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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

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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