Less than 48 hours after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of all charges stemming from the death of Trayvon Martin, it was announced that one of the six jurors who voted to acquit had signed an agreement with a literary agent in hopes of writing a book about the trial.
That literary agent is Sharlene Martin, the "Jerry Maguire of literary agents" according to one testimonial on her website. You might recognize her as the agent who represented authors of books related to the OJ Simpson murder trial, the Amanda Knox fiasco, the whole Buttafuocco mess, the kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan, and other such incidents.
ABC News has Martin's details of the prospective Juror B37 deal.
"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," Sharlene Martin wrote.
"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 statement read. [ABC News]
But, thanks to Cocky McSwagsalot on Twitter (@MoreAndAgain), it appears that the Juror B37 book isn't going to happen. Cocky McSwagsalot was less than thrilled to hear about the deal and decided that something had to be done.
She reached out to Sharlene Martin and eventually shared Martin's phone number, email address, and mailing location in an attempt to flood her with complaints. She threw together a Change.org petition, which rapidly garnered more than 1,000 signatures.
Soon thereafter, both Martin and Juror B37 issued separate statements announcing that the book deal wouldn't come to fruition.
“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,” Martin said in an email at the time. [BuzzFeed]
“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.” [Uproxx]
After the announcement that the deal had been nixed, the Internet took to congratulating/thanking Ms. McSwagsalot. Questlove even took the time to thank her for her handywork.