Emotional Zimmerman juror speaks out, plans to write book

Update: CNN has announced that Juror B37 has canceled her plans to write a book about her experience, according to a statement released by her literary agent.

“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 said.

“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.”

One of the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman appeared on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” Monday about the emotions involved in deliberating the controversial case. She said she had “no doubt” Zimmerman feared for his life during the struggle with Trayvon Martin — the deciding factor in the verdict.

Jurors were not identified by name during the trial, and this panelist — referred to as Juror B37 — has chosen to remain anonymous.

“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 told Cooper. “But I think his heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong.”

“When he was in the car, and he had called 911, he shouldn’t have gotten out of that car,” she added.

The juror said she believed Zimmerman was guilty of not using “good judgment,” but added that she was convinced Martin threw the first punch during the ensuing confrontation. She also said she thought Zimmerman felt his life was in danger and that it was his voice heard on the 911 call screaming for help.

Juror B37 said she and her husband will write a book, and they’ve signed with Martin Literary Management, whose president, Sharlene Martin, released this statement:

My hope is that people will read Juror B37’s book, written with her attorney husband, and understand the commitment it takes to serve and be sequestered on a jury in a highly publicized murder trial and how important, despite one’s personal viewpoints, it is to follow the letter of the law.  It could open a whole new dialogue about laws that may need to be revised and revamped to suit a 21st century way of life. The reader will also learn why the jurors had no option but to find Zimmerman Not Guilty due to the manner in which he was charged and the content of the jury instructions.

CNN’s sister network, HLN reported that Juror B37 “has been married 20 years, has two adult children and once had a concealed weapons permit, has lived in Seminole County, Florida, for 18 years and volunteers for animal rescue groups.”

Watch more clips from Anderson Cooper’s interview here:

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