George Zimmerman: Juror B37

Already with the book?

We mentioned earlier today that one of the jurors on the Zimmerman jury has already signed on with a literary agent to sell her book about being a juror on the trial – in other words less than 36 hours after the end of case. (Presumably – hopefully – she wasn’t in contact with the agent prior to the verdict.) But that turnaround leaves little question that she was planning on writing a book at least during the time she was deliberating.

Of course it gets better…

Juror B37 hates the media and thinks all reporting is biased. She doesn’t listen to the radio or read the Internet but rather gets all her news from the Today show. She also repeatedly referred to the riots that broke out in Sanford after Martin was killed. Of course, there were no riots after Martin was killed.

In other words, juror B37 is not only ignorant but militantly ignorant…

From my limited experience with trials, juror B37 seems about par for the course. 1  Without personally denigrating any one individual it behooves us to remember the average IQ in this country is 100, which is plenty smart enough to duck jury duty. That pretty much leaves you with bored housewives, shut-ins, the aged and those for whom $35 a day (plus meals!) is a windfall.

To be frank? I certainly wouldn’t want them as my judges, much less would voluntarily buy a book “written” by one of them. What – I need to read a couple hundred pages of how emotionally excruciating it was to only be able to weigh the actual facts of the case rather than what everyone knew to be true? Quelle horreur!

Perhaps juror B37 took that into account (after all hasn’t that trope –beleaguered citizen juror attempting against all odds to do what’s right — long since jumped the sharknado?) since she has changed her mind:

“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,” juror B37 said in a written statement, as quoted by Reuters.

“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 statement continued.

Huh: “…the best direction for me to go is away from writing any sort of book…”

Close, B37. The best direction is for you to go away.

Period.

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  1. Perhaps a little more calculating than most – it seems obvious she had to be thinking about writing a book of her “experiences” fairly early on.

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The human brain is a physical mechanism for storing, retrieving, and re-storing again, each special-case experience. The experience is often a packaged concept…

Mind is the weightless and uniquely human faculty that surveys the ever larger inventory of special-case experiences stored in the brain bank and, seeking to identify their intercomplementary significance, from time to time discovers one of the rare scientifically generalizable principles running consistently through all the relevant experience set. The thoughts that discover these principles are weightless and tentative and may also be eternal. … It seems also to follow that the more experiences we have, the more chances there are that the mind may discover, on the one hand, additional generalized principles or, on the other hand, exceptions that disqualify one or another of the already catalogued principles that, having heretofore held ‘true’ without contradiction for a long time, had been tentatively conceded to be demonstrating eternal persistence of behavior. Mind’s relentless reviewing of the comprehensive brain bank’s storage of all our special-case experiences tends both to progressive enlargement and definitive refinement of the catalogue of generalized principles that interaccommodatively govern all transactions of Universe.

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I am in i

Physical reality is a disaster. It’s way too complicated, and nothing is at all what it appears to be. Objects expand and contract with temperature, atoms fly on and off. In particular, nothing can truly be measured. A blade of grass has no actual length. Any measurement made in the universe is necessarily a rough approximation. It’s not bad; it’s just the nature of the place. The smallest speck is not a point, and the thinnest wire is not a line.

Mathematical reality, on the other hand, is imaginary. It can be as simple and pretty as I want it to be. I get to have all those perfect things I can’t have in real life. I can never hold a circle in my hand, but I can hold one in my mind.

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The point is I get to have them both — physical reality and mathematical reality. Both are beautiful and interesting… The former is important to me because I am in i, the latter because it is in me.

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