Murder verdict casts shame on nation

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The recent acquittal of Casey Anthony of the murder of her 2-year- old daughter, Caylee, is a travesty of justice.

The verdict has far-reaching implications. One implication is that there is no justice in America. It seems that many Americans and perhaps foreign nationals who watched the trial wonder how a 2-year-old girl can drown when her mouth and nose are covered with duct tape. Another remaining question is why, if Caylee's death was accidental, her death was covered up.

The verdict also implies the corruption of the American legal system. The average American appears to be no longer protected by the law, but is still expected to follow the law.

The larger implied problem is the lack of ethics and common sense that would make a jury believe a neglectful mother, a woman who is a "party animal," did not kill her daughter. The jury's verdict is outrageous and shameful -- an embarrassment to all Americans. One wonders if one of the jurors was bought off.

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The Tall Man
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The Tall Man 07/14/11 - 11:17 pm
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The fact of the matter is,

The fact of the matter is, Mrs/Ms. Antonacci, the prosecution didn't present their case well. The state went into this case with essentially no evidence and failed to prove without a reasonable doubt that Casey Anthony killed her daughter. There are so many people passing judgment on her without undeniable facts. Unless you were there(which none of us were) then she is still innocent until they can prove without a reasonable doubt that she murdered her daughter and they couldn't.

Personally I'm glad there are still people who take jury duty seriously enough to say "Okay my decision is going to effect someone's life perhaps I should look at all the evidence from BOTH sides from a logical and unemotional standpoint". The U.S Judicial system isn't morality court. You can't just have someone convicted because you "feel" that they are guilty....you have to prove it with good evidence among other things.

Remove your "beliefs" from the situation and look at it based on what it is. Not everybody sees or believes the same thing, that doesn't make anybody right or wrong, it just means that's a difference in opinion. However if I present "facts" to you and only the "facts" and you have to base your decision on that, then it doesn't matter what you feel or what you believe, you cannot deny "facts". FACT: A little girl lost her life. FACT: Her body was found a short distance from the home. FACT: The mother didn't report the child missing until a month later. That's it. They found the body with duct tape around the head, the car smelled rotten, first she said the child was with a "nanny" named Zanny (sounds like a Dr. Seuss rhyme) then she said the child drowned. But the prosecution could not make a connection with all this "evidence". You can't use hyperbole to get a conviction.

Emotions don't have a place in the legal process. It's that very reason why the families of the victims of accused murderers aren't allowed to be jurors in their trials. And I've had someone close to me murdered and yes I was angry at the accused but I also would've never put myself anywhere in his trial where I had to make a judgement call on him because I know I'd to be too emotionally invested in the case to see it from an unbiased point of view. It's to ensure everyone gets a fair trial. You'd want the same if you ever wound up in that position because not everyone who winds up accused of something is always guilty of it. People seem to forget that these days.

Also the fact is that 1,494 children were murdered in 2008, and this is the one people chose to fixate on at a national level. Why? What about about the other 1,493 murdered children? Why weren't they worth your attention as well?

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dougk 07/15/11 - 06:29 am
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I think The Tall Man summed
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I think The Tall Man summed it up pretty well. Except for the fact that more than one juror would have to been bought off, Victoria. The decision was unanimous...as it must be.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 07/15/11 - 06:44 am
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Total BS.....the jury fell
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Total BS.....the jury fell down the rabbit hole....down to bizzarro world.

hounddog
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hounddog 07/15/11 - 07:50 am
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Here is a quote from a Czech
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Here is a quote from a Czech Republic newspaper and I believe it best describes what is happening in the US.
"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

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Techfan 07/15/11 - 07:58 am
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Wow, no evidence and a jury

Wow, no evidence and a jury doesn't convict.

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mtxbass1 07/15/11 - 08:31 am
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No, Mrs/Ms. Antonacci, what

No, Mrs/Ms. Antonacci, what casts shame on the nation is that this case got so much media attention while our economy crumbles and Congress plays games with our well being.

A jury of 12 found her not guilty. The prosecution had a weak case and the system worked exactly as designed.

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mable8 07/15/11 - 08:37 am
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While it is true that most

While it is true that most juries do the job they are expected to do, it does appear that the pundits who are defending the Casey Anthony jury refuse to acknowledge the fact that there are rogue (sometimes called a runaway or nullified jury) juries who fail miserably in carrying out justice. This is exactly what this particular jury became. They failed to consider the lesser included charges; they did not call for the evidence, photos, or testimonies set aside for their review in the process of deliberation; they did not request clarification of issues from the judge (as in an explanation of the difference between reasonable doubt and shadow of a doubt); they did NOT follow the judge's instructions; and they took into consideration the punishment, which was NOT a part of their deliberation (punishment phase only enters once guilt has been established and this they did not do given their presumption she was 'innocent'). All of this has become evident from those jurors who have spoken to the press. It is a shame that this jury considered only the defendant in this case and gave no consideration whatsoever for the defenseless victim--a two year old who was betrayed by her own mother.

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tiajohnson 07/15/11 - 11:06 am
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@mable8 What are the lesser

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What are the lesser charges that you are speaking of? Because I'm positive that she was convicted of those charges.

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billcass 07/15/11 - 11:45 am
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mable8: How do you know

mable8: How do you know that? How much of the evidence that was presented to the jury did you see? My guess is we saw less than 10% of all the evidence in this case. Believe it or not, Nancy Grace is not the sole arbiter of guilt and innocence in this case. I have no idea if Casey Anthony killed her daughter. But the evidence played out in court, and the jury reached its verdict. Now move onto something else. All these people clamoring for "justice" for Caylee, while well intentioned, need to get on with life.

The Tall Man
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The Tall Man 07/15/11 - 12:22 pm
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You all who are complaining

You all who are complaining about the verdict are also ridiulous. The jurors did their jobs as they were supposed to. They're getting harrassed also. For what?!? That they did their jobs and people can't get the heck over the fact that the prosecution didn't prove anything.... There was no scientific evidence linking Casey to Caylee's death whatsoever, and not even a legit cause of death. The jury based their decision on logic, reason and evidence... Not petty emotional bias. You want to be a good juror, keep your petty emotional bias at home

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