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
George Zimmerman looks at information on a laptop during jury selection last month.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary Green, Pool)

(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.

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grhouse
Jul 18, 2013 10:59 AM CDT
The problem with facts is that we do not have all of the facts. We have what Zimmerman tells us about the facts. We do not Have Martin's side of the story. We do not have the way he felt. We do not know if he felt threatened by the larger man who was following him. We do not know if he was trying to reach a safe location. We do not know exactly how Zimmerman approached Martin nor who threw the first punch. Why? Because Zimmerman make sure Martin's side of the story and his "facts" would never be heard. Is it not possible that Zimmerman approached Martin and demanded that he stop and that Martin, fearing for his safety tried to flee only to be stopped violently by Zimmerman and then fighting back? Is it not also possible that Zimmerman, after killing Martin, banged his own head into the ground or pavement to cause the injuries? Or, perhaps, after starting the fight, Zimmerman lost control of it and Martin gained the upper hand at which point Zimmerman decided to kill him. Could it not be that at some point in their confrontation both men felt they were in danger? And, if that is true, doesn't the guilt belong to the party (Zimmerman) who innitiated the conflict. If I see Zimmerman on the street at night, and knowing he goes armed and willing to kill, might I not feel myself in danger of my life? So, if he were to approach me, might I start screaming for help and then kill him and say that he was coming after me (he's is approaching me remember) and is dangerous (he has already killed someone) and since I am fearful for my life don't I have the right to "Stand my Ground" and defend myself and kill him? Think about it. I do not live in that area, BUT, if I did and I saw Zimmerman, I' might very well feel threatened, given his past, and lean more toward standing my ground and shooting him before he had a chance to shoot me. Gene
iq145
Jul 17, 2013 9:07 PM CDT
i'm more interested in knowing what the B52s have to say...
viva_yo
Jul 17, 2013 8:38 PM CDT
Given the poor performance by the prosecution & Florida's "shoot first" law, the jurors were between a rock & a hard place, in many ways. But then, this is Florida, the state that acquitted Casey Anthony; this state must have the worst prosecutors in the country.