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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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July 18th, 2013
05:57 AM ET

Fallout Over Zimmerman Verdict Continues

It’s been four days since a jury declared George Zimmerman a free man, but the calls to action continue.

The fallout is widespread with rallies and protests across major U.S. cities demanding a change after a jury acquitted the former neighborhood watch volunteer in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

“'Justice for Trayvon rallies'” are scheduled in 100 cities Saturday, to urge civil rights charges against George Zimmerman,” reports CNN’s Victor Blackwell.

And just days after Anderson Cooper’s exclusive interview with one of the jurors in the Zimmerman trial first aired, we're learning more about how the Zimmerman jury spent their 22 days sequestered when they weren’t in court.

“The six female jurors occasionally left the hotel – with court approval – going bowling, shopping, and to the movies," Blackwell says. "Seminole County officials estimate sequestration cost the county $33 thousand, all to isolate them from the controversy surrounding the trial.”

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July 17th, 2013
06:38 AM ET

More from Anderson Cooper's exclusive interview with Juror B37

We have more this morning from Anderson Cooper's exclusive interview with Juror B37 on AC360.

The interview is proving controversial as four other jurors have now issued a statement, saying, "The opinions of Juror B37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own,” and not in any way representative of their views.

They add that serving on the jury was a draining experience, saying, “The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do."

Juror B37 tells Anderson Cooper emotions were high in the jury room as the six women deliberated.

Visit CNN.com for details from the interview.

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