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July 17, 2013

Zimmerman juror offers sole window into verdict

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Her willingness to speak on national television, even after expressing a stand-offishness before opening arguments, isn't a surprise to Green.

"These jurors have been through a lot, emotionally and physically — long, hard days listening to a lot of evidence — and they haven't been able to talk about it to friends or family or even their fellow jurors," Green says. "At the end of this process, the ability to talk to somebody is therapeutic."

B37 seemed both certain and confused during her CNN interview Monday, at one point saying that the jury "knew exactly what happened," yet adding 30 seconds later that "I don't think anybody knows" what really happened.

Cooper asked her why she was speaking out.

"I want people to know that we put everything into everything to get this verdict," she said, her voice breaking again.

"We thought about it for hours and cried over it afterwards," she continued. "I don't think any of us could ever do anything like that ever again."

On Monday morning, B37 was represented by Seattle-based literary agent Sharlene Martin, who was ready to shop around a book about "the commitment it takes to serve and be sequestered on a jury in a highly publicized murder trial." Mere hours after the interview aired, Martin tweeted that she was rescinding her offer of representation. Martin told the Los Angeles Times that she and B37 agreed to abort the project after the CNN interview but before a Twitter-fueled online petition was activated to squelch the deal.

Being sequestered "shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the general public," Juror B37 said in a statement released through Martin on Twitter around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

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