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Here’s The Story Of The Twitter Hero Who Single-Handedly Killed Zimmerman Juror B37′s Book Deal

Posted by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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Here’s The Story Of The Twitter Hero Who Single-Handedly Killed Zimmerman Juror B37′s Book Deal via

A lot has been made about the controversial Zimmerman Trial Juror B37. First she appeared on Anderson Cooper and made comments expressing sympathy and support for Zimmerman. But she really sparked an outrage 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…

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Then she spread the publisher’s information across Twitter so people could call and email, telling them to stop the book deal from coming to fruition…

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She quickly whipped up a Change.org petition calling for literary agent Sharlene Martin to drop Juror B37. Within minutes, the petition had more than a thousand supporters. Martin eventually caved andreleased this statement:

“After 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.”

Naturally, 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.”

Thus 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.

If 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.

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Seasidegirl
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 8:57 AM
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So now another juror will probably jump at the chance. I wouldn't mind a book, but I would prefer that the proceeds from the book sales go to charity-- or at least most of them.

So sick of everyone profiting off of others' tragedy.

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM
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Twitter hero? Sounds more like a twitter bigot.
tooptimistic
by Kelly on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM
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Was there an actual book deal?  Has a publisher or someone involved say it was true?

LaughCryLive
by Silver Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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LOL 

She should have waited a year or so to announce that.  I mean look at OJ, he waited years before he wrote a book on how he killed his wife.

TCgirlatheart
by TC on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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I have a hard time believing that any publishing company would quash a book deal because of controversy.  Controversy would boost sales.  

Don't get me wrong, I find it pretty disgusting that one of the jurors would already have a book deal.  I just don't see a deal being canceled because of controversy.  

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Musiqmaker
by New Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM

yes the literary agent, Sharlene Martin, rescinded the deal and released an official statement after which the juror said she "decided not to write the book"

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katy_kay08
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM
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Interesting statement from the juror.  It sounds like she went into the trial with the plan to profit off her judgement.  

katy_kay08
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM

it recently happened to Paula Deen.  

Quoting TCgirlatheart:

I have a hard time believing that any publishing company would quash a book deal because of controversy.  Controversy would boost sales.  

Don't get me wrong, I find it pretty disgusting that one of the jurors would already have a book deal.  I just don't see a deal being canceled because of controversy.  


cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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Quoting Seasidegirl:

So now another juror will probably jump at the chance. I wouldn't mind a book, but I would prefer that the proceeds from the book sales go to charity-- or at least most of them.

So sick of everyone profiting off of others' tragedy.

This. 

I think it should have been required of jury members not to seek out media interviews or any financial gain from serving on the jury at the time they were selected. 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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Agreed. She's not denying it, she's defending her right to have done it in advance. That makes it all the more sickening. 

Quoting katy_kay08:

Interesting statement from the juror.  It sounds like she went into the trial with the plan to profit off her judgement.  


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