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Life After the Zimmerman Trial: A Juror’s Perspective

July 16, 2013

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.

Sources: USA Today & Frederick Leatherman Law Blog

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