Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Take A Deep Breath...

Many of you, no doubt, know by now that Casey Anthony was found not guilty on several charges of capital murder, manslaughter, and assault by a jury of seven women and five men in the Orlando area.  The outcry on Twitter and Facebook has been nothing short of an elongated overreaction to it.  People are proclaiming that Anthony was completely guilty and that justice has been miscarried, and the like.

First of all, before anything else - let us remember these words from Benjamin Franklin:
"It is better that one hundred guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer"
Whether Casey Anthony committed murder or not, one fact remains - a child, made in the image and likeness of God, is dead and that is the tragedy to all this.  Our legal system is as such that there is a presumption of innocence, and the prosecution has to prove guilt 'beyond a reasonable doubt'.  This is a good thing - think of what would be if we had an authoritarian court system, with a presumption of guilt instead.  

What has bugged me about the reaction I have seen is the absolute metaphysical certain with which people are declaring that Anthony is guilty.  No one knows that, other than the victim, the perpetrator, and God.  Yes, I realize that the verdict angers people, but such anger clouds reason and judgment in ways that are detrimental to one's own self.

Too many people are focusing on the wrong thing; that is, 'getting away with murder'.  Instead, focus on why it only took eleven hours of jury deliberation to come up with multiple not-guilty verdicts when there had been a seven week trial.  Something doesn't quite add up. Some have compared this to the O.J. Simpson trial of the mid-90's - if they are right, and Casey Anthony did in fact 'get away with it', then that falls on the shoulders of the prosecution, just as it did with the Simpson trial.  It could have very well been that the prosecution butchered the case.  Whichever way it happened, the case is not completely closed yet.

However, for now, let's take a deep breath and collect ourselves.

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