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The Guilty One Who Went Free July 6, 2011

Posted by frrobins in Casey Anthony, Caylee Anthony, Current Events, Justice System.
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There’s a saying that I think sums up my feelings about the Caylee Anthony case. Better 100 guilty (wo)men go free than one innocent suffer. Unfortunately in our country, too many innocent people have served time in jail or been put to death for crimes they did not commit. This is so common that organizations such as The Innocence Project are needed to overturn wrongful convictions.

There are numerous reasons why people are wrongfully convicted. Just the fact that someone has been charged of a crimes biases a jury into thinking that s/he must have done something wrong, for instance. The heavy use of eye witness testimony which has been proven to be alarmingly unreliable is another. Then there is a sort of group think that occurs when detectives and other crime workers focus on a suspect. They start to hone in only on the evidence that confirms their suspicions rather than stuff that does not.

I have often thought that our courts need to reform to counteract those measures. I look at it from the viewpoint of someone who has been wrongly accused. The evidence, in my mind, needs to be water tight. Unfortunately, the consequence is that some people who are guilty will get away. Yet if it is a choice between that or an innocent person being wrongfully convicted, I’ll take the former.

This is what happened with the Casey Anthony trial. I believe that Casey was involved in her daughter’s death, but I cannot prove it. And neither could the state.

They could not even say for sure how Caylee died. And even now I’m completely at a loss for how events played out. The prosecution could not offer a firm scenario. A lot of stuff just doesn’t make sense.

Was Caylee buried in the Anthony’s backyard for a period of time or not? If she was, then why was she moved? And if her mother had murdered her, then why drive around with her daughter’s corpse in the back seat of her car for a few days before throwing her body in a field that is just down the street from her parents’ house? If you had murdered someone, would you drive around with the evidence of your crime in the trunk of your car for a few days? But then, if your child was missing, would you wait a month to call the police?

None of it makes sense. I’ve perused internet forums to try to piece together some logical way that events went down and have just become more and more baffled (this is the one thing that leads me to think it might have been an accident that spiraled out of control).

A lot of people are mad at the jury right now. A lot of people have been insulting their intelligence. The truth of the matter was, Casey Anthony was up for the death penalty, and the prosecution did not have a strong enough case to warrant such a drastic punishment.

I know a lot of people will say that I’m ignoring poor Caylee in this, who lost her life. It is truly tragic and I do feel for her. When I heard about how her grandmother found her favorite doll in the front seat of Casey’s car it stabbed my heart. Convicting her mother will not bring her back to life. Caylee is dead and, sadly, has no needs now. And while I wish there had been enough evidence left to firmly point the finger at her murderer, there isn’t. In the past, in our rush for justice, we have too often lynched the wrong person.

Most likely, a guilty woman walked free. Our justice system is run by imperfect humans after all. And at least, it was not in the direction of punishing the innocent.

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