Not so fast, Juror B37! On Monday, one of the six women from the infamous Florida jury in the George Zimmerman trial announced plans for a book deal detailing her experience with the case. But folks on Twitter quickly shut her down with an online petition to stop the book from hitting shelves.
A young woman who goes by the Twitter handle @MoreandAgain found contact information for the juror’s literary agent, Sharlene Martin, and started a petition for the agent to drop juror B37 on Change.org.
According to @MoreandAgain’s Twitter timeline, Martin responded: “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 based upon this case…”
Afterward, Juror B37 said she has decided not to go through with plans for the book after all. She also said she didn’t know the “depth of the pain” surrounding the high-profile case because she’d been isolated from society while serving, according to our sister site, EBONY.
The same juror admitted to CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper on Monday that the jury was initially split on a verdict. She, along with two other jurors, favored acquittal, while two other jurors supported manslaughter and one had voted for second-degree murder. The juror reviewed the evidence and tapes numerous times before reaching a verdict.
Juror B37 also said both Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old boy he was accused of killing, were at fault.
“I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into,” Juror B37 told Cooper. “I think they both could have walked away.”