The Zimmerman trial’s lone minority juror, known publicly only as Maddy, gave an interview to ABC News. ABC continues to insist on calling Zimmerman a “white Hispanic” but has yet to call Barack Obama a “white black.” What’s the standard on mixed race designations? I’m asking for a friend, and also for myself, since I’m half of a racially mixed marriage.
At any rate, Maddy says this:
“George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with,” Maddy said. “[But] the law couldn’t prove it.
And also this:
When the jury of six women—five of them mothers—began deliberations, Maddy said she favored convicting Zimmerman of second degree murder, which could have put him in prison for the rest of his life. The jury was also allowed to consider manslaughter, a lesser charge.
“I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end,” she said.
And also this:
Zimmerman concedes he shot and killed Martin in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, but maintains he fired in self-defense.
“That’s where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it,” Maddy said. “But as the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty.”
When asked by Roberts whether the case should have gone to trial, Maddy said, “I don’t think so.”
“I felt like this was a publicity stunt. This whole court service thing to me was publicity,” she said.
“Publicity stunt”? For whom, Barack Obama and Al Sharpton? Angela Corey? That’s just a weird thing to say.
All in all, Maddy would have allowed her confusion regarding the gradations between murder and justifiable killing to send a man to prison for the rest of his life, even though the trial itself should never have happened.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really glad she wasn’t the dominant personality in that jury.