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Reporter's Notebook: At the Zimmerman Trial

Knock, Knock…What?

When Don West, one of George Zimmerman's lawyers, began the defense's opening statement, he told a knock knock joke about jury selection that left most of the seated jurors staring back blankly.

"Knock-knock," West began.

"Who's there?" he continued.

"George Zimmerman," he replied.

"George Zimmerman who?"

"All right, good. You're on the jury."

The all-female jury did not laugh. Most just stared back as if they were waiting for more to be said -- or simply looked befuddled.

"Nothing?" West asked incredulously.

Juror B-29, a nurse and mother of eight originally from Chicago, then chuckled as did juror E-13, an alternate juror in her 20s. Juror B51, an elderly woman who used to supervise a call center, smiled but looked down at the floor. Juror E6, a blonde woman in her 30s who used to work in finance, just stared back.

Later in the afternoon, after a recess, West apologized for the joke.

"No more bad, jokes, I promise that," West told the jury.

"I'm convinced it was the delivery though. I really thought it was funny. I'm sorry I offended anyone."

Dressing Up for Court

As the jury assembled for opening statements in the Zimmerman trial Monday morning, they appeared to have chosen a more formal dress code than during the selection process last week.

Several of the six female jurors wore business suits – with two choosing blue or navy and one opting for a beige/gray suit.

The others wore sweaters or some sort of jacket due to the air conditioning in the courtroom.

The jury also came equipped with pens and notepads – and a number took copious notes during the course of the day.

Serafin Gomez is the Miami Bureau producer for FOX News Channel, and a contributor to FOX News Latino. He covers politics, Florida, and Latin America. Follow him on Twitter: @Finnygo.

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