Zimmerman Trial Day 2: The Search for an Unbiased Juror

Nearly 100 potential jurors were questioned on day two of the trial.

Posted: 06/11/2013 06:52 PM EDT

As day two of the search for six jurors and four alternates to serve in the George Zimmerman trial came to a close, nearly 100 potential jurors entered the Seminole County Courthouse.

During their interviews by prosecutors and defense attorneys, many of these jurors acknowledged that they were in some ways familiar with the case.

One such juror was a Black woman who said that she had heard about the trial at her church where members walked around wearing shirts displaying Trayvon Martin’s face. Aside from praying for the families of all involved, she claims not to know much about the case.  

Another juror, identified as B-35, acknowledged that his family had already formed an opinion and were pro-Trayvon but “he is open-minded.”

With the media’s coverage and portrayal of both Martin and Zimmerman, finding a juror who will enter the courtroom unbiased remains the primary goal for both the prosecutors and the defense.

"We want to make sure this trial is tried in a courtroom and not outside a courtroom," said lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda.

In order to do this, lead defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, expects the search to last for up to two to three weeks. Within this time, 500 jurors will be pre-screened and even fewer will be interviewed until they have found a group able to judge the trial fairly.

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