The jury that acquitted George Zimmerman was made up of six women–all but one (who may be half Hispanic) are White. Juror B 37 is the first Zimmerman juror to speak out publicly and decided to do so on “Anderson Cooper 360″ on CNN. “I think he’s guilty of not using good judgment. He shouldn’t have gotten out of that car.” Well, from B37′s lips to God’s ears. George should have never gotten out of that car, but he did and it didn’t matter. Trayvon’s life was still taken from him, from a man–whom B37 claims is “over-eager” to help people.
Yes, B37 made a lot of utterly ridiculous claims, which made me question her credibility as a juror. But that’s just me. During the CNN interview, between the sighs of frustration and a few complete turn-offs (I actually stopped the clip 13 times), I was able to learn that B37 is planning on this being her first and last interview. She was hoping her appearance on CNN would take away the pressure from the other jurors from feeling like they have to break their silence as well.
Well, there is some good coming out of this Zimmerman trial after all because if I have to hear any more stunningly awful details emerging from this case, I…might…snap. Check out some of the most ignorant statements from the most vocal juror from the Zimmerman trial.
The juror was planning to write a book about her experience with the case, literary agent Sharlene Martin said before her interview aired. But hours later, the literary agent released a statement from Juror B37 saying she would no longer write one.
“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. 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.”
The fact that B37 called Zimmerman, “George,” should prove that she’s endeared to him. She even said that Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place” because of the vandalism in the neighborhood and his willingness to go above and beyond to combat that.
Even though she wasn’t there and she’s only assuming the details the way we are, she was sure Trayvon threw the first punch and that the screaming voice recorded on the 911 calls was indeed George’s. Never mind the fact that she’s never met Zimmerman, nor Martin.
“I have no doubt George feared for his life in the situation he was in at the time. 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.”
B37 credits Chris Serino, the lead investigator as one of the witnesses who made an impression on her. She claims he was just “doing his job.” Serino made a “big impression” on Juror B 37 because he’s got a knack to pick out who’s lying and who’s not. Is it just me, or do her claims feel a bit shaky?
She claims the star witness, Rachel Jeantel wasn’t credible and called her a bad witness because Rachel used phrases she’s never heard before. Does jargon have any indication that an individual isn’t a credible witness, especially when it’s the last person on the phone with Travyon?!
“I think she felt inadequate towards everyone because of her education and communication skills. I just felt sadness for her. She just didn’t want to be there and embarrassed by being there. And beause of her education and communication skills, wasn’t a good witness.”
She believed Martin threw the first punch and that Zimmerman, whom she referred to as “George,” had a right to defend himself. You would think that she knew what happened that night by the way she’s so sure about Zimmerman’s need to defend himself.
“I think George got in a little bit too deep, which he shouldn’t have been there. But Trayvon decided that he wasn’t going to let him scare him … and I think Trayvon got mad and attacked him. He had a right to defend himself. If he felt threatened that his life was going to be taken away from him, or he was going to have bodily harm, he had a right.”
B37 doesn’t think that Zimmerman racially profiled Martin. She claims that race was never a discussion in the jury room. Out of the six women in the room–none of them cared to mention the fact that Trayvon was Black and Zimmerman is a White man? Even if you choose not to “see” race, it’s still there.
“I think if there was another person, Spanish, White or Asian, if they can into a situation like Trayvon was, I think George would have reacted the exact same way.”
Based on an initial vote, three – including B37 – were in favor of acquittal, two wanted manslaughter and one wanted second-degree murder. She said the jury started going through all the evidence, listening to tapes multiple times, which is what took them so long.
“There was a couple of them in there that wanted to find him guilty of something and after hours and hours and hours of deliberating over the law, and reading it over and over and over again, we decided there’s just no way, other place to go. We put everything into everything to get this verdict. We thought about it for hours and cried about it afterwards. I don’t think any of us could ever do anything like that ever again.”