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« on: July 05, 2011, 02:29:28 PM »

Wow...for those who care, gotta love the American justice system.......

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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2011, 02:59:10 PM »

So officially a mother can do no wrong, something us in divorce court knew already.
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2011, 03:00:25 PM »

Any news on whether Nancy Grace has exploded yet?
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2011, 03:04:13 PM »

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(CNN) -- Casey Anthony was acquitted Tuesday of first-degree murder and the other most serious charges against her in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter.

But the jury convicted her on four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers.

As the verdict was read, Casey Anthony cried from her seat in the courtroom, breathing deeply as she looked forward. She then hugged her defense attorney Jose Baez and other members of her defense team.

Her father, George Anthony, meanwhile, showed no visible reaction from his seat in the back of the courtroom.

Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. set sentencing at 9 a.m. Thursday for Casey Anthony. She faces up to a year in jail on each of the charges she lied to police.

The verdict was reached by the seven-woman, five-man jury after deliberating for less than 11 hours in a trial that stretched to more than six weeks and featured allegations of sexual abuse, questions regarding Casey Anthony's competence and various theories on what happened to 2-year-old Caylee.

The rest of the article found here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/07/05/florida.casey.anthony.trial/index.html?iphonefb

Well, I'm an American myself. I haven't followed the trial at all (until the past couple of weeks). I just wanted to hear the verdict on Casey. Now she's been found not guilty on murder and manslaughter, but guilty for providing false information to the authorities in Florida. Had she been found guilty on all the counts, she would have received life in prison, or worse...the death penalty.

Thank God I live in a country were under the law we:
  • enter a courtroom innocent until proven guilty [apparently a bulk of my fellow countrymen and women haven't got that message clearly after the Michael Jackson (memory eternal) and OJ Simpson cases]
  • have the rights to a fair and free trial

Granted, our justice system is far from perfect, but it's somewhat better than other systems from other countries where they'd decree you guilty until proven innocent or (God forbid) sentence or execute you when accused of a crime.

At least it's all over now. Case closed.

Any news on whether Nancy Grace has exploded yet?

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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2011, 03:08:09 PM »

Precedent for post-birth abortion to be legalized?

Remember, in the American court system you are innocent until proven broke.  She obviously had some good financial sponsors.
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2011, 03:12:45 PM »

Any news on whether Nancy Grace has exploded yet?

We can't be that lucky.
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2011, 03:14:06 PM »

Since I hide under a rock, I knew nothing of this case till this weekend when my grandmother told me about it for an hour.

I asked the charges: She said murder, AGGRAVATED manslaughter, the other stuff.

I said, she will get a no guilty verdict. Ended up makes wagers up to $150.

I won.

Florida should have went with involuntary manslaughter. Even if the jury believed her actions lead to the child's death, murder certainly was off the table, but aggravated manslaughter speaks to more than just taking a life, but to a state of mind and perhaps a pattern of behavior.

Knew only what Grandma and the other yentas told me.

Shudda thought I could have wagered online. According Geraldo, the odds were high.

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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2011, 03:40:38 PM »

My wife is literally crying right now. She is not a fan of Casey Anthony at all.
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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2011, 03:42:13 PM »

Lets hope she commits another crime, like OJ and ends up where she belongs...

You get away with a crime once, you're probably delusional enough to believe you can do it again.

Our justice system is so messed up...
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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2011, 03:45:59 PM »

Bottom line, it is a vulgar display of voyeurism and statement on our mediated view of our world when a local crime catches the hearts and imaginations of an entire nation to such a degree in virtue of its mere salaciousness.

Aren't we in the US at war or something?
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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2011, 03:49:58 PM »

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Bottom line, it is a vulgar display of voyeurism and statement on our mediated view of our world when a local crime catches the hearts and imaginations of an entire nation to such a degree in virtue of its mere salaciousness.

Aren't we in the US at war or something?

