1. “During the sequestration, jurors had individual rooms and convened regularly in a suite for meals and to socialize. Jurors watched television and movies, exercised at the hotel fitness center, and spent weekends being visited by family and friends.”
2. “Jurors could also request visits from members of the religious community. Anyone visiting members of the jury was asked to sign an agreement indicating they would not discuss the case with the jury member or disclose any information to outside parties about the details of their visit.”
3. “Most breakfast and dinner meals were provided through the hotel. Jurors dined out twice: at Outback Steakhouse in Sanford and at Amigo’s in Altamonte Springs. Dinner was also brought in from Giovanni’s in Lake Mary. Lunches typically took place at the courthouse with lunch brought in from area restaurants. The group went out for lunch twice, both times to Senior Tequila’s in Winter Springs.”
4. “Jurors also enjoyed several evening and weekend excursions to include bowling, shopping at the Volusia Mall, a day and dinner in St. Augustine (to include a visit to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum), manicures and pedicures, and watching fireworks on the fourth of July. ” The release noted that “In accordance with Florida Statutes, the Clerk of the Court is responsible for juror expenses for meals and lodging. Jurors paid for their own personal purchases and appointment costs. The Sheriff’s Office paid for the movie and bowling excursions and the Ripley’s admission.”
5. ” Jurors also went to the movies to see “World War Z” and “The Lone Ranger.” All movies viewed were preapproved by the court.” (“World War Z” movie still credit: Paramount)
6. “Jurors were provided access to the hotel’s laundry service or could send laundry home with family members. Jurors were permitted to go to appointments for personal care if accompanied by deputies.”
7. “All television, internet use, reading materials, mail, and phone calls were screened, monitored and logged by deputies to ensure jurors were not exposed to any trial information, or content related to the criminal justice system. Jurors were permitted to receive their cell phones once per day to check voicemails and make telephone calls in the presence of a deputy.”
8. “Although exact costs are not yet available, the hotel cost was approximately $1,000 daily, and meals were approximately $375 per day. The excursion expenses were approximately $350. In total, sequestrations costs were approximately $33,000.”
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The Seminole County Court has offered counseling to the six women who sat on the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman of second degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But before the verdict that exonerated the former neighborhood watch volunteer in the shooting of the unarmed Miami teen, it turns out the sequestered jurors weren’t exactly living in isolation.
According to a Seminole County Sheriff’s Office news release, the jury enjoyed some creature comforts while they were away from their families for 22 nights, from June 21st through Saturday night, July 13th, as they stayed at the Marriott Hotel in Lake Mary, Florida, near Sanford. The quotes are taken directly from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office press release dated July 17, 2013.