Less than 48 hours after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Florida teen Trayvon Martin, one of the six jurors reached out to a literary agency to write a book about her experience at the trial.
The juror – who is identified by her court designation B37 – reached out to Sharlene Martin, president of Martin Literary Management, on July 14 to detail her experience in the case. After receiving negative criticism from the public for the book project and appearing on an intense segment on Anderson Cooper's 360 show, the mother of two daughters experienced a change of heart.
“I realize it was necessary for our jury to be sequestered in order to protect 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," she said in a statement.
"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.”
Just before B37’s statement was released, Martin Literary Management also pulled out of the project stating, “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 basked upon this case.”
Meanwhile, peaceful demonstrations took place all over the country this past weekend after the "not guilty" verdict was delivered in the case. Even hip-hop artists have looked to music to express their views on the trial and its outcome like Young Jeezy.
The Department of Justice is currently leading its own federal investigation after the NAACP started a petition to bring a civil rights case against Zimmerman. – Alley Olivier
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