Juror B-27 (And Jay Z) Say George Zimmerman Acquittal Was "Wrong"
The sole minority juror on George Zimmerman's trial (B-29, or just "Maddy") has jumped into the raging debate surrounding Zimmerman's acquittal. "George Zimmerman got away with murder," the ex-juror said Thursday.
Known only as "Maddy," the juror told ABC that she followed the letter of the law, and that there simply wasn't enough evidence to prove that Zimmerman intended to murder Trayvon Martin — an assumption that is necessary for a "guilty" verdict for second-degree murder. "For myself?" she said. "He's guilty."
"It's hard for me to sleep, it's hard for me to eat," she continued, and started to cry. "Because I feel I was forcefully included in Trayvon Martin's death. And as I carry him on my back, I'm hurting as much Trayvon's Martin's mother because there's no way that any mother should feel that pain." Mandy is mother to eight kids.
"I stand by the decision because of the law," she said. "By my heart, he would have been guilty."
Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, responded emotively to Maddy's interview. "It is devastating for my family to hear the comments from juror B-29. Comments which we already knew in our hearts to be true," she said. "That George Zimmerman literally got away with murder."
Meanwhile, Jay Z has joined a host of celebrities to voice his disappointment with the verdict. He, too, said he "couldn't sleep" over it. "We all know it was wrong. It was wrong," he insisted. He and wife Beyoncé have been seen at rallies protesting the verdict.
"This guy's not a professional," he said of Zimmerman. "First of all, you're not a professional to profile someone. A professional law enforcement officer is taught not to profile. This guy's a novice. This guy's a fucking mall cop."
According to an ABC/Washington Post poll conducted last week — both Mandy and Jay-Z, whose ethnicities are Puerto Rican and African-American respectively, are more likely to disapprove of the acquittal. The study found that more than half of American's white population — 51 percent — approve of the "not guilty" verdict handed down to Zimmerman two weeks ago, but most minority respondents vehemently and "strongly" disapprove.