The media attention surrounding Casey Anthony’s acquittal of capital murder charges by a jury of her peers pissed me off yesterday; I posted this on Facebook last night:
“America, SHUT UP! Honestly, if you’re all so certain she killed the little girl, then why weren’t you called to testify? Thank God people are tried in a court of law, not the court of public opinion.”
People in this country love to rag on the justice system when it acquits people they’re convinced are guilty. Our justice system is imperfect. It’s slow, tedious, unfair, and altogether a pain in the ass. It’s also the only one I care to live under. Whether we feel like it right now or not, we should thank God we live in a country where juries are instructed to convict or acquit on the basis of the evidence presented, not how much they like or dislike the parties involved. As soon as we start convicting people because they look guilty or because we think they’re guilty or because we can’t think of any scenario from our limited perspectives where they couldn’t be guilty is the moment I get the hell out of here.
The latter is a recipe for a witch hunt.
So, whether a majority of people think she’s guilty or not, the people who matter say she’s not. They didn’t say she was “innocent,” mind you, but “not guilty” of the crimes with which she was charged. If you’re not able to understand the difference in meaning, learn it before you make yourself sound a fool spouting off about how stupid the American court system is.
One day, any one of us could find ourselves accused of any number of crimes, whether accurately or otherwise. If that happens, we should all hope the juries convened to hear the evidence in our cases make judgments based on the evidence instead of how guilty we do or don’t look.
Casey Anthony got exactly what she deserved: a fair trial. Further justice, should any be required, is no longer the concern of mortals but of He who holds final judgment and who will judge us all.