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.