Very true. However this does prove we really need to get our house in order badly.
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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2011, 03:52:04 PM »

I have to admit, I haven't followed this case basically at all.  It doesn't affect me in any way - I do not know any of the involved, I don't live in her community or even in Florida, and I have never even been to Florida.  However, I wonder why people think they know better than the jury whether or not she is guilty?  Certainly her behavior, from what I understand, was not particularly how I would have probably acted after finding my child was missing, but that doesn't mean she wasn't affected by it - people act in all sorts of unusual ways when they get news they don't think they can deal with.  Frankly, I don't know why people who weren't in the courtroom, and haven't (I should hope) spent hours and hours considering the case, and haven't had access to the evidence the way the jury has, think they can decide better than the jury.  Is it that you think you are smarter than the jury?

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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2011, 04:00:10 PM »

So officially a mother can do no wrong, something us in divorce court knew already.

That's an ugly response, kiddo. 

So much for the hospital for soul approach.

FRY THE &IATCH...eh?
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Bottom line, it is a vulgar display of voyeurism and statement on our mediated view of our world when a local crime catches the hearts and imaginations of an entire nation to such a degree in virtue of its mere salaciousness.

Aren't we in the US at war or something?

Thank you.

I would also like to add that this kind of thing happens at least weekly in my city, only the victim isn't a cute little white girl with big eyes.
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2011, 04:01:42 PM »

So officially a mother can do no wrong, something us in divorce court knew already.

That's an ugly response, kiddo. 

So much for the hospital for soul approach.

FRY THE &IATCH...eh?

This is just as ugly, Mary, and you should know better.
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« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2011, 04:03:39 PM »

Lets hope she commits another crime, like OJ and ends up where she belongs...

That's a very malicious statement, don't you think?  Shocked
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Bottom line, it is a vulgar display of voyeurism and statement on our mediated view of our world when a local crime catches the hearts and imaginations of an entire nation to such a degree in virtue of its mere salaciousness.

Aren't we in the US at war or something?

Thank you.

I would also like to add that this kind of thing happens at least weekly in my city, only the victim isn't a cute little white girl with big eyes.

Implied point amplified. Thanks.

I recommend to everyone to fast from "news" in general. It is amazing how much garbage I walked around with in my head that I could absolutely nothing about and that impotence created a general sense of anger and bitterness toward situations I could actually impact and the world in general.

If the whole world seems beyond hope, what's the point? People were happier when problems they knew about could be managed to some degree with their effort.

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So officially a mother can do no wrong, something us in divorce court knew already.

Family obfuscated the facts.  Defense created reasonable doubt.  Many child killers are held accountable for their actions ... well, until Frontline showed cases of people falsely convicted of child abuse when the child died as a result of undiagnosed and unexamined underlying medical conditions.

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Casey Anthony's family didn't want the State prying around their personal business even as they endured 3 years of around the clock media spotlight.  A family of sociopaths - they stuck together rather than selling each other out.  We will never know what happened to Caylee Anthony.   Sad  Huh  Sad  May the Lord have Mercy on her.

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« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2011, 04:10:27 PM »

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So officially a mother can do no wrong, something us in divorce court knew already.

That's an ugly response, kiddo. 

So much for the hospital for soul approach.

FRY THE &IATCH...eh?



This is just as ugly, Mary, and you should know better.

Yes.  I had come back to change it but perhaps I should leave it as evidence of my own wrongdoing.

However, I stopped watching the trial ages ago because it was clear that there was not enough evidence to convict her of first degree murder.  The prosecution overestimated themselves...and the evidence.

Now that the the trial is at an end and we've got a verdict, I will say that I do not believe that the woman did in fact murder her daughter in cold blood.

