The obligatory Casey Anthony post:
It’s simple… this defective human is guilty as Ted Kennedy, but I beliesve she walked free in large part because of what I call “CSI Transference Syndrome” which can be fatal to prosecutors’ major cases.
Jurors suffering from CTS believe that if there is no DNA, a magic carpet fiber, or a those oh-so interesting blood spatter patterns, they cannot find guilt even among those who have means, motive and opportunity to have committed the crime in question.
In the magical worlds of CSI (eventually I suspect there’ll be CSI-Bakersfield), police lab geeks become athletic, fast-shooting SWAT operators if they are not sultry brunettes in short skirts. They always have a perfect record of solving the case in 60 minutes minus commercials without expending shoe leather, facing repeated dead ends, false leads and the sleepless nights on which real detectives must rely.
One side of Anthony case is simple: “it was only a circumstantial case”, and the jury determined that the prosecution had not proven the charge, thus “not guilty.” That ends the case, but it also holds up a mirror into which we should all look.
What is our responsibility as participants in this very matter of life and death?
I find myself leaning here: What was justice like before DNA tests, blood typing, ambient air testing, and 20 other singularly esoteric “facts” that show up in most major crime trials these days?
Without all the science to rely upon, a group of the defendant’s peers gathered to deliberate essentially one issue… is the defendant guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt?”; in other words, a doubt that would enter a reasonable person’s mind when judging the evidence against, and thus the fate of the accused.
I fear that justice might have gone amiss here as a result of the jurors taking the easy way out, allowing reason to be sidelined for lack of a test tube to lead them through the most serious process in our system of laws. I think they phoned it in.
If the following comments by alternate juror Russell Huekler reflect the deliberation of the sitting jury, it would appear that CSI and similar entertainments, like Oprah have poisoned the jury pool.
From the testimony, Huekler drew the conclusion that “it was probably a horrific accident” that Anthony and her father, George Anthony, covered up.
“Unfortunately it did snowball and got away from them,” Huekler said. “It was such a horrific accident that they didn’t know how to deal with it. The family appeared to be very dysfunctional and instead of admitting there was an accident, they chose to hide it, for whatever reason.”
Ironically the same media whores who flogged this case from the beginning and used the murder of a child to pad their personal ratings and thus incomes, will now race to obtain and probably pay for interviews with Anthony… just days after condemning her to the Seventh Level of Hell.
Regardless, one thing is certain; Caylee has been denied justice both legally and morally.