Outrage? That’s putting it mildly. The outrage over the not-guilty verdicts in the Casey Anthony case is just about as close to universal as you can get. Thus far I haven’t heard one commentator or citizen say “Hey, hold on a minute here. Maybe the jury is right!”
Did Casey Anthony kill or have a hand in the death of her daughter? Probably. The jury did not say that she wasn’t involved in her daughter’s death. The jury said that the State of Florida didn’t PROVE that Casey Anthony was responsible for Caylee’s death beyond any reasonable doubt. To re-state: The jury didn’t say Casey was innocent. They said guilt wasn’t proven … and that’s the way our system works. As Voltaire (or some other character back then when people had only one name) said … paraphrasing here … “It is better that 100 guilty men go free than to convict one innocent man.” What’s worse? Leaving Casey Anthony to deal with the torment of what she did, or to put a completely innocent man behind bars for the rest of his life for a crime he did not commit?
Yeah — a guilty person may well have walked yesterday. Stuff happens. But instead of being angry, take a few seconds to try to understand what really happened here. The immense power of the state was thwarted.
I know you’re angry. We’re all angry. This skank probably got away with murder. Think pas that for a moment. Consider the fact that the state wanted to take Casey Anthony’s miserable life — and the state was stopped from doing so by a dozen common, ordinary and usually powerless private citizens. We had a nursing student, a salesman, a high school dropout (like Casey), a care giver for the elderly who does odd jobs on the side … everyday people who stood between Casey Anthony and the power of the state. These people were able to stand against this immense power and tell the state “Back off. You didn’t do your job. You haven’t proved guilt. So turn this woman loose and leave her alone!”
If you can set that anger aside for a moment and think … maybe you’ll realize just how wonderful this system really is. In our society the government — the state — has one exclusive power that nobody else has. The government, and only the government, can use deadly force to deprive a citizen of life, liberty and property. Take a look at other countries and other civilizations throughout world history. We’ve had dynasties, caliphates, dictatorships theocracies and monarchies. In all of those societies criminals could and would be punished at the behest (whim?) of some ruler; be it the King, an Imam, or some simple half-assed dictator. Not so in our country. Here we have the State of Florida a facet of the most powerful country in the world, stating its desire and its intention to put Casey Anthony on trial and execute her for the murder of her child. Monarchy, Muslim caliphate, Christian theocracy or simple dictatorship — Casey is on her way to the gallows. But in the United States 12 ordinary citizens step forward with the ability to stop the immense power of government in its tracks.
Frankly … I think there is as much of a reason to celebrate this verdict as there is to be outraged by it. What, after all, is our alternative? Do you want appointees or employees of the state to be the last line of defense between you and a government determined to take your liberty or your life?
But what about the verdict? Do you really think that the prosecutors proved Casey’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt? Really? Tell me, how did Caylee Anthony die? Did you hear any solid evidence proffered as to how she died? I hear theories about duct tape, and the defense floated this drowning theory. (Clever pun, don’t you think?) Then there was chloroform .. but did any of these ideas become more than theories? I have expressed my own theory several times over the months. I thought (and still think) that Casey had this idea of using chloroform to temporarily incapacitate her daughter so that she could party for a while. That’s how I think Caylee died. Then it was panic time. It matters not now.
The jury was told that they had to eliminate every reasonable hypothesis concerning the manner and cause of death in order to convict Anthony of murder. Can you say that was done? Let me ask you, is it possible that one of Casey’s innumerable boyfriends grew jealous of the time and attention devoted to Caylee and decided to remedy the situation? After all, Casey wasn’t exactly dating the cream of the Orlando crop, was she?
OK … so Casey Anthony waited a full month before notifying her parents that Caylee was missing. Just what does that prove? Just that Casey Anthony is a miserable mother and a liar. And Casey didn’t really work at Universal Studios as an event planner as she told both her parents and the cops. What does that prove? Again — she’s a liar. Does it prove murder? Is it even evidence of murder?
Let’s think about the police for a moment here. When were the police first notified by this strange Roy Kronk guy. That would be August of 2008. One month after Caylee was reported missing. The cops met with Kronk at the site. Apparently the cops didn’t like (a) Kronk, and (b) the fact that the site was littered with Rattlesnakes … so they made a cursory search and left. What if the body had been found in August? There would probably have been much more evidence to be gathered. Maybe Dr. G could have actually determined the cause of death! Here we go with the woulda coulda shoulda stuff.