One George Zimmerman juror has already inked a book contract, but that all changed. The Juror, only identified as B37, is a white married mother with two children who volunteers at an animal shelter. It is unknown if she will reveal her identity.
She revealed that at no point did the largely-white all-female jury consider the motivation behind the killing of Trayvon Martin. The woman said that they believed that it was a “tragedy” that came from Zimmerman going too far but said that the former neighborhood watchman’s “heart is in the right place.”
Juror B37 told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Zimmerman made some poor decisions leading up to the shooting, but that Martin wasn’t innocent either.
“I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into,” said the juror, who was planning to write a book about the trial. “I think they both could have walked away.”
She also said that she felt it was clear that the 17-year-old threw the first punch: “Trayvon decided that he wasn’t going to let (Zimmerman) scare him… and I think Trayvon got mad and attacked him.”
When asked by Cooper if she would feel comfortable having Zimmerman patroling her neighborhood, she said that while Martin’s death was tragic, it would serve as a learning experience.
“I would feel comfortable having George, but I think he learned a lesson,” she said, hesitating slightly.
“I think he’d be more responsible than anyone else on this planet right now.”
Hours after the interview with Cooper aired, the literary agent who agreed to represent the juror announced that she withdrew her services.
“After careful consideration of the book project with Zimmerman #JurorB37, I have decided to rescind my offer of representation,” agent Sharlene Martin said via Twitter.
Martin also put out a statement from the juror herself, who said: “This potential book was always intended to be a respectful observation of the trial from my and my husband’s perspectives.”