​Zimmerman Juror Escorted Out, Prohibited From Returning

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June 15, 2013
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George Zimmerman prospective juror was escorted out of the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center and is prohibited from returning until the trial is over.

Zimmerman Juror Escorted Out

On Wednesday, Jerry Patrick Counelis, now known as former prospective juror E-7, was let go as a potential jury member.

When the 55-year-old, out-of-work, white male was questioned by attorneys about Zimmerman’s guilt he insisted that he had no opinion.

However, when Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson gave him a piece of paper and asked if on March 21, 2012, he’d written and posted on Facebook what was on that paper. He read it, looked up and said, “Yes.”

He was then escorted out of the courtroom by deputies, and the judge had nothing further to say about the post.

Reportedly, Counelis’ March 21, 2012 posting in question was on the Facebook page called “The Coffee Party Progressive,” a political Facebook page that posted a comment calling for “justice for Trayvon.” It has since been deleted.

Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara said at a news conference after the proceedings that if Counelis had approached the potential jurors he would have cost the court system “a week of time, thousands of dollars,” and more.

“That’s devastating to this process,” he said.