After facing intense backlash, George Zimmerman trial juror B37 has decided not to write a book about the trial. Um, further proof that this was a shameful and deliberate attempt to exploit the murder of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. After the comments made by Juror 37 on Anderson Cooper, a federal probe must be launched, particularly in light of the fact that she used the words ‘she always intended to’ in reference to a book deal. She was sequestered once the trial started, so how did she know what evidence would have been presented and which witnesses would be called to testify. She went into the case with her mind already made up that George Zimmerman was not guilty. Trayvon Martin didn’t have a chance.
How could Juror 37 have landed a book deal in mere hours after the verdict was handed down? This was a concerted effort on her and her attorney husband’s part to exploit a dead teen for monetary gain. This is unconscionable and reprehensible. We are supposed to have faith in the justice system, but after watching her interview, I have no faith in how this jury reached the verdict.
From Buzzfeed: Late Monday night, Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management LLC told BuzzFeed that Juror B37 will no longer pursue a book deal. The juror’s statement, via Martin:
“I realize it was necessary for our jury to be sequestered in order to protest our verdict from unfair outside influence, but that isolation shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every aspect of this case. The potential book was always intended to be a respectful observation of the trial from my and my husband’s perspectives solely and it was to be an observation that our ‘system’ of justice can get so complicated that it creates a conflict with our ‘spirit’ of justice.
Now that I am returned to my family and to society in general, I have realized that the best direction for me to go is away from writing any sort of book and return instead to my life as it was before I was called to sit on this jury.”
This move came after Juror B37 appeared on CNN’s ‘AC360,’ where she told Anderson Cooper that George Zimmerman should never have got out of his vehicle. She also said “I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into. I think they both could have walked away.” I am very puzzled as to how they reached a not-guilty verdict, when she clearly stated that the judge’s instructions were confusing and the case laws were hard to follow. Also troubling was the fact that she was pro-defense from the start, particularly since she referred to Trayvon Martin as the ‘boy of color.’
Why the prosecution allowed this nitwit to get on the jury is beyond me. Here’are seven mind-boggling things Juror B37 said during AC360 interview, excerpted from Think Progress:
1. Martin was responsible for his own death.
JUROR: It was just hard, thinking that somebody lost their life, and there’s nothing else that could be done about it. I mean, it’s what happened. It’s sad. It’s a tragedy this happened, but it happened. And I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into. I think both of them could have walked away. It just didn’t happen.
2. Juror felt just as sorry for Zimmerman.
COOPER: Do you feel sorry for Trayvon Martin?
JUROR: I feel sorry for both of them. I feel sorry for Trayvon, in the situation he was in. And I feel sorry for George because of the situation he got himself in.
3. Zimmerman should continue to serve as a neighborhood watchman because he has learned his lesson about going too far.
COOPER: Is George Zimmerman somebody you would like to have on a neighborhood watch in your community?
JUROR: If he didn’t go too far. I mean, you can always go too far. He just didn’t stop at the limitations that he should have stopped at.
COOPER: So is that a yes or — if he didn’t go too far. Is he somebody prone, you think, to going too far? Is he somebody you would feel comfortable —
JUROR: I think he was frustrated. I think he was frustrated with the whole situation in the neighborhood, with the break-ins and the robberies. And they actually arrested somebody not that long ago. I — I mean, I would feel comfortable having George, but I think he’s learned a good lesson.
COOPER: So you would feel comfortable having him now, because you think he’s learned a lesson from all of this?
JUROR: Exactly. I think he just didn’t know when to stop. He was frustrated, and things just got out of hand.
4. Verdict hinged on “Stand Your Ground” law, even though Zimmerman did not use it in his defense.
COOPER: Because of the two options you had, second degree murder or manslaughter, you felt neither applied?
JUROR: Right. Because of the heat of the moment and the Stand Your Ground. He had a right to defend himself. If he felt threatened that his life was going to be taken away from him or he was going to have bodily harm, he had a right.
5. Zimmerman was only guilty of using poor judgment and was “egged” on to follow Martin by the 9/11 operator.
COOPER: Do you think he’s guilty of something?
JUROR: I think he’s guilty of not using good judgment. When he was in the car and he called 911, he shouldn’t have gotten out of that car. But the 911 operator also, when he was talking to him, kind of egged him on.
6. Race played absolutely no factor in Zimmerman’s profiling of Martin.
JUROR: I think just circumstances caused George to think that he might be a robber, or trying to do something bad in the neighborhood because of all that had gone on previously. There were unbelievable, a number of robberies in the neighborhood.
COOPER: So you don’t believe race played a role in this case?
JUROR: I don’t think it did. I think if there was another person, Spanish, white, Asian, if they came in the same situation where Trayvon was, I think George would have reacted the exact same way.
COOPER: Why do you think George Zimmerman found Trayvon Martin suspicious then?
JUROR: Because he was cutting through the back, it was raining. He said he was looking in houses as he was walking down the road. Kind of just not having a purpose to where he was going. He was stopping and starting. But I mean, that’s George’s rendition of it, but I think the situation where Trayvon got into him being late at night, dark at night, raining, and anybody would think anybody walking down the road stopping and turning and looking, if that’s exactly what happened, is suspicious. And George said that he didn’t recognize who he was.
COOPER: Well, was that a common belief on the jury that race was not — that race did not play a role in this?
JUROR: I think all of us thought that race did not play a role. […]
COOPER: It didn’t come up, the question of, did George Zimmerman profile Trayvon Martin because he was African-American?
JUROR: No, I think he just profiled him because he was the neighborhood watch, and he profiled anyone who came in acting strange. I think it was just circumstances happened that he saw Trayvon at the exact time that he thought he was suspicious.
7. Zimmerman’s history of reporting black men to the police and his decision to follow Martin played no role in the verdict.
COOPER: So whether it was George Zimmerman getting out of the vehicle, whether he was right to get out of the vehicle, whether he was a wannabe cop, whether he was overeager, none of that in the final analysis, mattered. What mattered was those seconds before the shot went off, did George Zimmerman fear for his life?
JUROR: Exactly. That’s exactly what happened.
Part 1 of Juror B37 interview with Anderson Cooper:
Part 2 of Juror B37 interview with Anderson Cooper:
This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.