July 17th, 2013
12:25 AM ET

Juror B37: Zimmerman didn't do anything unlawful

In an exclusive interview on AC360, Zimmerman trial Juror B37 told Anderson Cooper how the jurors finally voted on a not guilty verdict.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Keane

    What OJ Simpson and George Zimmerman have in common (besides acquittals): Both men repeatedly were accused of violence against women well before their murder trials began. Violence against girls and women is often an overlooked and unchecked indicator of future violence.

    July 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  2. Brand Thomas

    For those of you who are not aware, the Stand Your Ground law gives you the right to defend yourself without having to attempt to flee. That being said, the facts seem to indicate that Martin was the first to do harm in this case. Though Zimmerman could have avoided the situation, there was no evidence to show he initiated the act of harming Martin.

    July 18, 2013 at 6:29 am |
  3. Cliff Williams

    I heard nothing about the forensic evidence related to the clothing both GZ and TM were wearing that rainy night...was both parties knees on their pants wet and grassy and the back of either of their jackets or shirts stained with grass...this could have indicated who was on top...did the police collect their clothing to be analyzed???? Just a thought.

    July 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Shelly Schwartlander

    #ac360 is running #JurorB37 on an endless loop I guess until he/CNN gets the next juror's excuses and her wish to say she's sorry too but . . . . This is not informative enough to be worth the hurt, anger, disgust it causes to those of us who feel GZ is guilty, not innocent in any way. Those who believed otherwise can be satisfied with verdict. The "unburdening" and excuses, etc. #ac360 plays this over and over as sensational to create news rather than report news thoughtfully and carefully AGAIN as usual just as they did when Boston bombing occurred and as they are known to do, drama before anything. It also gives this first juror a stage to excuse herself, by attempting again to say she believes TM is guilt and GZ is innocent. She and the other juror's reasons aren't news anymore. Verdict given, that was their job. Quit putting them on. Let them write their book instead of using us to ease their conscious and to get our input BEFORE they write their books.

    July 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Robert Beltran MD

    Listening to this woman's testimony was astonishing, unbelievable and a very scary exposé into the mind of a Southern, " Holier than Thou" , "I am better than you" mindset! She embraced Zimmerman ( or "George" as she referred to him) and held as truth everything Zimmerman had to say about the encounter. Her distinction between the two individuals was nauseating and concerning . I see myself as a man of honor and common sense, whose has tremendous respect for the philosophy of not judging a"book by its cover". I am also coming to the realization that there is a large segment of the American populace who will never be able to understand or empathize with what it is like to be a black or brown person, born into poverty and under or uneducated, and the struggles and obstacles that are inherent to that situation!

    July 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
  6. Lessie Branch

    According to Juror B37, Zimmerman did not do anything unlawful. That should be frightening. The US is a nation of laws but sadly, with each iteration of those laws, blacks have fewer and fewer protections under the law.

    July 17, 2013 at 7:47 am |
    • Brand Thomas

      Lessie – please tell me what GZ did that was unlawful in your eyes.

      July 18, 2013 at 6:31 am |
  7. Ms.E

    This juror shold have just went home after court and just relaxed and spent time with her family. She said from the start she was going to say not guilty and she did so. The way she speaks of "George" sounds like she related to him.
    or has feelings for him. From the start this case is one sided. And if this juror thinks this case was not about race then she needs to get out of the suburbs shes either naive or stupid.

    July 17, 2013 at 2:48 am |
  8. Meredith Moon

    I can't help but ask but why hasn't anyone asked about the Stand your ground law for Trayvon Martin? Didn't Trayvon Martin have a right to protect himself from Zimmerman stalking him? Who is this law actually supporting? Zimmerman following the law? Or Martin following the stand your ground law???

    July 17, 2013 at 12:58 am |
    • Ernest Harper

      Trayvon Martin did have a right to defend himself. Whenever there is mutual combat both parties may fear for their life but may also stand their ground and use deadly force to do so. Apparently dueling is legal in Florida. Whoever walks away from the fight wins. I'm glad I live in a state that values human life and has passed laws against this type of behavior. Eventually there are bound to be bystander deaths (not just the deaths of people that bring fists to a gunfight) where this type of behavior is legal.

      July 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm |

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