If anyone didn't think this Zimmerman trial was enough of a tragedy already, it's not getting any better as the first of these jurors speaks out: Juror B37 Says She'd Be Fine With Zimmerman in Her Neighborhood Watch:
Juror B37 — the one who hates the media, called Trayvon "a boy of color", and already has a high-powered literary agent — just sat down with Anderson Cooper to answer questions about the trial. It's... well, what you would expect.
She says some pretty upsetting stuff, much of it about Rachel Jeantel not being a credible witness, and referring to Trayvon and Rachel as "these people" and "their way of life". Uh, did you mean teenagers? Say what you mean, woman.
She also says things like "George said" and "George believed" and "George's rendition..." — which is interesting, considering he never testified. Further insight into the prosecution's effort — which is looking weaker and weaker the more we learn.
"I think he just didn't know when to stop. He was frustrated and things just got out of hand," she says of Zimmerman. I'm no legal eagle, but isn't that manslaughter? And perhaps the most telling of all is when she says she'd be comfortable with Zimmerman on her neighborhood watch...now. She followed that up with an "um, well, if he didn't go too far," to which Anderson Cooper asked, "Too far?" and she responded, "Well, I think he's learned his lesson."
Yeah, he's learned alright. Learned he can get away with shooting an unarmed teenager and be made a hero in the media by the right. I think we're going to be hearing more about this woman in the days to come given she was looking to get herself a book deal.
After listening to this entire interview, I won't be surprised if we find out she's the one person who got the other jurors to change their initial assessments about whether Zimmerman was guilty or not. The first question I had after hearing about some of her conflict of interests and watching this interview is, why in the hell was she allowed on the jury in the first place?
Transcript via CNN below the fold.
COOPER: The prosecution tried to paint George Zimmerman as a wannabe cop, overeager. Did you buy that?
JUROR: I think he's overeager to help people. Like the lady who got broken in and robbed, while her baby and her were upstairs, he came over and he offered her a lock for her backsliding glass door. He offered her his phone number, his wife's phone number. He told her that she could come over if she felt stressed or she needed anybody, come over to their house, sit down, have dinner. Not anybody -- I mean, you have to have a heart to do that and care and help people.
COOPER: So you didn't find it creepy that -- you didn't find it a negative? You didn't buy the prosecution when they kind of said he was a wannabe cop?
JUROR: No, I didn't at all.
COOPER: Is George Zimmerman somebody you would like to have on a neighborhood watch in your community?
JUROR: If he didn't go too far. I mean, you can always go too far. He just didn't stop at the limitations that he should have stopped at.
COOPER: So is that a yes or -- if he didn't go too far. Is he somebody prone, you think, to going too far? Is he somebody you would feel comfortable --
JUROR: I think he was frustrated. I think he was frustrated with the whole situation in the neighborhood, with the break-ins and the robberies. And they actually arrested somebody not that long ago. I -- I mean, I would feel comfortable having George, but I think he's learned a good lesson.
COOPER: So you would feel comfortable having him now, because you think he's learned a lesson from all of this?
JUROR: Exactly. I think he just didn't know when to stop. He was frustrated, and things just got out of hand.
COOPER: People have now remarked subsequently that he gets his gun back. And there are some people that said that the idea that he gets -- is -- can have a gun, worries them. Does that worry you?
JUROR: It doesn't worry me. I think he would be more responsible than anybody else on this planet right now.