A Caucasian male who is a member of the Coffee Party Progressives, which describes itself on its Facebook page as “dedicated to seeking justice for Trayvon Martin,” was dismissed from the court on Wednesday when he tried to land a spot on the jury in the trial of George Zimmerman. Jerry Counelis, referred to as panelist E-7, was asked basic questions by attorneys from both sides and responded with circuitous and lengthy answers. He said that he was an unemployed painter and musician and had no conflicts with being sequestered.
But after the questioning was over, the attorneys approached the judge, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, who then asserted that she had a question of her own for Juror E-7; asking him if he had posted something on the Coffee Party Progressives Facebook page back on March 21. She then circled a section of a piece of paper, gave it to Counelis, and ordered him to say aloud whether he had indeed posted that section on Facebook. Admitting that he had, Counelis was dismissed. He had written that the justice system “needs an enema.”
There was no word as to whether the Coffee Party Progressive meant a coffee enema.