Zimmerman trial juror no longer writing book

Juror B37 backed out of the proposal after "returning to my family and to society in general"

By Prachi Gupta
Published July 16, 2013 1:17PM (EDT)

Juror B37, along with her attorney husband, have backed away from a highly publicized book proposal about the controversial Zimmerman trial, which rendered Zimmerman "not guilty" for the death of teen Trayvon Martin. Now back with her family and "society in general," the juror released a statement saying she has realized the best direction to go in now is to return "to my life as it was before I was called to sit on this jury." The statement reads:

"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 have 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 statement, however, comes after agent Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management withdrew her offer to Juror B37, facing pressure from a Change.org petition by Genie Lauren, who also started a protest against Martin via Twitter.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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