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The Mind of B37, Guilt and Acquittal

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If Juror B37 reflects the mindset of the jury, those five white and one black women, in their determination to acquit him, made a collective decision to dismiss the actions of George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012.  In that rainy, prematurely dark twilight, Zimmerman stalked Trayvon Martin, a young Black man walking to his father's home during an NBA All-Stars half-time, talking to a friend on his phone, carrying some snacks for the second half of the game. They scuffled, and Zimmerman drew on Martin and killed him.  In acquitting him, the jury decided Trayvon was responsible for his own death.

In the United States, a 21-year-old Black man has a 29% chance of doing prison time, and nearly one in three between the ages of 20 and 29 will be incarcerated (Center for Children's Law and Policy).  The revelations of Juror B37 explain how that happens, and how Trayvon was added to the  list of Black murderers , this time of himself .



In an interview  with Anderson Cooper on CNN,  In an  interview   with Anderson Cooper on CNN, Juror B37 says race wasn't discussed during the deliberations.  Racism as a motivation wasn't worth a thought, although it was a thread throughout the trial.  She patronizingly wrote off the testimony of Rachel Jeantel when the question of race was raised: Juror B37 felt "very sorry" for her.  "I didn't think [Jeantel's testimony] was very credible, but I felt very sorry for her."   At the same time, she admits she didn't understand her "a lot of the time," and it seems that access to court transcripts didn't change that.  It would appear that Juror B27's own racism and arrogance blinded her to considering the state of Zimmerman's mind.

Juror B37 admits that "when [Zimmerman] was in the car, and he had called 911, he shouldn't have gotten out of that car."   She agrees that "George got in a little bit too deep, which he shouldn't have been there."  But none of that mattered when it came to casting her ballot. 

What did matter was what Trayvon was doing. "Anybody would think anybody walking down the road, stopping and turning and looking--if that's exactly what happened--is suspicious." Apparently even if the man looking back was looking at his stalker.  And it mattered to Juror B37 where Zimmerman's heart was. "In the right place," she said.  She speculated about his future and concluded she didn't think Zimmerman would do it again: "He's learned his lesson."  Zimmerman's heart was her criteria for judgment and she's sure he won't do it again, and that's enough.

That's not to say she didn't know what happened. While she sifted out anything that might have incriminated Zimmerman, she still couldn't deny who initiated the evening's events.   She told CNN, "I think the roles changed," admitting that Zimmerman had, for Juror B37, provoked the confrontation. Four other jurors have disavowed her statement, not allowing even that much of the night's events to enter into their deliberations.

Ultimately, what mattered were not the facts, the testimony, the circumstances, the events that led to the confrontation.  Juror B37's interview is awash in hesitations and speculative "I think's."  Her impressionistic painting of that awful night's events, her fantasies of facts not in evidence, her personal determinations of what facts counted, who was good and who was bad, ended in her vote to acquit.  She was looking, consciously or not, for a way to turn "Georgie" loose.  She found it by winnowing out all the circumstances before the first punch, and with no proof decided that Martin hit first.  In an fantastical display of channeling the dead, she declared "Trayvon decided that he wasn't going to let [Zimmerman] scare him and get the one-over, up on him, or something. And I think Trayvon got mad and attacked him."  Not what provoked the punch, not anything Zimmerman did, only what Trayvon did mattered.  To Juror B37's way of thinking, Trayvon Martin should have allowed Zimmerman to stalk him, intimidate him, threaten him.  Apparently the five other jurors agreed with her.  

That's how you get an acquittal and convict the victim, that's how Black men end up in prison, and that's how you avoid justice: ignore the racism, forget the context, dismiss the provocation, compare your assessment of the actors' "natures," and you end up with a shifty, violence-prone young Black man.  Forget who was left holding the gun.  It happens that way a lot.
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Conviction in a criminal case requires reasonable ... by Leslie Radford on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 6:36:48 AM
Could you read and edit you comment.  It is c... by kanawah on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 8:19:35 AM
You're right, missed a "not."  Wrote that on ... by Leslie Radford on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 11:22:33 AM
The one thing that was not mentioned in all the re... by kanawah on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 8:17:32 AM
Your opinion is just plain wrong. George Zimmerman... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 9:17:50 AM
is not a police officer. When you dial 911 you are... by comncents on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 8:32:32 PM
watch their financial status..... there was big mo... by Dennis Kaiser on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 5:45:09 AM
That is the American way.  Given all the cont... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 8:56:16 PM
You wrote: " They scuffled, and Zimmerman drew on ... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 9:12:06 AM
... by comncents on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 10:11:51 PM
The dispatcher tape has Zimmerman saying "sh*t now... by Dennis Kaiser on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 5:55:03 AM
Racism could not be considered in the jury's delib... by Doc McCoy on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 10:19:45 AM
This is about how a juror came to her conclusion, ... by Leslie Radford on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 11:29:49 AM
by prosecution witnesses, one repeating what Marti... by Doc McCoy on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:35:42 PM
This sets an insane precedent. He needed to be con... by Adam Smith on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 10:26:24 AM
There is at least one black woman sitting for 20 y... by Dennis Kaiser on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 5:58:24 AM
of Mr.Z laying a hand on Trayvon? No. Who had the ... by comncents on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 10:32:03 PM
you don't convict someone who has NOT BROKEN THE L... by comncents on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 10:36:37 PM
A lot of this is way off the topic here.  I'l... by Leslie Radford on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 1:17:25 AM
that you are making your statements about the case... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 2:28:00 AM
I write that she deftly avoided the issue of race,... by Leslie Radford on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 3:47:26 AM
You hear all these lies about how George Zimmerman... by Bill Johnson on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 9:00:11 AM
Whether he won or lost that fight, Trayvon w... by Leslie Radford on Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 5:23:18 PM
How many black people are killed each year by whit... by Doc McCoy on Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 7:13:02 PM
I don't see how this question is relevant to my co... by Leslie Radford on Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 8:15:25 PM
According to 2005 FBI statistics, 49% of all murde... by Doc McCoy on Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 1:08:58 AM
i have no idea why you posted these statistics. Wh... by Leslie Radford on Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 4:48:43 AM
written in February, 2009.  That is not the C... by Doc McCoy on Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 5:31:38 AM
I don't care about one racist, more or less.  ... by Leslie Radford on Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 1:30:17 PM
juror B37 says she felt sorry for both of them??? ... by unknown anonymous on Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 6:59:27 PM
What the jury concluded was that Martin was on top... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 12:19:50 AM