Jurisprudence—The Casey Anthony Verdict by Cindy Cross
The Casey Anthony murder trial has kept America hooked on commentary by Nancy Grace and other legal pundits for the last couple months. Not since the OJ Simpson in 1993 has there been such media coverage of any other murder. People called in sick to stay home and watch the trial.
The Casey Anthony trial had all the makings of a Masterpiece Theater who-dun-it; the main suspect is a good looking young sociopath, the grandmother who lied under oath to protect the accused, the grandfather who is hiding an illicit affair, on and on the cast of interesting characters goes.
The main element that enthralled America was the pursuit of justice for the adorable little girl, Caylee Anthony, who lost her life under mysterious circumstances. Who did it? From the evidence it seemed like a slam-dunk first degree murder charge. It seemed that Casey wanted to be free from the ties of motherhood and save face with her family by claiming it was a kidnapping.
The trial came to an astounding end when the jury rendered Not Guilty on all charges. Nothing. Nada. Nil. Casey Anthony will be set free next Wednesday, free to compete in hot body contests, free to live her life any way she sees fit. Free to tell all the lies she wants. All while Caylee Anthony is dead.
What happened? Many see that there was only circumstantial evidence—nothing strong enough to convict. Was I watching the same trial? If Casey Anthony didn’t do it—who did?
Is our justice system flawed? Many who faithfully watched the trial fell into two camps—those who liked defense attorney Jose Baez and sided with an acquittal, and those who hated Jose Baez and sided with first degree murder. It became personal. Did the jury hold the same feelings that influenced their verdict?
Should the U.S. consider a legal system like France and England who hold the accused guilty until proven innocent? It’s hard to fathom that a little child could be killed, whether intentionally or by accident, and no one is held accountable.
What, if anything, can we do as a nation, to make sure that justice has more common sense? Isn’t that only reasonable?