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-- right now jury selection under way in a highly anticipated murder trial George Zimmerman accused of killing trade on -- He's pleading not guilty saying he shot the teenager in self defense.
Prosecutors say the killing of -- on Martin was unjustified and -- Zimmerman with second degree murder.
So what -- defense attorneys and prosecutors looking for in prospective jurors.
Ted Nelson is a former prosecutor who rejoins us now -- and wiley and criminal defense attorney.
These cases are won and lost in jury selection -- right to -- what what is the prosecution going to be looking for is they pick these six jurors.
You're absolutely John that they are won and lost and and jury selection and that you're there you're trying to accomplish a couple goals in jury selection.
You want to teach the jury the law he wanted to let them know what the law as -- and how it applies to this case.
The second thing you're trying to do -- trying to weed out the people with the biases.
And you know the ones that have -- strong condition you know can the gun owners the people that are OK you know what.
With like using deadly force you know against people to come on their property.
But nowadays John thank -- changed.
You've got to worry about the third type of problem the person who would we call -- a worker.
They they sit there they answer your questions the way they think you want them to interim because they have an agenda they have an agenda to be on that jury.
They're the scariest -- the absolute scariest.
Yeah -- how do you sort those people out John.
Experience you have to know whether or not there and answering your questions truthfully you've got to be good at what year you've got to be.
Engaged within during the jury selection process it's a chess match.
And if you're not pick and quality jurors and if you're not asking the correct questions you're gonna get a faulty jury and I personally believe.
That the a jury trial is won and lost during the jury selection.
Now but everybody in Florida everybody in the country practically has heard about this case how -- view -- set about sorting out those people.
Who might be sympathetic toward your argument.
-- well to John we -- board are down here in Texas but.
The number one thank you have to do you know we've got a jury for OJ.
We got a jury for Casey Anthony we can get a jury of people.
That either don't know enough or not locked into a bias now but just like John said.
You've got to have experience you've got to have appeal.
What those people are telling you just a few seconds left and I go right back took let me give John -- -- started to have to answer in -- we got an OJ for for a jury -- -- -- look at the verdict we got -- John yeah and you know.
Yes and you know I don't think we're gonna have that kind of problem here I think that the jurors are more advanced since the content to television OJ was one of the first trials that was televised.
I think jurors are more keen to what's going on.
And I just think that your -- that you're not gonna have that same problem here in Zimmermann case all right.
John -- -- and -- Nelson the jury selection I'm getting underway today in the -- -- on Martin's shooting thank you both.
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