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Did George Zimmerman juror B37 break the rules of sequestration during deliberations?

Juror B-37 dismal interview with Anderson Cooper

Juror B-37 dismal interview with Anderson Cooper

Did George Zimmerman juror B37 break the rules of sequestration during deliberations?

By Yvette Carnell

      After George Zimmerman juror B-37′s dismal interview with Anderson Cooper, where she said Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place” when he tracked and k!lled Trayvon Martin, she dropped her plans to write a book.

Here’s part of the statement released by  juror B-37 via her publishing company:

“I realize it was necessary for out jury to be sequestered in order to protest our verdict form 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 trail from me 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.

     My and my husband?  That’s a curious line considering that juror B-37 wasn’t suppose to discuss the case with others.

How can the juror’s husband’s vantage point even come into play given that, according to the sequestration rules, B-37 hadn’t spoken to her husband about the facts of the trial until after the trial was over.  Considering that news of the book deal was released on Monday, are we supposing that B-37 is basing her book on conversations she had with her husband on Sunday, considering that the verdict was not reached until late Saturday night?

Here is how sequestration usually works, according to the Associated Press:

Court officials are keeping mum about the details of the jury sequestration, which begins this week. But if past cases are any example, the Zimmerman jurors won’t be able to tweet of blog. They’ll read only newspapers that have been censored of anything dealing with the case. They will do almost everything together as a group. In their hotel rooms, TV news channels will  be inaccessible and landline telephones likely will be removed. Deputies will keep the jurors’ cellphones and give them back once a day so they can call loved ones and friends.

Are the cell phone calls monitored to ensure that jurors weren’t being influenced? How long are the calls? 10 minutes? 30 minutes? an hour?

It makes little sense that juror B-37 would write a book about the trial with a husband whom she’s only had one day to review the facts of the trial with. And even if juror B-37 didn’t violate sequestration rules, it seems that the thoughts and views of her husband were ever-present with her in the jury box. I’m not sure if she decided the case, or if the jury was effectively comprised of five women and one man.

 

 

 

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