- The Washington Times - Monday, July 15, 2013

Mystery surrounds the six women who served as jurors in the George Zimmerman trial, as they left the courtroom after this weekend’s not-guilty ruling carrying packets of media requests for interviews.

Only the judge has the power to overturn a decision to shield the jurors’ identities from the public – and in the days since the ruling, she’s been hounded to do so, the Daily Mail reported. So far, jurors have refused to talk to the press, and the world knows them only as six women, named B76, B37, E6, B29, E40 and B51.

A tweet from a court spokeswoman after the verdict read: “Jurors were given packets of letters from the media containing interview requests. They expressed no interest at this time.”

Members of the media were also warned against publicly identifying any juror, without the judge’s permission.

“Any attempt to identify jurors is a violation of the current order,” a court statement read, the Daily Mail reported. And the Seminole County Sheriff’s office stated similarly: “The media should not, at any time, attempt to video and/or broadcast the jurors, the transport or personal vehicles used, or any locations/venues where the jurors may be staying or visiting.”

An attorney for the newspaper Orlando Sentinel already petitioned the judge to hold a hearing on the jurors’ anonymity.

SEE ALSO: George Zimmerman trial: Facts and figures about the six women jurors

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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