Anonymous Juror B37 Releases New Statement: ‘For Reasons Of My Own, I Needed To Speak Alone’


Anonymous George Zimmerman juror B37 sat down with CNN’s Anderson Cooper this week for an in-depth interview on how she and her fellow jurors arrived at a not guilty verdict. Tuesday night four of the other jurors put out a joint statement distancing themselves from her comments, and now the individual juror has released a statement of her own explaining she’s done telling her story, meaning no more interviews and most definitely no book deals.

Juror B37 released her statement through CNN, though she appears to be through with talking to the network on-air. She mentions the fact that her initial plans for a book deal backfires, though instead of explaining the social media pressure that made her literary agent think better of it, she cites her realization of “what had been occurring in the world during the weeks of my sequestration.”

Some in the media have speculated over exactly how sympathetic to the defense’s argument this anonymous juror was. She said in a previous statement that her decision not to write a book was spurred by her belief that “the best direction for me to go is away from writing any sort of book.”

Here is her full statement, obtained by CNN’s Carol Costello:

Thank you for the opportunity to vent some of the anguish which has been in me since the trial began. For reasons of my own, I needed to speak alone.There will be no other interviews. My prayers are with all those who have the influence and power to modify the laws that left me with no verdict option other than “not guilty” in order to remain within the instructions. No other family should be forced to endure what the Martin family has endured.

As for the alleged “book deal,” there is not one at this time. There was an agreement with a literary agent to explore the concept of a book which discussed the impact of sequestration on my perceptions of this serious case, while being compared to the perceptions of an attorney who was closely following the trial from outside the “bubble”. The relationship with the agent ceased the moment I realized what had been occurring in the world during the weeks of my sequestration. My prayers are with Trayvon’s parents for their loss, as they have always been. I now wish for me and my family to recover from being selected for this jury and return to a normal life. God bless.


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