But to compare this tragedy to a hapless marriage is just stupid, I think.
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« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2011, 04:19:18 PM »

A not proven verdict may have been more appropriate than not guilty, but generally speaking, justice was done. The prosecution's case was weak, the evidence just wasn't there to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecutor was being irresponsible in even taking this case to trial, he should be personally billed the expenses the state wasted prosecuting this case. No witnesses and the only forensic evidence available was based on the undeveloped and only marginally scientific field of analyzing smell. The prosecutor was hoping to get a conviction by character assassination, anyone who's graduated from elementary school should know that an ad hominem is not sufficient basis for a convincing argument. The only thing this trial has demonstrated is the incompetence and bias of Florida's prosecutors.
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« Reply #21 on: July 05, 2011, 04:22:53 PM »

The prosecutor was hoping to get a conviction by character assassination, anyone who's graduated from elementary school should know that an ad hominem is not sufficient basis for a convincing argument.

Whatever, know-it-all . . . //:=|
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« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2011, 04:23:26 PM »

I agree with GiC and maria.

A not proven verdict may have been more appropriate than not guilty, but generally speaking, justice was done. The prosecution's case was weak, the evidence just wasn't there to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecutor was being irresponsible in even taking this case to trial, he should be personally billed the expenses the state wasted prosecuting this case. No witnesses and the only forensic evidence available was based on the undeveloped and only marginally scientific field of analyzing smell. The prosecutor was hoping to get a conviction by character assassination, anyone who's graduated from elementary school should know that an ad hominem is not sufficient basis for a convincing argument. The only thing this trial has demonstrated is the incompetence and bias of Florida's prosecutors.

it was clear that there was not enough evidence to convict her of first degree murder.  The prosecution overestimated themselves...and the evidence.

Now that the the trial is at an end and we've got a verdict, I will say that I do not believe that the woman did in fact murder her daughter in cold blood.

But to compare this tragedy to a hapless marriage is just stupid, I think.
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« Reply #23 on: July 05, 2011, 04:26:46 PM »

Well, there is another good thing out of this...I can continue to wait with baited breath, uninterrupted, for the start of the English Premier League again.  laugh

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« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2011, 04:26:57 PM »

I have to admit, I haven't followed this case basically at all.  It doesn't affect me in any way - I do not know any of the involved, I don't live in her community or even in Florida, and I have never even been to Florida.  However, I wonder why people think they know better than the jury whether or not she is guilty?  Certainly her behavior, from what I understand, was not particularly how I would have probably acted after finding my child was missing, but that doesn't mean she wasn't affected by it - people act in all sorts of unusual ways when they get news they don't think they can deal with.  Frankly, I don't know why people who weren't in the courtroom, and haven't (I should hope) spent hours and hours considering the case, and haven't had access to the evidence the way the jury has, think they can decide better than the jury.  Is it that you think you are smarter than the jury?

The authorities were out saying how we have to respect the jury's verdict, and the system.

No, we do not.

It's not the first jury verdict that turned out to let the guilty free (or condemned the innocent, e.g. Leo Frank). Unfortunately, with the mandate that "we have to respect the jury's verdict," it won't be the last I'm afraid.

I avoided this trial as much as possible, as I did OJ's.  But the commentary from those who watched every moment kept on harping on questions I formed from the first I heard of it-chiefly not contacting authorities for 30 days then coming up with a bewildering array of stories of what happened.  One story wasn't enough?

For myself, I'm glad its over.  The idea of people knocking over each other to get in the courtroom and other obsessive behavior disgusts me.  but the distaste that the little girl didn't get justice and her blood cries out to heaven won't go away.
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« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2011, 04:29:54 PM »

No offense to anyone upset by this verdict, but I'm so glad that our legal system is based on proving a case and not on how frothy-mou­thed Nancy Graces and others FEEL.
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« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2011, 04:30:46 PM »

No offense to anyone upset by this verdict, but I'm so glad that our legal system is based on proving a case and not on how frothy-mou­thed Nancy Graces and others FEEL.

^ Amen.
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« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2011, 04:35:33 PM »

A not proven verdict may have been more appropriate than not guilty, but generally speaking, justice was done. The prosecution's case was weak, the evidence just wasn't there to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecutor was being irresponsible in even taking this case to trial, he should be personally billed the expenses the state wasted prosecuting this case. No witnesses and the only forensic evidence available was based on the undeveloped and only marginally scientific field of analyzing smell. The prosecutor was hoping to get a conviction by character assassination, anyone who's graduated from elementary school should know that an ad hominem is not sufficient basis for a convincing argument. The only thing this trial has demonstrated is the incompetence and bias of Florida's prosecutors.

