Reporter's Notebook: At the Zimmerman Trial
When Don West, one of George Zimmerman’s lawyers, began the defense’s opening statement, he told a knock knock joke about jury selection that left most of the seated jurors staring back blankly.
“Knock, knock,” West began.
“Who’s there?” he continued.
“George Zimmerman,” he replied.
“George Zimmerman who?”
“All right, good. You’re on the jury.”
The all-female jury did not laugh. Most just stared back as if they were waiting for more to be said — or simply looked befuddled.
“Nothing?” West asked incredulously.
Juror B-29, a nurse and mother of eight originally from Chicago, then chuckled as did juror E-13, an alternate juror in her 20s. Juror B51, an elderly woman who used to supervise a call center, smiled but looked down at the floor. Juror E6, a blonde woman in her 30s who used to work in finance, just stared back.
Later in the afternoon, after a recess, West apologized for the joke.
“No more bad, jokes, I promise that, “West told the jury.
“I’m convinced it was the delivery though. I really thought it was funny. I’m sorry I offended anyone.”
Dressing Up for Court
As the jury assembled for opening statements in the George Zimmerman trial Monday morning, they appeared to have chosen a more formal dress code than during the selection process last week.
Several of the six female jurors wore business suits – with two choosing blue or navy and one opting for a beige/gray suit.
The others wore sweaters or some sort of jacket due to the air conditioning in the courtroom.
The jury also came equipped with pens and notepads – and a number took copious notes during the course of the day.
Via: Fox News