The public outrage over the acquittal of Casey Anthony has me, frankly, perplexed. I have been monitoring all the social streams, Twitter hashtags, Facebook conversations, and news outlets and the public is universally upset at the verdict.
The case against Casey was built entirely on circumstantial evidence. Let’s think about that. There was no evidence of premeditation or intent to murder her child. The State tried to paint a case for premeditation, but they failed to successfully do so. They never proved that Casey, herself, committed the murder or was even present when her daughter died. No fingerprints. No smoking gun (or chloroform). The State has a burden of proof – and they failed to provide that proof. Just a lot of interesting sidebars – a house of cards built on speculation and supposition.
Over the past three years we have seen intimate details of the Anthony household come to light. We have heard many rumors, speculations, and accusations levied against not only Casey, but every member of her family. It was a veritable media circus and Casey was tried and convicted in the courts of Public Opinion well before her case was brought to trial. We learned that the Anthony family was dysfunctional. We heard stories of child abuse, sex abuse, lying, and manipulation. We watched gleefully as the soap opera of the Anthony family antics played out for the world to see.
And, because there were discrepancies, because we decided that the Anthony family had questionable morale, we decided that Casey must be guilt of murdering her child.
Well, people, that’s not how it works. Just because we don’t approve of her lifestyle, or her family’s behaviors, does not mean she committed a murder. Remember, only Casey was on trial – not her father or her mother. And the State had to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that Casey killed her daughter. Beyond reasonable doubt.
I am genuinely disappointed in those of you who tried her and convicted her based solely on your opinion – an opinion presented to you by a sensation-driven media engine. You want your pound of flesh because you have assumed her guilt – and you never heard all of the evidence. You never participated int he trial. All you saw were snippets the media decided to share with you.
Protests, religious statements about her Final Judgement waiting for her, threats against the family – how our forefathers must weep and roll in their graves. Our justice system is in place, based on a presumption of innocence and burden of proof for a reason. It’s in place just so those of you with narrow minds and the self-assured conviction that someone is guilty because you don’t like them can’t derail the justice process.
The jurors in the Casey Anthony trial took their jobs very seriously. They reviewed the circumstantial evidence presented and concluded that, despite how they may feel about Casey, there was no proof that she murdered her daughter.
- Lies to a law enforcement officer do not mean she is guilty.
- Partying for a month does not mean she is guilty
- a messed up family does not mean she is guilty
Is Casey guilty? Maybe. Maybe she did do it and now a killer walks free. But the State could not prove it – and I would rather have a cautious legal system than an incautious one. I would, by far, rather set a guilty person free than hang an innocent one. That’s what the American Justice system is about.
For those of you who are convinced justice was not served – ask yourself what kind of jury YOU would want if you were on trial. Would you want someone like yourself on the jury – someone who KNEW without proof that you were a murderer? Or would you rather have someone like the jurors in the Casey trial – someone who weighed the evidence and made decisions based on that, and that alone?