George Zimmerman stands for instructions from Judge Debra Nelson with attorney Lorna Truett, left, and Don West, center, during his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. A literary agent says a juror has signed to write a book about her experiences on the panel, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
(Photo: Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel, AP)
(USA TODAY) A literary agent says she has signed one of the jurors in the George Zimmerman trial to write a book about her experience on the panel, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The newspaper quotes literary and media manager Sharlene Martin as saying she has signed the juror still known only as B-37, her official court designation during the trial.
The Sentinel says the juror will write the book with her husband, an attorney. There was no immediate word on whether any publisher had yet expressed interest in the proposed book.
"My hope is that people will read Juror B37's book, written with her attorney husband, 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 says in a statement, according to the newspaper. "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.
"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," the statement says.
Martin tells the Sentinel that the juror contacted her on Sunday, one day after the verdict.
According to notes from the jury selection process, juror B-37 is a white, middle-aged woman from Seminole County who works as a chiropractor. Under pre-trial questioning, she described the protests that took place in Sanford, Fla., after she shooting as "rioting."
Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY