Anonymous Juror B37 from the George Zimmerman murder trial, did an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper two nights ago that enraged many people. Her biased views, disrespectful references to Zimmerman’s murder victim, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, referring to the killer as "Georgie" and her overall exploitative conduct in stating she is writing a book on the case, after voting to let a killer go free, proved too much for millions of people.
Many took to the internet to slam Juror B37's conduct. Even fellow jurors, who also upset the nation via voting to free child killer Zimmerman, have come out denouncing juror B37’s interview. Four of the other six jurors released a joint press release:
We, the undersigned jurors, 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. We also wish to point out that the opinion of Juror B-37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below.
Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us. The death of a teenager weighted heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do. We appeal to the highest standards of your profession and ask the media to respect our privacy and give us time to process what we have been though.
Side Bar: the book deal offered to Juror B37 who shopped the proposal along with her lawyer husband, has been cancelled by the publisher after a Twitter user started a petition to shut it down.
4 jurors distance themselves from Juror B37
Jul. 16 11:47 PM EDT ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Four of the jurors at the George Zimmerman trial distanced themselves late Tuesday from statements that another juror made in a televised interview. The four jurors issued a brief statement on court stationary saying that the opinions expressed by Juror B37 to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday night are not representative of their views.
"The opinions of Juror B37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below," said the statement, signed by Jurors B51, B76, E6 and E40. Juror B37 said the actions of Zimmerman and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin both led to the teenager's fatal shooting last year, but that Zimmerman didn't actually break the law.
The four other jurors said in their statement that Martin's death weighed on them. "Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us," the statement said. "The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do."
They also made a request for privacy. The court has not released the names of the six-woman jury, which included five whites and one woman who appeared to reporters to be Hispanic...