Saying that she underestimated the depth of emotion created by the case she served on — as evidenced by last night's disturbances in Los Angeles — one of the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman has canceled a previously announced book project about the trial. Early on Monday, it was revealed that the juror, known only as Juror B37, had secured a literary agent and would be shopping a book proposal about her experience on the sequestered jury and the issues the case raised about the legal system. (The juror's husband is also an attorney.)
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.”
The juror’s announcement came after Martin — who has also represented Amanda Knox’s ex Raffaele Sollecito — decided to drop her following hours of outrage on social media.
“After careful consideration regarding the proposed book project with Zimmerman Juror B37, I have decided to rescind my offer of representation in the exploration of a book based upon this case,” Martin said in an email at the time.
The woman, who was identified just as Juror B37, spoke exclusively to CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Monday night. She is the first juror to speak publicly about the case.
She said she believes Zimmerman's "heart was in the right place" the night he shot Martin, but that he didn't use "good judgment" in confronting the Florida teen.
"I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods, and wanting to catch these people so badly that he went above and beyond what he really should have done," she said.
. . . An initial vote was divided. Three of the jurors first voted Zimmerman was guilty, while three voted he was not guilty, she said. Juror B37 was among those who believed he was not guilty from the start.
"There was a couple of them in there that wanted to find him guilty of something and after hours and hours and hours of deliberating over the law, and reading it over and over and over again, we decided there's just no way, other place to go," she said.
I could accept the jury verdict UNTIL I heard from one of the jurors. Broken.— princss6 (@princss6) July 16, 2013
Juror #B37 reminds us she dislikes most media...as she appears on Anderson Cooper Live to promote her upcoming book.— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) July 16, 2013
Not really grasping the whole alive vs dead thing RT @thinkprogress: juror B37 felt just as sorry for Zimmerman as she did for Trayvon— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) July 16, 2013
Juror B-37 uses "George said" in interview with Anderson Cooper. But Zimmerman never testified http://t.co/f1lBr9ddZ8— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) July 16, 2013
#B37 book would have been on the same shelf as the other scholarly books by Beck, Coulter & O'Reilly in the moron section of the bookstore.— lloyd (@Art_Guy1) July 16, 2013
Watching the trial was excruciating but listening to juror B37 is sheer torture.— Hannitys Fat Head (@HannitysHead) July 16, 2013
B37 How did you connect with publisher so quickly? #B37— Tiger (@Tigergal62) July 16, 2013
She gets her way Saturday night, has a book agent and CNN appearance by Monday. Hubby's a lawyer.— Joy Reid (@TheReidReport) July 16, 2013
George Zimmerman Juror B37 Hates Media, Called Trayvon ‘A Boy of Color’ http://t.co/kXq4fhgINA— Joy Reid (@TheReidReport) July 16, 2013
Rachel Jeantel is smarter and more educated than #B37 will ever be in all of the ways that matter!— SpreadTheWord (@word_34) July 16, 2013
Juror B37 places Florida ahead in Craziest State Sweepstakes by retaking lead this week. Your move Texas.— Company Store (@RATM4) July 16, 2013
Listening to Juror B37. This woman has filled in a lot of blanks on what happened in Zimmerman's favor. Disgusting. I want to vomit.— Tracey (@savannahkhan) July 16, 2013
Dear #JurorB37: Twitter killed your book. It's okay, though, it was in self defense, and our heart was in the right place.— Amanda Bower (@heyprofbow) July 16, 2013
Oh so the juror didn't make the decision... the company dropped her after the interview. Smart move.— YeaYouRite (@YeaYouRite) July 16, 2013
If #JurorB37 's husband is an attorney, she may have used his credentials to persuade the other jurors b/c she claims they were confused.— Randy Prine (@randyprine) July 16, 2013
There's a reason for a 12 person jury.A lot harder to get bullied by a block of a few to change your vote.especially in a capitol case.— arkangel99 (@arkangel99) July 16, 2013
I want petition to get Fl Bar to investigate juror husband for ethics violations. Please retweet— Good Sense Liberal (@MargoArrowsmith) July 16, 2013