Zimmerman Jurors Were Given Hours of Unsupervised Time w/ Family and Friends

According to a report from WFTV in Florida, the jury from the George Zimmerman trial were allowed to spend hours of alone time with friends and family.

This is highly inappropriate, as the verdict could have been influenced by statements or remarks from one of these guests.

From WFTV:

Channel 9’s Kathi Belich confirmed the jurors were left unsupervised with guests at times, which WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said is more than enough time for a member to have said something that could have influenced a juror and possibly impacted the verdict.

Obama Speaks Out on Zimmerman Trial: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me’

President Obama spoke to the African American perspective on the George Zimmerman trial at a press conference today.

Obama made a direct connection between himself and Trayvon; asserting that he has been profiled in the past, and that could have met the same fate as Martin.

The POTUS also asserted that the outcome of the Zimmerman trial may have been different if Trayvon was white, and called for a review of “Stand Your Ground” laws.

Bill Cosby: There is No Proof that George Zimmerman is Racist

We reported that Stevie Wonder and other artists are boycotting Florida now that George Zimmerman had been acquitted.

Well, Bill Cosby is clearly not going to be in that cohort of people.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Cosby argued that one cannot prove that a person, Zimmerman in this case, is racist unless they say something like, “Hey, I’m racist,” and we should thus not talk about “racial stuff” regarding the reason for and outcome of the case:

John Spooner Found Guilty for the Murder of 13-Year Old Darius Simmons

76-year old John Spooner has been found guilty of intentional homicide in the tragic shooting death of 13-year old Darius Simmons.

It took a jury less than two hours to reach a verdict.

From WISN:

The jury began hearing testimony Tuesday morning and was handed the case around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday.

The judge was notified of a verdict around 1:10 p.m. and was read around 1:50 p.m.

Man Set to Stand Trial for Murder of 13-Year Old Darius Simmons

76-year old John Henry Spooner will finally stand trial for the murder of 13-year old Darius Simmons.

Spooner shot Simmons in front of his mother because he suspected him of stealing his guns.

He confronted the teen while he was taking out the trash. When Simmons denied involvement, Spooner raised a gun and shot him in the chest.

Oddly enough, when police arrived, they chose to question Simmons mother for two hours, and searched her home.

Stevie Wonder, Others Vow to Boycott Florida Until Stand Your Ground is Repealed

Stevie Wonder spoke out on the George Zimmerman verdict at a concert in Quebec, announcing that he will NOT play in Florida until the Stand Your Ground law is repealed.

From the Grio:

“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” he told the audience. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.”

Wonder joins many others who have signed a petition vowing to boycott Florida tourism until the controversial law is thrown out.

Zimmerman Trial Juror Set to Write Tell-all Book

Members of the jury that served on the George Zimmerman trial have chosen not to speak to media or reveal their identities, but one juror has already started writing a tell-all book about the experience.

 

Juror B37 in the George Zimmerman trial has signed (along with her attorney husband) with literary agent and Martin Literary Management president Sharlene Martin.