The final jury selection has finally been approved for the murder trial of George Zimmerman. It will begin on Monday, and consist only of female jury members.
The selection comes as a surprise, considering the strong racial overtones of the trial. Five of the six members are Hispanic, like Zimmerman. One alternate is also Hispanic.
Zimmerman has given his approval of the jury.
While the jury members’ identities are protected, their opinions are not. Juror B37 said she once had a concealed weapons permit, though she let it expire and commented on the ease of obtaining one. A second member was a victim of domestic abuse and at least one, E6, is a mother.
“In a perfect world, the prosecution would want to see a jury of mothers,” Kendall Coffey, legal analyst, said. He added that women’s attitudes about guns and confrontation might be in the prosecution’s favor and may sympathize with Trayvon’s victimization.
Three of the jury members are advocates of gun rights, with Juror B29 adding that she felt self defense could not be weighed on the spot, but during a split-second reaction.
Two jurors have just moved to the area from Chicago and Iowa. Two others hold hobbies as animal rescuers.
The trial is expected to last between two and four weeks, and if convicted, Zimmerman could face life in prison.