George Zimmerman arrives for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, July 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)
4 Zimmerman Jurors: B37 Doesn’t Speak for Us
Martin ‘played a huge role in death,’ juror B37 says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Four of the six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman want the world to know that the juror who went public doesn’t speak for them. We “understand there is a great deal of interest in this case. But we ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives,” the jurors said in a statement issued soon after the second part of a two-part interview with Juror B37 aired on CNN. “We also wish to point out that the opinions of Juror B37 … were her own and not in any way representative” of the others, they said. The sixth juror, the only minority member on the panel, did not sign the statement, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
In her interview, B37 said she wanted to find Zimmerman guilty of “not using his senses,” but he “didn’t do anything unlawful,” and Trayvon Martin “played a huge role” in his own death. She said race didn’t have anything to do with the shooting, “just because he was black and George was Spanish or Puerto Rican.” As for those shelved plans to write a book, “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,” she said in a statement, per the New York Daily News. After three nights of sporadic violence over the Zimmerman verdict, policing was heavier and protests were more subdued in Los Angeles and Oakland last night, the AP reports.