Zimmerman Juror Says He “Got Away With Murder”
A second juror from the George Zimmerman trial has stepped forward, the first to show her face. In an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, the woman known as Juror B29, and now “Maddy,” said she felt Zimmerman was guilty, but could not be convicted under Florida law.
The woman gave only her first name. She is known from court information to be a 36-year-old nurse’s assistant and mother who only recently moved to Florida from Chicago. Maddy is Puerto Rican, making her the only racial minority on the jury in this racially-charged case.
“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” said the woman who was identified only as Juror B29 during the trial. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.”
Maddy might have been the first person to note this seeming contradiction, but she was certainly not the last. At The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates summarizes the problem in two conclusions:
The first is that based on the case presented by the state, and based on Florida law, George Zimmerman should not have been convicted of second degree murder or manslaughter. The second is that the killing of Trayvon Martin is a profound injustice.
Coates goes on to thoroughly outline the law and the jury instructions given by the judge, emphasizing that that Zimmerman need only believe he was in danger to use lethal force, and that he had no obligation to retreat.
Maddy’s words contrast starkly with Juror B37, who was the first to anonymously step forward immediately after the trial. The woman said Zimmerman “was justified” in shooting Martin, and had “good in his heart.”
What do you think of Juror B29′s comments?
[via ABC News]