True.  However, there was no DNA evidence against Scott Peterson either.  There was tons of media interest in his case at the time.  You don't need DNA to convict; this isn't television.  However, in the end, no one ever knows what a jury will decide.  The prosecution had a good case; but the defense showed enough to give reasonable doubt.  All that's needed.
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« Reply #28 on: July 05, 2011, 04:39:27 PM »

So officially a mother can do no wrong, something us in divorce court knew already.

That's an ugly response, kiddo. 

So much for the hospital for soul approach.

FRY THE &IATCH...eh?



This is just as ugly, Mary, and you should know better.

Yes.  I had come back to change it but perhaps I should leave it as evidence of my own wrongdoing.

However, I stopped watching the trial ages ago because it was clear that there was not enough evidence to convict her of first degree murder.  The prosecution overestimated themselves...and the evidence.

Now that the the trial is at an end and we've got a verdict, I will say that I do not believe that the woman did in fact murder her daughter in cold blood.

But to compare this tragedy to a hapless marriage is just stupid, I think.
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No offense to anyone upset by this verdict, but I'm so glad that our legal system is based on proving a case and not on how frothy-mou­thed Nancy Graces and others FEEL.

^ Amen.
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Bottom line, it is a vulgar display of voyeurism and statement on our mediated view of our world when a local crime catches the hearts and imaginations of an entire nation to such a degree in virtue of its mere salaciousness.

Aren't we in the US at war or something?

Yeah, and isn't there something going on with the economy?? 
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« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2011, 04:46:36 PM »

I agree with some of the commentators: the State overcharged her. I think she was probably involved and more likely than not was behind it, but the State was not able to prove their extensive case beyond all reasonable doubt. They probably thought the jury would find her guilty on a lesser charge. But that way of thinking can backfire too, which I think we have seen here.

It helps to think of it this way I think: she was found not guilty of the State's charges. That's all a trial really is. She was not declared innocent of the crime. But, due to double jeopardy, she can never be charged for this crime again. But she will still stand with the rest of us on Judgment Day, and the Lord will do what he feels is right.
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« Reply #32 on: July 05, 2011, 04:49:53 PM »

Bottom line, it is a vulgar display of voyeurism and statement on our mediated view of our world when a local crime catches the hearts and imaginations of an entire nation to such a degree in virtue of its mere salaciousness.

Aren't we in the US at war or something?

What I don't understand is how these cases suddenly become national phenomena. OJ I can understand, being a celebrity, but there are hundreds of murders every week in this country. Why do some become media circuses and others don't?

It is a problem with the voyeuristic society we have become.
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« Reply #33 on: July 05, 2011, 04:52:47 PM »

I'll just say this....I wasn't there. I don't know if she did it or not. And, either verdict, I still wouldn't know and none of us will know for sure. True, there were some really weird defense arguments (I didn't follow the case, but from the little news snippets I heard, it sounded like a weak defense case).

I think of it this way: only three people truly know if she did it (and I have to assume that since no eye-witnesses provided testimony)...her, God and the victim. And, if she did truly do it, then I am perfectly content with letting God deal with it as He sees fit. Any other consideration of this matter, by me, would be futile and not change anything. Guilty or not, God will take care of the matter.

Our justice system is flawed, anyway. Look how many people, with hard evidence and perhaps even eye-witness evidence go free and look how many convicted people, years later, are suddenly proved to be right...they didn't commit the crime they were convicted in. Not saying that we shouldn't arrest people and try them, but to put all our trust and faith in the justice system is kind of stupid. No matter what, God will take care of it all, in the end.
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« Reply #34 on: July 05, 2011, 04:53:48 PM »

No offense to anyone upset by this verdict, but I'm so glad that our legal system is based on proving a case and not on how frothy-mou­thed Nancy Graces and others FEEL.

