You overlook a simple fact.After Zimmerman trial, senator proposing more diverse jury pools
Last Updated: Thursday, September 05, 2013, 9:12 PM
From the shooting, to the investigation, and even the members of the jury, the topic of race permeated the George Zimmerman trial.
It was an almost all-white jury that acquitted him, which has since raised even more questions about race.
Now, there's a proposal to require juries to be more diverse.
It’s something residents like Joe Foster support.
“Any serious matter such as this, you have to have the right representation, or it wouldn't be a trial. It would be a hung jury. It would be a witch hunt,” said Foster.
Democratic State Senator Gwen Margolis is behind a proposal that would require a jury to look like the demographics of the county where trial is held.
In Seminole County, where Zimmerman’s trial took place, that would have meant more men and potentially more minorities.
Lawmakers now find themselves at the sensitive intersection of race and justice after the controversial trial.
While demographically reflective juries may sound like a good idea, critics argue they'd be anything but fair.
Some lawyers say picking jurors on the basis of race and sex could shrink the pool of truly impartial jurors.
Democratic Representative Alan Williams says justice can only be done when that pool is as diverse as the public at large.
“This is just another step to make sure that the judicial process is as fair as it can possibly be for all involved, both the victims and sometimes the folks who are accused of committing the crime,” said Williams.
Deciding what's fair is a matter of debate, which lawmakers are about to have.
Trayvon Martin had legal resprsentation, as does any plaintiff or defendant.
The jurors were screened by both councils of both sides and the jury was agreed upon.
That is what jury selection is all about. Both sides get to question potential jurors to be as sure as possible that the jury will be impartial.
Any type Affirmative Action introduction to our jury system taints the pool and destroys it's impartiality.
There were blacks and hispanics and probably Cubans in the jury pool. They were rejected for one reason or another. Maybe you could check into that and find out.
It is a person's ability to be impartial, not their ancestry or color, that reigns supreme in jury selection and rightfully so.