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July 19th, 2013
05:57 AM ET

A Tale of Two Jurors in Zimmerman Trial

Nearly a week after George Zimmerman was declared a free man, he is still not getting his gun back.

While Zimmerman was acquitted in the death on unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, the case isn’t over for him yet. The Justice Department is requesting a hold on evidence from his murder trial while it continues to investigate the case.

Meanwhile, two jurors from the trial are now speaking out. Juror B37 spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, and Alternate Juror E54 spoke to TV station WOFL in Orlando, also requesting anonymity.

While they both arrived at the same verdict, their interviews reveal they have very different views of the defendant and what he did on that February night.

“Both think it was George Zimmerman's voice calling for help in that crucial 911 call, and they both believe Zimmerman didn't racially-profile Trayvon Martin,” CNN’s Brian Todd reports.

“But the two jurors have polar-opposite views on whether Zimmerman should've gotten out of his car and followed Martin that night.”

Jury expert and law professor Andrew Ferguson compares the two jurors through their interviews.

"That pressure of deciding and judging another human being is incredible, and here you have ordinary citizens wrestling with it,” Ferguson says. “They're wrestling with it at that moment about how we could do it, how do we process it, and did we do a good job?"

Ferguson explains that the fact that jurors are not trained for this task and given very little preparation for it, then told to make a decision, adds to that pressure. “And for many of them, they're given more power than they ever had,” Todd reports. “It adds up to enormous stress, he says, and that certainly played out in the Zimmerman trial.”

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  1. KDianne Stephens

    Juror B37 report NO OPTION – what about Jury Nulification?

    July 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Reply

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