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Jurisprudence—The Casey Anthony Verdict

Original post made by Cindy Cross, Parkside, on Jul 7, 2011

Jurisprudence—The Casey Anthony Verdict by Cindy Cross

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Posted by Accident prone Henry
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2011 at 6:30 am

Somebody needs to get a life. Watching too much tv leads to stunted, biased ideas expressed in inane ways.

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Posted by Mellow Fellow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

I agree with Cindy Cross. I mean I stayed home from work and watched the whole trial. I believe that watching court TV is good for America. I also believe that we should change the fundamental notion of "innocent until proven guilty" based on this ONE trial. It only makes sense. There has never been another miscarriage of justice until now. You know like the financial executives who sold bunk derivatives to the world that toppled the global economic system, or the people who sold loans to minorities so they could reap the commissions. Or priests who sit in bungalows because the statute of limitations ran out, or crooked cops caught setting up men for drunk driving. OR like in SF where drugs were stolen, hundreds of cases were tainted and nothing done to the perpetrator. How about the drug dealers that make hundreds of thousands of dollars off our kids every year and sit in their mansions. Or the for profit educational institutions bilking billions out of our service men. Those are trivial. But this case, yest this case ... let's change our legal framework. Oh, one more thing ... can we have more dramatic court TV because I want to stay home more and see if there any other basic tenets of American Democracy I want to topple.

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Posted by Yeah but.....
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jul 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Yeah, but SOMEbody must've killed the kid. Kids just don't drown by accident!

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Posted by None of the Above
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm


You might want to check your facts here. British and Napoleonic law both include presumption of innocence among their primary tenets.

Additionally, all the members of the European Union are bound by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of the Council of Europe; Article 62 states: "Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law."

I think the discussion might better be geared toward the idea that all 12 jurors have to agree on a verdict, as opposed to a simple (or even super) majority, as is the case with civil trials in the U.S.

I think a case could be made for a shift that would let a jury decide with a majority of 7 or even 10 of the 12 members.

It's also worth noting in a discussion like this that TV coverage of trials has both positive and negative aspects.

Consider the Simpson case, the slow speed chase and the outside information we got that the jury never saw.

Also consider Nancy Grace as a worst-case scenario: has Ms. Grace ever come out in favor of someone charged with a crime? Has she ever done anything about the now hundreds of innocent people that DNA profiling has exonerated?

That said, I think American justice is right where it should be. It may not be the best, but it's better than anything else that's been tried.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 8, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Justice has been's time to

Many American's don't have much faith in the American system of justice?

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