Add to that legal Mount Everest the emergence of charismatic, recklessly relentless, prosecutorial character assassins such as Nancy Grace with unlimited resources to "examine" your case before a worldwide audience 24 hours a day -- turning a majority of public opinion against you, making it increasingly difficult to find people for juries that don't hang on Grace's every precious word.
Then it's a miracle Casey Anthony isn't currently appealing a death sentence. She does have to live in hiding, though, doesn't she?
Is Casey Anthony guilty? All I care about is the actual legal verdict. She was kept in prison for three years while prosecutors were unable to find enough evidence to convict her. But the seemingly ever-rising public affection for people such as Nancy Grace convicting people night after night on television, rather than letting our actual legal system handle it, bothers me.
I can envision a day where I might be sitting in a prison cell, an officer steps in tells me I've been convicted without one of those needless trial thingies simply because Nancy Grace is convinced I'm guilty -- and who could possibly need more than her honest opinion?
Everyone thinks wrongful convictions are the worst, such as a person released after 20 mistaken years in prison. Yet the Casey Anthony trial is glaring, ironic evidence that a determined broadcaster can get anyone convicted -- if not actually, then at least in the public's mind.
How little so many seem to care how deathly wrong this phenomenon is and could be -- that is, until Ms. Grace's little light gets turned onto them.