Hear, hear!
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« Reply #35 on: July 05, 2011, 04:57:32 PM »

Lets hope she commits another crime, like OJ and ends up where she belongs...

You get away with a crime once, you're probably delusional enough to believe you can do it again.

Our justice system is so messed up...

Personally, I think that her tubes should be tied so that she cannot have anymore children.  I hate the thought of her having another child and killing him/her too.  That would be a huge price to pay for the mom to finally end up where she belongs.

I just have one question--how many parents who have a child that accidentally drown hide the body and pretends the child is missing instead of calling 911 to hopefully save the child?
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« Reply #36 on: July 05, 2011, 05:01:05 PM »

Lets hope she commits another crime, like OJ and ends up where she belongs...

You get away with a crime once, you're probably delusional enough to believe you can do it again.

Our justice system is so messed up...

Personally, I think that her tubes should be tied so that she cannot have anymore children.  I hate the thought of her having another child and killing him/her too.  That would be a huge price to pay for the mom to finally end up where she belongs.

I just have one question--how many parents who have a child that accidentally drown hide the body and pretends the child is missing instead of calling 911 to hopefully save the child?
I would say 1, Susan Smith, but that was no accident, and she called 911-to set them off on a wild goose chase for a black man.
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« Reply #37 on: July 05, 2011, 05:02:27 PM »

So officially a mother can do no wrong, something us in divorce court knew already.

That's an ugly response, kiddo. 

So much for the hospital for soul approach.

FRY THE &IATCH...eh?

I guarantee you that if she became Orthodox and confessed that she killed her little girl that the priest would require her to go and confess to the authorities and confess to them.  That would be part of repentance.
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« Reply #38 on: July 05, 2011, 05:06:35 PM »

So officially a mother can do no wrong, something us in divorce court knew already.

That's an ugly response, kiddo. 

So much for the hospital for soul approach.

FRY THE &IATCH...eh?

I know Katherine.  I'm sorry.  I was actually growling at Isa.  Not Orthodoxy.

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I guarantee you that if she became Orthodox and confessed that she killed her little girl that the priest would require her to go and confess to the authorities and confess to them.  That would be part of repentance.
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« Reply #39 on: July 05, 2011, 05:18:16 PM »

I just think it's bs that you dismiss a case because of circumstantial evidence... come on... it's pretty clear she is guilty. even if it's a heap of circumstantial evidence, that should be enough to convict her. Sure if the case is only built on a few points that are circumstantial, then fine. But when you have so much evidence, even if its circumstantial, you should convict.

I hope the jury realizes what they've done. Maybe they need to go back to school and actually grow brains... so stupid...
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« Reply #40 on: July 05, 2011, 05:28:08 PM »

I just think it's bs that you dismiss a case because of circumstantial evidence... come on... it's pretty clear she is guilty. even if it's a heap of circumstantial evidence, that should be enough to convict her. Sure if the case is only built on a few points that are circumstantial, then fine. But when you have so much evidence, even if its circumstantial, you should convict.

I hope the jury realizes what they've done. Maybe they need to go back to school and actually grow brains... so stupid...
In the very least, I would have hung the jury (figuratively, not literally).

The really tragic thing is that this happens all the time, but because it isn't a cute little white girl, it's not news.
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« Reply #41 on: July 05, 2011, 06:59:52 PM »

I just think it's bs that you dismiss a case because of circumstantial evidence... come on... it's pretty clear she is guilty. even if it's a heap of circumstantial evidence, that should be enough to convict her. Sure if the case is only built on a few points that are circumstantial, then fine. But when you have so much evidence, even if its circumstantial, you should convict.

I hope the jury realizes what they've done. Maybe they need to go back to school and actually grow brains... so stupid...

