SANFORD, Fla. - While jurors in the George Zimmerman trial were deliberating Saturday afternoon in the Seminole County courthouse, legal analyst Jeffrey E. Gold said that a hung jury was a possibility because of women's nature to avoid conflict.
To avoid a mistrial, the jury of six women must come to an agreement on the fate of the crime watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin Feb. 26, 2012. If one of them disagrees and there is no consensus, the case will have a hung jury and there could be a mistrial.
The jury has to consider three possibilities. They can find the crime watch volunteer not guilty. The other two options are to find him guilty of either second-degree murder or manslaughter.
"The speculation now turns toward hung," Gold said.
Gold said that he was asking reporters who have settled in a "tent city" in the Seminole County courthouse parking lot the same question Saturday:
"Does the fact that it is an all women jury affect deliberations in the deliberation room?" Gold said. "I only say that, because more women are non-confrontational than men."
Gold compared the dynamics of jury deliberations in the Zimmerman case to that of a conflict in the Real Housewives. In the Bravo's reality TV show, women go up to the camera and disclose feelings that they don't want to tell other women to avoid conflict.
"A woman rather than confront another woman might rather go home and complain and deal with it other ways than duke it out, and this whole case is about duking it out."
Gold has years of experience in high-profile cases and has experienced many verdict watches. He said that in 90 percent of the cases when there is a hung jury judges issue a dynamite charge.
"The point of a dynamite charge is to take people who are not confronting each other and get them to reach a verdict," Gold said.
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