With the help of social media and over a thousand other passionate Americans, one Twitter user was able to convince publisher Sharlene Martin to rescind a book offer she made to Juror B37 on George Zimmer’s trial.
Juror B37 has chosen to continue to keep her identity concealed, even as she appear on “Anderson Copper 360” to tell Cooper her experience on the jury.
Her endevours to “tell a respectful observation of the trial from [her and her husband’s] perspectives solely ”were thwarted once a woman with the Twitter handle @MoreAndAgain found out about her book deal with nonfiction publisher Sharlene Martin. Martin’s agency, Martin Literary Management, has a history of publishing New York Times best sellers such as The Goldman family’s book on OJ Simpson’s alleged murder of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer, and Raffaele Sollecito’s book, Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox.
@MoreAndAgain was tireless in her pursuit to stop what she believed was an injustice to profit off of the death of Trayvon Martin. She created an online petition which gained momentum on twitter and tweeted contact information from her account to get people to call, tweet, email, the publisher to drop the book deal. “This is only the beginning. I, personally, won’t ease up until you are no longer the literary agent for B37. @sharlenemartin,” tweeted @MoreAndAgain.
Only a couple of hours later, Martin tweeted, “After Careful consideration of the book project with Zimmerman #JurorB37, I have decided to rescind my offer of representation.”
The publisher then released a follow-up statement from Juror B37 herself.
“ I realize that it was necessary for our jury to be sequestrated in order to protest our verdict from unfair outside influence, but that isolation shielded me from the depth of pain that exist among the general public over every aspect of this case,” she said. “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.”