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Zimmerman Trial, Day 8

George Zimmerman smiles in response to a juror's answer during voir dire questioning

The eighth day of the George Zimmerman trial marked the start of the second round of what has become a very in-depth and extensive jury selection. Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda interviewed 40 jury candidates Wednesday, and still no jurors have been seated. All 40 potential candidates were asked to return to the courthouse tomorrow to resume questioning.

Jurors were asked one by one about how long they have lived in Seminole County, about their marital and family status, and how long they had been in their careers among other questions.

In an attempt to address any pre-existing biases, jurors were given a list of possible witnesses that may be summoned to testify and asked if they were acquainted with any of the people listed. During the initial early morning questioning, a juror referred to as P-67 raised concerns about privacy during the jury selection.

P-67, an immigrant and a recently naturalized U.S. citizen asked, “Can you tell me again why we cannot do this in private?”

Judge Debra Nelson told the potential juror that the rounds of questioning were required to be open to the public. “I cannot and will not clear the courtroom,” to continue his questioning, she said. When the majority of the jurors were dismissed, P-67 stayed behind to have a private discussion with Judge Nelson and the other attorneys present.The eighth day of the George Zimmerman trial marked the start of the second round of what has become a very in-depth and extensive jury selection. Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda interviewed 40 jury candidates Wednesday, and still no jurors have been seated. All 40 potential candidates were asked to return to the courthouse tomorrow to resume questioning.

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