Yesterday was Day 2 of jury selection in the trial of George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain accused of murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. The all-day process involved both Florida state prosecutors and Zimmerman's defense attorney grilling 125 potential jurors (who are now only being identified publicly by number and sex) to discover if any had preconceived opinions about the facts of the case, including Zimmerman's guilt or innocence.
"It's pretty hard for people not to have gotten some information," about the tragedy, a potential male juror reportedly told the attorneys. "I haven't lived under a rock for the past year."
Another concern raised by the attorneys was whether the potential jurors could reach an unpopular verdict if they believed that verdict was fair based on the evidence presented. Another potential male juror responded that he could, "as long as my anonymity is preserved." He said he feared the reaction of an angry public if his name were to be revealed. A female potential juror who was asked the same question asked the attorneys questions of her own: whether she'd be followed or attacked as a result. In the end, however, both potential jurors stated they would be able to come to a fair verdict irrespective of public opinion.
Just last week, after several media outlets argued that jurors' names being kept secret was illegal, Zimmerman murder case judge Debra S. Nelson signed an order to reveal the names of the jurors who are selected once the trial is over. But that day may be a long way off. So far, no jurors have been selected and it would not be uncommon if jury selection was the longest part of the trial.
Day 3 of jury selection begins this morning in Florida. Stay tuned for updates.