Juror B37 — who insists that the media is the devil and she hates it sooooo much — made her first televised appearance on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show “Anderson Cooper 360” Monday night, completely going against everything she believes in.
B37 is the first juror from the all-female jury that acquitted George Zimmerman to speak publicly about the case. She made headlines over the weekend after it was announced that she had planned to release a book about the high profile trial. But within 24 hours, the currently unidentified married mother of two had a change of heart and decided against writing the book.
But before that, she — or rather a silhouetted image of herself to conceal her identity — talked to Anderson Cooper about how George Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place,” how she didn’t think race played a role in the situation or the case, and how she wasn’t at all moved by the defense’s star witness Rachel Jeantel’s testimony, among many other things.
“I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods, and wanting to catch these people so badly that he went above and beyond what he really should have done,” she said. “But I think his heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong.”
If anything, Zimmerman was guilty of not using “good judgment,” the juror said. “When he was in the car, and he had called 911, he shouldn’t have gotten out of that car,” she said.
She said that she believes Trayvon Martin threw the first punch in the confrontation that followed, and George Zimmerman “had a right to defend himself” because he felt as though his life was in danger before shooting Martin. She also said that she believes that it was George Zimmerman’s voice, and not Trayvon’s, that was heard screaming for help in the background of the 911 calls.
“I think George got in a little bit too deep, which he shouldn’t have been there. But Trayvon decided that he wasn’t going to let him scare him … and I think Trayvon got mad and attacked him,” she said.
“He had a right to defend himself,” she said. “If he felt threatened that his life was going to be taken away from him, or he was going to have bodily harm, he had a right.”
Juror B37 doesn’t believe that Zimmerman profiled Martin, who was black, but she does, however, believe Zimmerman’s assumption that Martin was “suspicious” because of the way he acted. Figures.
“Anybody would think anybody walking down the road, stopping and turning and looking — if that’s exactly what happened — is suspicious,” she said.
B37 also said that Rachel Jeantel was not a good witness for the prosecution because she had difficulty understanding her lingo.
Juror B37 said Jeantel was not a good witness because the phrases used during her testimony were terms she had never heard before. The juror thought the witness, “felt inadequate toward everyone because of her education and her communication skills. I just felt sadness for her.”
She also briefly talked about how the initial vote between the jurors was divided. Three of them voted guilty while the other voted voted not guilty. B37 says she submitted one of the three guilty votes.
“There was a couple of them in there that wanted to find him guilty of something and after hours and hours and hours of deliberating over the law, and reading it over and over and over again, we decided there’s just no way, other place to go,” she said.
WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE: