Zimmerman Jury Selection to Start in FL; Jurors Won’t Be Identified


The identities of potential jurors in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, will be kept confidential, says the Los Angeles Times. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder charges, contending he acted in self-defense. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson ruled that the potential jurors won't be sequestered, and that during the selection process — which is scheduled to get underway on Monday — members of the jury pool will be referred to by numbers, not names. The judge also said photographers would be prohibited from taking pictures of jurors. Defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked the judge to sequester the jury pool, but Nelson said “such drastic measures are unnecessary and, in fact, not practical based upon the resources available to the court,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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