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Why The Casey Anthony And OJ Simpson Verdicts Were Right

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I didn’t even know Casey Anthony was a female until last week, much less that she was on trial or why. But I did watch all of the O.J. Simpson case back in 1995. I even went to a verdict party to watch what everyone had assumed would be an easy conviction. But I was totally in agreement with the actual verdict. Sure, O.J. Simpson probably brutally murdered his wife and it’s awful that the case and trial were bungled so much that he got to walk away a free man. But the verdict is about one thing and one thing only: Did the government make the case that the accused is guilty beyond a certain standard of doubt?

If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit, and what not.

So cut to the Casey Anthony trial where it looks like someone is getting away with murder of her own child. And it’s horrible and horrifying. But a system that occasionally lets a child murderer go free is much better than one that routinely convicts people in shoddy trials. There’s a difference between being innocent and having won a not guilty verdict. That’s a good thing, though. It keeps the government accountable for its prosecutions.

I just called my mom to ask her how well the case was prosecuted and she claimed that any juror who voted to acquit was an idiot of the highest order. So I began asking a few questions, such as “So how did Caylee Anthony die?” She conceded that no one knows for sure. And they don’t know how long her body was decomposing before it was found in the woods. The prosecution, which was going for the death penalty, mind you, used questionable forensics such as an air test that’s not actually accepted within the scientific community.

When someone’s life is at stake, the standard is rightly higher.

The government has a constitutional obligation to prove their case. They didn’t.

And maybe Casey will go to jail for something stupid she does later like try and steal back her Heisman. And I’m sure after she throws an epic dance party, she will totally start searching for the real killer.

10 Comments

  1. Liz

    July 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I disagree that how she died was important in this case. The cause of death was murder, which was established by how she was buried and the duct tape all over her mouth and nose. Whether she died by suffocation or a stab wound at this point is somewhat irrelevant.

    • Nelly

      July 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      I agree with Liz. I don’t think that the specific cause of death really matters if we already know it’s murder. If it had been accidental drowning like she claims, why would she put duct tape over her mouth?

  2. Jo bids

    July 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    No question she is guilty. The jurors obviously didn’t know the difference between “doubt” and “beyond a reasonable doubt”. Casey did it all and should never profit from the death of her daughter. The devil sure has a way to bring those with empty souls into it’s vortex. 31 days of lies speaks for itself. We don’t need a person like Casey in our community. She is the devil in disguise. The Ultimate Juror has already found her guilty and determined her sentence – hell on earth and for eternity.

  3. Debbie

    July 6, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    It does matter how she was killed. They have to prove she did it. If she put duct tape over her daughter’s mouth, the prosecution must price that. There was no DNA of Casey’s on the duct tape. Like the author said, it’s horrible but the government must prove it. Think if something, God forbid, happened to one of your kids. You might be innocent, but look guilty. This lynch mob mentality would have a needle stuck in your arm before you could say “ouch!”. I’m willing to bet you’d be thinking differently then.

  4. Lori B

    July 8, 2011 at 9:48 am

    With all of the outrage about this verdict, it is satifying to see this post. You have to wonder if the death penalty were not in the picture would the verdict have been different? This is an awful crime and saddens me deeply every time I see a picture of little Caylee. But does the death of one person mean that another person deserves death? IMO, that is hypocritical. As Ghandi said, “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.”

  5. Kim

    July 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I agree with what you’re saying for the most part with one exception/note/whathaveyou…

    The fact that Caylee’s body was so badly decomposed speaks very highly to the effort to dispose of her by the murderer. So while this system does keep our government accountable…it ensures that the most heinous and committed of our criminals (like a mother willing to research in-depth the best ways to murder her own flesh for the sake of a new boyfriend?) escape.

    Want to beat a murder wrap? Just be a REALLY good killer, and do your homework. 🙂

    That being said, I disagree that the cause of death wasn’t relevant. If you prove that the body was burned and duct tape used, you’re only proving that she disposed of the body inappropriately and put duct tape over it. She can still claim that the person was already dead.

    My great idea is to print in a major newspaper that she actually did cause the death of her daughter (that phrasing is very important, and you’ll see why in a minute). Then get her to sue for libel. I’m probably way off, but a business law professor once explained to me that in libel cases, the burden of proof is on the person alleging libel has been committed against them. They have to prove two things: a. that libel was committed (provable, and easy) and b. that the statements made were false. 🙂

    Ta da! She has to either allow this publication to print this, or sue for libel, which would require her to prove in a TOTALLY DIFFERENT COURT that she did not cause the death of her child. Since we’re not alleging that she murdered her child, she can’t use her acquittal as proof, and must prove that her daughter died as a result of someone/something else. We all know she can’t do that, so she’d probably just have to let allow any and all publications that wanted to to print that she was the cause of Caylee’s death do so. Think about it.

  6. gala

    July 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been stunned by the number of people who have zero clue as to how our system of justice works & why this is a good outcome for the rest of us (though utterly tragic for those actually involved.) Even more frightening when you take into account that i work for the gov. and w/ a multitude of people who hold the title of legal assistant.

  7. Brandy

    July 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I agree with Nelly. Why would you do that to your little baby girl if it wasn’t what you really wanted anyways. I could not go one day let alone 31 days without knowing where my child was. Especially, knowing that her body is steadily decaying away in a field down the road, that would haunt me at night. I believe that in the end she will me her maker and have to face her greatest judgement of all.

  8. Jess

    October 25, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Casey Anthony killed her little girl and the jury should have stepped up and convicted her.

    It is unbelievable that your American justice system puts people behind bars for having marijuana for years at a time, but a MURDERER can go free.

    Its bullshit like this that makes the rest of the world hate your effing guts.

  9. Dave

    September 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Completely agree. Emotionally, it sucks; in terms of criminal justice, it’s dead-on.

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