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.