think it is truly sad that people are so completely willing to condemn
Casey Anthony without either knowing her or the circumstances behind the
whole media frenzied murder trial we have deemed justice. Guilty or
not, what does our desire to want to see her pay for her alleged crimes
without a preponderance of evidence, say about our American State of
Anthony case was brought to the forefront of our current media circus by
broadcasters and legal commentators nationwide much like the O.J.
Simpson case. For weeks, people clung to the statements and testimonies
of experts, friends, family and associates of the accused and the
accusers alike. When the trial was finally complete and both parties
had rested their cases, the jury convened and soon after, delivered a
verdict based on the evidence at hand. The result: Not Guilty on all
four counts. In reaction to this verdict, people everywhere began to
spew statements of condemnation for the verdict and have been insisting
that the trial was a miscarriage of justice.
The media has paraded around, discussed on news shows and talk shows and profited from this
case. How many commercials were played during the proceedings do you
think? How many useless gadgets and trinkets of zero value were sold to
the People during this circus? And for what? The
truly sad part of this whole mess and a question many should be asking
themselves right now is: If it weren't for the media coverage and news
print opinion polls, would Casey have been found not guilty at all?
Would justice have behaved itself and truly performed to the intent of
its judicial protocol and standards of practice or would the trial have
lasted half as long and resulted in Anthony's death sentence?
truly perplexing is how, prior to the People vs. Anthony Casey verdict
being read, is how many people in America had stood in protest of this
same Judicial System that has imprisoned people of ethnic diversity
longer than those of the white ruling class. They have protested this
injustice ad nauseum with the soul intent to call into question the
evidentiary process and have vehemently protested the massive
incarceration rates of the American population and for good cause: The
American prison system has the highest incarceration rate per capita
than any other Nation in the world.
Many have written on the injustice and questionable system of prison privatization
and most recently, Wisconsin's Governor, Scott Walker had decided to use prison labor
to perform the job of Union workers but this decision by Walker was
corrected by a Federal Judge to the great satisfaction of many. The
people determined the judge's decision in the Walker labor case to be a
success story for the Judicial System but now, these same people are
calling into question the decision made by the People of the Jury in
finding Casey Anthony not-guilty of the murder, manslaughter or abuse of
her child; Caylee Marie Anthony and are rallying to reverse the judgment
. So why now have so many decided that this particular defendant should have been cast into the abyss of imprisonment?
the answer lies within a social structure where the People have become
so frustrated and have been forced to bear terrible witness to
injustices outside the legal realm infecting their own lives. These
injustices have been delivered unto them by a political system support
by a corrupt Supreme Judicial wrought with representatives and Justices
who only favor corporate interests over those of the people and have now
become infected with blood lust laced with want of revenge. These
thoughts and desires are new to many and they have no idea how to deal
with them other than to cast their anger at a defined target rather than
an in place bureaucracy which is seemingly unreachable.
in America, the People are losing their jobs, their homes and their
sense of financial security to a Governmental regime that seemingly
cares nothing about them and these People have come to a point where
they haven't any idea what to do about it or even, how to control it.
When something like a trial for the alleged mistreatment or death of a
little girl comes to the forefront, a relief valve of sorts reveals
itself and they rally behind the hope that someone will finally pay for
hurting a child the way they have seen their own children or those
children of others they may know, or even the frustration they
themselves have been suffering, to be punished for these economically
challenging times. The Casey Anthony trial has very little to do with
the disappearance and evident death of little Caylee: It has to do with
payback akin to a moral road rage against the the system.
though, after Justice did behave properly and delivered the true
intentions of real American right to a fair trial, the People are
reaching for pitch forks and torches. Maybe the people carrying these
mob tools or condemnation need to take a serious look at themselves and
ask what it is they actually stand for. Maybe it is that they have been
so fooled for so long that injustice is the new America System that they
have found injustice to be the acceptable norm. Perhaps these people
need to take a refresher course in what Justice truly is and was
originally intended to be in America.
all is said and done, the question that remains and hopefully, will
resonate within all of our minds is: Who are we to judge Casey Anthony?
Yes; a child was tragically lost but very few of us were either there
during the alleged crime or the entire duration of the trial. We were
not presented with the evidence. Who are we to now sit as a jury and
say she should die for a crime that was not proven to have been
committed? Wouldn't this judgment be the very same sort of injustice
levied upon We the People through an unfair system that so many fight
against everyday? Wouldn't this call for vigilante justice to condone
the condemnation of this woman for an unproven act make all of us who
stand daily against an unfair system, hypocrites?
Steven Forrest is a Project Architect living in St. Petersburg, Florida. Currently, he is working to implement Green Building initiatives in several communities across Florida. Given the current situation in America and the continued (more...