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Will Casey Anthony Acquittal Lead to Attack On the Right to A Jury Trial

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The response from the "execute Casey" advocates has been vicious, vilifying the jury as stupid, incompetent, and overly influenced by CSI.

Here was the conversation at Fox News

BERNARD GOLDBERG, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, the mistake, the talking heads that he condemns, the mistake that they made is that they thought incorrectly that the jury in Orlando had a modicum of common sense.

This jury -- this jury watched too much "CSI, Miami." This jury wasn't going to convict unless there was rock-solid evidence way beyond anything that was presented.

This -- look, I mean, I'm so disgusted with this whole thing I can -- I can hardly speak straight tonight. But the lawyer condemning -- condemning the talking heads, listen, the problem is with the jury. Not so much with the talking heads. The problem is that the jury, as I say, didn't have a modicum of common sense.

O'REILLY: And I agree with you in the sense..."


My fear is that the acquittal will lead to the mobilization of forces similar to those which were mobilized successfully to destroy another right we thought was part of the fabric of American justice-- the class action lawsuit. The five Republicans on the Supreme court destroyed that illusion. It is not unreasonable to consider that possibility that the right to a jury trial will be assaulted. That does not mean that suddenly, all jury trials will be eliminated. It could mean that excuses and policies will be made to block access to jury trials-- excuses that will require expensive legal challenges that most suspects cannot afford. 

Jury trials are bottom up, decentralized processes that are out of the control of most powerful. Even the powerful mainstream media-- a major weapon of the right, of the corporatocracy-- were unable to influence the outcome of this trial. In fact, the media may have led to the failure of the prosecution.

CNN reported on attorney Jeffrey Toobin's commentary, 

"Toobin said that if media coverage affected the trial, the influence might have been seen in the prosecution's decision to make this a death penalty case."

"(This) always seemed like a wrong decision to me, given the ... absence of a cause of death (and) a time of death," Toobin said. "To make this a death penalty case sounded to me like the prosecutors had been spending too much time listening to people on cable news being outraged about the case rather than evaluating the evidence in the cold light of reality, and I think that was where the media influence was, more than in how the jurors behaved."

Like a jilted lover, after a three year affair, attorney/media pundit Nancy Grace, angrily opined, " "as the defense sits by and as their champagne toast after that not guilty verdict, somewhere out there, the devil is dancing tonight."

Well, the jury came to a decision in spite of the Media lynching in advance. 

One of Anthony's lawyers, defense attorney Cheney Mason gave the press the finger, and declared, 

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... but it wouldn't surprise me.  I fear for ... by JP Sayles on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 10:28:33 AM
my understanding is that jury trials are very rare... by Tony Duncan on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:10:01 AM
This verdict will in no way compromise the jury sy... by Michael Haltman on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 10:44:21 AM
...I completely disagree about how this might risk... by Jill Short on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:07:21 AM
Just saying that the decision could be used as an ... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:21:28 AM
their case was weak from the get go.  They co... by Laura Roberts on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:28:38 AM
is what occurred here.  The prosecu... by Laura Roberts on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:33:22 AM
one reader wrote to me: "beyond ridiculous rob - l... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:42:29 AM
civil proceedings and in criminal proceedings unle... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Jul 7, 2011 at 12:08:21 AM
bothered to check the article that I linked to abo... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Jul 7, 2011 at 1:24:53 PM
be able to control the government and secure liber... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Jul 7, 2011 at 1:27:49 PM
So, since the right to a jury trial has been conve... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Jul 8, 2011 at 1:45:53 PM
What's the typical voter turnout again?Congression... by Jack Flanders on Friday, Jul 8, 2011 at 11:28:05 PM
reason why people don't vote is that they don't th... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Jul 9, 2011 at 11:45:12 AM
I think this article is a little behind the curve.... by Darren Wolfe on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:48:51 AM
is common in USA. Years ago I wrote long story how... by John Smith on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:02:08 PM
No one should be convicted based on public opinion... by Donna Sims on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:43:21 PM
       You are appar... by GUY P. FRASER on Thursday, Jul 7, 2011 at 9:49:45 AM
 you flag all you want, this is no worse than... by GUY P. FRASER on Friday, Jul 8, 2011 at 7:34:02 AM
You would never ask this question if you had ever ... by Patricia O'Malley on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 1:27:59 PM
We also have a Constitutional right to only be sub... by Jill Short on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 3:38:39 PM
power who don't give a damn what the civics books ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Jul 8, 2011 at 1:35:24 PM
I'm just AMAZED at the lynch mob mentality of the ... by Ronnie Moehrke on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 1:29:56 PM
But yeah, that fits.  Nancy Grace seemed to h... by Dawn Owens on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 1:45:32 PM
Nancy Grace is an attention-seeking fool.  Wh... by Jill Short on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 4:18:23 PM
I would be very interested in what the defense bar... by Stuart Steinberg on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 4:58:40 PM
here's what it says:   Amendment VI (6): Ri... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 1:55:37 PM
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I saw a very determined and thorough presentation ... by Donna Sims on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 8:02:07 PM
The lesson I took from the Republicans on the Supr... by Ed Martin on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 3:43:22 PM
The jury was provided no conclusive evidence showi... by Philip Dennany on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 7:32:19 PM
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