original ‘white’ man killed black man narrative anymore but they’re still not identifying Zimmerman as Hispanic. That Zimmerman has turned out not to be white has caused things to quiet down a bit. This racial/ethnic turn of events has thrown a wrench into black outrage. Blacks are trying to keep the momentum going but they’ve been thrown a curve ball.

    I have no idea how this is going to turn out. The verdict could go either way and that will determine what follows.

    • OlderWoman

      It has been reported in the press that Zimmerman self-identifies as an Hispanic.

    • Jefferson

      George Zimmerman made it perfectly clear in an interview with Sean Hannity that he sees himself as Multiracial and not as White.

      Maybe that is why the media stopped labeling him as “White”. The media can not force the White label on someone who does not see himself as White in the first place.

      • Basketeddie

        If I was on trial for killing a black guy, I too would make it a point to refer to myself as multi-racial. It defeats the purpose of the race baiter’s agenda to pick on another group they perceive as being held down by the evil white man.

    • MadMike

      Nope, I just watched World News and they referred to Zimmerman as a White Hispanic.

    • Basketeddie

      The reason they are not calling him hispanic is because of his surname, Zimmerman. As I said in a previous post, if his name were Hernandez, Arroyo, Rodriguez or Rivera, this would not be a story, even if he had a blonde hair and blue eyes.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      This trial is HUGE news on the West Coast — we are being flooded with news 24/7 and constant, up to the minute “updates”, unlike so many things (such as black rioting and violence and black-on-White rapes, attacks, assaults, etc.) that happen east of us that we never hear about…

      No Hispanic groups, however, have come forth to help one of their co-ethnics and the black population here (thankfully) has dwindled considerably. Of course ALL the newscasts and print media in this area refer to Zimmerman as a “White Hispanic.”

      Bon

  • anarchyst

    One must understand the defective pathology that exists n the minds of almost all blacks. You see, “young master trayvon felt “disrespected” for being asked what business he had in that community. (Any ordinary civilized person would have stated that he had relatives there and would have been on his way). His only possible response (due to his defective black pathology) was to pummel and murder Mr. Zimmerman. In this way, he would regain his “respect”. If “young master trayvon” had been successful in murdering Mr. Zimmerman, it would not even make the evening news. It would definitely not be reported as a “(racial) hate crime”.
    Mr. Zimmerman is being railroaded at the behest of the race apologists, poverty pimps, and race hustlers. The prosecutor should be brought up on charges of malfeasance of office for charging Mr. Zimmerman. . .

  • The__Bobster

    A kangaroo court design to stave off the inevitable Category 5 that would occur if justice were served.

    • AutomaticSlim

      Honestly, the Cat 5 might be exactly what is needed in this country to finally wake people up. The thing in LA in 92 was too localized to make a lasting impact. I thought that one would do the trick but I was wrong.

      • MBlanc46

        I’d love to see it.

      • Funruffian

        Many of the LA libtards took the 92′ riots as shame against the Police force and White policemen. The media used that catastrophe as an opportunity to coax White guilt by giving all those Black and ethnic actors a chance to vent about how they thought that riot was a cause of White racism. How sad it is that people internalize such a monumental CAT 5 with mass vandalism, unprovoked assaults and looting as their own fault. I agree that to some extent Whites are their own enemies.

  • robert

    Blacks like it when others are afraid of them, but do not like it when others fight back.

    • OlderWoman

      I thought they were overly sensitive and got their feelings hurt if anyone showed fear of them.

  • Epiminondas

    There are a lot of poor whites in the Sanford area who don’t particularly liked being called racist. All it will take is one of them on the jury to produce a deadlock and acquittal.

    • Latravius Goldsteinberg

      A deadlock will just lead to a new trial until the state gets the result they want.
      For conviction or acquittal the jury must reach a unanimous decision.

    • MBlanc46

      A deadlock, yes. But does it not require unanimity for acquittal?

      • Basketeddie

        Yes it does. And if there is a mistrial, the black propaganda machine will demand and receive a new trial. But after a 2nd mistrial, not even MLK rising from his grave would force a 3rd trial and George will walk and our African American friends will have something else to crow about.

        • MBlanc46

          Is it a legal limit of two trials? If so, Zimmerman has a chance if he can get a couple of whites on the jury each time. That said, I can’t imagine a black voting to acquit, whereas I can certainly imagine a white voting to convict. Also, see joemcgee’s post below regarding a federal civil rights violation trial if Florida fails to convict Zimmerman.

