Female jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman want to stay anonymous in fear for their safety
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED, 15 July 2013
And there is still no indication of how long the six women, known only to the public as B76, B37, E6, B29, E40 and B51, will remain anonymous.
Jurors refused to talk to reporters after the verdict about how they reached their decision Saturday night. Their names are being kept secret until Judge Debra Nelson lifts an order protecting their identities.
As reported by ABC News, after the trial the court spokeswoman tweeted: ‘Jurors were given packets of letters from the media containing interview requests. They expressed no interest at this time.’
The court also warned that ‘Any attempt to identify jurors is a violation of the current order.’
‘The media should not, at any time, attempt to video and/or broadcast the jurors, the transport or personal vehicles used, or any locations/venues where the jurors may be staying or visiting,’ the statement from the sheriff’s office said.
‘Any media currently at locations where they believe jurors could be located should depart the area immediately,’ it continued.
On Saturday the Orlando Sentinel reported that a media lawyer from the newspaper sent Judge Nelson a letter asking that she holds a hearing on the jurors’ anonymity before making a decision on the court order.
Attorneys argue that the names should not be kept secret.
In June, the judge ruled that they would remain anonymous for an unspecified period after a verdict is handed down in the case.
The decision by Circuit Court Judge Nelson came after jury selection and lawyers tried to try to identify jurors who have heard little about the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Nelson did not say when she will decide the jurors’ names might be made public. In June Mark O’Mara, a lawyer for Zimmerman, argued that the names should be kept confidential for six months following the trial.
WHO WERE THE SIX WOMEN WHO TRIED GEORGE ZIMMERMAN?
- B-51 is retired, unmarried and doesn’t have kids. She has lived in Seminole County for nine years working in real estate and run a call center where she said she had experience resolving conflicts. When asked if Zimmerman did something wrong by following Martin instead of waiting for police, she said: ‘Yeah, I guess he did do something wrong.’
- B-29 recently moved to central Florida from Chicago. She enjoys watching the ‘Real Housewives’ on television and works as a nurse on an Alzheimer’s section of a nursing home. She said she hadn’t paid much attention to the shooting. She said she has been arrested, but her case was dropped. It’s not clear why she was arrested or exactly what happened to her case, though she said she was treated fairly. She is married and has several children. A prosecutor described her as ‘black or Hispanic’ during jury selection.
- B-76 is a white woman who has lived in central Florida for 18 years. She manages rental properties with her husband of 30 years. She has two adult children, including one who is an attorney. She is involved with rescuing animals in her free time. During jury selection, she said she had been the victim of a nonviolent crime. ‘Everyone deserves a fair trial,’ she said.
- B-37 is a white woman who volunteers rescuing animals. She is married to an attorney and has two adult children. She said she and her husband used to have concealed weapons permits. During the last round of questioning, she said she had an issue with the type of weapons people are allowed to carry. She also thought weapons’ training was inadequate for people seeking permits. ‘It should become harder,’ she said.
- E-6 is a white woman who is married and has two children. She has worked in financial services and has lived in Seminole County for two years. She is active in her church and involved with her children’s school. During jury selection, she said she didn’t know the facts of the case well.
- E-40 is a white woman who works as a safety officer and recently moved to Seminole County from Iowa. She describes herself as a football fan. During jury selection, she said she had been the victim of a nonviolent crime.
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