We have a very specific judicial process in the United States; specifically for the purpose of insuring that innocent people are not convicted of crimes. You are innocent until you are proven guilty. You have the right to a jury of your peers. And, you don’t have to prove you are innocent because unless someone else proves you are guilty you don’t get punished. It’s really a very good system.
Of course, well into the 1960’s it didn’t work particularly well for anyone who wasn’t white. Then came OJ Simpson and it worked a little too well for someone who isn’t white. And now the system seems to have worked just fine for Casey Anthony. She was not proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s the end of the story. The system did what the system does.
Personally, I find that appalling. But I accept it because I find it equally appalling when we use DNA evidence to prove that we’ve already “accidentally” put someone innocent to death. So, I have to accept what the system tries to do. But here is what I don’t accept.
I don’t accept that the little “not quite proven to be murderer” is now running around Southern California in her rich, but unethical, lawyer’s mansion and will probably get millions of dollars in offers from editors and news organizations just for telling her story. I don’t see why a judge can’t find a way to prohibit her from profiting from this fiasco. But, that’s just me, I guess. Shit happens and the worst people in the world profit from it. Oh well.
I just think it’s a shame that for Caylee’s 6th birthday, her mother will be partying without her; and worse, without giving the slightest thought to a child who was brutally murdered just to make things easier. So, Caylee, I just want you to know that even if your mother doesn’t give a shit about human life and the beautiful miracle of childhood, there are millions of us out here who do.
Happy Birthday Caylee!