Sunday, 17 July 2011

This Week's Poll: The Casey Anthony Trial

Talk about current events. Is there a soul anywhere who did not hear about this case and the overwhelming public response to it? I tend to doubt it. Most every publication and many news stations at least covered the outcome of this case. It was a huge source of commentary and a lot of grumbling if not outright threats - whether made against Casey and/or the jurors - as well as that deplorable incident where some woman tried to run down another woman that she thought was Casey in Oklahoma to "save the children". (Yikes. I'm embarrassed to be part of the same race as this woman. She should be demoted from human... it is not our right to take the law into our own hands.)

This case has been going on since 2008 and it has finally come to an end. Casey Anthony has no money, no where to go, is in general reviled by the public (as we can see) and has really had everything stripped from her. As much as the public believes in her guilt, they don't really know - they are just outraged and thinking the black hole that is American jurisprudence has once again let them down. But the twelve jurors could not bring themselves to unilaterally vote her as being guilty. So what does this say?

Maybe it means true innocence, maybe it means that reasonable doubt was created or maybe it means there was an error somewhere - with evidence, police actions (such as an error in reading the Miranda rights) or some legal eagle dropped the ball somewhere. Who knows - court cases can have shocking outcomes from stranger things. The O.J. Simpson case comes to mind.

And maybe the public is just wrong.

We'll never know for sure. But let's see what readers think. This is just a poll and your answer is completely confidential. Just vote what you think.

Thanks! I'll follow up with this on 1 August (the poll closes on Sunday, 31 July at 23:59 EDT).

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