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Social media is a powerful way of making our voices heard. Some feel that it was instrumental in getting charges brought against George Zimmerman in the first place. Now, Sharlene Martin, the literary agent working with Juror B37 on a book about the Trayvon Martin trial, dropped the deal due to social media.

Less than 48 hours after the not guilty verdict was read in George Zimmerman’s trial, Juror B37 announced she signed a book deal. Appearing on Anderson Cooper, she expressed her sympathy for George Zimmerman while admitting in so many words that he’s guilty of manslaughter, said she’d want him in her neighborhood watch group and referred to Trayvon Martin as “that boy” and one of “those people.”

A determined Twitter user, @MoreandMoreAgain, found the publishing company that signed Juror B37, tweeted the literary agent’s information including her name (Sharlene Martin), email and Twitter handle and created a petition urging Sharlene to drop the book deal. The petition garnered thousands of signatures within an hour.

Sharlene then dropped the book deal, stating:

“After careful consideration regarding the proposed book project with Zimmerman Juror B37, I have decided to rescind my offer of representation in the exploration of a book based upon this case.”

After her book deal was dropped, Juror B37 suddenly came to her senses, releasing her own statement that she’s no longer writing a book about the trial and exploiting the killing of an unarmed teenage boy:

“I realize it was necessary for our jury to be sequestered in order to protest our verdict from unfair outside influence, but that isolation shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every aspect of this case. The potential book was always intended to be a respectful observation of the trial from my and my husband’s perspectives solely and it was to be an observation that our ‘system’ of justice can get so complicated that it creates a conflict with our ‘spirit’ of justice.

Now that I am returned to my family and to society in general, I have realized that the best direction for me to go is away from writing any sort of book and return instead to my life as it was before I was called to sit on this jury.”

The fact that she ever considered publishing a book in the first place is truly sickening and maddening.

Thanks to reader Elle @ For Her By Her for the tip!

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  • Thiis juror is nothing but a monster and a supporter of a child killer.it is not surprising that she wants to financially benefit from the death of this young man with a book deal.
    My question for her would be.if it was your child?.

  • This juror is nothing but a monster and a supporter of a child killer.it’s not surprising that’s she wants to financially benefit from the death of this young man death with a book deal.my question for her would be.if it was your kid?.

  • noirluv45

    I could be wrong, but somehow, I think the book is going to get written and they are just pacifying us. It might be written under a ghostwriter, but I do not believe everyone just backed away from this deal that easily.

    I could be wrong.

    • Pepper

      noir: These days lots of books are written by a ghostwriter, or at least with a ghostwriters’ help. I actually met a ghostwriter years ago. She was a black female, and shared some of her writings with me

  • MLI

    “…it was to be an observation that our ‘system’ of justice can get so complicated that it creates a conflict with our ‘spirit’ of justice…”

    By “our” system of justice, she meant white people, because the justice system in this country typically only works against black people and not for them.

  • Cali

    I really & truly hope this book deal is DEAD & neva EVAH gets going again. All involved should be ashamed, but you know they’re not!