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Dismissed Zimmerman juror escorted from courthouse after trespassing

Dismissed Zimmerman juror escorted from courthouse after trespassing

Potential juror previously had been caught posting on anti-Zimmerman Facebook page and was upset his name was reported in the media.

Readers will recall the curious case of prospective juror E7 that occurred this past Wednesday, Zimmerman Prosp. Juror  E7: “no conclusions,” but posted on pro-Trayvon, anti-Zimmerman site containing threat against Zimmerman.

That prospective juror since has been identified in the media as Jerry P. Counelis.

Here is the message he posted on a Facebook page belonging to the “Coffee Party Progressives” which was the subject of court questioning:

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Counelis was dismissed from the jury pool for obvious reasons after he was confronted with his posting in open court.

In a strange twist, Counelis showed up at the court house today, where he was escorted away for trespassing:

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Image via CF News 13

As reported by Central Florida News 13:

A potential juror in the George Zimmerman trial who was dismissed earlier in the week over a Facebook post has been escorted from the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center after showing back up to the courthouse Friday.

According to news reports, Counelis had come to complain that his anonymity had been violated, and that he was hiring an lawyer, Deputies escort dismissed George Zimmerman juror from courthouse

A  previously dismissed potential juror in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial was escorted off courthouse property by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office on Friday and warned he could be arrested for trespassing if he returns.

SCSO tells Local 6 they “trespassed one of the dismissed jurors” from courthouse property.

The potential juror, 55-year-old unemployed painter and guitar player Jerry Counelis, was eliminated from the jury pool on Wednesday after defense attorneys found a posting from him on a Facebook page from 2012.

Counelis was at the courthouse on Friday during the lunch hour complaining about his anonymity and saying he is hiring an attorney. He was trespassed by authorities after about 30 minutes.

This highlights the problems of jury selection in a high profile case, where the jury pool is tainted by media publicity and predetermined opinions.

Counelis also is likely to experience the Streisand Effect, whereby his protests generate even more notoriety than the initial publicity.

Follow our Zimmerman trial coverage for all the details.


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You know, this sissy boy needs his deviated septum fixed, anyone in the Sanford area of Florida, that can do this procedure?

Was raised in Central Florida, Lakeland in particular, uhh, Ed Rice (good ole’ boy) are you listening?

JackRussellTerrierist | June 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

“E7, dismissed for facebook post, returned demanding to know how his post was made public. Escorted off for trespassing.”

Dude, YOU made it public when YOU posted it! DUH! No wonder you’re unemployed.

I’m giving 10:1 that ol’ Jerry is an “occupy” addict. Perpetual loser, perpetual whiner, far-left activist and full-time parasite.

He was just itching to get on this jury. Once a loser, always a loser. HA! Adios, a-hole.

He was soooo close to being on the jury he could taste it. He wants to be in the courtroom so bad. He wanted he crucify this ‘racist’! He can’t stay away. He’ll have to be banned from approaching the courthouse before this is over.

Counelis has been Zimmerman-ed

“I DEMAND MY 15 MINUTES OF FAME!!!”

This idiot posted to facebook using his own name and is shocked that what he wrote isn’t ‘private’?

This puts the “low” in low information voter.

“According to news reports, Counelis had come to complain that his anonymity had been violated”

Awwww….puuuurrr baby…!!!

Heh! Live by the social media, DIE by the social media.

(Not literally, of course.)

JimMtnViewCaUSA | June 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm

It’s fun to make fun.
But let’s be serious for a minute. All across the country there are activists prepared to lie and cheat in order to advance the agenda. Whether it means disguising their bias in a courtroom jury pool, or sending anonymous emails to your employer when they discover your identity, or lying about your business if you don’t support this (or do support that)…these guys are ready. They don’t know you but they hate you enough to try to send you to jail for a crime not committed or to get you fired or to ruin your livelihood.
I’m reminded of how Obama claimed to be Kenyan-born for the bio on his publisher’s webpage. Once that become inconvenient, they flushed it down the memory hole. There was no need to tell the publisher’s publicist to cover up, she covered up without any prompting and of course the media did no follow up.
Be careful, and don’t underestimate the viciousness out there.

Another psycho leftist.

Any chance he’ll be charged with perjury for his stunt the other day?

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | June 15, 2013 at 3:44 am

….but this Admin has seventy-eleventy train loads of clowns….or more!

ManinBowlerHat | June 17, 2013 at 8:40 am

Mr. Branca,
Could you illuminate us as to the legalities involved with charging this guy with trespassing in a public place, I.e. a court house? I agree he clearly should not be part of the jury panel, but what makes him trespassing by coming to court to ask about his FaceBook posting? Was there a no trespassing order put on him? If so, why? Was he drunk? Belligerent? Disorderly in some fashion?

Don’t get me wrong, I agree he should have stayed away from the building at this point in everyone’s best interest (well, except maybe his interest in the aforementioned 15 minutes of fame), but I’m curious as to the legalities involved.

Thanks again.

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