Florida taxpayers spent $33,000 to house, feed and entertain the six female jurors of the Zimmerman trial.
The jurors were housed for three weeks while the trial was taking place, and during that time they went to theaters to watch The Lone Ranger and World War Z, as well as taking a trip to go bowling and watch Fourth of July fireworks, reports the Associated Press.
The jurors had most of their breakfasts and diners provided by the hotel they stayed at. Lunches were eaten in the courtroom and were ordered from surrounding restaurants. The jurors did go out to eat on a few occasions, including a trip to Bloomin’ Brands’ (BLMN) Outback Steakhouse, Amigo’s, Giovanni’s, and two trips to Senior Tequila’s.
“These women of course are not criminals, yet we took them from their families. While we did not say this then, now it is clear, half of the country is going to very vocally find fault with your dedicated effort,” Randy Reep, a Florida attorney, told USA Today “A Bloomin Onion at Outback would not adequately reimburse these women for the bitterness some will level at them for their jury service.”
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