Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Heartbreaking, But Justice Worked

If Casey Anthony had been on trial for having a personality disorder, she would have been found guilty in an hour. There was a mountain of evidence to support that charge. But her jury bravely and rightly came to a just conclusion – while her behavior was despicable, it was not proof that she murdered her little girl. This verdict was especially symbolic in a week that started by celebrating the basis of our Democratic processes.

The case was over prosecuted and sensationalized. There was no data even to prove that the child was murdered. My guess is that Casey routinely medicated Caylee to get her to sleep so Casey could party. And one day Caylee didn’t wake up. I believe it was an accident, albeit still a criminal act. I think if the prosecution had gone for a scenario similar to this they might have prevailed. But they were greedy and it blew up on them.

The trial certainly opened a window on some real ugliness in America. We saw a mother with a myriad of problems, yet no responsible person intervened in any meaningful way. We saw a daughter and sister willing to throw her entire family under the bus to defend herself. We saw complete strangers taking this so utterly and inappropriately personally that it is almost like a mob mental illness, with weeping and screaming and wishing Casey Anthony to hell and Nancy Grace declaring “the devil was dancing” at the verdict. Worst of all, we saw a doomed toddler and could do nothing to save her.

Another sad and ugly fact is there are hundreds of Caylee’s out there. Children we will never hear of and no one will do anything to help, especially if the child is poor or a minority. While our justice system works to a certain extent, I think there would have been a far different outcome if Caylee and her family had been black or Hispanic.

People are in an uproar that Casey Anthony has ‘gotten off’. But there is no future for her. There wouldn’t have been one even if this ghastly tragedy hadn’t occurred. Limited insight, impulsive behavior, unstable relationships, serial sexual partners, inability to hold a job or take responsibility for poor choices, this girl was a train racing towards a wreck. Justice according to our laws was done. Casey will eventually meet another kind of justice at her own hand.

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brokenteepee said...

Nancy Grace should be medicated....

Marie said...

Pricilla and Your Publicist, you never fail to remind me why I love you so much. :)

What is truly frightening is that Nancy Grace has reproduced. Any time I feel sorry for myself I will have to remember no matter how bad things are, they could be worse - I could be one of her children.

Barbara said...

I am getting a kick out of the responses on Facebook. People still don't understand the process.

While I believe she had a hand in the death, there was not sufficient evidence to convict her, and that's the prosecutions fault.

Judy said...

A great deal of wisdom expressed here.


Marie said...

Barbara: It is so good to see you! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment.

I completely agree. What I find really disturbing is people I know, ordinarily reasonable, normal people, have embraced a rabid, mob-like mentality. Their FB comments are frightening.

Judy: Thank you so much for your kind words. It is good to see you. :)

Nicole said...

Marie, Interesting insight on the case. I didn't really watch a lot of the trial, but it sounds like you do have a point.

Have Myelin? said...

The mob mentality reminds me of what I've read on the Salem witch trials. I believe Justice was served. There was no DNA evidence connecting Casey to the "crime" or was it an accident and her Dad is somehow involved?

Two things I am afraid of, treatment of the jurors should their identities become known and Casey's safety when she's released.

She was acquitted. Everyone needs to take a deep breath and remember they were not on the jury. It is different being there and watching it on tv.

Marie said...

Nicole: thanks so much for you comment and for stopping by!

The trial was very hard to watch, I mostly read about it. And I could not bear to see those videos of Caylee, they literally left me feeling sick to my stomach. It was such a horrible feeling to know no one could do anything to save her.

Sherry: ((hugs))Hope you are doing ok today.

I absolutely agree with you. The first thing I thought was 'someone is going to harm Casey and/or the jurors'. You should read the comments on my local newspaper website!! The ignorance and the violent threats are chilling.

Jamie said...

What gets me is where were these mob-maddened people when Caylee was being abused? How many times do little children cry out for help, for deliverance from their abusers, and people turn a blind eye? I remember many times as a child, begging the adults who knew me, and many who did not, to help me, get me out of the abusive situations that I was in. Many times I ran away from home because the abuse was so bad. Many times neighbors and police brought me back. As I got older, I started attempting to kill myself, I wanted out of the abuse so badly.

Even to this day, there are times when I am still emotionally abused and tortured by my abuser. But now I *can* get away. Still, looking back, I hold many adults at fault for allowing the abuse to continue.

I am very fortunate to not be another Caylee. I have broken the cycle of abuse in many ways. I have never tried to shove my toddlers out the front door because they won't eat a food that causes severe allergic reactions or because they don't want to lay in bed all day long.

Casey needs help. So does her mother. Casey learned that behaviour from someone, and I assume that "someone" is her mother. Her mother should have stepped in and cared for her own granddaughter when she noticed her daughter wasn't taking stellar care of her. She didn't. Now that the little girl is dead, granny gets a tattoo of her on her hip and everything is ok in her mind? Um..

This whole case rubs me the wrong way. It is very personal for me. I hope, if I am ever called for jury duty, that it is not for a child abuse/murder case, because I would have no mercy on the abuser. No matter what.

Marie said...

Jamie, first let me say I am so, so sorry that you had such terrible experiences. I am so glad you persevered and appear to be so successful, especially intellectually and as a mother. But that kind of abuse takes such a terrible toll.

The timing of your comment is ironic because I literally just finished a post on this very topic - that interventions MUST be made when child abuse is suspected.

I really am grateful for your moving testament and for your thoughts.