  • TheCogitator

    George Zimmerman is not guilty of any crime. He is being tried to appease blacks — a fool’s errand.

    I believe this site has the best information about what happened.
    http://tinyurl.com/oh8hp4y

    If the jurors are mostly black, they won’t listen to the facts, they will just look for revenge for their people. If whites on the jury are cowards, the sort who would condemn amren.com, they will vote to convict to show everyone they are not a racist. Zimmerman’s hope is for a white person, like those who visit and believe in this site, who will vote not guilty. Even if it is only one person who would stand his ground, a hung jury would make the state have to consider whether they are going to try him again.

    Being civilized people we are at a disadvantage. If white people let it be know they would riot and burn things down if Zimmerman were convicted, the state would have a different attitude. But since they know that is the way blacks behave, they want to do whatever is necessary to prevent that.

    If it were my kingdom, all rioters would be killed right then while they were rioting. There would be no trials because there would be no survivors.

    • AutomaticSlim

      Good article.

      Zimmerman really does deserve to be acquitted, based on all the evidence.
      It is sickening how the prosecution is merely trying to appease the blacks.
      Reminds of how Morgenthau was here in NY.

    • David Ashton

      Maybe we need a film like “Twelve Angry Men” in which a lone white man gradually persuades 11 personages of color that the accused was innocent of race murder. Completely imaginary script, I know, and willing black actors would be hard to find. But maybe the idea could buzz in a head like Tom Wolfe’s or David Mamet’s.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Guess enough kangaroos were rounded up to hold court.

    This will be a high-tech lynching, a Soviet show trial, the OJ (mis)Trial Take II.

    Facts, evidence, the “stand your ground” law, DNA, none of that matters.

    What matters is jury selection.

    From here, I see no chance for Zimmerman.

    Bon

    • me

      What’s the Vegas odds bet on this? I optimistically bet that Zimmerman gets justice.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        You are more optimistic than I am — I live in LA and remember the OJ trial. Hell, the man did everything but leave his calling card at the scene! But the stupid, black jury didn’t understand DNA and ignored the FACTS — but that didn’t matter, there was NO WAY blacks were going to convict OJ.

        I see the same thing happening with Zimmerman, just the fact that the state is trying him at all when clearly he was defending himself legally from “death or great bodily harm” as per Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law.

        I think the state of Florida is terrified of black rioting and will convict. Blacks on the jury have already made up their minds.

        Honestly, I hope you’re right but I see Zimmerman going down, as a blood sacrifice to keep the peace — that’s where I’d put my money in Vegas.

        Bon

        • me

          It depends on the jury….and, being that there’s a very large, anti-black latino population in that county….well, Zimmerman has a fighting chance. It will be interesting to see the outcome. It could be latinos rioting if Zimmerman is found guilty.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Does Noche Diaz have a job? How does he have the time to take off work and go and protest ? Interesting how diversity always has time to protest while white people are busy working at their jobs.

  • Funruffian

    Any White person who joins the “Justice for Trayvon” bandwagon is an idiot and a Race-traitor. We all know Zimm was keeping an eye on this thug and Trayvon thought he was being disrespected. So, in all of his jealous Negro rage he attacks Zimm needlessly with the intent to kill. Pounding someone’s head against the pavement isn’t exactly reasonable force and is hardly a case of self-defense.
    But these anti-white NAACP activists are just bilking the chances of getting a lawsuit. They aren’t interested in Justice. If they were, then they would acknowledge Zimm acted in self-defense and was well within his rights.
    What makes me sick is that the media and the NAACP are making Zimm out to be White, when in reality he’s a half-Jewish/ half Cubano with about %12.5 African in his DNA.

  • jane johnson

    Generalize much? If I were on the jury, it would be hung, at the very least.

    • MBlanc46

      Which is about the best that Zimmerman can hope for.

  • IKantunderstand

    Zimmerman is innocent. Period. Martin was a thug in waiting. We all know it. Some of us refuse to acknowledge it, because we are Liberals, who have insisted we are all equal. If Zimmerman is found guilty, it will be a travesty of justice. Unfortunately for him, he has been branded a”White” Hispanic. He is so screwed. I for one, am not moved to rally around him, he self identifies as a Hispanic. Let the Hispanics defend him. Yay diversity! It is clearly our strength.

