A lot has been made about the controversial Zimmerman Trial Juror B37.
First she appeared on Anderson Cooper and made controversial comments
in support of Zimmerman. But she really turned things on its head by
announcing — fewer than 48 hours after George Zimmerman was declared Not
Guilty — that she’d signed a book deal.
Well one passionate person on Twitter who goes by @MoreandAgain took things into her own hands. First, she sought out the publishing company that signed the juror.
she spread the publisher’s information across Twitter so people could
call and email, telling them to stop the book deal from going through.
quickly whipped up a Change.org petition calling for Sharlene Martin to
drop Juror B37. Within minutes, the petition had more than a thousand
Martin eventually caved and released this statement:
careful consideration regarding the proposed book project with
Zimmerman Juror B37, I have decided to rescind my offer of
representation in the exploration of a book based upon this case.”
it was only a matter of time before the juror came to her senses (or
realized she was getting dropped by Martin and the book deal was a dead
end) and released her own statement:
“I realize it was
necessary for our jury to be sequestered in order to protest our
verdict from unfair outside influence, but that isolation shielded me
from the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every
aspect of this case. The potential book was always intended to be a
respectful observation of the trial from my and my husband’s
perspectives solely and it was to be an observation that our ‘system’ of
justice can get so complicated that it creates a conflict with our
‘spirit’ of justice.
Now that I am returned to my family and to
society in general, I have realized that the best direction for me to go
is away from writing any sort of book and return instead to my life as
it was before I was called to sit on this jury.”
ends one of the dumbest attempts at exploitation imaginable. Juror
B37′s decision to originally pursue the book deal was insensitive at
best and revealing of serious issues with the jury at worst.
anything, this is a pretty fascinating look at the power of Twitter and
what a little bit of passion and movement can accomplish. It’s not like
@MoreAndAgain has a million followers or anything either so it was
pretty much word of mouth.
Take it away, Questlove.