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Why are there only six people on the Zimmerman jury? nt (Original Post) Callmecrazy Jul 2013 OP
That's the way they do it in Florida. The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2013 #1
Florida is why.... Fresh_Start Jul 2013 #2
12 only used in capital cases. HooptieWagon Jul 2013 #3
Floriduh. n/t Egalitarian Thug Jul 2013 #4
Florida law only requires six Bjorn Against Jul 2013 #5
Really? Callmecrazy Jul 2013 #6
Because they're all women Mr.Bill Jul 2013 #7
I'm not religious customerserviceguy Jul 2013 #16
Got that right! FourScore Jul 2013 #17
It saves money. ... spin Jul 2013 #8
I don't buy that... Callmecrazy Jul 2013 #9
We don't have an income tax but we still have 12 person juries, pnwmom Jul 2013 #10
They pay jurors next to nothing frazzled Jul 2013 #14
that's just how Florida does it TorchTheWitch Jul 2013 #11
We do everything half assed. russspeakeasy Jul 2013 #12
It is modeled on the DU jury system. nt Union Scribe Jul 2013 #13
Six? Sheesh, why not just one! Gregorian Jul 2013 #15
According to this, Connecticut and Florida allow juries of only 6 bike man Jul 2013 #18
A six member jury for murder? Callmecrazy Jul 2013 #19
Because it's half a jury. kentuck Jul 2013 #20
Maybe they were having a difficult time finding jurors who didn't want to hang Zimmerman. In_The_Wind Jul 2013 #21

Bjorn Against

(12,041 posts)
5. Florida law only requires six
Fri Jul 12, 2013, 10:25 PM
Jul 2013

Most states still do 12 but the Supreme Court ruled a while back that only six are legally required.


(24,442 posts)
7. Because they're all women
Fri Jul 12, 2013, 10:30 PM
Jul 2013

and we all know women have twice the power. At least us married guys know, anyway.


(17,493 posts)
8. It saves money. ...
Fri Jul 12, 2013, 10:35 PM
Jul 2013

Remember Florida doesn't have an income tax. Consequently the state has to use its money wisely. Why hire twelve people to do a job that six can do.


(3,066 posts)
9. I don't buy that...
Fri Jul 12, 2013, 10:44 PM
Jul 2013

I lived in Nevada and served on a 12 person jury there. No income tax there either.


(109,069 posts)
10. We don't have an income tax but we still have 12 person juries,
Fri Jul 12, 2013, 10:47 PM
Jul 2013

which is much better for a defendant than a 6 person jury. It's twice as easy to get one holdout out of twelve, than one holdout of six.


(18,402 posts)
14. They pay jurors next to nothing
Fri Jul 12, 2013, 11:09 PM
Jul 2013

(here in Cook County, IL., it's $17.20 a day). So I doubt it's the money.


(11,065 posts)
11. that's just how Florida does it
Fri Jul 12, 2013, 10:47 PM
Jul 2013

They only have 12 person juries if it's a death penalty case. I can see both good reasons and bad reasons about the number of jurors.


(23,867 posts)
15. Six? Sheesh, why not just one!
Fri Jul 12, 2013, 11:16 PM
Jul 2013

Fuck, that's awful.

Hell, one would save even more time and money. I can just imagine being prosecuted for a crime I didn't commit, and the jury is old stupid Palin loving uncle Joe. GUILTY!

What a god damned nightmare. I will never ever set foot in Florida.


bike man

(620 posts)
18. According to this, Connecticut and Florida allow juries of only 6
Sat Jul 13, 2013, 02:03 AM
Jul 2013

for serious cases, while many states allow six in misdemeanor cases


The Supreme Court has held, in Williams v. Florida (1970), that the right to trial by jury doesn’t require the traditional jury of twelve people; six suffices. (Ballew v. Georgia (1978) held that juries of five or fewer are unconstitutional.)

Nonetheless, while many states allow six-person juries in misdemeanor cases, very few allow them for very serious felonies, such as murder, for which Zimmerman is being tried. According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, State Court Organization 2004, tbl. 42 (supplemented by this statute, only Connecticut and Florida provide for a six-person jury for very serious but noncapital felonies, and only Florida provides for a six-person jury when the offenses is punishable by life imprisonment (with or without parole); Utah apparently provides for an eight-person jury; all other states provide for twelve-person juries. (Again, I’m speaking here of very serious felonies; a few more states provide for six-person juries for less serious felonies as well as misdemeanors.)


(3,066 posts)
19. A six member jury for murder?
Sat Jul 13, 2013, 05:11 AM
Jul 2013

What do you have to do for a 12 member panel? Violate HOA regs? Leave empty garbage cans out overnight?

Vote Democrat?


(111,281 posts)
20. Because it's half a jury.
Sat Jul 13, 2013, 06:52 AM
Jul 2013

There is a reason for 12 men or women on a jury. Guilt or innocence is not a trivial matter in a court of law. It is a travesty of justice to only have six on a jury, in my opinion.

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