Zimmerman jurors bowled, got pedicures

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  • Seminole County Sheriff's Office releases information on how jurors in the George Zimmerman trial spent their time
  • Highlights include: Pedicures, two trips to the movies, bowling and fireworks
Zimmerman jurors bowled, got pedicures

Jurors in the George Zimmerman trial may have been sequestered for 22 days, but that doesn't mean they didn't get out and about. They had several evening and weekend excursions, which included shopping, pedicures, the movies, a visit to "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" museum and fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Here are some additional details on their activities -- and how much the state of Florida spent on them -- just released to HLN by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office:

Day-to-day activities -- TV and visits from family and friends:

"During the sequestration, jurors had individual rooms and convened regularly in a suite for meals and to socialize. Jurors watched television and movies, exercised at the hotel fitness center, and spent weekends being visited by family and friends. Jurors could also request visits from members of the religious community. Anyone visiting members of the jury was asked to sign an agreement indicating they would not discuss the case with the jury member or disclose any information to outside parties about the details of their visit."

Meals -- Two dinners and lunches out and about:

"Most breakfast and dinner meals were provided through the hotel. Jurors dined out twice: at Outback Steakhouse in Sanford and at Amigo's in Altamonte Springs. Dinner was also brought in from Giovanni's in Lake Mary. Lunches typically took place at the courthouse with lunch brought in from area restaurants. The group went out for lunch twice, both times to Senior Tequila's in Winter Springs."

Excursions -- Fireworks, pedicures and two trips to the movies:

"Jurors also enjoyed several evening and weekend excursions to include bowling, shopping at the Volusia Mall, a day and dinner in St. Augustine (to include a visit to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum), manicures and pedicures, and watching fireworks on the fourth of July. Jurors also went to the movies to see 'World War Z' and 'The Lone Ranger.' All movies viewed were preapproved by the court."

Personal time -- Laundry, appointments and screened phone calls:

"Jurors were provided access to the hotel's laundry service or could send laundry home with family members. Jurors were permitted to go to appointments for personal care if accompanied by deputies. All television, Internet use, reading materials, mail, and phone calls were screened, monitored and logged by deputies to ensure jurors were not exposed to any trial information, or content related to the criminal justice system. Jurors were permitted to receive their cell phones once per day to check voicemails and make telephone calls in the presence of a deputy."

Who paid for it and how much did it cost?

"In accordance with Florida Statutes, the Clerk of the Court is responsible for juror expenses for meals and lodging. Jurors paid for their own personal purchases and appointment costs. The Sheriff's Office paid for the movie and bowling excursions and the Ripley's admission. Although exact costs are not yet available, the hotel cost was approximately $1,000 daily, and meals were approximately $375 per day. The excursion expenses were approximately $350. In total, sequestration costs were approximately $33,000."

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