A single female juror came forward on Monday, attempting to secure a book deal through a literary agent. Following a Monday night interview however, the prospect of writing a book was nullified.
Juror B 37 became the first person to come forward on a jury of six people Monday. Ready to tell her side of the story, the woman and her lawyer husband signed a deal with literary agent Sharlene Martin in hopes of securing a book deal. But the prospect of writing a book became obsolete within hours.
Last night, juror B 37 appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360," her face obscured in darkness. Days after George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, B 37 is the first juror to come forward.
She showed compassion for Zimmerman stating that his 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 should have done." The woman held both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin accountable for their actions.
"I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into," she told Cooper. "I think they both could have walked away."
While talks about a book deal had occurred before the CNN interview, literary agent Sharlene Martin declined to represent the juror following her first public encounter. Without explanation, the book agent stepped away from the juror and her husband.
"After careful consideration of the book project with Zimmerman #JurorB37, I have decided to rescind my offer of representation," agent Sharlene Martin wrote on her Twitter account.
The anonymous juror responded by stating that the decision to not go forward with a book deal was for the best. She released her statement via Sharlene Martin.
"This potential book was always intended to be a respectful observation of the trial from my and my husband's perspectives," B 37 said. "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."
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