Zimmerman Jurors Got Mani-Pedis, Ate at Outback
Details from their 22-day, $33K sequestration
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2013 7:02 AM CDT
Updated Jul 18, 2013 7:58 AM CDT
Oh, the Bloomin' Onion...   (PRNewsFoto/Outback Steakhouse)

(Newser) – For 22 nights, they stayed at a Florida Marriott, ate hotel food and takeout lunches, and occasionally went out to Outback Steakhouse and other restaurants. They exercised at the hotel fitness center, went bowling, hit Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, saw two movies at the theater, enjoyed Fourth of July fireworks, did some shopping, visited with family and friends, and even got manicures and pedicures. But no, they weren't on an extended "girls' weekend"; they were the six jurors in the George Zimmerman trial, USA Today reports in a look at their $33,000 taxpayer-funded sequestration.

But lawyers and legal experts say the expenses (some of which were covered by the women themselves) shouldn't be viewed as luxurious. The $33,000 tab was a "small price to pay for the enormity of the task the jurors undertook," says a jury consultant for the defense. With regard to the mani-pedis, one attorney notes, "It certainly seems reasonable to me that a woman would desire a bit of personal grooming over 22 days." He adds that they may be judged harshly for their roles in the trial, and "a Bloomin' Onion at Outback would not adequately reimburse these women for the bitterness" they will experience. Indeed, it's already begun, courtesy of Juror B37...

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JT119
Jul 19, 2013 4:21 AM CDT
For 22 nights, they stayed at a Florida Marriott, ate hotel food and takeout lunches, and occasionally went out to Outback Steakhouse and other restaurants. They exercised at the hotel fitness center, went bowling, hit Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, saw two movies at... Read full PAYMENT IN ADVANCE for finding him nit guilty
slammer
Jul 19, 2013 12:02 AM CDT
so what? still cheaper than what bho and fam cost us!
KheriHines
Jul 18, 2013 7:27 PM CDT
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