Identities of Zimmerman Jurors to Remain Secret

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
July 14 2013 11:25 AM

Identities of Jurors who Acquitted Zimmerman to Remain Secret

George Zimmerman's family and friends celebrate after a jury found him not guilty

Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images

The jurors who decided to acquit George Zimmerman appear to be in no rush to explain their decision and their identities, which were sealed at the beginning of the trial, will remain secret. “Jury has no desire to speak to media. Anonymity Order is still in effect until matter is addressed at future hearing,” Michelle Kennedy, the court spokeswoman, wrote on Twitter. Kennedy later added: “Jurors were given packets of letters from the media containing interview requests. They expressed no interest at this time.” And she also reminded the media that “any attempt to identify jurors is a violation of the current order.” Kennedy’s words were reinforced by the Seminole County Sheriff’s office that reminded the media in a news release that the identities of the jurors “remain protected by order of the court” and that the “jury has no desire to speak to media,” reports ABC News.

We don’t know their names but a little information was released about the six women who range in age from early 30s to 60s and five of whom are white. The sole Hispanic member of the jury is a mother of eight who lived in Chicago when Trayvon Martin was killed, notes Reuters. Four of the women have experiences with guns or have a relative who is a gun owner.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.



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