A member of the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin has reversed her plans to write a book about the experience of being in the courtroom for the high-profile trial. Juror B37, a mother of two adult children, had announced her intention of authoring a book that “would focus on what it is like to be sequestered and why [she] felt she had no choice but to acquit Zimmerman.”
Social media and the Internet flared up with outrage after Martin Literary Management LLC announced a publishing partnership with Juror B37 yesterday, just two days after the controversial verdict. But after appearing as a guest on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show last night, Juror B37 changed her mind — but not before Martin had decided to drop her as a client. In a statement to Buzzfeed confirmed by EW, Juror B37 said, 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.”