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  • (USA TODAY) -- A juror in the George Zimmerman trial said Tuesday she is dropping plans to write about her account of the controversial case.

    The juror, still known only by her court designation as juror B-37, issued the statement less than 24 hours after her new literary agent, Sharlene Martin, had announced plans for a book co-authored by the juror's husband, who is an attorney.

    Martin tweeted the juror's change of plans Tuesday and also announced that she had decided to rescind her offer of representation.

    The juror said in her statement that the isolation of being sequestered "shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every aspect of this case."

    WATCH: Juror B-37 goes public on the Zimmerman verdict

    "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 that I am returned to my family and to society in general, I have realized that the best direction for me to go is away from writing any sort of book and return instead to my life as it was before I was called to sit on this jury."

    Martin, in announcing initially on Monday that she had signed the juror, said the book would deal with serving on a sequestered jury in a highly publicized murder trial and the importance of following the letter of the law.

    "The reader will also learn why the jurors had no option but to find Zimmerman Not Guilty due to the manner in which he was charged and the content of the jury instructions," Martin had said on Monday.

    Martin also said at the time that the juror had approached her within 24 hours of the verdict and had been referred by a "high-ranking producer from one of the morning shows."

    Juror B-37 had quickly staked out a high-profile in the case after the verdict, appearing on Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday night.

    She told the CNN anchor that Zimmerman was "a man whose heart was in the right place," but he went too far and did not use good judgment.

    According to notes from the jury selection process, juror B-37 is a white, middle-aged woman from Seminole County who works as a chiropractor. She is the daughter of an Air Force captain, has two adult children and and has been married to a space attorney for 20 years.

    Under pre-trial questioning, she described the protests that took place in Sanford, Florida, after she shooting as "rioting."

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