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Zimmerman Jurors Will Be Sequestered For Murder Trial

Jury consultant Robert Hirschhorn (2nd R) speaks to George Zimmerman (R) during the fourth day of Zimmerman’s murder trial in Seminole circuit court June 13, 2013 in Sanford, Florida

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Bad news for the (un)lucky men and women who will make up the jury for George Zimmerman’s murder trial (that is, assuming they’re not eager to spend the better part of a month trapped in a hotel room), via USA Today:

A Florida judge told a jury candidate Thursday that the six jurors and four alternates eventually picked to hear the second-degree murder case will be kept in isolation during the two to four weeks that it will last. Judge Debra Nelson announced during the jury selection that the jurors will be sequestered for George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial, which is expected to last two to four weeks.

Unless you’ve been sequestered yourself, you’ll remember that Zimmerman is on trial for the death of Trayvon Martin, a teenager who Zimmerman claims he shot and killed in self-defense. Earlier this week, Slate’s Emily Bazelon made the case that given the exhaustive media coverage the case has received during the past year, sequestration won’t accomplish much at this point—other than ruining the jurors’ summers.