Published June 24, 2013
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.