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Does this Surprise you?


One of the six jurors in the George Zimmerman trial is set to break her silence in an upcoming book about her experience sitting on the jury for one of the most controversial trials of the century thus far.

Juror B37, who was one of six women to find Zimmerman not guilty Saturday night after 16 hours of deliberation, signed a deal with Martin Literary Management president Sharlene Martin.

The couple reached out to Martin on Sunday after being referred to the literary agent, who has handled other hot-button books, such as If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by the Goldman family; Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six by Buchanan, Erik Landemalm and Anthony Flacco; Honor Bound by Raffaele Sollecito; and the upcoming Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story by Shanna Hogan.

George Zimmerman Trial Juror Plans Book

It didn’t surprise me in the least…though it does make one wonder what Juror B37 really had on her mind in the deliberation room. 

15 comments on “Does this Surprise you?

  1. sadly, it doesn’t surprise me either.

    • Its become typical behavior micey…the profiting from other’s tragedies.

      Jeremiah’s words come to mind,

      Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. 8:12

    • hmmm, powerful words.

  2. Blood money. And the bottom feeding lusts of people with lap it up with no tears or compassion for the dead boy. I think the Zimmerman case is a microcosm of the human heart. And millions of professing believers side gladly with Zimmerman and their 2nd Amendment “rights”. In many ways the faith once delivered to the saints is gone in the west. Instead of the Book of the Martyrs it should now be the Book of the Conservatives.

  3. The whole tragic chain of events is a sad commentary on our world today. It reeks of what the Bible refers to as “the world, the flesh, and the devil”. Multiple players all seeking there own selfish dreams coming together in one colossal train wreck. This juror obviously has little or no personal ethics if she even understands what “ethics” are. Few do these days. I also personally don’t have a lot of respect on that level for either George Zimmerman OR Trayvon Martin. I really don’t see Trayvon Martin as being innocent as many do. I am certainly NOT suggesting that he deserved to die as he did. And although I certainly DO understand George Zimmerman’s frustration with the low life of society he had to deal with, he WAS carrying a LOADED weapon which afforded him options that he obviously failed to exercise either deliberately or because of lack of training. Certainly options that Trayvon Martin did not have. In either case, he is personally to blame for what amounts to an execution. Whether it was justified or not is up to a jury AND the jury has spoken. So be it. Justice is not always perfect. In addition to these three prominent players, there are many other guilty parties in the wings, including those who selfishly want petty criminals incarcerated but ALSO selfishly DON’T want to pay a penny in taxes to fund those incarcerations. In the end who can be surprised at this sort of situation? We live in such a spiritually dysfunctional society that we should be astonished that the situation is not worse. And of course, this happened in the South which draws attention to the racial aspects of the whole sick mess. The reality is that human justice often fails, but God’s justice, tempered with unfailing and unending mercy, never fails. The Bible gives us a sufficient number of examples of people who have the world by the tail, but even at the top of their game ending up having to face their maker and judge due to some unfortunate event. And all the human approval and exoneration will count for nothing in that court. Sometimes it DOES help to try to view things from an eternal perspective as opposed to a temporal one.

    • Justice is not always perfect.

      After what i’ve watched occur during the last 15 years (the high-profile OJ Simpson, Casey Anthony, and Zimmerman cases) its my opinion, American justice is dead.

      The only comfort is knowing God will have the final word.

    • Latest news is that this juror is NOT going to be writing a book. She reconsidered the whole thing taking into account the intense feelings people are having about all of this. I think this is a wise move on her part. Jury service is intended to be a service to ones peers, not an opportunity to profit off the misfortune of someone else. Other jurors have also been wise to distance themselves from her, other than to affirm that they found no way to convict Zimmerman in light of applicable law. According to witnesses, both parties exhibited aggression in this case and that sealed the verdict that found Zimmerman not guilty according to multiple jurors. This was an extremely difficult case and I am just thankful that I was not one of the jurors. It was, in many ways, a culmination of a whole stream of injustices that are engulfing our society and driving many toward various forms of violence and criminal behavior. But in the end, the individual has to be held accountable under law. Thankfully, with God, of course, there is mercy and grace.

    • Yes i just read about her decision,

      Some had viewed the book deal as a callous attempt to profit from a tragedy…. link

      I think it was a very wise move on her part because it did appear to be nothing more then an attempt to profit from a horrible tragedy.

      This was an extremely difficult case and I am just thankful that I was not one of the jurors.

