Potential juror exposed as #Trayvon militant dismissed – returns to court in outrage

Posted by: ST on June 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

The New York Daily News reported earlier this week that a potential juror in the upcoming George Zimmerman trial lied when he claimed he had not yet formed an opinion on the case:

A member of a pro-Travyon Martin group was unmasked Wednesday as he tried to get on the Florida jury in George Zimmerman’s trial for shooting the unarmed teen.

A white male potential juror identified on his Facebook page as Jerry Counelis gave long, rambling answers about his impartiality when asked basic questions by attorneys.

Counelis, known as panelist E-7, said he was an unemployed painter and musician and had no problem being sequestered if chosen to serve on the jury.

After both prosecution and defense attorneys finished questioning the potential juror, they requested a sidebar with the judge.

Circuit Judge Debra Nelson said she had a question for Juror E-7

She then asked if Counelis posted something to the Coffee Party Progressives Facebook page on March 21 [2012].

Nelson circled something on a piece of paper and handed it to him, and told him to look at it and tell the court if he posted it.

Counelis answered “yes.” This is what he posted:

According to its Facebook page, the Coffee Party Progressives is a group “dedicated to seeking justice for Trayvon Martin.”

On March 21, Counelis wrote on its page that the justice system “needs an enema.”

“In Sanford … & I CAN tell you THIS. ‘Justice’ IS Coming!” he wrote, adding that “with the noise WE made … it couldn’t be covered up.”

There were several other incendiary remarks about Zimmerman and police in Sanford, Fla., where Martin was shot.

With all that in mind, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that the man, clearly biased against defendant George Zimmerman, was understandably dismissed from the pool of potential jurors on Wednesday. Well, it was understandable to everyone, it seems, but Counelis himself … who returned to the courtroom on Friday to express his outrage and ended up being escorted out by law enforcement:

SANFORD, Fla. — Channel 9 has learned a potential juror in the George Zimmerman trial who had been dismissed Wednesday returned to the Seminole County courthouse on Friday and had to be escorted out.

The man, referred to only by his juror number, E7, was at the courthouse demanding to know how the defense learned of a website post that got him dismissed earlier this week.

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Once inside the courthouse on Friday, the dismissed juror began to express several concerns about his privacy and his treatment by the court system, so an investigator referred him to the clerk of courts and advised him to seek legal counsel.

Authorities said that’s when the man walked away from the investigator and down to the jury assembly room. There, the officer told E7 he had been dismissed and was not allowed in the jury assembly area or have any contact with any potential jurors until after the trial has concluded.

The deputy clerk of court referred E7 to the clerk’s office, which is when he replied, “Do they know what they are in for?” referring to other potential jurors.

The dismissed juror then went to the Clerk’s Office. When finished, E7 was advised that he was barred from entry to the courthouse until the conclusion of the Zimmerman trial.

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But E7 told Channel 9′s Ryan Hughes on Friday that he simply went to the courthouse to ask court officials to urge the judge to further protect prospective jurors.

“This is all I did, and this is hurting me,” he said about the media attention after his dismissal.

E7 was hoping more information isn’t released by the court in regards to other jurors, saying some media outlets have called him a “stealth juror” who “lied his way on the jury” to find Zimmerman guilty.

He told Hughes he was taken into a holding area and was photographed before officially being barred from the building.

E7 said he was escorted to vehicle as deputies took pictures of his car.

I don’t think I have to tell you that this man was in no way interested in “protection” for panel of citizens on the jury pool. He is a dedicated #Trayvon Martin supporter who hoped to lie his way onto the jury in order to extract his own “justice for Trayvon” but got caught by George Zimmerman’s thorough and diligent defense team before any harm could potentially be done. Now he’s embarrassed and is demanding that the “privacy” of those on the panel be “protected” so they don’t get exposed like he was.

Here’s a tip, Mr. Counelis: If you don’t want to get caught in the act of lying about your opinion on a court case then don’t lie in the first place. Duh.

I’ve been actively involved in debates about this case on social media sites since the story first broke and I can honestly tell you I have not come across a more fanatical, crazed, militant, ill-informed, obtuse, juvenile, ignorant group of people in my life, and that’s saying a lot. Facts mean absolutely, 100% NOTHING to these people, and the conspiracy theories they come up with rival anything the left or right could come up with on any number of issues. In fact, the more agitated types – of which there are a lot – would have been perfectly at home in the late 1800s and early 1900s when lynching was an “acceptable” form of “justice” in the United States. Ironic, especially when you consider that the lynching was taken out on innocent black men denied jury trials because they were assumed guilty based on the color of their skin. Fast forward to now, where a “white Hispanic” is on trial for the killing of a black teenager.

The jury questioning and selection process will continue next week. Please continue to pray for a clarity and peacefulness of mind for all involved in this case, including the prosecution, defense, the judge, the jury – and the families of both Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. God knows none of them need any more unnecessary surprises like opinionated jurors who try to worm their way onto the jury.

Jerry Counelis

As the old Tom Petty song goes, ”Don’t come around here no more …”
Photo via WFTV 9 News.

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  1. Carlos says:

    To a mind already filled with hate (that is to say, a liberal mind) there will be no peace until at least one more person dies, probably three or more. That, to them, will be “justice” because no matter what the facts of the case, a “perfect angel” young black man was murdered by a person not of African descent and the only solution is more death. Never mind that he had turned into a thug worthy of running with Obhammed’s early Chicago gang.

    Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! And only what one would expect from those who proclaim “peace” as an objective.

  2. Lorica says:

    This man has the look of someone who will get a gun and use it to met out their version of “justice”….. And liberals think conservatives are nuts. – Lorica

  3. Carlos says:

    Libs think conservatives are nuts because we don’t buy into their tolerant “Kumbaya” “What the World Needs Now” type of P.C. plantationing.

    Nope. We like to think for ourselves, Rush and Sean notwithstanding, consider the options from a realism point of view, throw in a little human nature perspective and make decisions based on those, not some pie-in-the-sky theory based on feel-good and blind following of someone who can speak well if he has a functioning TOTUS.

    Maybe that’s why “unintended consequences” are such a surprise to libs and socialists, that they have to continually return to the new problems they’ve created so they can create a whole new set of problems to solve.

  4. This case has been a twisted saga from the outset. First, a second-degree murder charge is over the top for a case that should have been manslaughter at worst. Second, with all the publicity this case has generated, a jury will, by necessity, have to be the twelve dumbest people in town.

    And to think this wackjob did not raise a red flag with NSA has to offer some degree of comfort to the rest of us concerning our privacy.

  5. Lorica says:

    Drew, he probably has raised dozens of red flags at NSA…. they don’t care as the object of his hate is a gun toting hate mongering murderer… and according to them, they should be the only ones who have that kind of control. – Lorica

  6. EBL says:

    How many more like this might end up on the jury?

    The judge is responsible for stopping nonsense like this and if it gets bad enough calling a mistrial immediately.

  7. greatj says:

    If Zimmerman was black they would not have a trial.

  8. Drew the Infidel says:

    You got that right. The media immediately set to work delineating the parameters of racism by labelling Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic”.

  9. LL says:

    He looks a bit like coach from survivor. And just as nutty.