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His Point/Her Point: Was the Anthony verdict just?
by Dawn Brandvold
Jul 16, 2011 | 1416 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lady Justice has often been depicted wearing a blindfold. The blindfold represents objectivity. It symbolizes that ideally, justice should be meted out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of identity, money, power, or weakness.

As much as we may disdain the outcome of the Casey Anthony murder trial, we can probably agree that Lady Justice was indeed blind. The defendant may have the dubious honor of being the most hated woman in America. Nothing she did seems normal or right. So unlikable is Anthony that her own parents slunk out of the courtroom with nary a backward glance.

But, justice should not be meted out solely based on likability. It can be safely assumed that everyone knows Anthony killed her two-year old daughter. Even the 12 jurors probably know that she is a murderer. However, when the burden of proof is so high, “beyond a reasonable doubt” it makes it difficult to prove a murder took place without evidence of how Caylee was killed or more than speculation as to why the little girl was murdered.

Many people have been convicted on much less evidence than was presented against Casey Anthony. Some have been wrongly convicted based on faulty eyewitness reports, some with only circumstantial evidence and not motive, and some because they are poorly represented in court. DNA reports clear some years later, but no doubt there are innocent people who are languishing behind bars.

Casey Anthony got away with murder because she had high-powered attorneys representing her; attorneys who probably focused their limitless resources to prove that while she wasn’t innocent, there weren’t enough hard facts to find her guilty.

Nancy Grace and the numerous crime and punishment shows on television have convinced us that it is easy to nail someone with the barest whiff of guilt and Casey Anthony presented a perfect villain. Too bad the specialists of CSI and Law and Order weren’t part of the trial. We would have been more satisfied with the outcome.

Little Caylee Anthony is gone too soon. Her mother killed her and yet, by the time you read this column, Casey Anthony will be free. Freedom may bring financial rewards through interviews or movie deals. We can’t bring justice for Caylee, but remember your outrage and give your own verdict; don’t buy the book, see the movie, or watch the interviews that are surely on their way.

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