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Why Did They Let Her On The Zimmerman Jury?

Publication Date: 
July 15, 2013
Source: 
Slate
Author: 
Dahlia Lithwick

Professor Robert Weisberg spoke with Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about juror B37 and why she raises lawyerly concerns.

Less than two days after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin, juror B37, one of the six members of the anonymous panel, signed with a literary agent to shop her book about the trial.

The news comes with a bonus video: juror B37’s entire voir dire captured on film and promoted Monday by Gawker. The process by which counsel on each side of the case interviews prospective jurors is revealing in all kinds of ways and a useful lesson in the strengths and weaknesses of the jury system. In the case of B37, it is also a master class on how to not know anything about something everyone else knows about.

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Robert Weisberg teaches criminal law at Stanford Law School, and he immediately wonders what it meant when juror B37 asserted that "You never get all the information. How do you form an opinion if you don't have all the information?" Weisberg sums up his lawyerly concerns in one sentence: "She thinks the world is one big reasonable doubt."