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Zimmerman Prosecutor Excused Potential Black Juror for Being a Fox News Watcher

Posted by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 8:04 PM
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George Zimmerman haters throughout the media have carped and whined about the fact that there weren’t any African-Americans on the jury despite the law requiring the accused NOT the victim be judged by his peers. On CNN Newsroom Tuesday, it was revealed that a potential black juror had been struck by the prosecution for committing the crime of being a Fox News watcher (video follows with transcript and commentary): CAROL COSTELLO, HOST: So Mark, do Trayvon Martin's parents you think, I mean, when they look at the jury makeup and they look at the decision that jury came to, do they say why didn't we have an African-American on the jury? Why did we have six white women? MARK NEJAME, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: And that's what we were saying from the beginning. You know, sometimes I've been criticized by some who don't understand that a legal opinion is very different than a personal, a social, or a philosophical opinion. When you look at the composition of Seminole County, it's eleven percent African-American. And when you look at Sanford, it’s 30 percent African-American. So when you subtract Sanford from the overall Seminole County, you have, you know, a very, very small minority, specifically African-American representation within Seminole County. So when in fact you condense that down to a jury, the odds of getting an African-American on the jury are very slim when you're in Seminole County. COSTELLO: Although if I remember correctly one of the prosecutors struck a black, a potential black juror from the jury. MICHAEL SKOLNICK, POLITICAL DIRECTOR TO RUSSELL SIMMONS, CO-PRESIDENT GLOBALGRIND.COM: Yeah, he was also, I was just, he was also a Fox News watcher. So that was, you know, problematic for the prosecution. In case you were wondering, Skolnick is not a Zimmerman supporter or a conservative. Besides being hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons' political director and the co-president of GlobalGrind.com, he's also on the board of directors of the Trayvon Martin Foundation. That said, it appears black jurors were only going to be acceptable to the prosecution if they were liberals getting their "news" from Zimmerman-hating media outlets. Martin supporters should keep that in mind as they complain about the makeup of the jury. Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/07/16/cnn-zimmerman-prosecutor-excused-potential-black-juror-being-fox-news#ixzz2ZFy3ueEp
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onethentwins
by Bronze Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Smart.

wirehangers
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM

So I can use that to get excused from jury duty?All this time,I didn't think Fox News was good for anything.

shannonnigans
by Gold Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:27 PM

This happens all the time - I'd have done the same.  Likewise the defense probably wouldn't have wanted the ultimate Rachel Maddow fan, so what? You don't have to even give a reason for dismissing a juror. 

jllcali
by LoyalAndCute on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:38 PM
I'm sure the defense dismissed people who were.fans of other networks. Attorneys can have a lot of leeway with choosing jurors.
jllcali
by LoyalAndCute on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:41 PM
So did the guy who was struck ever actually say he was a fox news fan, and that that's why he was struck?
MissTacoBell
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:45 PM
If you voluntarily watch Fox News even though they admit they lie when convenient and believe the drivel they spout I assume you believe anything without good evidence and I'd strike you too.
MelanieJK
by Bronze Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:52 PM
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And you're a good little soldier marching to the drivel that you've been fed about Fox.  lol     At least switch up some words and phrases occassionally so we know you're at least capable of that!  

 

Quoting MissTacoBell:

If you voluntarily watch Fox News even though they admit they lie when convenient and believe the drivel they spout I assume you believe anything without good evidence and I'd strike you too.

 

 

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Who cares, they can dismiss anyone for any reason.  And he was found not guilty anyway so why start whining now?  Maybe they (rightly) felt that Fox had already come to their not guilty verdict before the trial even started and the prosecuters didn't want someone who had already drawn a conclusion.

MissTacoBell
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM
You're right. The florida Supreme Court fed me that last line when they ruled in 2003 that they had a right to purposefully distort broadcast news.

Google "Florida Supreme Court feb 2003 Akre" or "the corporation".

Just because the words I use are too big or unfamiliar no need to hate on me.


Quoting MelanieJK:

And you're a good little soldier marching to the drivel that you've been fed about Fox.  lol     At least switch up some words and phrases occassionally so we know you're at least capable of that!  


 


Quoting MissTacoBell:

If you voluntarily watch Fox News even though they admit they lie when convenient and believe the drivel they spout I assume you believe anything without good evidence and I'd strike you too.

 


 


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