Following a vociferous backlash in response to her interview earlier this week with Anderson Cooper on CNN, alongside news of a possible book deal, now apparently quashed, the woman known as juror B37 on Wednesday released a statement pushing for new laws that she says would have helped avoid George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict, CNN reports.
“My 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’ in order to remain within the instructions. No other family should be forced to endure what the Martin family has endured,” she wrote.
The juror, who was interviewed by CNN, said she will not grant other interviews and wants to get back to a normal life. “For reasons of my own, I needed to speak alone,” she said.
She issued the statement after four other jurors said the opinions she expressed on “Anderson Cooper 360” were “her own, and not in any way representative” of all the jurors.
In her CNN interview, which aired in two parts Monday and Tuesday nights on AC360, the juror said she believes Zimmerman didn’t do anything unlawful and was “justified” in shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The six-woman jury acquitted Zimmerman Saturday night.
The juror said on AC360 she wanted to find Zimmerman guilty of “not using his senses,” but added, “You can’t charge him with anything because he didn’t do anything unlawful.”
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