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News to tell you a jury of six women.
-- Zimmerman of all charges late last night.
But fall in such a high profile -- case how will these jurors go on and will they were remain anonymous joining us now to weigh -- is.
Mary -- hi Mary.
Hi good morning -- just start with your reaction what did you think when you heard -- not guilty.
-- -- You know -- from a -- stands -- and I I can totally I agree that this was probably the right verdict.
But for -- jury consultant point I understand how hard this must have -- for the jurors to come to this sort of high profile case.
Big verdict they gave it sixteen hours plus two rendered this decision so that tells me.
Plus the additional question that they opposed that they went through this sort of -- in a methodical way.
Agreed this was not easy for them you don't take sixteen hours if you -- -- -- already you know -- preconceived notion of how was gonna go.
Meanwhile you know as we've been talking about these were six women five of them were mothers.
This was a three week long trial obviously their families know who they are probably their friends know who they are probably their neighbors noticed -- they were missing.
For three weeks so will it be possible for these six jurors to remain anonymous.
You know I know that the defense and made the notion for the cooling off period to convince -- that six months where their information was not going to be disclosed in the media.
This is now juror choice whether they want to reach out to the media to sort of explained their process.
They don't have to do that would we love as public to sort of know why how they went through each of these elements.
Absolutely but today half to now and your experience as a jury consultant do they want to tell their story in general do they come forward.
You know I I think that there are probably one or two people who would definitely would like to speak and those are the people who were -- excuse you know the alternate jurors.
Often -- -- research when I find is the alternate jurors will come back.
First because -- get to deliberate but they also have sat through that trial heard all the information.
I wouldn't be surprised if one of them did not come out and sort of give their feedback because it's the time that they can't.
She said wouldn't it be helpful in healing.
To hear from the jurors about how they got to this point because.
It what we've heard and we have the luxury of having all sorts of legal experts on our couch.
And we've heard that if you followed the letter of the law Zimmerman had to be found not guilty but of course there's so much emotion.
Wouldn't it be helpful to the public to hear from the jurors what they went through in the deliberating room.
You know I believe that absolutely and I think it's sort of healing for the jurors as well when I do post trial interview -- jurors they often say.
When people are gonna look at me and question me about my verdict I do want to have the opportunity to say.
This is the evidence that I looked at and this is the law as I understood it and -- self defense will be such a Paramount.
Issue for this case -- it obviously was.
Their interpretation of what self defense was for them how they found -- justified in this case.
I think it would be very very important for the public to understand that I agree you know we've allowed now victims to make victim impact statements.
And those -- a long way towards understanding and healing and it it's pretty helpful have a jury impact.
Statements -- -- in these high profile cases but thank goodness we really appreciate your expertise throughout this trial thanks so much for being with us.
Thank you for having me thank you it's.
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