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Zimmerman Juror Decides Not To Write Book About Trial

11:04 am - 07/16/2013
Intense and immediate backlash apparently changed the mind of Juror B37 — and her agent. “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 …”



Late Monday night, Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management LLC told BuzzFeed that Juror B37 will no longer pursue a book deal.

The juror’s statement, via Martin:

“I realize it was necessary for our jury to be sequestered in order to protest our verdict from unfair outside influence, but that isolation shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every aspect of this case. The potential book was always intended to be a respectful observation of the trial from my and my husband’s perspectives solely and it was to be an observation that our ‘system’ of justice can get so complicated that it creates a conflict with our ‘spirit’ of justice.

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.”

The juror’s announcement came after Martin — who has also represented Amanda Knox’s ex Raffaele Sollecito — decided to drop her following hours of outrage on social media.

“After careful consideration regarding the proposed book project with Zimmerman Juror B37, I have decided to rescind my offer of representation in the exploration of a book based upon this case,” Martin said in an email at the time.

Earlier Monday, when the partnership was first announced, Martin said she hoped Juror B37’s book would help the public “understand the commitment it takes to serve and be sequestered on a jury in a highly publicized murder trial …. It could open a whole new dialogue about laws that may need to be revised and revamped to suit a 21st century way of life.”

But on Monday evening, Juror B37 went on CNN to defend the jury’s decision to find George Zimmerman not guilty.

“I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into,” she said. “I think they both could have walked away.”

Not long after the interview aired, calls for Martin to drop the juror intensified. A Change.org petition by Genie Lauren circulated, asking Trayvon Martin supporters to not “allow this person to profit off of the injustice that they’ve served to the American public.” By 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, it had more than 800 signatures.


Ivonna Humpu@JustMama71
Twitter: please tweet: @sharlenemartin and demand that she not represent a book by Juror B37. Twitter has power.

#FeministMILF@FeministaJones
Dear @sharlenemartin, We ask that you not represent Juror B37 and her book. It is an exploitation of an innocent life.

Trillma Dinkley@NaniCoolJ
I need for everyone to tell @sharlenemartin NOT TO PUBLISH JUROR B37'S BOOK! They can't be allowed to profit off of the MURDER OF A CHILD!

Peg@IowaPeg
Boycott Martin Literary Management- take note of their tacky book list and swear to never spend a cent on them. Juror B37 @sharlenemartin


This went on for hours, until Martin contacted Lauren personally to say she was dropping the juror.


Cocky McSwagsalot@MoreAndAgain
I'm going to respond to her message and ask her if she will make this statement publicly. But. . . HOLY SHIT!

Cocky McSwagsalot@MoreAndAgain
Y'all. I'm crying, right now

Questlove Jenkins@questlove
thank you @MoreAndAgain for leading the effort to get #JurorB37's book deal dropped.



Source. Tbh you were pretty 'shielded' BEFORE the trial if you had no idea this could emotionally affect people...
etherealtsuki 17th-Jul-2013 04:04 am (UTC)
I don't care how horrible a person this makes me, but I hope someone reveals her identity and it ruins her life and only hers.

That half-ass 'apology' only existed because she was SHOCKED how appalled that she was profiting on the death of an innocent Black teen because she thinks, like Zimmerman, one less n****r in the world, the better. If the book wasn't dropped, she will be all over it.

Edited for a sentence and grammar.

Edited at 2013-07-17 04:05 am (UTC)
homasse 17th-Jul-2013 04:46 am (UTC)
"If the book wasn't dropped, she will be all over it."

That is why I am SO MAD about how this has been framed by a lot of places. She only did this because her book got dropped, not because she had some eye-opening moment of realization (other than the realization she wasn't gonna be raking in the book money.)
astridmyrna 17th-Jul-2013 05:09 am (UTC)
It's only a matter of time before someone reveals her identity, and I would not be shocked if she tried her hand at writing the book again but under a nom de plume (like Peace O. Sheet).
crepe_ophile 17th-Jul-2013 10:29 am (UTC)
I hope everyone who let Zimmerman go gets their life ruined. Zimmerman, all the jurors, the local cops, the racist witnesses who might have heard or seen more than they said because they didn't care about a black boy's justice, and both the defense and prosecution attorneys. Especially Corey because I think she sabotaged the prosecution's case on purpose.
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