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Does an All-Female Jury help or hurt Zimmerman?

In Florida, unlike California, only six jurors are selected to try a criminal matter. The exception is capital cases where the death penalty is sought. In those cases a panel of 12 jurors must be chosen. In George Zimmermanís murder trial, a panel of only six jurors was chosen after nearly two weeks of jury selection process. All the jurors happen to be females. Five of them are Caucasian. There are 4 alternates, 2 males and 2 females.

Due to high profile nature of the criminal trial, all jurorsí names will be confidential and they will be sequestered, which means they wonít be allowed any communication of any type with the community during the course of the trial. They may be allowed very short visits with their family members at the hotel where they will be staying.

Does an all-female jury help the defense or the prosecution? There are arguments on both sides. Some may think having a panel of all women is not a fair cross-section of the community. But apparently, the prosecution and the defense both allowed that to happen. Women and especially mothers tend to favor the victims. Their decision could potentially be affected by their emotions if they have to make a close call. This could work against Zimmerman.

On the other hand, women are very protective of their children and want order in place. So, they may believe that one who creates disturbance must be treated with authority. Does that mean Zimmerman could kill if Trayvon in fact attacked him? That would depend on a number of facts. Thatís why eventually, male or female, the jurors would have to use their reasonable judgment to come up with a verdict.

Law Offices of Tony M. Seyfi,
Criminal Defense Attorney
9777 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Tel: (213) 252-1000
Tel: (818) 788-2010

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