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By Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman, Staff Writers
4:06 pm, April 3, 2014

The names of the six-member jury panel that acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin have been made public for the first time, after a new court order, records show.

Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, who had previously ordered the jurors' identifying information be kept confidential, granted access to the names in a ruling March 21.

Zimmerman's defense asked the judge in June to keep the names secret until six months after the verdict. The judge set no timeline then, but noted in her new order they have been withheld more than eight months.

Attempts to reach the jurors by phone and in-person Thursday were unsuccessful.

In Florida, the names of jurors are typically public and are announced and used by the judge and attorneys during jury selection.

Nelson's order follows an inquiry last month by the Sentinel.

In a letter, Sentinel attorneys asked Nelson for a specific ruling on how long she planned to maintain the jurors' anonymity, noting it was already "well past the six month 'cooling off' period requested by the defense."

The defense, in its motion, argued a delay was needed beyond the trial to allow "for any community passions to cool."

The Sentinel and other media outlets opposed that delay.

On July 13, Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in Trayvon's death. The Feb. 26, 2012, shooting in Sanford renewed national debate on a range of issues, including profiling and self-defense.

The not-guilty verdict sparked protests across the country.

Prosecutors alleged Zimmerman profiled, pursued and killed the unarmed Miami Gardens teenager. Zimmerman, now 30, said he fired in self-defense while being pummeled by Trayvon during an unprovoked attack.

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Re: Names of six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman made public
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2014, 09:40:06 AM »
So now they'll be hounded, to the death for some of them no doubt.

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Re: Names of six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman made public
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2014, 09:59:55 AM »
I fear we are entering a very dangerous time, wherein our freedoms of speech and of conscience are being subsumed to the demands of the mob. Whatever was once private is now routinely and forcibly made public, and what is personal is commonly transformed into the political.

When one's expressed thoughts and opinions are subject to a test not of truth but of "correctness", true freedom is first diminished, and finally made impossible.

And when jury deliberations and those who so deliberate are exposed rather than protected by the law, what honesty or honor can remain in our justice system, and who will dare to think and decide for themselves, for fear of retribution? 
Liberalism isn't really about making the world a better place. It's about reassuring the elites that they are good people for wanting to rule over it.

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Re: Names of six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman made public
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2014, 03:57:49 PM »
Well said, Andy. This is a disturbing development. I also find this odd: "In Florida, the names of jurors are typically public." What are they thinking?
The skeptic is never for real. There he stands, cocktail in hand, left arm draped languorously on one end of the mantelpiece, telling you that he can't be sure of anything, not even of his own existence. I'll give you my secret method of demolishing universal skepticism in four words. Whisper to him: "Your fly is open." If he thinks knowledge is so all-fired impossible, why does he always look? — James Sire (from, The Universe Next Door)

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Re: Names of six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman made public
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2014, 04:38:45 PM »
Well said, Andy. This is a disturbing development. I also find this odd: "In Florida, the names of jurors are typically public." What are they thinking?

I would imagine trials are matters of public record.  Ice the first individual who causes problem, repeat as necessary.
Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.


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