Juror B37 partially appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Monday (July 15) night. The elusive member of the all female group that found George Zimmerman not guilty for shooting Trayvon Martin, vaguely explained what swayed her vote, and race was not involved.
The unidentified woman was cloaked in shadow to conceal her identity. Since she doesn’t like the media, B37 gets most news from the TODAY show, and was unaware of the case aside from minor details. Cooper asked her to go back to opening statements in the trial, much of which she couldn’t remember. “It seems like it’s been years ago that it happened,” she recounted. “It does. It seems like it’s been a very long time that we were there.”
One moment that stood out in making her decision was the the defense medical examiner whose story “was awe inspiring,” based on “the experiences that he had had over in the war, and I just never thought of anybody that could recognize somebody’s voice yelling, in like a terrible terror voice when he was just previously a half hour ago playing cards with him.”
She named the 911 call “the most significant because it went through before the struggle, during the struggle, the gunshot and then after,” before addressing the Rachel Jeantel and the “creepy a** cracker” comment. “I thought it was probably the truth. I think Trayvon probably said that.” It had nothing to do with race, she said. “I don’t think it’s really racial. I think it’s just everyday life, the type of life that they live, and how they’re living, in the environment that they’re living in.”
Deciding the fate of a man’s life when a child lost his, weighed on B37 and the other jurors. More than half of the six didn’t agree on a verdict before entering the deliberation room. They eventually got on the same page. The women also cried over coming to a decision “It was just hard,” she added, growing more emotional. “Thinking that somebody lost their life, and there’s nothing else that could be done about it.
“I mean, it’s what happened. It’s sad. It’s a tragedy this happened, but it happened. And I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into. I think both of them could have walked away. It just didn’t happen.”
B37 showed obvious sympathy towards Zimmerman, which makes since given her decision. She became increasingly comfortable, calling the 29 year old “Georgie,” during one exchange, and Martin a “boy of color.” Unfortunately, the commentary, may not have helped the semi-public relations tour of which she is embarking. Hours after announcing she signed a book deal, the offer was dropped.
So far, none of the others have stepped forward to share stories, or announced book deals.