Deputies escort dismissed George Zimmerman juror from courthouse
Published On: Jun 14 2013 02:59:47 PM EDT
The potential juror, 55-year-old unemployed painter and guitar player Jerry Counelis, was eliminated from the jury pool on Wednesday after defense attorneys found a posting from him on a Facebook page from 2012.
Counelis was at the courthouse on Friday during the lunch hour complaining about his anonymity and saying he is hiring an attorney. According to the trespassing report, Counelis walked into the foyer of the jury assembly and expressed his privacy concerns and animosity toward the jury process to the clerk.
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.”
Counelis told attorneys during questioning that he only determined that Zimmerman should be arrested after an arrest was made in the case. The posting was found on Facebook more than two weeks before Zimmerman was arrested.
This neatly captures what I find outrageous about the Zimmerman Hater-Railroaders! This character posted presumption that Zimmerman is guilty on a FB page of that POV - posts and POVs they are utterly free to have. But then when he found himself in the jury pool, he tried to conceal his prejudice. He got caught trying to prejudice the Zimmerman jury, and was dismissed. Not satisfied, he again tried to corrupt the jury pool, creating grounds for restarting the jury selection process or even a venue change - expensive for the state, expensive for Zimmerman (who doesn’t have the power to tax to support his legal representation!).
To be blunt, this character did not surprise me at all! And I’m sure he’s not unique among the Zimmerman Hater-Railroaders! I would be surprised if there were not more such attempts to prejudice the Zimmerman trial, absent a clamp-down by the authorities.