The Casey Anthony Verdict.

Justice is blind... isn't it?

The other day I decided that Casey Anthony deserved the death penalty. Today, I was shocked she was acquitted.

I saw exactly ZERO minutes of her trial. I had fewer than four, brief conversations about the case. Yet somehow I believed she was guilty. This should concern all of us.

Regardless of Anthony’s guilt or innocence, the “Court of Public Opinion” ruled her guilty weeks ago. She may not fry, but her life as she knew it still ended with this trial. And I think that’s wrong.

Listen, I’ve written in this blog before how I have little patience for people hurting children. But, this particular post has nothing to do with the facts of this case; like I already mentioned, I don’t know any.

This post is about the federal government, state government, or whoever makes these decisions, getting the cameras out of the courtrooms. It’s one thing to record cases and maintain records, etc. It’s a whole different solar system to broadcast the case to all of us in the kangaroo court. The media needs to check their motives on this issue.

The whole world thinks O.J., M.J., and C.A. have redder hands than the Kool Aid man, but the law says we are “innocent until proven guilty.” Allowing the media unfettered access to a hearing denies all parties that right. Justice is supposed to be blind. When we receive the case, supplemented by our preferred news source, we are receiving a biased opinion. It’s then that justice loses its proverbial blindness and I can condemn someone to death, even though I’m absolutely ignorant.

No doubt, emotions are high right now. And this simply offers the harmony to my initial point. I don’t have the right to be angry.

  • If Casey Anthony applied for a job at your business tomorrow; would you hire her?
  • If she showed up as your son’s or friend’s girlfriend; would you approve?
  • If you met her at the tattoo parlor; would you be her friend?

I wouldn’t. I doubt you would either. Yet I wonder if either of us are truly qualified to make that judgement. This case should have involved the prosecution, the defense, the judicial branch, the jurors, and the families involved. I guess I don’t even mind the court, as a public building, being open to the, on location, witnesses. But, I shouldn’t have had the same access.

The prosecution rests.

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7 comments

    1. I totally understand your passion. But, we don’t bring justice to Caylee by performing an injustice on Casey. I don’t even like to write what I just wrote, because just like you, I think her mom was guilty. My question transcends this case. I’m simply raising the question of the media’s access to the courtroom.

  1. In Canada, I believe, all aspects a trial are closed except for those directly involved. No cameras, no press. I don’t know if any part, except for the verdict, is ever released for public consumption. I’d have to look that up that part to make certain. In France, it’s illegal to publish photos of suspects in handcuffs-maybe even to name them publically. The French are beside themselves for what America has done to Strauss-Khan. Back to CA…had she not mislead police, for which she was found guilty, her child’s body may have been recovered sooner than it was, possibly leaving behind enough evidence to convict someone. I’m quite sure the judge will be very aware of that in his sentence.

    1. Your point about tracking down the killer is a great one. Thanks for the info from our French speaking friends. America certainly has a different policy on such matters.

  2. Personal feelings aside, she has been found innocent, and that’s that. If she in truth did it, may she rot in a place we’ve all been made privy to.

    She had a good, very eqloquent attorney and they found the holes in the defense’s case. I also think that cantankerous pit bull Nancy Grace just bit off her own tongue — the media has too much access and influence. It is 100% biased… the Nancy Graces of the world should be muzzled.

    There is a line that should not be crossed, but society seems to thrive on the drama and misery of others. Sadly, Caylee was forgotten in the rush to judgment.

    1. Thanks for contributing. Again, I didn’t see it, but I’ve heard from many people that her attorney was highly competent. I didn’t see what Nancy G. said, but that speaks to my point exactly. We do love the drama, and it’s scary to think that many people equate this trial to watching Survivor or The Amazing Race.

  3. Ryan, like you, I think she killed her child. What is interesting to me is the outrage from so many about the verdict. Under our judicial system, she was given a fair trial by a jury of her peers. They acted under both Article 3 and the 6th Amendment to the Constitution. I am not a fan of those that are now berating and belittling the jury for their verdict. I guess maybe I am in the minority in that opinion; if anyone is to be “blamed” for the verdict, it should be the prosecution for allowing there to be the seed of reasonable doubt to be planted in the minds of the jury.

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