Well, that was quick. The George Zimmerman trial juror who, yesterday, announced her plans to anonymously release a book under the name juror B37 covering her experience working on major trial has now reportedly dropped her plans, following her literary rep, Sharlene Martin's decision to back out of their deal.
The news was broken via Martin's Twitter—she first tweeted at 12:59 AM ET this morning that she planned to "rescind" her offer to represent the juror, after careful consideration:
After careful consideration of the book project with Zimmerman #JurorB37, I have decided to rescind my offer of representation.— sharlene martin (@sharlenemartin) July 16, 2013
Only a minute later, she tweeted a message from the juror herself in which she explains that she'd rather return to her life as it was before the trial instead of penning a book about the experience and prolonging it. It's also hard to write a book with no representation to sell it, so we're sure that factored in as well.
It's not too clear if this will be the last we hear from juror B37—after all, she certainly has no shortage of offers at the moment, a fact that her shadowed appearance on Anderson Cooper 360 last night proves. Zimmerman's trial for the murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin is one of the most gripping, controversial cases ever, and one of the biggest in recent history to prompt disrest about the state of racial equality and gun control in America. Juror B37 may have turned down one book offer, but there will be others—whether or not she'll go for it, again, remains to be seen. People change their values extremely quickly at the first whiff of money.
Speaking of juror B37's Anderson Cooper appearance, if you didn't catch it last night, that episode is absolutely worth a watch, and will make you question the screening process for who exactly was put on that jury. Because, in short—she comes off as innately prejudiced.
In the interview, juror B37 (whose face is kept in the dark) reveals a lot about what went when she and the other five female jurors were deciding Zimmerman's fate, as well as that they were split on their decision for an extremely long time until they reevaluated all of the evidence. She also said that she believed Zimmerman's "heart" was in the right place, and that Trayvon "attacked" Zimmerman:
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...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.
She also explains that she and four other jurors believed that it was Zimmerman's voice calling for help in the '911' calls, that that race never came into the question once when they were deliberating.
When she's asked about Rachel Jeantel, however, Trayvon's 17-year-old friend who testified on his behalf and made headlines for stating that Trayvon called Zimmerman a "creepy-ass cracker," juror B37 commented that she found the testimony 'unconvincing' because of "her [lack of] communication skills." When asked whether or not she could understand Jeantel, juror B37 says she couldn't "a lot of the time," because Jeantel "was using phrases I had never heard before, and what they meant." This is what racism looks like.
Juror B37, on the other hand, has previously stated that she considers the media "worthless" and believed that there were riots in Sanford, Florida after Trayvon's death (there weren't)—so there's her education right there.