Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Letter of the Law

Unlike many people whose reactions I have read, I am actually happy that Casey Anthony was not found guilty. Not because i don't think she killed her daughter; I do. In fact, I think she is a despicable human being. No loving mother that I know of could possibly be out partying like Casey Anthony, knowing that their young daughter was missing. No, I believe that Casey Anthony was, indeed, very guilty. That said, the burden of proof is on the Prosecution to prove the defendant guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt. And in my limited following of the case (as limited as it can be without actually crawling under a rock) I came to feel that the Prosecution in this case was very sloppy. They failed, in my mind, to provide any truly incriminating evidence besides simple emotional appeals to the jurors. Contrary to what the district attorney seemed to think, "She went out partying and then lied about some things to us" is not a strong enough argument to convict a woman of capital murder charges and possibly end her life. So for this, I am very happy that Casey Anthony was acquitted. Despite the media's nearly uiniversal consensus that Anthony was guilty, and their constant repetitions of "how guilty she acted/seemed/sounded" there was still just not enough proof to take away a woman's freedom. Plus, it made Nancy Grace look like a complete idiot in front of the entire country and then left her speechless. Score. (I despise everything about that woman)

I have heard many comparisons today to the OJ case. I would like to take some time to dispel those comparisons here. In the OJ case (I keep thinking about the orange juice in the fridge while I'm writing this...) the prosecution did a darn good job of proving the where's, who's, how's, and why's of the case. However, the case was undermined by sleazy allegations of racism by a damned skilled defense attorney. In the Anthony case, however, the Prosecution failed to prove any reasonable explanations for the disappearance of little Caylee Anthony. They focused on circumstantial evidence and the oft-alluded to "spitball method." The defense, weak as it was and also of the "spitball method", still proved adequate enough to plant the seeds of doubt in the minds of the jurors, and to undermine the Prosecution's case. Another important thing to look at is the complete lack of forensic evidence. there just wasn't any!

Justice was served in Florida today, even though a murderer may have walked free. Alas, it is important to remember that all debts will be paid in full at the time of judgement. God's Justice is never thwarted, just as his mercy is never-ending, and his generosity is never outdone. Our Founders understood this when they wrote our Constitution, and they knew that is was much better that a guilty man go free than an innocent man lose his life. Always be mindful of this before making up your mind on an issue like this trial. God bless.

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