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And welcome back to our continuing coverage of the George Zimmerman trial hello everyone I'm mark Dell -- apple.
We are going to be doing right now via Skype from by mr.
Steven risers Steven is a former prosecutor joining us from Long Island Stephen good to see you.
But as you walk so I know you've been staying on top of this watching everything has been that glued to that you're set this morning so far.
They would sort of courtroom but I've read up on the news report that I think so what strikes you at this point.
In -- of what has taken place so far today.
And then the unusual concerns that any yet defense attorney would have at this point as to potential bias in the and so jury pool.
You know we have to look very closely at the statements that I made to see if there's any prejudice whatsoever it's very difficult in the case like this to get an unbiased jury.
Other questions have been asked have been very helpful and -- highlighting some of the issues with some of these just prospective jurors and now they just need to keep digging.
So what are some of the questions that have been -- so -- this morning.
And the answer is that right now stick out in your memory.
-- some of the questions as far as whether -- -- there's any -- racial under.
Undertones in this case I think that that's very key point that needs to be reiterated through this process because.
This can't be calm.
A trial outrageous.
I think he does become that then I think the court system would have failed wolf mr.
And also the victim in this case they want -- And do you feel that at the end of the day when they finally come -- with the F six final tourism for alternate that they actually confined to six people who.
Will not let race decided beard decisions in and they can actually.
Collecting discern all of the facts that are presented to them throughout the trial.
They can only -- -- -- that these prospective jurors are.
Honestly answering these questions.
I need you now above one prospective -- -- -- did obviously saying that he felt that this -- is you know kind of business as usual.
Read this is connected to racism which is endemic in our society.
I'm and that individual was exposed because -- was honest and and that's the type of questioning and answers that we need to encourage -- utilities in this case.
Mood swing cards from the perspective -- because the reality is.
You can ask all the questions in the -- you can ask the absolute best questions that won't let people who -- you're going to get.
Is if they answer everything honestly -- -- as much as you want but if you have somebody on -- that's not gonna tell you the truth.
You've got to move he won't go in and look and act because it that's there you know I don't doubt that they're good at lying they'll -- on the jury and you can -- -- -- it do you do you find it that's commonplace in in various.
Trials or or in various cases or perhaps is it more -- likely to happen in a case like this thing as you say that could become very much a racially.
Driven as the actual incident has already been.
I think you need to focus simply no clue that question because they're the reality is.
It's it's the case like this where this is in particular danger and I would say more so because of the fact that it is a high profile case than the fact that there.
Could be out racial undertones are there are.
Our racial undertones through you know many -- in this case many people's opinions on this case the real issue is either -- Immediate focus because a lot of people they want their fifteen minutes of fame a lot of people want to write that book when this I was older -- and that's the thing that we will need.
Be careful about it in you raise an excellent point that I think sometimes we forget engine -- ironically that being us.
Here in in the media and now with various other ways that people can get some attention.
You cut and don't think he -- such part of the American process the democratic process to serve and a jury innocent until proven guilty it's better -- -- that he would think that people would only.
You want to serve on the jury to.
Go ahead and and in sort of that be part of that democratic.
Process which includes judicial system and that in that bit.
Did the court system in our in our country but you're right you kind of forget that there are people were like no you know what I need the money I want the -- And -- to do whatever it takes to get on there.
I'm actually on that -- That's okay that's that's unfortunate.
Fact that we cannot ignore and that's why they're there is so much question you think he's like this where the stakes are so -- -- -- really can't be too much timing questioning these prospective jurors in the judges got to be.
A pretty permissive in allowing -- especially defense attorney but also prosecutions and utilize their peremptory challenges.
I want Jackson say to a good news in the country challenges and allow challenges for -- Because those peremptory challenges are limited on charges -- quarters or unlimited.
Right -- pre agreed challenges you're talking about where the strikes they each have each side has ten of those peremptory challenges and they do exit have -- I and that the limited -- three.
Challenges for cause so what happens when those strikes argues that means okay.
Juror number or potential juror number of whatever they're you know they have other ways of being and -- identified at this point.
They that's what that's is the figure out you're out you're out but as you said the prosecutors and the defense they have to use those strikes carefully to get rid of potential jurors -- that could be problematic severe argument.
That's what the country challenges come in as well you're getting those answers that appeared to be appropriate.
Appeared to be giving the answers that you want -- again.
That you may be able to -- since you're right there face to face this person since the fact that need.
And then not being truthful media avoiding the question what -- -- body language you can.
Could could it indicate that there's a problem with his stick particular prospective juror.
They may want to get that personally moved in you may not be don't you articulate a very strong reason based upon the answers themselves.
That's -- -- challenges become very important.
And then the attorneys have to keep trying to -- you get all the answers out that they can so that we didn't judge can see things the way that they do.
And see if there is a problem so that they can get rid of that potential juror for cause as opposed to using on this peremptory challenges but -- -- -- as a safety net.
So that you have -- that are potentially very that you believe is going to be and umpires that you could still get rid lepers.
But let's clear it cleared up -- -- the folks watching -- so.
If there is a peremptory.
Challenged for cause the judge has -- basically saying she did she has to sign off on it.
I'm just to be queried why not yet salads that try and challenge -- -- you -- and making applications to the court you sing.
I judgments and in this particular case this particular perspective jury answered this question.
In this way and that shows that there's a bias always shows that in this particular case they would not be -- good sure.
Roaring good reason that the judge agrees with that went that request -- who that person from the.
Right and the reason why specify that because -- you say each side they only have ten.
A printer print three challenges -- strikes that are definite they say I went prospective juror number such and -- to go that its a done deal but they want to.
Not use those unless they really really really have to so they want to rely on the judge and and her and her.
Her assessment of these potential viewers as well.
-- exceptions those peremptory challenges and that would be if Hillary's base or gender based.
I'm if you if if for instance one of the attorneys were using all their peremptory challenges -- -- once again we have well.
All the black jurors all of the military as all -- you -- that you can't do that.
And if you could show a pattern of that type behavior well you he's currently challenges I've that would be unconstitutional so there -- -- limits and -- it is otherwise very broad.
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