Four of the six jurors from the George Zimmerman trial issued a statement Tuesday night, asking for privacy and explaining that the views of Juror B37 were hers alone and not representative of the rest of the jury.
Juror B37 wasted no time after the trial's end, signing with a book agent and appearing on Anderson Cooper's show just two days after helping to acquit Zimmerman. Thankfully, Twitter-generated public backlash to the book news caused Juror B37's book agent to "rescind her offer of representation" hours after the Cooper interview aired. The second half of B37's interview with Cooper aired Tuesday night.
The four jurors' full statement is below.
We, the undersigned jurors, understand there is a great deal of interest in this case. But we ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives. We also wish to point out that the opinionS of Juror B-37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show, were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below.
Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us. The death of a teenager weighted heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do.
We appeal to the highest standards of your profession and ask the media to respect our privacy and give us time to process what we have been though.
[via Micah Grimes]
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