Life After the Zimmerman Trial: A Juror’s Perspective
As pundits and the public continue to weigh in on George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict, more details about the jurors’ deliberation are being revealed. Juror “B-37” wanted to remain anonymous, but told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that at the beginning of their deliberation,
…three [jurors] were for acquittal, one was for second-degree murder and two were for the manslaughter charge
The jurors deliberated for fifteen hours before reaching their verdict, sending out a question regarding manslaughter to Judge Nelson during this time. Eventually, the jurors found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter. Juror B-37 explained,
I think George was pretty consistent and told the truth basically…[he was] a man whose heart was in the right place
The six jurors who remained in sequester throughout the trial, are now trying to return to their normal lives. Juror B-37 had initially agreed to a book deal describing her experience as a juror, but has since changed her mind as the reality of the situation has started to sink in,
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.
Juror B-37 also expressed remorse over the entire situation. She explained,
It was just hard thinking that someone had lost their life and nothing else could be done about it…It’s a tragedy that this happened.