With all eyes on Central Florida for the George Zimmerman trial and its aftermath, one question keeps surfacing: Why are juries made up of just six people?
Throughout most of the country, 12 jurors determine the guilt or innocence of suspects in felony trials.
But in Florida and a handful of other states, only six jurors are seated in the majority of felony cases — even in some of the most violent and serious crimes.
This element of Florida's criminal justice system was highlighted during Zimmerman's trial, and after his acquittal on second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.
When the all-female jury was...