B37 George Zimmerman Juror Book Deal is Now Dead
Update: It's now being reported that the B37 book deal is dead. In wake of all the media attention, Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management LLC announced that B-37 will no longer pursue a book deal. This was confirmed by CNN.
The ruling that found George Zimmerman innocent this past weekend sent the nation into a whirlwind; cries of injustice for Trayvon Martin's murder have reverberated in peaceful protests throughout Florida and the rest of the nation. And now we have a new twist: one of the six anonymous jurors responsible for the rattling decision have signed a deal to write a book about the high-profile trial.
According to ABC News, the juror who remains anonymous, known by her court designation of Juror B37, approached Sharlene Martin, president of Martin Literary Management on July 14 about the possibility of writing a book about the trial and final acquittal of Zimmerman.
Martin Literary Management has published nonfiction books about high profile, controversial cases in the past; such books have included those by Raffaele Sollecito, the ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox and the SEAL Team Six, responsible for the death of Osama Bin Laden.
The jury was made up of six women whose identities were made anonymous at the start of the trial and "the camera in the courtroom was careful to never show their faces," according to ABC News. The court order for anonymity remains in effect following the verdict.
It did not take long for one of the jurors to come out about the verdict. Only one day after the trial concluded, Juror B37 agreed to "write about her experience serving on a high-profile murder case and why the panel had to find Zimmerman not guilty," wrote the Daily Beast.
Sharlene Martin said in a statement that the book will allow "the reader will also learn why the jurors had no option but to find Zimmerman not guilty due to the manner in which he was charged and the content of the jury instructions."
She voiced her hopes that the book will reveal the fairness of the U.S. legal system and based on the juror's testimony, it will show "how important, despite one's personal viewpoints, it is to follow the letter of the law," wrote Martin.
Little is known about Juror B37. According to Fox News, she is a white woman in her 50s and has lived in Seminole County, Fla., for eight years. She has been married to an attorney for 20 years, with whom she has two daughters.