Entries Tagged as 'Zimmerman'
By Amy Singer, Ph.D. and Diana Greninger
After seven days of jury selection, attorneys and the judge in the case against George Zimmerman have managed to find 40 individuals to participate in the second phase of voir dire.
In terms of demographics, the 40 potential jurors are comprised of twenty-seven whites, seven blacks, three of mixed race and three Hispanics. There are twenty-four women and sixteen men. Generally demographics are not as important as psychographics. However the racial and ethnic makeup of potential jurors is more relevant in this case as prosecutors have claimed Zimmerman (a 29-year-old Hispanic male) profiled Martin (a 17-year-old black male) when he followed him through the gated community where Martin was staying with his father and where Zimmerman lived.
The trial against George Zimmerman started on Monday, June 10, 2013. Before the prosecution and defense attorneys present their opening statements, they have the grueling task of selecting 10 individuals (6 jurors and 4 alternates) who will listen to the evidence, follow the law and set aside anything they may have heard about the case up to this point.
On Feb. 26, 2012, an armed neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager who was walking back from a convenience store with a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona iced tea. The shooting occurred in Sanford, Florida, near Orlando where it got scant news coverage locally. The shooter was not charged.
A day later, nationally syndicated radio host Michael Baisden tweeted a reference of the incident to his 65,000 Twitter followers and 585,000 Facebook fans, mentioning only these details. "Unarmed 17-year-old boy shot by neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, FL., outside of Orlando."
By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
12:07 a.m. EST, May 1, 2012
Usually, when a teenager is shot in Central Florida, the people of Los Angeles, New York or London don't take to the streets, as they did to protest the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
But Twitter carried the teen's name across the globe. Social media turned a fatal shooting in Sanford into a rallying cry, and helped organize a popular uprising that spread like wildfire. Since, each new development has been analyzed and deconstructed by thousands online.