In a disturbing interview on AC360, during which Zimmerman juror B37 referred to killer George Zimmerman, 29, as â€śGeorge,â€ť admitted to writing a book with her lawyer husband â€” a deal that has disappeared due to the social activism of Twitter user @MoreandAgain â€” and basically said that she believed â€śGeorgeâ€™sâ€ť version of events.
Though 4 other Zimmerman jurors issued a statement distanced themselves from the insensitive and problematic statements made during the interview, Floridaâ€™s WFTV has discovered that jurors spent hours of alone time with family that could have impacted the verdict.
Channel 9â€˛s Kathi Belich confirmed the jurors were left unsupervised with guests at times, which WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said is more than enough time for a member to have said something that could have influenced a juror and possibly impacted the verdict.
The Seminole County Sheriffâ€™s Office said Judge Debra Nelson allowed jurors generally no more than two hours of alone time with visitors once a week.
Nelson didnâ€™t decide until three days into the trial to sequester the jury after potential jurors voiced concerns about their privacy and safety.
Channel 9 obtained the agreement the judge had all of the jurorsâ€™ visitors sign in which they agreed â€śthe case or anything even remotely related to the case must not be talked about.â€ť
Sheaffer said allowing sequestered jurors to have unsupervised visits invites criticism and questions over the integrity of the verdict.
â€śIt only takes two seconds for an inappropriate comment to be made to a juror by a family member inadvertently or otherwise to possibly affect the verdict, how they look at the case,â€ť Sheaffer said.
Read more about how juror B37 sneaked unto the jury â€” and if it will have any affect on the verdict â€”here.\