  • tickyul

    It is all a scam…that shows just how far this country will go to appease Urban Americans:

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/11/19/3105467/detective-in-george-zimmerman.html

    Defense lawyer Mark O’Mara recently began interviewing Sanford police officers and detectives to determine who at the department wanted to arrest Zimmerman. Early interviews suggested the department was largely in agreement that there was no case against Zimmerman, O’Mara has said.

    An FBI report released this summer showed Serino told agents that he was pressured by African-American officers to file charges.

  • MBlanc46

    There will be blacks on the jury. (Can you imagine the reaction if there were an all-white, or all-white-Hispanic, jury?) And because there will be blacks, the best outcome that Zimmerman can hope for is a hung jury. It will be a reverse OJ Simpson verdict. Simpson was innocent because he was black. Zimmerman will be guilty because he is not black.

    • jackryanvb

      No way it will be all Blacks on the jury.

      • MBlanc46

        Not all blacks, but there will certainly be some blacks. It will only take one to prevent acquittal.

  • jane johnson

    Much was made in the twitterverse of the fact that Trayvon’s parents were in court today, but George’s were not. I didn’t find it particularly significant one way or the other. I have, however, wondered from the start why the parents of a “murdered child” thought it necessary to hire an extortionist…er…attorney before their son was even in the ground.

    • Nathanwartooth

      They have nothing better to do.

      This trial has made them rich beyond their wildest dreams and they are milking it for all that it’s worth.

      Funny that the mom kicked him out of the house to go live with daddy right before this because he was such a huge troublemaker.

      She might even be glad that this happened. She gets rid of a troublemaker son she hated and she got rich.

      Meanwhile the Zimmerman parents have gone through hell and back and probably didn’t come because they have to be so careful to not get attacked. They also probably didn’t want their pictures up on TV anymore or having “reporters” harass them with loaded questions.

  • Basketeddie

    I think the odds are in Zimmerman’s favor. The DA overcharged and all they need is a white male or 2 on the jury for a mistrial, which is the best that the prosecution can hope for.

  • Basketeddie

    Is it just me or does George Zimmerman look darker? If his name was George Rodriguez, this case would never have gone to trial.

  • fransusan

    I don’t believe Zimmerman has a chance. He’ll be sacrificed to the political correctness zeitgeist. The evidence clearly indicates that this is a self-defense case, but the whites in charge of the prosecution are too scared of blacks to do what’s right and obvious. What a sickening thing this is. This man is innocent yet he’ll be sent to jail because of the country’s obsession with appeasing the idiot negro.

  • Baboon

    If he’s found innocent, black-on-white crime is going to rise beyond any of our wildest imaginations. This could get scary. Prepare for war. Any burnt skin on my property, I’m unloading an arsenal not seen since WWII.

  • Nathanwartooth

    Incorrectly of course.

  • Zimmerman’s action was self-defense, pure and simple.

    If a pit bull attacked you and you saved your life by shooting the crazed animal, would it then make sense for the media to show puppy photos of the dog that mauled you and make it appear as though you shot a helpless baby dog?

    If Zimmerman shouldn’t have used to the gun to defend his own life, when is the use of the gun ever permissible?

  • blight14

    Concur…………

  • Spartacus

    Outside the courthouse, about a dozen people–mostly in support of
    Trayvon Martin and his family–held signs that read: “We are all Trayvon!”

    I agree, you’re all filth.

  • jane johnson

    Why does everyone, including his supporters, refer to George Zimmerman as simply “Zimmerman”, while the dead thug remains “Trayvon”? Maybe it’s just me, but it seems a little strange, and somewhat dehumanizing to use only a surname when discussing a man we claim to support. Is it the age difference, or are we all following the medias’ lead? Either way, the contrast between first-name familiarity and surname distancing is as stark as it is ubiquitous.

  • David Ashton

    If Zimmerman is “lynched” because of mob rule abetted by a political administration, he becomes a political prisoner. A case for Amnesty International?

