This morning, closing arguments in the trial of George Zimmerman concluded. Zimmerman's fate is now in the hands of the six women selected to consider the evidence. When the verdict is returned, whatever it happens to be, there's one thing that's important to remember: Those women know more than you.
Perhaps you feel as though the attorney's closing arguments were unimpeachable. Perhaps you agreed with defense attorney Mark O'Mara, who argued that Zimmerman's guilt had not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If jurors felt that evidence was missing, the Associated Press reports him saying, "You can't fill in the gaps. You can't connect the dots. You're not allowed to."
Or perhaps the prosecution was compelling. Prosecutor John Guy disagreed with O'Mara, arguing that Zimmerman decided to kill Martin in cold blood. Again, the AP:
"The defendant didn't shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to, he shot him because he wanted to," Guy said. "That's the bottom line."
One juror, a young woman, appeared to wipe away a tear as Guy said nothing would ever bring back Martin.
Again: Your assessment is not less important than that of the jurors, but it is less informed. No matter how much of the trial you watched on CNN, those jurors almost certainly saw more of the evidence than you did. They held documents in their hands. They saw what the witnesses—and Zimmerman—were doing while not on camera. They were excluded from hearing evidence that the judge deemed inappropriate or inadmissible. They have been instructed on the specific components of the law. And, most important, they are the only ones who know what arguments are being used to persuade each other to reach a unanimous decision.