Sunday, July 10, 2011

Casey Anthony verdict is in ... live with it

Casey Anthony. Now there’s a name that we haven’t heard in …

Okay, bad joke. Her life is still being microscopically explored by every news organization in America.

I have a number of observations concerning the Casey Anthony saga.

First of all, I want to know what all of the hubbub is about. I don’t mean to downplay the murder of a toddler but, why this particular murder? I am sure that the month-long denial that anything was wrong had something to do with the fascination in the case.

Could the fact that Casey Anthony is a nice looking young woman have anything to do the public’s almost fanatical trance with all things Casey-related?

Another possibility - did this fascination with the case really begin with the public or was the public force-fed Casey Anthony investigation and trial by obsessed media organizations? I sometimes wonder if the public would be so fired up about many things if media organizations didn’t force-feed the frenzy.

One of the most important points that I feel needs to be made is that, in spite of what each of us feels on a personal level, Casey Anthony was found not guilty by a jury of her peers. I repeat … not guilty.

It does not matter if you, I or anyone else feels that she did murder her daughter. The only thing that matters is that following the legal principals set by our American Justice System, flawed as it may be, Anthony was found not guilty.

It is over. It is done. Leave. Her. Alone!

I feel the same way about O.J. Simpson.

I also feel that O.J. should not have been subjected to the civil litigation. He was found not guilty. Case closed.

Either we follow the rules of our justice system, or we don’t. Thanks to a bunch of attorneys who want to pad their own pockets, these types of shenanigans take place daily.

I also want to know why we feel that we have the right to know the names of the jurors who sat on the Anthony murder trial. I temper this with the suspicion that the “we” in “we have the right to know,” means the media.

I don’t see the media, or the public, clamoring for the names of jury members on other cases. Would the same request be made if Anthony had been found guilty?

Many here in the United States have developed a sense over the years that our “rights” include the right to know everyone else’s business.

I will admit, if one, or more, of the Anthony jurors decides to write a book, or in any other way profit from the case, all guarantees of anonymity are off. Until that time, each and every one of them has the right to privacy. They have served a valuable public service to their community.

Ask yourself, would you want to have your life turned upside down because you sat on a jury?

The trial of Casey Anthony is over. She is not guilty. It doesn’t matter if we like it. We need to learn to live with it.

Let Anthony get on with her life and we get should get on with ours … until the next “trial of the century.”

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