Please keep your prayers going up ladies and gentlemen, because the second degree murder trial against George Zimmerman has started. Jury selection began this morning after a request for a delay was asked for by the defense team, and subsequently denied by Judge Debra Nelson. Though Lawyer Mark O’Mara claimed that the defense team was not fully prepared, according to USA Today, it was ruled that they had plenty of time to prepare for the trial. Maybe if they didn’t spent so much time trying to push a smear campaign to tarnish a deceased young man’s character, they’d be further along.
Anywho…But as for the prosecution, they have also been ordered to not use words such as “profiled,” “vigilante,” “wannabe cop,” and “self-appointed neighborhood watch captain” when trying to refer to Zimmerman to possible jurors during the selection process.
Jury selection is underway with 100 different prospects being questioned by themselves, then brought into the courtroom to be questioned by lawyers (that could take all day, and if you’ve done jury duty, you know). Despite the fact that prosecutors might try and push for black jurors, while the defense team will push for white ones of course, in Seminole County, Florida where the case is taking place, it’s likely that there will be fewer individuals of color on the jury.
According to USA Today, George Zimmerman’s brother Robert was there for the proceedings, where he tried to paint George as a generous, sensitive individual. Zimmerman’s wife Shellie was there, and of course, Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were there too. Tracy Martin continued to ask for peace as the trial begins:
“We are relieved that the start of the trial is here with the jury selection as we seek justice for our son Trayvon. We also seek a fair and impartial trial. We ask that the community continue to stay peaceful as we place our faith in the justice system. We ask that the community do the same.”
Until it’s all said and done, think positive thoughts (ignore the ugly things people try to say about Martin and his family) and let’s hope that justice for this young man will finally be served.