4 Zimmerman Jurors: B37 Doesn't Speak for Us

Martin 'played a huge role in death,' juror B37 says

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 17, 2013 1:00 AM CDT | Updated Jul 17, 2013 11:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – Four of the six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman want the world to know that the juror who went public doesn't speak for them. "We ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives," the jurors said in a statement issued soon after the second part of a two-part interview with Juror B37 aired on CNN. "We also wish to point out that the opinions of Juror B37 ... were her own and not in any way representative" of the others, they said. The sixth juror, the only minority member on the panel, did not sign the statement, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

B37 has now issued her own statement in response. "For reasons of my own, I needed to speak alone," she tells CNN, but she doesn't want to give any further interviews. She said her "prayers are with all those who have the influence and power to modify the laws that left me with no verdict option other than 'not guilty'" and that "no other family should be forced to endure what the Martin family has endured." In her original interview, B37 empathized with Zimmerman's motives and said Martin "played a huge role" in his own death. "I don't think race had anything to do with this trial," she said, "just because he was black and George was Spanish or Puerto Rican." Zimmerman is half Peruvian.

George Zimmerman looks at information on a laptop during jury selection last month.
George Zimmerman looks at information on a laptop during jury selection last month.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary Green, Pool)
George Zimmerman arrives for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, July 11, 2013.
George Zimmerman arrives for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, July 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)
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