Zimmerman Juror B37 Backtracks on Book Deal

Literary agent Sharlene Martin says juror has dropped the book idea.

Posted: 07/16/2013 07:45 AM EDT

After announcing a book deal, it appears that juror B37 has changed her mind and won't be writing a tell-all about being one of the six jurors who voted to acquit George Zimmerman of second-degree murder case in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Some had viewed the book deal as a callous attempt to profit from a tragedy, but according to B37's then-agent Sharlene Martin, B37 had a more altruistic goal — depicting the challenge of balancing personal views with the "letter of the law."

Martin, head of Martin Literary Management, released a statement late Monday saying she was no longer representing the juror and that the juror had dropped the book idea.

Aside from close family and friends, court officials and the defense and prosecution teams, few people know the true identities of the six women who made up the jury in the George Zimmerman trial.

"My hope is that people will read Juror B37’s book, written with her attorney husband, and understand the commitment it takes to serve and be sequestered on a jury in a highly publicized murder trial and how important, despite one’s personal viewpoints, it is to follow the letter of the law," Martin had said in a statement prior to changing her mind about the book. "It could open a whole new dialogue about laws that may need to be revised and revamped to suit a 21st century way of life. The reader will also learn why the jurors had no option but to find Zimmerman Not Guilty due to the manner in which he was charged and the content of the jury instructions.”

According to news reports, Martin has in the past represented people involved in high-profile court cases, including O.J. Simpson, Amanda Knox and Jodi Arias.


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