My opinion on Casey Anthony being found innocent of murder

Posted: July 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

As I sit here agonizing over Casey Anthony’s verdict of not guilty on all counts involving murder, I want to share my thoughts. Please hear me out.

First of all, I think that this verdict is partly the fault of Nancy Grace and others who for so long made a career out of trying to bring to light the need for justice regarding baby Caylee, but also to try Casey for murder in the media. Nancy Grace, who has made her career for the past three years based upon Caylee’s case, has put so much pressure on the police and prosecutors to bring Casey to trial, that they jumped to go to trial when they should have waited for the smoking gun. I have mixed feelings about all of this, for at least four reasons:

1)-In the past fifteen years, as DNA testing has been performed on death row prisoners awaiting their execution, the sin and prejudice of the justice system has been revealed as over 50% of all people tested have been found to have been falsely accused. This just shows the pressure that detectives and prosecutors have been under to solve cases, even at the expense of convicting the wrong person. 2)-It also shows the sins of detectives and prosecutors by showing that their real objectives in life are not really for justice at all, but just to win a case and build a career. 3)-It shows the false pride also of detectives and prosecutors who refuse to view themselves and their cases objectively, and possibly have their hunches proven wrong. 4)-Finally, it shows the “good old boy” network that exists all over our nation between police, news media, prosecutors, and judges. The balance that should exist by means of appeals, at the least, appears to not be in place.

There are huge injustices performed day in an day out in our courts and judicial system, this is a fact. There are so many cases one could look at that reveal injustices. It was said that O.J. Simpson got the best justice money could buy, and if a person has enough money the chance of them beating a murder charge that is even an open and shut case is very good. Hannah Overton in Corpus Christi, TX was convicted of premeditated murder for poisoning her child by giving him food that was too high in sodium (an extra packet of chili sauce mixed in water after he was still hungry after eating a big bowl of chili), and then waiting like 25 minutes before rushing him to the emergency room after he began having flu like symptoms. During trial, an expert medical witness was hindered by prosecution tactics from being able to testify to the fact that it appeared that the child had a disease that causes someone to gorge food, including eating excess salt. After the media in Corpus Christi began airing day after day prejudicial propaganda accusing Hannah of this murder of a “poor innocent child”, there was no way Hannah could have a fair trial. A year after Hannah’s conviction when the 20-20 television show aired a program showing many major flaws in the prosecution’s case and how there is no way that this could have been a murder in the first place, Hannah’s defense team received communication over the next couple days from over one hundred people stating that a similar injustice had been carried out on them in that same court system. Then, even after a second 20-20 follow up show, as well as a couple of legal appeals, Hannah remains in prison on a life sentence with no possibility of parole. How could this happen in America? By the way, the same judge in the case, a couple of weeks ago, had a woman jailed and her children taken away from her because she spanked one of her kids and left a little red mark.

You can read more details on Hannah’s case and the latest on her journey at the website setup to free her: http://freehannah.org .

Secondly, I think we have set ourselves up for a disastrous outcome whenever we allow television cameras and live recording of court proceedings. We have become a people that want to be privy to anything and everything that is of a private or personal nature. Today, multitudes want to watch reality television and see all of the nitty-gritty details of what used to be beyond the realm of decency. Allowing a television camera into a courtroom gives attorneys on both sides of a case the opportunity to show-boat or boost their careers, and it also makes celebrities of everyone, including judges, defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, journalists, and jurors. How do we expect partiality and fairness when people in the courtroom have such temptation put before them that the camera provides? Does anyone remember Kato Kaelin, O.J. Simpson’s clueless house guest in 1994 who became a talk show sensation because of his rambling testimony in the O.J. case? His testimony contradicted parts of O.J.’s account of events so he was a prosecution witness, but after all of his ramblings on the stand, the prosecution declared him a hostile witness. Kato played like an actor for the camera throughout his testifying, and it paid off for him big. Oh, and how many books were later written by those involved in the case?

Third, I think that there should be legislation enacted that gives stiff penalties to the media for divulging information prejudicial to a case that has not gone to trial without equal airtime given to the defendant’s counsel in the same programming, to rebut the accusations made. Without this legislation, how could the average person be given a fair trial when they have already been tried in the media? The media needs major restrictions of some type in order for justice to be carried out.

Fourth, I truly hope that those in the justice system pay attention to this Casey Anthony case and learn that jurors are no longer as likely to convict people with any Dog and Pony prosecution case that is circumstantial and based only upon a theory of motive, with no physical evidence for a conviction. When a person’s life and future is on the line, there ought to be a heavier burden than has often been accepted in the past. Guilty “without a reasonable doubt” ought to be rethought, in other words.

Today, I don’t think justice has been served, except in the matter of how to deal with sloppy prosecutor’s. It is good to remember on a day such as this that our country is the only one which is based upon the ideals of “liberty and justice for all”. God help us to keep both.

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Comments
  1. Karen says:

    I knew of the case from the 2008 timeframe but didn’t pay attention to it until it went to trial. Now that I work home, I intentionally stayed away from the media hype so I could listen to the trial on my headsets and decide from what was presented.

    I thought the prosecution presented a case that I could have voted guilty on first degree – LWOP but would have gone with one of the lesser charges but not too far down the lesser charge list.

    This case became national attention primarily due to Florida’s Sunshine laws. Enormous amounts of information came out that doesn’t come from other states. That helped feed the media frenzy. Florida put out; the media reported.

    I wasn’t impressed with the defense and I never like the sports analogies.

    In my opinion, the jury simply didn’t truly absorb the jury instructions, charges, and evidence. We’ll never know the make up of who the stronger opinionated ones were and who simply wanted to vote and go. They were in there 10 hours. 30 pages of jury instructions would have taken 2 – 3 hours to absorb and understand. Try reading 30 pages of tax code. With lunches and potty breaks, that doesn’t really leave enough time to truly deliberate a complex case such as this.

    Casey will be dealt with in good time – more likely by her own selfish stupidity. But sadly, little Caylee had no justice.

    Caylee was on this earth approx. 1,042 days. Casey’s time served as part of the release calculation was 1,043 days.

    Caylee 1,042 vs Casey 1,043. How bizarre.

  2. jimbs says:

    Karen, this is such a great comment you have made, so insighful! I absolutely agree with your statement, “the jury simply didn’t truly absorb the jury instructions, charges, and evidence”. Because of this case, I have been wondering if the average person today has the capacity to even understand the complexities of modern law cases??? Thanks for the 1,042 vs 1,043 comparison!

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