After she was dropped by her literary agent, a juror in the George Zimmerman trial has decided against writing a book on the high-profile case, she said in a statement, citing the "depth of pain" many in the public associate with it.
The woman known publicly only as B-37, her jury-selection designation, now says that serving in sequestration as a juror "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," she said in a statement distributed by her now-former agent. "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."
B-37 was the first Zimmerman juror to speak publicly about the trial, granting an interview to CNN's Anderson Cooper that aired Monday evening.
The interview came two days after B-37 and five other jurors acquitted Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The verdict was a shock to many and sparked protests across the country. When news of B-37's plans to write a book broke Monday morning, many expressed outrage.
A Change.org petition was circulated, asking Sharlene Martin, the agent who had signed B-37, to end her representation. Reaction in social media to the planned book was harsh.
Early Tuesday, a Twitter account apparently belonging to Martin posted a message indicating she had decided to drop the project: "After careful consideration of the book project with Zimmerman #JurorB37, I have decided to rescind my offer of representation," the tweet said. Buzzfeed.com, quoting an email from the agent, reported a similar statement.
The petition gathered more than 1,300 online signatures and was closed by early afternoon Tuesday.
In her interview with Cooper on Monday, B-37 said that she thought Zimmerman was guilty of bad judgment but not manslaughter or murder on the night of the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting in Sanford. She said she didn't view the case as a "racial thing."
Speaking in shadow, the woman said Zimmerman should not have gotten out of his vehicle after reporting Trayvon to police as suspicious, but she thought Zimmerman was afraid for his life during his fight with the teen later and had a right to protect himself.
"It's a tragedy this happened, but it happened," the woman said. "I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into. I think both of them could have walked away."
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