Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Casey Anthony Declared Innocent.

I am not outraged, as many people seem to be, by the verdict given by the jury to Casey Anthony.

Something that frustrated me repeatedly through the process is that in the United States our courts operate (are supposed to operate) based on the words, "Innocent until proven guilty."

That is what was executed on this day, 5 July 2011.

There was not enough evidence to prove Casey Anthony killed her daughter.

We cannot assume her to be guilty.

The jury declared her innocent, but that does not mean she is not guilty.  It merely means the jurors took seriously the lack of evidence and the lack of "beyond a reasonable doubt."

Yes, a little girl died.  No, we should not hope that the mother is sentenced just so "justice" can be said to have been served.  Are we so bloodthirsty?  What if 25 years down the road it comes out that Caylee did drown?  What if it is discovered that her grandfather killed her?  What if, what if, what if....that is all we can say.

And, I was looking forward to watching America's Got Talent....but EVERY station in Orlando is covering this news.  Gah.

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