Zimmerman jury is homogenous – and dangerous
This is ridiculous on so many levels. How they didn’t have an African-American on the jury is just asking for trouble. The thought of Zimmerman sitting in jail and Casey Anthony walking free would just be further evidence of how broke our legal system is.
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The selected jury members of the George Zimmerman trial could hardly be more homogeneous — and potentially disastrous.
Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges for the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American. Primarily because Zimmerman is not African-American, and was not immediately charged with any crime, the case has sparked a racially charged, well-publicized debate.
The Constitution requires, via the Sixth Amendment, that “the accused shall enjoy a right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury” where the crime was committed. There is no constitutional requirement that the jury shall be made up of the defendant’s “peers.”
Over a period of nine days, prosecutors and defense attorneys focused primarily on potential jurors’ exposure to pre-trial publicity, and whether they had a previously formed opinion about Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence.