Sunday, July 10, 2011
What's It To Ya?
I don't know if Casey killed her daughter in cold blood, accidentally, or if the child somehow got into the pool unattended and drowned and Casey panicked and hid her - or some other scenario - and neither do those rabid spectators. I tend to believe the jurors when they say the prosecution didn't prove their case. In a trial where there is the possibility of a death sentence, I would expect the jury to deliberate for an extended period of time id they were divided.
The fact that this jury came back with a verdict of not guilty so quickly tells me the extent of their reasonable doubt. It suggests that the trial left more questions in their minds than answers. And, that the decision was unanimous from the get-go.Now, the prosecutor has decided to retire, and he's not exactly leaving on a high note.
The question in my mind is what has caused so many people to overreact about the verdict? They can't possibly know what actually happened. But, you'd think they all had some intimate knowledge about the case or some personal interest in it.
Now, y'all know that I have a theory about practically everything that happens and this case is no exception. Here's what I think. Since those spectators don't know the first thing about what really happened, I suspect they are simply always looking for things to be enraged about. Something like the Anthony trial, with all its media atention, gives them an excuse to vent the anger they feel about their lives in general.
Once again, we can condemn the media for their unquestioning acceptance of Anthony's guilt. Nancy Grace (or, I like to think of her as Nancy DISgrace) is notorious for jumping to the conclusion that anyone who is accused and arrested for a crime must be guilty. But, she and the media don't get to decide, and hat's a good thing..
Another thing the media has put forth is the idea that being found not guilty doesn't mean the accused is innocent. At least one of the jurors in this trial has bought into that.
The fact is there is no such thing as a verdict declaring a person is innocent. As far as the law is concerned, a person is either guilty or not guilty. Case closed.
All I can say is Thank God we don't depend on public opinion for our verdicts. This prosecutor didn't prove his case, pure and simple Juries like to have solid evidence, not just circumstantial, before they decide to put someone to death. And, personally, I wouldn't have it any other way.
After the O.J. Simpson trial, attorney Jerry Spence said, "If he did it, just remember, you can't beat the big one". By that he meant O.J. will ultimately be judged by a higher power, and he won't be able to beat that one.
That might be something to remember when we think about Casey Anthony.