Armchair Judge & Jury – Fallout From The Casey Anthony Verdict

Let me start off by saying that I don’t really have an opinion as to whether Casey Anthony is guilty or innocent. I didn’t follow the trial.

However, I have been following opinions and threads all day on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, as well as traditional news outlets. People are shocked… SHOCKED that Casey Anthony was found not guilty in the murder of her two year old daughter Caylee. My question is… Where are all of these people when it’s their turn to step up and sit on a jury? They are doing everything in their power to get out of it. Don’t get me wrong. Many citizens, myself included, feel that it is an honor to be a part of this country’s judicial system. But let’s be honest… How many people try to come up with excuses as to why they can’t sit on a jury?

The outcry after today’s verdict got me thinking. Who are we to sit back and say that she is guilty or not guilty? This was a high profile case that the media got ahold of early and basically swayed public opinion to their own ends. For the sake of argument, let’s say that Casey Anthony is indeed innocent. Based on media opinion, she never had a chance. You and I weren’t in the courtroom. We don’t have all of the facts. The jury was. The law says a person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The “facts” that the media feeds us are what we have to make a judgement. We can only make a judgement sitting in our living rooms based upon what we know. The jury in this case had to sit through all of the minutiae that goes with a murder trial.

The only person that will ever really know if she’s guilty is Casey Anthony herself.

Remember the next time that you get that jury duty notice in the mail that you actually have a chance to make a difference.

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5 comments on “Armchair Judge & Jury – Fallout From The Casey Anthony Verdict

  1. I for one watched every minute of the trial. Most of those speaking out did also. It was televised in full. While many do try to get out of jury duty there are certainly enough of us that don’t. I’ve never seen a plea on the news or in the media for more jurors to step up.

    The prosecution had so little to go on in this case that they had to try to convict with only circumstantial evidence. Casey walked because her daughter was not found for 6 months after she died. You should read the transcripts of the trial – not the bloggers. Then tell me that you feel safe knowing that Casey is walking amongst you.

  2. I agree with Bickham. For a seemingly intelligent person, how can you honestly give an opinion about something you admit not following. The trial was aired in full online without additional commentary, so you could quite easily have drawn your own conclusions from the FACTS and evidence of the case. People aren’t all followers. There was plenty of evidence to support a theory beyond a reasonable doubt, and that’s what is so infuriating to so many. Perhaps you should blog about things you’ve actually researched.

  3. the fact that many people try to get out of being jurors is very IRRELEVANT!! let us stick to the facts. how much did you people agree with the jury’s verdict in the O.J trial? was this the same logic used regarding that verdict?? the jury did not even take notes! you can be on a jury and still not be there, and for those who don’t understand that statement, it means you can be on a jury and just keep the seats warm. emily

    • Actually… It’s not irrelevant as to this is what this post is about. Not this trial in particular. Also… The point is that this is how our justice system works. Otherwise we would have mob rule. Put yourself in her place… How would you feel if you were on trial and you were being judged by the public and NOT a jury of your peers. And like I said at the beginning of the post, I’m NOT saying whether she is guilty or innocent. I didn’t follow the trial. Just making the point that this is the justice system in the country we chose to live in. We could live in Afghanistan where it’s kill the defendant first, ask questions later.

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