  • Lop_Eared_Galoot

    Has anyone made a determinative finding as to what Martin was doing in the 30 odd minutes he took to walk home? Say through phone conversations or, absent this, some other social activity?
    How about making a connection between Martin and the other thieves who had been attacking the community?
    I know there is the assertion about the drink and the Skittles but that frankly is one man’s business.
    What would be useful from the perspective of a _proactive defense_ (the only one which will save Zimmerman from a followon civil rights case, even if he manages an acquittal here) is if the presence of Martin and his behavior could be tied to a casing-for-other-parties motive for being out in the rain and taking offense at being followed. Zimmerman being a threat to his income as a part of a burglary gang would cool a lot of jets as far as motive for the Martin to attack an armed opponent after successfully fleeing from him.
    I am also thinking that a sudden rise in local crime could be the sign of arrival of a newcomer who is also an inside man targeter.
    Any increase in Martin’s disposable income, video or store clerk recollection of his associations with known criminals or even testimony by people already in custody on related crimes (did they suddenly taper off with Martin’s death and if so where did they crop up again? Who has been arrested for those?) would be useful here.
    All of the above being said, I am still not sure why we should care about this. Hispanic and Black mutual distaste for each other is commonly known, the outcome of which conflict in South Central, Compton and other places where the latter population has been displaced by the new comers are also well known. This is a principle threat to the defense case in and of itself.
    Since the Voucher system means we cannot keep either group out of our neighborhoods, it seems to me that open racial warfare (as the Sheriff of LA County noted was in play from the middle 80s onwards) may be a better option for revealing the liberally unmentionable character traits of both population groups.
    Specifically, if racism /by other races towards each other/ is seen to be common, the false premise that ‘only whites’ can be guilty of it, and that it is indeed something for which guilt is required, may again enter the national conscience as a topic worthy of discussion.
    It’s not ‘wrong’ you know. It’s simply an evolutionary psychology means for conserving social resources as a means to woo Selection privilege to one group’s survival strategy over another as a Genetic Algorithm in play. Nothing more or less than this and yet critically, Darwinistically, important for our people as Homo Sapiens as a whole, nonetheless. Every race deserves a homeland from and within which it is exclusively dominant as a conservation mechanism pool of uncontaminated survival strategies as genotype traits.

  • jane johnson

    Right. Or maybe there will be a new term in the urban dictionary: Zimmermanned – verb/past tense, wrongly convicted in order to prevent a mass chimp-out.*
    *Note: Zimmermanned is the antonym of Simpsonned, which means wrongly exonerated.

  • jackryanvb

    I think Zimmerman’s defense has been good, just stall, drag it out. The lynch mob attention of BRA, MSM will lose interest go on to some new hoax.

  • Sloppo

    Zimmerman may have been a victim of racial profiling. Trayvon apparently figured that short fat hispanic guy would be a nifty punching bag for some MMA practice, but he might have thought differently about a similarly shaped fellow bantu.

  • THE MAN

    I agree with you ” When ” ? I think we all are wondering that point .
    What do you think we should do and when and how ? Tell me because I think everyone is looking for someone else to lead us out of this . No one wants to take the initiative to start it nor can anyone tell us what would be a rational action . I am very interested in your answer !

  • Alexandra1973

    Lincoln didn’t believe blacks should serve on juries. Smart man.

  • me

    Dave doesn’t know about the European American woman’s ferocity….yet.

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  • Dave4088

    And you’re a left wing troll.

  • More than one hole? I used to call that “Walking fuselage hits”. I had a 30-round drum magazine for my old G-43 in Croatia, but nobody has ever seen one here in the USA. Maybe it was converted German wartime stock.

  • Daniel

    I’m very much pro-Zimmerman. Your statement that Trayvon made it home safely interests me. Is there evidence that he actually made it back to his father’s girlfriend’s place and then returned to attack George? If there is, I can’t imagine why there would be a case or that it could be result in a loss for Zimmerman.

    • THE MAN

      Zimmerman lost sight of Martin the diagram of the streets show that with the time that transpired it is very probable that Martin could have easily made home. Certainly A young man could have made it home in half the time than someone older.

  • THE MAN

    Sadly ,
    What you said it true . The hideous crimes against our people by now you would think would have at least ignited some type of self preservation . If crimes like these today were committed in a past ERA they would have been dealt with swiftly . I think part of the problem might be that like minded people like us are isolated around the country and have no solid fronts to combat these evils . It might be time to set up areas where we can migrate to for our survival and a future for our children . God help us !!

  • Paleoconn

    I never like it when an innocent man is wrongly convicted, but it happens from time to time, and there is nothing we can do about it. And if it has to happen, I’d rather it happens to an anti-racist hispanic than a conservative, patriotic White man.