The case was weak, there was more than reasonable doubt. You're presuming guilt and taking the evidence to construct a narrative that fits your already presumed verdict. But that's not the job of a Jury, a Jury must presume innocence, they must take the evidence and try to fit it into any narrative EXCEPT the prosecutor's narrative...if one can construct a narrative, any narrative, with the evidence, which is at least a slightly plausible (it may not even be most plausible narrative, but just slightly plausible is enough), then it is their duty to acquit.

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« Reply #42 on: July 05, 2011, 07:08:17 PM »

I just think it's bs that you dismiss a case because of circumstantial evidence... come on... it's pretty clear she is guilty. even if it's a heap of circumstantial evidence, that should be enough to convict her. Sure if the case is only built on a few points that are circumstantial, then fine. But when you have so much evidence, even if its circumstantial, you should convict.

I hope the jury realizes what they've done. Maybe they need to go back to school and actually grow brains... so stupid...

The case was weak, there was more than reasonable doubt. You're presuming guilt and taking the evidence to construct a narrative that fits your already presumed verdict. But that's not the job of a Jury, a Jury must presume innocence, they must take the evidence and try to fit it into any narrative EXCEPT the prosecutor's narrative...if one can construct a narrative, any narrative, with the evidence, which is at least a slightly plausible (it may not even be most plausible narrative, but just slightly plausible is enough), then it is their duty to acquit.

Our judicial system, imperfect though it may be, is what separates us from the barbaric peoples of this world: the presumption of innocence, the standard of reasonable doubt, the unanimity of the Jury, the right to representation, the independence of the judiciary, the protection against double jeopardy, the constitutional right to due process. In this instance, they system worked perfectly.
If she did do it, a child murderer got off.

If she didn't do it, she has been in jail for how long for something she didn't do?

So much for your perfection.
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« Reply #43 on: July 05, 2011, 07:26:46 PM »

I just think it's bs that you dismiss a case because of circumstantial evidence... come on... it's pretty clear she is guilty. even if it's a heap of circumstantial evidence, that should be enough to convict her. Sure if the case is only built on a few points that are circumstantial, then fine. But when you have so much evidence, even if its circumstantial, you should convict.

I hope the jury realizes what they've done. Maybe they need to go back to school and actually grow brains... so stupid...

The case was weak, there was more than reasonable doubt. You're presuming guilt and taking the evidence to construct a narrative that fits your already presumed verdict. But that's not the job of a Jury, a Jury must presume innocence, they must take the evidence and try to fit it into any narrative EXCEPT the prosecutor's narrative...if one can construct a narrative, any narrative, with the evidence, which is at least a slightly plausible (it may not even be most plausible narrative, but just slightly plausible is enough), then it is their duty to acquit.

Our judicial system, imperfect though it may be, is what separates us from the barbaric peoples of this world: the presumption of innocence, the standard of reasonable doubt, the unanimity of the Jury, the right to representation, the independence of the judiciary, the protection against double jeopardy, the constitutional right to due process. In this instance, they system worked perfectly.
If she did do it, a child murderer got off.

If she didn't do it, she has been in jail for how long for something she didn't do?

So much for your perfection.

She was convicted on 4 counts of making false statements, that carries a sentence of up to 4 years, she's only been in jail for 2 1/2 years. The judge can still sentence her to another year and a half or he can determine that time already served was adequate. So this has not been a case of an innocent person sitting in jail for years because of bureaucratic red-tape. It certainly happens in some cases and those are a flaw in the system, one that could be corrected with more generous granting of bail and generous financial compensation for the falsely accused...but it didn't happen in this case; as I said, in this instance, the system worked rather well.
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« Reply #44 on: July 05, 2011, 07:35:16 PM »

Bottom line, it is a vulgar display of voyeurism and statement on our mediated view of our world when a local crime catches the hearts and imaginations of an entire nation to such a degree in virtue of its mere salaciousness.

Aren't we in the US at war or something?

Thank you.

I would also like to add that this kind of thing happens at least weekly in my city, only the victim isn't a cute little white girl with big eyes.

Whites are generally held to a much higher standard. Ask yourself why that is.
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