Zimmerman Verdict Proves Power of Books

Now the verdict for the Zimmerman trial is in, an interesting development has occured in publishing.

Monday brought an announcement that one of the jurors had signed with literary agent Sharlene Martin to write a book about her experience on the jury. But by early Tuesday, the juror dropped her plans. While sequestered, the juror had not realized “the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every aspect of this case.”

“The potential book was always intended to be a respectful observation of the trial from my and my husband’s perspectives solely and it was to be an observation that our ‘system’ of justice can get so complicated that it creates a conflict with our ‘spirit’ of justice,” she said in the statement.

Now she realizes that the book could potentially cause more harm. Books have long been known for their ability to heal…not just the author but readers. They also have the ability to inflame. Her decision to step back has proven yet again that the power of books to move us deeply is as potent as ever.


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