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The System Worked

by D. E. Carson (writer), , July 13, 2011

You may not like it, most people seem not to, but it worked.

It has now been a week since the Casey Anthony murder trial ended and what an ending it was. Since the reading of that verdict, people from all over the country have had one thing on their mind: “avenge Caylee Anthony”. The problem is, there is nothing to avenge. At this point the not guilty verdict is recorded and is now part of history and thanks to our Constitution, it cannot be undone. Arguing over whether the verdict was just or unjust is purely academic and frankly a waste of time.

The problem comes in now that people have made it abundantly clear that they are not happy with the verdict and reports of people plotting to kill Casey Anthony abound. Furthermore, there have been reports that she is considering joining the federal witness protection program to change her identity and protect her from would-be murderers seeking to right a wrong.

But as the old saying goes, two wrongs don’t make a right.

Did Casey Anthony really murder her daughter and then attempt to cover it up? Nancy “Mouth of the South” Grace seemed to think so and she went so far as to serve as judge, jury and executioner in the court of public opinion. It was actually a pleasure to watch her spit and sputter on her show the night of the verdict. It was actually humorous to watch as she ranted and raved about how the jury got it wrong.

The truth is, the jury didn’t get it wrong – the prosecution did.

This writer cannot say for sure if Casey Anthony is guilty because he has not seen the evidence. To be perfectly frank, what evidence was released to the public (a computer search on “chloroform”, so-called expert testimony as to what the actual smell was coming from inside the car and a severely decomposed body among others) is circumstantial at best and to any one with half a brain has to recognize that none of these comprise an air-tight case against Anthony. Had the body been found months sooner, perhaps an autopsy would have found traces of chloroform in the little girl’s body or traces of the duct tape alleged to have been wrapped around her face. Perhaps has this writer had more access to the evidence, then his feelings might be different.

But where does the rest of society get off saying that Casey Anthony was guilty? Was it because all the news outlets cased Casey in the light of uncaring and partying mother? Was it because Casey showed what most consider “unnatural behavior” for a woman whose child is now dead? Was it because she was shown to have lied about the whereabouts of her daughter? Who among you right now can say with absolute 100% certainty what Casey Anthony was thinking? Who among you right now can say that you were exposed to the same testimony as the jury and came to a different conclusion? How many of you were aware that People magazine ran a cover story that actually considered the possibility that Casey Anthony might actually be acquitted in spite of all the efforts of the prosecution? It’s a safe bet that Nancy Grace didn’t consider that possibility. If she did, she certainly didn’t entertain that notion where anyone could hear it.

Even worse now that the trial is over, there is a report out that one of the women who was on the jury, a 60-year-old, has been the target of death threats herself merely for the act of being on that jury and being unable to convict Casey Anthony. The woman, whose name this writer will not divulge out of respect for her privacy, is actually considering relocating to somewhere other than her current home because of the threats against her person.

What has happened to society that death threats are acceptable behavior? If you want to argue that this case is because a two-year-old daughter was murdered by her own mother, then where were the outrage and death threats when Michael Jackson was acquitted of child molestation? Are you saying that a murdered white girl is somehow morally superior to a molested boy of unknown racial origin? Why was Michael Jackson acquitted for his crimes and no one said a word? In both cases a child has been damaged and the person who committed the damage was allowed to walk free – no consequences for actions. The only justice for those who claimed Michael Jackson molested them is that Jackson is now dead. Casey Anthony is still very much alive.

That’s as it should be now. The prosecution had its opportunity to prove that Casey Anthony committed murder. They failed to do that. Hold the prosecutor responsible, but don’t threaten to kill him. Hold him responsible for dereliction of duty. Hold him responsible for prosecutorial misconduct. Hold him responsible for failure to mount an aggressive prosecution that would have put Casey Anthony away for good.

But don’t the jury responsible. They did their job as they were instructed. Anyone who has ever served on a jury knows that they are to consider only the evidence presented in the case and nothing more. In considering the evidence, the jury was unable to conclude that Casey Anthony was guilty.

It is a sad, sick and pathetic day when a murderer walks free. It is even more sad, sick and pathetic when society promotes taking the law into its own hands because it disagrees with a trial verdict and even goes so far as to condone the murder of a member of a jury that did what was right going against what was popular.

Any American who claims to hold the Constitution sacred and condones the murder of Casey Anthony or any member of that jury now that the trial is over should be ashamed of him or herself. They do not hold the Constitution sacred; the spit on it and the graves of the men who drafted it believing that it applies only to them and no one else.

“Equal Justice Under The Law” means that even when a murderer goes free or a jury member votes to acquit in opposition to popular opinion, that person should not have to live in fear for his life because a bunch of vigilantes disagree with the outcome.



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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on July 13, 2011 at 08:55 am

i keep hearin' that this was like an O.J. trial, but i never really followed up on it to make my own opinions...

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By Caballero_69 on July 13, 2011 at 04:24 pm

D. E.,

Highly thoughtful and well reasoned article. I have had several conversations about this verdict. I wrote my last Patriotically Speaking article on the Sixth Amendment provision for a "trial by an impartial jury" to make some of the points you made here.

Casey Anthony is not guilty due to the verdict of a jury of her peers. Lest we forget, the purpose of our legal system in criminal cases is not to convict, but to provide a fair trial. Accuesed persons are entitled to the presumption of innocence.

Therefore, despite the deplorable publicity and the rush to judgement by commentators, celebrities, and ordinary citizens, Casey Anthony should never have been ajudged guilty by any fair minded person. The jury listened to the case presented by both sides. They heard the judges instructions and they deliberated for about eleven hours. When that was done, they acquitted Casey of the charges.

All these would be judges and executioners have a right to their opinion. We should remember, however, that opinions are much like anuses. All people have one and often they stink!

Caballero_69

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By Ray Colon on July 13, 2011 at 05:27 pm

Hi D.E.,

I happened to be on Twitter when the acquittal occurred and I was stunned by the reaction. My stream was filled with hateful words towards the defendant and disgust at the justice system. I thought that the reaction was ridiculous.

We either believe in the trial by jury system or we don't.

Like you, I flipped on the TV to see Nancy Grace lose her mind. She is one awful human being. I don't know what happened to her, but I don't remember her being this was in the early days of CourtTV. Perhaps my memory fails me.

There will always be controversial verdicts, but the response to those verdicts can never be vigilante justice. As a society, we can’t tolerate that kind of behavior.

Ray

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