      Good thing i wasn’t a juror cause we’d either still be deliberating or there would have been a hung jury.🙂

    • At reading another article at the L.A. Times George, it appears the decision was made (also) by the literary agent,

      “I believe I made a grave error in judgment in wanting to represent this story.”

      That’s what Sharlene Martin wrote about her decision to take on Juror B37 as a client.

      In an email to The Times, Martin wrote, “I decided to rescind my offer of representation after watching Juror B37 on Anderson Cooper 360. I believe I made a grave error in judgment in wanting to represent this story. Shortly after the show aired, I reached out to B37 and suggested we terminate our book representation agreement. She and her husband agreed.”

      Martin later wrote: “The decision to rescind the representation offer from Martin Literary Management was made prior to [a petition by Moveon.org seeking to stop Zimmerman case jurors from profiting from their involvement] was activated. Although I fully appreciate the sentiments of those who took the time to sign and write me of their concerns, I had already reached the conclusion that this was a book that should not be written by this Juror.” LATimes

  4. Does it surprise me that anyone involved in this case would consider profiting from it in some way? No. It would surprise me if this sort of thing (profiting from the experience) didn’t happen. There really are only two ways to profit in this temporal world; one, serving God and two, serving the money systems of the world.

    There are two realities I’d focus on here.

    One has to do with the decision made by the jury and the other has to do with our place in its outcome in our sphere of influence as the judging Church; after all we can not escape the reality that we as members of Christ’s Church are faced with making judgments; we will judge angels, even!

    When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! (1 Corinthians 6:1-3 ESV)

    As for the process we know and affirm, all authority is from God so these following verses are apropos with regard to the jury rendering the verdict in this case.

    The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. (Proverbs 16:1, 2 ESV)

    As for the mire and muck this nation finds itself bogged down in these verses seem to indicate there is hope for our work in the world and specifically the United States and our unique State, County, City and community that we currently reside in:

    But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:7-10 ESV)

    AND

    The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. (Psalm 33:10-15 ESV)

    Finally, what recourse is there left for the Church? These following verses inform me to continue what I’ve been called into wherever I’m sent to be His Light in this fallen realm, the world:

    Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Pay her back as she herself has paid back others, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed. As she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning, since in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen, I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see.’ For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.” (Revelation 18:4-8 ESV)

    Next!

  5. Certainly the real problem with this whole affair would be the “stand your ground” laws that are now in effect in half the country that, in a practical sense, encourage vigilantism. But, at this point, these laws are so popular, and growing more popular all the time, that even congress and the president fear to take them on. In fact one of the reasons that Mr Holder has cited for NOT taking any further action on this case is the fear of advancing the cause of “stand your ground” legislation. In a “stand your ground” jurisdiction, ones only recourse is to flee aggression, since confronting it can result in the other party committing murder and getting away with it. And, actually, that is precisely how it is intended to work. It is a desperate ploy to get “criminals” off the streets no matter what the cost. In the absence of a “stand your ground” law, Mr Zimmerman would have been convicted in no time.

    • Yes you’re right, the stand your ground law certainly appears to have affected the jury’s decision also.

      George Zimmerman was ‘justified’ in shooting Trayvon Martin, juror says

      (CNN) — George Zimmerman “didn’t do anything unlawful” and was “justified” in shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, according to one of the jurors who acquitted Zimmerman.

      The woman, known as Juror B37, spoke exclusively to CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” Part 1 of the interview aired Monday, and part 2 aired Tuesday night….

      Juror B37 told CNN she wanted to find Zimmerman guilty of “not using his senses,” but that “you can’t charge him with anything because he didn’t do anything unlawful.”

      She said Zimmerman “started the ball rolling” and could have avoided the situation by staying in his car.

      “But he wanted to do good. I think he had good in his heart, he just went overboard,” the juror said.

      Asked later whether she thought Zimmerman was within his rights, she was unequivocal: “He was justified in shooting Trayvon Martin.”

      article and interview here

      Some of this juror’s statements leave me speechless…😦

  6. An additional issue in this case that played in Mr Zimmerman’s favor was that Trayvon Martin was a known drug user and was, in fact, intoxicated when the altercation occurred. AND, this fact was made known to the jury. BUT, I am sure the jury was NOT allowed to hear about Mr Zimmerman’s past criminal history and he DOES have a past criminal history. All in all this was an extremely complex and messy case.

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