Experts: Prosecutors Failed To Humanize Trayvon

Source: Yamiche Alcindor / USA Today

SANFORD, Fla. — A televised interview of Juror B-37 reveals her ease in relating to George Zimmerman and state prosecutors’ failure to humanize Trayvon Martin, some legal experts said.

The juror told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Zimmerman was “a man whose heart was in the right place,” but he went too far and did not use good judgment. She also said she thought Trayvon threw the first punch and attacked Zimmerman — and that Zimmerman had the right to shoot the teen. The juror’s statements illustrate her empathy for Zimmerman and her emotional and demographic disconnect with Trayvon, the experts said.

“She (Juror B-37) was more empathic to the living than the dead,” said Susan Constantine, a jury consultant and body language expert who attended Zimmerman’s trial regularly. “The state really needed to work with her. I would have done almost a memorial about Trayvon Martin. I would have shown these are the things he’s not going to be able to do: He’ll never have a family or he’ll never see his graduation.”

A jury of six women found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter last week. The women’s identities have not been released and Circuit Judge Debra Nelson plans to hold a hearing on when and if their names will become public.

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