She can say what she wants to now, but if the most recent interview of a juror in the George Zimmerman trial proves anything, it’s that the jury system works.
In an interview that aired Thursday on ABC’s “Nightline,” a Zimmerman juror identified as Juror B29 or by the first name “Maddy,” said she thought Zimmerman was guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin – just not guilty of committing murder under the law as she understood it and as the prosecution charged.
The juror, who ABC News said describes herself as “black Hispanic,” is described as a 36-year-old married mother of eight.
She said when deliberations started, she pushed to convict Zimmerman on the original second-degree murder charge, and she wasn’t the only juror who felt that way, she said.
“A lot of us wanted to find something bad, something that we could connect to the law. For myself, he’s guilty because the evidence shows he’s guilty,” she said.
Unfortunately for the prosecution team, but fortunately for Zimmerman and the American justice system, the evidence didn’t show that Zimmerman was guilty of the crime he was charged with, Maddy said.
She said the racial aspect of the case that consumed much of the country observing it was not a major part of the jury deliberations, but it has been part of the aftermath.
“I’m the only minority” on the jury, she said. “I feel like I let a lot of people down.”
And she has paid a price for her involvement personally, she said.
“It’s hard for me to sleep. It’s hard for me to eat,” she said. “Because I feel that I was forcefully included in Trayvon Martin’s death, and as I carry him on my back, I’m hurting as much as Trayvon Martin’s mother, because there’s no way that any mother should feel that pain.”
In the end, though, it came down to the law.
“George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with,” Maddy said.
And she thinks the jury made the right call.
“I stand by the decision because of the law,” she said. “I stand by the decision because in my heart, he would have been guilty.”
In America, that’s the kind of juror every defendant deserves.
Watch the interview here and decide for yourself.
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