CNN’s Anderson Cooper got an exclusive interview yesterday with a juror (all six jurors were women) from the George Zimmerman trial, a juror identified only as “Juror B37.” The juror told Cooper Anderson that she felt that George Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place” but that Zimmerman didn’t use “good judgment” in confronting Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
If anything, Zimmerman was guilty of not using “good judgment,” the juror told Anderson. “When he was in the car, and he had called 911, he shouldn’t have gotten out of that car,” she said.
She also said she believes Trayvon Martin threw the first punch in the confrontation that followed. “I think George got in a little bit too deep, which he shouldn’t have been there. But Trayvon decided that he wasn’t going to let him scare him … and I think Trayvon got mad and attacked him,” she said.
The juror revealed that the initial vote was divided. Three of the jurors first voted Zimmerman was guilty, while three voted he was not guilty, she said. Juror B37 was among those who believed he was not guilty from the very start.
It was revealed prior to the interview by literary agent Sharlene Martin that, among other things, that she is writing a book. However, it was later revealed that the book deal had been cancelled.
In another interview, Rachel Jeantel, a key witness in the George Zimmerman trial, appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan on Monday. “I had a feeling it was going to be not guilty,” Rachel Jeantel said during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Monday. While “disappointed, upset, angry” about the trial’s outcome, she defended her friend’s legacy: “Trayvon is not a thug.” described her 17-year-old friend as a “calm, chill, loving person” who loved his family, “definitely his mother.”
In an exclusive network interview, Barbara Walters snagged an interview with George Zimmerman’s parent, Robert and Gladys Zimmerman. Barbara Walters discussed the polarizing trial and acquittal of their son. They told Walters that because of “an enormous amount of death threats,” returning to their home is not an option.
“George’s legal counsel has had death threats, the police chief of Sanford, many people have had death threats,” Robert Zimmerman said.”‘Everyone with Georgie’s DNA should be killed’ — just every kind of horrible thing you can imagine.”
George Zimmerman’s new freedom has been short-lived. His parents said that their son has no job and no health insurance. Gladys Zimmerman said her son has been living off small monthly stipends from his legal defense fund.
“Even for us, we have not been living a normal life for the past months, it is hard,” she said. “We have lost everything, everything — the whole family, not only George. The whole family. We have lost everything.”
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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African American studies, published by The Elevator Group, Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books. John has volunteered for many political campaigns. John is an unpaid volunteer and social media advisor at Robin Kelly for Congress.