JACKSONVILLE, Florida (WTLV) -- How difficult would serving on the George Zimmerman jury be?

One of the biggest questions lawyers on both sides are asking potential jurors about is hardship.

While serving on the jury might be challenging enough, it could get a whole lot tougher if that jury is sequestered.

Reporter Kaitlyn Ross with our sister station WTLV First Coast News in Jacksonville decided to sequester herself to see what it would be like.

The judge has made it clear that the jurors in this case will only be identified through their juror number, no names.

But if those six jurors are sequestered, there will be a whole lot more they can't do.

It starts when jurors wake up in the morning at the hotel.

That free morning paper? Forget it, they aren't allowed to read the news.

In the room, things get worse.

Most people probably already know jurors can't watch TV, but they aren't allowed to up the phone. Internet? Forget about it.

But it turns out, jurors don't have a choice.

The court calls the hotel and has them take the internet cable, theTV, and the phone taken out of the room all together, according to oneattorney at the trial.

Legal analysts say they even take the Bibles out of the room.

To make sure jurors following the rules, the judge orders that bailiffs are put on every floor.

Alone time? Not a chance.

Sequestered juries have to go everywhere together.

So if one of the jurors wants to go outside for a smoke break, the whole jury comes.

Jurors meals are paid for by the city during the sequestration, but theymay not have much of a choice with what you eat. Most cities contractwith local restaurants who will give them deal to keep costs down.

But that's not to say it's cheap.

We don't know how long this trial will run, but it cost the state ofFlorida $350,000 to sequester the jury in the Casey Anthony trial for 43days.

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