DALLAS, July 15, 2013 — Less than a week after six anonymous jurors acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, one of them has signed with a literary agent to write a book about the trial.
Agent Sharlene Martin said in a statement Monday that the woman known as Juror B37 will co-author the book with her husband, who is an attorney who works in the aerospace industry.
“My hope is that people will read Juror B37’s book … and understand the commitment it takes to serve and be sequestered on a jury in a highly publicized murder trial and how important, despite one’s personal viewpoints, it is to follow the letter of the law,” Martin said.
“It could open a whole new dialogue about laws that may need to be revised and revamped to suit a 21st century way of life,” Martin added. “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.”
According to Martin, who has represented authors involved in the O.J. Simpson, Amanda Knox and Jodi Arias cases, her client has not yet decided whether she will remain anonymous; “given the sensitivity of the verdict and the outpouring of mixed reactions by the American public.”
As despicable as some may find it, profiting from highly publicized cases is nothing new. Juror B37 will certainly not be the only person involved in the Zimmerman trial who will make money from it. George Zimmerman, having been found not guilty, will also parlay the death of Trayvon Martin into large sums of cash. And for some, that too, amounts to a tragedy.
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