As we sat in shock yesterday afternoon during the reading of the verdict in the Casey Anthony Case, a plethora of questions began to flow. How could this happen? Why did this happen? Is the jury blind? And ultimately, What is in store for the future since anyone can get away with murder?
With social media having a HUGE impact on the course of this trial and the advantages of the internet being at our fingertips, how can anyone not have an opinion?
Considering my strong views and my eagerness to impart them without request, I still maintain that the verdict, thought not maybe what we wanted, was rendered according to the law. The law requires ‘reasonable doubt’, which is easy to do. The law currently states that in the United States, juries must be instructed to apply the reasonable doubt standard when determining the guilt or innocence of a criminal defendant, but there is much disagreement as to whether the jury should be given a definition of “reasonable doubt.” What may be reasonable to you or I may not be reasonable to others. To set a threshold to where that doubt begins and ends is perhaps something we need to address.
Another problem with the current system is that we see everything. Every detail is released to the public is something to add to our ‘evidence bin.’ We, as the public, are privy to information that far exceeds the amount of information that the jury sees. In essence, we cannot render a fair verdict under the current law of reasonable doubt.
The reason that the verdict touched us so very much is because an innocent child, defenseless and unaware, had the life taken from her. What brings us together as humans is the empathy we feel for the family and the shock at the possibility that anyone, even a mother, could possibly take the life of a child. The justice system does not always work; however, the fact that someone can murder or be a part in the death of another is unfathomable.
During these past several weeks, thanks to Twitter, I have forged new friendships and met others that share my grief and wonder. I feel as though this trial has been a learning experience in life in general. It taught me that despite the ugly truths of life and death, there is always a layer of positive to be garnered. For that, I am thankful.
May the memory of Miss Caylee Anthony live on in all of us.