Man on the Edge - Anonymous Jurors
A six-person jury in Florida, consisting mostly of white women, made one of the most controversial decisions in recent history: the acquittal of George Zimmerman. It's led to a series of protests, and while some have been a bit tense, they've been largely peaceful. But while "Zimmerman" and "Trayvon Martin" are names everyone recognizes now, the jurors are anonymous. But should they be?
The jury was given specific instructions that they do not have to come forward. And the judge even hinted that they could be targeted by people upset with their decision. But just two days after that warning, one of the jurors has signed on to write a book about the situation. Right now, she's still anonymous, but that could change by the time of publication.
Over the weekend, the Twitter world went wild with implied threats. Victor Cruz of the New York Giants tweeted that "Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up with him", and Roddy White of the Falcons said the jurors should "go home and kill themselves". Both have apologized, but you have to wonder how much their management had to do with that.
So what do you think? For whatever reason, should the jurors from the Zimmerman trial reveal their identities to the public?
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