Looking out for 'stealth jurors'

By Christina Vazquez, Reporter, cvazquez@wplg.com
Published On: Jun 11 2013 11:59:50 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2013 11:20:33 AM EDT

Two criminal defense attorneys question the answers given by a potential juror who said she never heard George Zimmerman's name until Monday.

SANFORD, Fla. -

You learn a lot about people in jury selection. There's the grandmother who loves games show, the mom who digs Bravo Reality TV, and a widow who's hard of hearing after playing in a rock band for 20 years. Then there's the potential "stealth juror."

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"A stealth juror is basically like a potential land mine," said Orlando-based criminal defense attorney Luis Calderon. 

"[A stealth juror is] one who has strong feelings about the case but is hiding how she truly feels," said Miami-based criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh. 

Both told Local 10's Christina Vazquez that person could be potential juror B65.

She's an African-America woman with three kids, one about Trayvon Martin's age, who claims the first time she's ever heard George Zimmerman's name was on Monday.

This despite admitting to knowing about the case through her Sanford church pastor who she said led a prayer session for "both parties."

When it comes to the large rally held in Sanford, she said she was on vacation at the time, telling the defense she also didn't know anyone who has ever attended an event or rally in connection to this case.

"Not all of it is what they say but the manner of which it is said," said Calderon. "Does it really add up? Does it make sense or are they really just trying to get on this jury?"

"I don't think the defense believed her at all," said Eiglarsh. "At minimum, it warranted continuous prying to get to whether she is really truthful or whether she is one of those stealth jurors, one that's just saying what she thinks we want to hear."

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