George Zimmerman trial jurors to be sequestered; how much will it cost?

As a Florida resident, I'm used to seeing big, media trials take over our local news, drag on for months at a time and then when it's all done, slap taxpayers with a hefty bill. Point in case, Casey Anthony. The Anthony trial dominated media and cost taxpayers more than $200,000 for jury sequestering alone. Now that Judge Debra Nelson has determined that the jurors in the George Zimmerman trial will also be sequestered, one prevailing question is, "How much is this going to cost?"

I can't tell you an exact figure, but I'm sure it will be less than the taxpayers of Arizona are paying to put Jodi Arias away




Some of the most shocking criminal cases that resulted in acquittals involved juries that weren't sequestered. The first two that come to mind are the aforementioned Casey Anthony trial and the O.J. Simpson trial. Is it possible that the fact they were sequestered and kept from media somehow influenced their decisions to acquit?

The sobering fact would be that if sequestering a jury leads to more acquittals, than an non-sequestered jury may be looking at media, despite judge's orders.

Jury to be sequestered in George Zimmerman trial
Jodi Arias' jurors were not sequestered. I would love to know for sure if some (if not all) sneaked a peek at HLN, went online and did a few Google searches, or followed the case on Facebook and Twitter. Could you imagine being a juror in a case and having been told to stay away from media, then stumbling upon something incredibly damaging to the defendant? Would you go the judge and remove yourself?

It's really such a twisted game, our justice system. Defendants are supposed to be "presumed innocent until proven guilty" and then we waste weeks and months trying to find people who haven't heard of a case or formed an opinion. O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman were household names long before they went to trial.

I'm all for sequestering a jury and I think it is critical to do so in this day and age, where media streams 24/7 and social networks deliver news faster than journalists can type away at their keyboards.

I don't think the Zimmerman trial is going to be very long; but maybe that's because I'm still suffering from Jodi Arias burnout and the marathon four-month trial that isn't even over yet.

Judge Debra Nelson has estimated the George Zimmerman trial to last between two and four weeks. She really seems down to business and I don't think anyone will be bossing her around, taking advantage of her or trying to get away with ridiculous shenanigans during Zimmerman's trial.

As for how much it will cost to sequester the jury? I'm not sure, but if we can guarantee a fair verdict based solely on the evidence and not from media hype and spin; it will be worth it.