Zimmerman trial juror drops plan to write a book

MIAMI Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:16am EDT

George Zimmerman talks to court security investigator Robert Hemmert for a recess after a jury question during his trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Florida, July 13, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool

George Zimmerman talks to court security investigator Robert Hemmert for a recess after a jury question during his trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Florida, July 13, 2013.

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MIAMI (Reuters) - One of the six jurors in the George Zimmerman trial has abandoned her plans to write a book explaining why she found him not guilty of murder in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, her literary agent said on Monday.

The jury's decision triggered protests across the United States by activists who said Martin was targeted because he was black.

Unidentified juror B37 had signed with Martin Literary Management, an agency based in Mercer Island, Washington, the firm's president, Sharlene Martin, said in a statement on Monday.

The juror had planned to write the book with her husband, who is an attorney, explaining how the jury had "no option" but to find Zimmerman not guilty, but she subsequently decided not to proceed with publication, Martin added later.

The juror did not spell out the reasons for her change of heart but said her isolation in the jury room meant she had not been fully aware of the outrage over the 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," she said in the written statement.

"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," she added.

On Saturday, the jury found Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watchman, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the February 26, 2012, shooting death of Martin, who was 17.

Jurors have remained anonymous under a judge's order.

Juror B37 has been described as a mother of two who grew up in a military family and used to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

During jury selection, she said she believed most gun training was inadequate.

Martin previously said the juror's book "could open a whole new dialogue about laws that may need to be revised and revamped to suit a 21st-century way of life."

Some of the recent deals Martin's agency has handled include a book by Jessica Buchanan, an American aid worker who was kidnapped and rescued by U.S. special forces in Somalia in 2012 after she was held three months in captivity.

It is also involved in an upcoming book on the high-profile trial of Jodi Arias, who was convicted earlier this year of first-degree murder in the death of her ex-boyfriend.

(Writing by Kevin Gray; Additional reporting by Jennifer Saba in New York; Editing by Greg McCune and Andrew Heavens)

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Comments (23)
SFSolstice wrote:
Very Smart. Her appearance on Anderson Cooper 360 was enough. Now just go back to your white middle class existence quickly and quietly/

Jul 16, 2013 2:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bfar wrote:
So sad. NOW even the jurors and attorneys are afraid for their lives. WHAT has happened to DUE PROCESS of LAW????? what has become of LEGAL RIGHTS & LEGAL PROTECTIONS?????
this society has been overtaken by “political correct”.
Nearly EVERYONE — the Press, the President, and now the DOJ — ALL just ASSUME that Zimmerman is GUILTY BECAUSE HE IS WHITE — and Trayvon was a blameless “child” because he was BLACK. this is so wrong. we are losing a functioning judicial system. and with it will go our CIVILIZED society. We are becoming more like the 3rd World by each passing moment. sad.

Jul 16, 2013 2:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
tij123 wrote:
The jury was supposed to follow the law.
Innocent until proven guilty.

The jurors did not even consider the EVIDENCE from the prosecutors.

They should have gone through each item in the 4 versions of the story of Zimmerman and looked for evidence and inconsistencies for each.

Trayvon’s autopsy showed that he was NOT beating anyone as claimed. He only had one small abrasion on left ring finger and 2 small abrasions on left pinky. Everything else was clean.

The autopsy report proved that Trayvon did not cause the injuries claimed by Zimmerman.
It is possible to blame injuries to the dead victim even if the victim had nothing to do with the injuries.

During the struggle, Z could have hit his head on the concrete without Trayvon doing it but the story gets embellished by him blaming T.

The jury has to compare the evidence of the prosecution with Zimmerman’s story and they did NOT do that all.

They made a decision based on EMOTION that since Zimmerman is a neighborhood watch, he must have good intentions for Trayvon.

But Zimmerman referred to Trayvon as these F punks and these a-hs, they always get away.

Jul 16, 2013 2:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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