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,
"Well, I hope that this is a lesson to those of you have indulged in media assassination for three years. Bias, and prejudice, and incompetent talking heads saying what would be and how to be. I'm disgusted by some of the lawyers that have done this.
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