AirTalk for June 11, 2013

Jury selection in the George Zimmerman trial

Bond Hearing Held For Trayvon Martin Shooter George Zimmerman

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George Zimmerman sits in a Seminole County courtroom during his bond hearing on June 29, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Jury selection at the murder trial of George Zimmerman continued for a second day Tuesday. Zimmerman admitted to shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. last February but claims it was in self defense after Martin attacked him. Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda and Zimmerman's lawyers Mark O'Mara and Don West are quizzing potential jurors about how much they know about the case, whether they had formed an opinion and whether they could give Zimmerman a fair trial. The makeup of the jury could have a huge impact on the outcome of this high-profile trial.

So what type of juror is each side looking for? How does the court keep jurors from following media coverage? Are jurors ever totally impartial?

Guest:

Richard Gabriel, the President of Decision Analysis, Inc. a national trial consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.

 


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