the Casey Anthony tragedy – other angles

6 07 2011

I didn’t closely follow the Casey Anthony trial / debacle, because it was so drawn-out and I’m not one to seek entertainment from other people’s lives.  But it was near-impossible to not see or hear about it.  Apparently it was the most news-worthy event, because that’s about the only thing reported on.  (Note the sarcasm.)

The whole situation was a tragedy, like a real-life opera (except without the singing, which might’ve made it better).  There weren’t going to be any real winners among those involved.  The only one who might come out better than before is the defense attorney, although a number of people are going to think he did his job too well (so to speak).  Can you imagine how the grandparents feel?  They were thrown under the bus and repeatedly run over by the defense attorney.  Their reputation has been trashed even more as they were blamed for Caylee’s death, without any evidence.

Anyway, I ended up watching some of the closing statements, because I was visiting people who were watching it.  (By the way, the lawyers’ “closing” took a lot longer than any preachers I’ve heard, who are infamous for “in closing” statements but not really closing yet.)  I was surprised with the results of the jury.  I agree that the death penalty was extreme for this being her first time to allegedly murder someone, so perhaps the prosecution did over-reach.  Still, I have a few questions about it.

How did Casey Anthony not get charged with child neglect / child abuse?  Supposedly her child was missing for 31 days and she didn’t report it but instead was living it up.  Wasn’t that one of the charges?  Even if that’s the only evidence of it, wouldn’t that be enough?

Why was this case so popular?  I realize it involves an innocent child and the details are unusual, but there are other cases like that.  Why did so many people follow this?

It sounds like a lot of people are very upset with the “not guilty” verdict on the murder charges.  I suppose the jury couldn’t completely connect the murder to Casey, but still, justice wasn’t served.  Someone killed Caylee (whether intentionally or not) and then covered it up suspiciously.

Glancing on Facebook to see some reactions, I have to share this insightful quote from one of my friends:

I wonder… How many of the jurors who found Casey not guilty would let her babysit their 2-year-old child?

That gives it a different perspective, doesn’t it?

Today we got to hear from some of the jurors, and it wasn’t like some people have assumed.  I just read where some of the jurors cried and were sick to their stomachs after voting to acquit Casey Anthony.  Another juror said, “I wish we had more evidence to put her away.  I truly do.”  That gives some insight…  At least they voted based on evidence instead of their feelings.

I also feel bad for the jurors for how long it took.  They were sequestered (socially quarantined) for over 6 weeks, kept from their families, jobs, social life, church, etc.  They had to listen to some of the same things over and over.  It was possibly like being in jail for a crime you didn’t commit.  They were doing their civil duty, but I think that is taking it too far.  Why can’t these trials be time-limited?  Give each side a certain amount of time.  Did it really take 6 weeks to discuss the facts, theories, and evidence?  At 40 hours a week, that’s over 240 hours, although they probably took much longer than that.  How can a conversation last that long?

In closing… 🙂

I couldn’t be a lawyer.  That’s not to imply anything bad about lawyers — they are needed.  When you go to trial, you need someone knowledgeable and experienced to ensure you get a fair trial.  But I couldn’t imagine the times when you would be defending someone who is guilty or prosecuting someone who is innocent.  Sure, you want them to have a fair trial, but shouldn’t you also want justice to be served?




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