Well one of the Zimmerman jurors has spoken out
. Of course, there’s not much you can say that’s going to make much difference after you say “Not guilty.” The juror said she believes that Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place.” It seems that Trayvon Martin’s heart was in the wrong place—in the path of George Zimmerman’s bullet.
After first announcing through a literary agent that she was going to write a book about the experience, Juror B37 says she decided not to write it
. Good call. How long does it take to write “I screwed up?” Maybe she could have written “I screwed up” and then filled up 400 pages writing “I’m sorry” over and over. The woman had planned to write the book with her husband, who is an attorney. Well, it would help to have a professional liar on board.
It turns out that the book deal was sunk by one remarkably passionate woman on Twitter
who launched a campaign against it even as the Juror was being interviewed on CNN. Talk about Neighborhood Watch! This woman is keeping the world safe from sickening profiteering by patrolling the internet!
During jury selection, Juror B37 said she dislikes and distrusts the media
. So the next thing she does is to sign on with the media to sell her story. Did I say to sell “her” story? No—she was selling the story of Trayvon Martin, more specifically, of Trayvon Martin’s death, and angling to make money off of it.
The only good thing to come out of Juror B37 was the revelation that the jurors did indeed consider Florida’s Stand Your Ground law
. That’s why Zimmerman’s lawyers didn’t bother formally invoking Stand Your Ground—they knew they could insinuate it into the proceedings just as easily as they insinuated race into them. Everyone wants to somehow convict George Zimmerman of something. The more important thing is to get rid of Stand Your Ground so that there will be no more George Zimmerman’s.
The jurors struggled with the law. Of course—the Stand Your Ground law is designed to cause struggles to get a conviction... when the defendant is a white man with a gun. Juror B37 said “The law became very confusing.” Yes, it became very confusing when they passed Stand Your Ground—and that was on purpose. Juror B37 was confused by the jury instructions, but she believed George! She said “I think George was pretty consistent and told the truth basically.” How sweet. Maybe George will buy your book.
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