Juror B37 in the George Zimmerman trial has signed (along with her attorney husband) with literary agent and Martin Literary Management president Sharlene Martin.Um.
Along with the other jurors, Juror B37 found Zimmerman not guilty in the controversial trial. Literary agent Martin had this statement:
My hope is that people will read Juror B37’s book, written with her attorney husband, and understand the commitment it takes to serve and be sequestered on a jury in a highly publicized murder trial and how important, despite one’s personal viewpoints, it is to follow the letter of the law. It could open a whole new dialogue about laws that may need to be revised and revamped to suit a 21st century way of life. The reader will also learn why the jurors had no option but to find Zimmerman Not Guilty due to the manner in which he was charged and the content of the jury instructions.The juror has chosen to remain anonymous at this point.
On Twitter, Ron Hogan tweets (one; two; three): "The Zimmerman jury turned in a verdict Saturday night. Juror B37 had a literary agent & started pitching the book Monday morning. When a juror shops a book within 48 hours of a verdict, it's legitimate to ask: When EXACTLY did that juror get a literary agent? If Zimmerman had been found guilty, Juror B37's book plans would almost certainly lead his attorneys to ask the verdict be set aside."
Anyone else got a problem with this? I sure as fuck do.
The Son of Sam law prohibits convicted criminals from profiting from their crimes, but it does not prohibit jurors from profiting from sitting on the juries in notable cases. Um. Time to fix that.
[H/T to Jess.]