Casey Anthony (Mostly) Acquitted

by Ryan on July 5, 2011

in Culture,Law,Media,Media Bias,Pop Culture

Earlier today Casey Anthony, the woman charged with murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee back in 2008, was acquitted of all charges that could have resulted in the death penalty.  However, she was found guilty of four counts of lying to police during the investigation and could get up to four years total — the judge may even reduce it to time served.

Many people don’t understand our legal system and therefore get frustrated when juries act on logic and facts presented, rather than emotion.  Others buy into the MSM template of what we’re supposed to think.  The “reasonable doubt” standard is high, especially in a trial with lots of anecdote and a prosecution which could not even identify the little girl’s cause of death.

So, did a murderer get away with it?

I watched closing arguments on Sunday and a bit yesterday, so I got the gist.  In deep, complex scenarios like this I like to go back to “Occam’s Razor“, which states that the simplest explanation is probably the correct one.  If so, then from what I’ve heard I think yes:  she either did it herself or had a direct hand in it.  Think OJ:  OK, if you didn’t do it, then who possibly could have? If not Casey, then who?  So, if she would have burned today, I wouldn’t lose sleep.

However, our justice system is not structured like that — the burden of proof is on the state, not the individual; on piecing together a series of events, not caving into gut feelings.  In this case, the state overreached, asked for far too much, and got burned when they didn’t deliver — none of which was Casey Anthony’s fault.  I was once on a jury where the defendant was probably guilty, but the state used unreliable witnesses and too much anecdote.  We acquitted him on the major charges and nailed him on the smaller ones, so I kind of understand where the Anthony jury is coming from.

Nonetheless, I believe ours is a system which, though imperfect, is the fairest way to handle these kinds of issues.

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MoogieP July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am

I must agree.

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