All Female Jury in George Zimmerman Trial: What’s the Defense Thinking?
An all female jury will decide George Zimmerman’s ultimate fate for his alleged role in the murder of Trayvon Martin, multiple news outlets reported Thursday afternoon. The motivations for both sides, the prosecution as well as the homicide defense lawyers, to settle on this panel of Mr. Zimmerman’s peers are interesting, in that it appears one is taking a much riskier gamble than the other. How will the choice of these six women – five white and one minority – play out over the course of the trial? We have our theories, and of course, we’re going to share them.
Eliminating the Rogue Juror Element
A juror with an agenda is a nightmare scenario for the defense. This person can poison the deliberation process and effectively grind the proceedings to a halt with their preconceptions of the evidence and prejudgment of guilt or innocence. Weeding this type of juror out of the pool is critical for defense attorneys to have a legitimate chance at their theories being received and understood. The central thread, that Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he allegedly shot and killed Martin, can’t fall on deaf ears for them to win an acquittal in this matter.
Tough Sledding for the Defense Team
Legal pundits and established trial attorneys weighing in for media outlets have commented that the all-female jury may not buy the defense theory that Zimmerman legitimately feared for his life as easily as a jury dominated by men would. This, experts explain, is because of the tendency for women to avoid confronting problems head on, which would make Zimmerman’s decision to defense his life allegedly, less plausible. Ultimately, the presentation of facts, and the jury examining those facts with an open mind, is what’s going to make all the different in their final decision.
Foundations for a Conviction Appeal?
The old legal saying goes that a guilty verdict is just the foundation of a solid appeal. Zimmerman is Hispanic, and only one minority exists on the entire jury, including the four alternates. In addition, there are just two male alternates, meaning that this selection may have been a strategic maneuver on the part of the defense. In the event that the jury chooses to find Zimmerman guilty for Trayvon Martin’s murder, his defense lawyers may argue that he didn’t receive a fair trial because the jury’s makeup carried an inherent racial bias. Will that be successful? It’s anyone’s guess at this stage of the game, but it’s a possible avenue.
Reports indicate that the jury’s racial makeup mirrors that of Seminole County, which is predominantly white (78.5 percent) and 16.5 percent black. This trial may be the biggest of the year and one the highest profile in recent memory. Zimmerman receiving fair treatment is crucial for the integrity of the system.
If you or someone in your family has been charged with a crime, the clock is ticking to get experienced legal representation handling the case. Call the criminal defense lawyers of Young, Marr & Associates for an immediate consultation with members of our skilled legal team. With nearly 10,000 criminal cases handled, we know how to handle the complexities of the courtroom to get you and your family positive results.
NO JAIL TIME
Commonwealth v. "H" (DUI case)
Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.
Commonwealth v. "C" (Felony drug/Firearms case)
Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.
Commonwealth v. "S"
Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.
State of New Jersey v. "H"
Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.
OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE TEAM INCLUDES TWO FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
We have decades of experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Anyone facing charges involving a criminal offense can expect to experience a heightened degree of emotional turmoil, for themselves, as well as their family members. Our team of highly qualified criminal law attorneys and expert legal support staff are committed to providing each of our client’s with the compassion and understanding they deserve, as well as an aggressive plan for representation at an affordable price.
As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and how the prosecution prepares cases. In addition, we have long-standing experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
At Young, Marr and Associates, when we say “experience matters,” we mean it. Our lawyers, which include two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney bring more than three decades of criminal law experience, handling more than 10,000 criminal cases. It is precisely that experience that allows us to achieve outstanding results for our clients facing DUI, traffic, felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and juvenile courts.