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Post by TexasBlue on Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:58 pm

The Casey Anthony verdict

Neal Boortz
July 6, 2011


utrage? 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 past 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.
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Re: The Casey Anthony verdict

Post by dblboggie on Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:48 pm

Sad to say, but I believe the jury got this one right. Under our Constitution, the burden of proof is on the state to PROVE guilt. The defense does NOT have to prove innocence, they simply have to show that the state's case does not prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt - reasonable doubt being the operative phrase here.

Do I think Casey is guilty, damn skippy! Do I think the prosecution presented a case that proved that? It doesn't matter a whit, the jury did not think so, so that is the decision we go by. That's how it goes in a constitutional republic.

As "Voltaire (or some other character back then when people had only one name) said … paraphrasing"

It is better that 100 guilty men go free than to convict one innocent man.

I happen to agree with this.
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Re: The Casey Anthony verdict

Post by BubbleBliss on Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:47 pm


Is this the case where people in here were complaining about all the coverage it was getting a while ago?
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Re: The Casey Anthony verdict

Post by TexasBlue on Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:30 pm

BubbleBliss wrote:
Is this the case where people in here were complaining about all the coverage it was getting a while ago?

Yep, this is the one. Keep in mind, nobody was saying it wasn't a news worthy item. It was the coverage that it received. Our TV channels were wall-to-wall with this thing.... to the point that I stopped paying attention.
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Re: The Casey Anthony verdict

Post by dblboggie on Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:37 pm

TexasBlue wrote:
BubbleBliss wrote:
Is this the case where people in here were complaining about all the coverage it was getting a while ago?

Yep, this is the one. Keep in mind, nobody was saying it wasn't a news worthy item. It was the coverage that it received. Our TV channels were wall-to-wall with this thing.... to the point that I stopped paying attention.

I never started paying attention. Coverage of cases like this, where the only affected parties are the defendant and immediate family and friends, are a complete waste of valuable air time!

Why don't we get wall-to-wall coverage of, say, what the hell our legislators on the Hill are up to? Now there's something that affects every living citizen! But nooooooo.... why cover something so mundane and yet so vital to our daily lives.

Instead, the broadcast networks devote a few minutes, in a 30 minute evening news broadcast, to what is happening on the Hill. The rest of the coverage is devoted to sensationalist events.
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Re: The Casey Anthony verdict

Post by TexasBlue on Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:39 pm

The Casey Anthony Jury

Neal Boortz
July 7, 2011


No, I’m not going to spend any time on this mess today. Just wanted to get one point across. Juror No. 3 has now started talking. She is saying that the prosecution didn’t prove how Casey died. Guess what? The prosecution doesn’t need to prove how the victim died to prove murder. The jury had all the information it needed to determine that Casey didn’t die of natural causes and that Casey’s mother was the cause.

As time goes on this jury will become known as a jury that didn’t understand it’s job, didn’t understand the evidence, didn’t engage in due and intelligent deliberation and let a murderer go. They will have to live with that. As for Casey Anthony? She will self-destruct. The only question is when.
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Re: The Casey Anthony verdict

Post by BubbleBliss on Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:07 am

TexasBlue wrote:
BubbleBliss wrote:
Is this the case where people in here were complaining about all the coverage it was getting a while ago?

Yep, this is the one. Keep in mind, nobody was saying it wasn't a news worthy item. It was the coverage that it received. Our TV channels were wall-to-wall with this thing.... to the point that I stopped paying attention.

It's not really national news, IMO. Maybe a short mention on what happened and the outcome of the trial and that's it.
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Re: The Casey Anthony verdict

Post by TexasBlue on Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:54 pm

It was news geared towards the city it took place in and, to some extent, the state of Florida. Fine and dandy. Otherwise, it was a non-news item to me.


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