Like most people on juries, the six jurors thrown into the Zimmerman trial were totally unprepared.
American jurors, totally untrained in the legal system, are led to
think they are more intelligent and sophisticated than they are. Alone,
they are capable of some independent thought. Forced into a room with
others, they are a disaster. Although states select potential jurors
differently, they are usually drawn randomly from a list of driver’s
licenses or lists of registered voters. They are average people, a
cross-section of Americana, people content with their lives,
unencumbered and blissful, just the type of people lawyers want judging
their trials because most people lack the sophisticated skill sets of
reasoning and logic needed to be a juror.
Lawyers often decide which jurors to use in a trial based on the
potential juror’s perceived lack of ability to think logically. A lawyer
once told me that he always chooses jurors with strong religious
beliefs because “a person who believes a man can walk on water can be
talked into anything.” The job of a lawyer is to manipulate the way a
The jurors thrown into the George Zimmerman murder trial were tossed
into a situation, as are most jurors, for which they were totally
unprepared. They went from quiet, average lives, to supporting stars on
the latest reality show. The defense attorneys outlined their parts in
the show. They were to play rational, intelligent, sophisticated,
impartial, and concerned citizens. Without realizing it, they played
their parts perfectly.