During the 22 days that jurors were sequestered in the George Zimmerman murder trial, they went bowling and shopping, got manicures and pedicures, and went to see .However, those kinds of trips are not likely to happen once the jury has begun deliberating, when the judge will want them to focus on reaching a verdict.
But trial sequestration is still occasionally used in very high-profile cases where jurors need to be shielded from the glare of the media spotlight.
In recent years, juries have been sequestered for the Florida trials of Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman and, most famously, for the O. Simpson case, in which jurors were sequestered for a record 265 days.
Being sequestered means staying in a hotel with strict limits on your personal movement, on what you can read and watch, and on your communication with friends and family.
The confinement and isolation can take a heavy toll on jurors as a trial drags on, ratcheting up the pressure to reach a verdict, according to experts.
“People describe, initially, loneliness, boredom, and discomfort,” said Greg Hurley, an analyst with the National Center for State Courts.