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Quiz: Girl's Night Out or Zimmerman Juror Activity?

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The all-lady jury that acquitted George Zimmerman enjoyed steaks, pedicures, and bowling excursions during their 22-night sequester at a Florida Marriott. The state's taxpayers paid $33,000 to subsidize the fun-filled slumber party.


"It certainly seems reasonable to me that a woman would desire a bit of personal grooming over 22 days," Randy Reep, a Florida attorney, told USA Today. "Allowing the woman to get manicures and pedicures or enjoying other activities is important to the mental well-being of these jurors who are in a very stressful situation," said Elizabeth Parker, a Florida criminal defense attorney and former assistant state prosecutor. "Imagine four weeks of being confined to a courtroom all day and a hotel room at night and on the weekend, without any freedom or independence."

So basically: they would've turned into total depressed bitches if they hadn't been sufficiently pampered. What a bummer that would've been. Might there be a fine line between allowing jurors basic creature comforts and taking them on field trips to watch fireworks? You decide! Here's a list of delightful ways to pass the time; guess which ones the juror gals enjoyed before deciding to acquit a murderer.


1. Dinner at Outback Steakhouse

2. SoulCycle classes

3. Foot rubs

4. Ice cream sundaes

5. Bowling

6. A day trip to St. Augustine, which included dinner and a visit to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum

7. Shopping at a nearby mall

8. Yoga

9. Manicures and pedicures

10. A 4th of July fireworks-watching excursion

11. Beach day

12. Facial

13. Viewings of "World War Z" and "The Lone Ranger."

Zimmerman jury activities: 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13

"A Bloomin Onion at Outback would not adequately reimburse these women for the bitterness" some feel regarding their decision, Reep said.


Note: Jurors paid for their own purchases and appointment costs, but they were only allowed out if accompanied by deputies, and all that chaperoning had a price tag, too. The sheriff's office is currently compiling the agency's total costs associated with the trial, but preliminary figures show that the sheriff's office spent approximately $320,000 on overtime and other trial-related expenses.

[USA Today]

Image via Patrizia Tilly/Shutterstock.

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I love how the 'Note' at the end quietly mentions these women had to pay for all services and experiences themselves. So basically the beef is they were allowed outside of their rooms? Being on a sequestered jury should not mean you are held in solitary detention. The fact any excursion required a chaperon is a point of law, not a 'perk'.

So for anyone offended by these outings, what is your solution? To truly have a deputy lock them in a room each night until they're needed the next day?