George Zimmerman smiling after hearing a not-guilty verdict
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If Anderson Cooper, at the conclusion of his excellent interview on CNN with “Juror B37,” had asked, “Was justice served?” and the juror had been honest with herself, I think her answer would have had to be no. But it’s an unfair question. It’s hard enough just to serve the law.

Juror B37 had voted to acquit George Zimmerman of any crime in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Yet she told Cooper, “It’s a tragedy this happened, but it happened. And I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into. I think both of them could have walked away. It just didn’t happen.”

When the jury first began to deliberate, she told Cooper, three of the six jurors believed Zimmerman was guilty of either second-degree murder or manslaughter. At another point she said that “there was a couple of them in there that wanted to find him guilty of something.” She was not one of them: she maintained all along what all six jurors accepted at the end—that when Zimmerman felt threatened by Martin he had a legal right to pull and use his gun.