|MILF? More like BKILF, am I rite?|
|Two in the pink, one kid in the drink!|
She's right. It might not feel right to all the people who think this verdict was a travesty of justice, but it is right. It's a greater miscarriage of justice for an innocent man to be sentenced to prison or death for a crime he did not commit than for a guilty man to be set free. It doesn't make it any easier for those who think Casey got away with murder, but then again, what if she really didn't do it?
Consider this op/ed piece from Dr. Keith Ablow, a well-known psychiatrist and current Fox News contributer, which was also brought to my attention by Shannon. As much as I hate linking anything from Fox News for any reason other than mockery and ridicule, he makes a rather interesting point here.
Ablow brings up a hypothetical scenario that somewhat parallels some of the questions that the defense raised to successfully create reasonable doubt as to Casey's guilt. Specifically, he talks about a potential situation where George Anthony was a horrible child molester, who sexually abused his daughter her whole life (an accusation that was brought up by the defense), and that, because of this lifetime of traumatic sexual abuse, Casey developed deep-seeded psychological behaviors to control the pain and trauma of this repeated, horrific abuse. That, when George's attention later turned to her young daughter Caylee and he tried to abuse her, with tragic results, Casey's unnatural coping mechanism kicked into overdrive, set her off into a manic state and caused her to express overwhelming grief, loss and guilt as hyperactive energy, promiscuity and a seemingly inappropriate celebratory behavior pattern.
Now, whether you believe that explanation holds any water or not, it's at least an interesting theory to consider, and most importantly, it is every bit as likely as the story of her being a heartless, selfish murderer that got her convicted in the media before her trial even started. Considering the lack of essential evidence, namely the actual cause of Caylee's death, it could very well be just as likely that George Anthony killed Caylee while trying to chloroform her so he could molest her as it is likely Casey killed her by trying to knock her out so she could go party. I mean, if you think about it, the kind of mindset that would cause a young mother to think drugging her child and treating it like an object is ok isn't something that comes naturally. It's not a behavior pattern common in young mothers. In fact, the common, natural behavior is one of fierce protectiveness, the "motherly instinct." Surely it would take a serious distortion of moral and ethical boundaries in Casey Anthony's life to cause her to think drugging her tiny daughter was an acceptable course of action. Distortions that could, reasonably, have been caused by a lifetime of horrible abuse at the hands of her own father. Distortions that caused her to justify, rationalize and excuse his horrific sexual and physical abuse because she loved her father and wanted to believe that, somehow, what he was doing was ok, or even that she deserved it for some reason. Distortions that would cause her to react in the most unexpected way possible to overcompensate for the misery his behavior inflicted upon her. So, she pretends that she has a great life, that she's happy and "normal" while her father rapes her. She creates imaginary stories to cover up for the incidents where he abused her so that she doesn't have to admit the truth or suffer the consequences and humiliation of bringing his abuse to light. Then, when her own daughter falls prey to him, with tragic results, she loses it and goes into super-overcompensation mode, running all over town partying, hooking up, doing everything she can to not think about what has happened, to hope that it's all a bad dream that she will soon wake up from. Finally, when the police come around asking questions, she does what she's always done, and creates wild, convoluted lies and fantasies to hide the truth, because it's too painful to deal with and she's spent her whole life burying that pain inside of her.
|New drinking game, close one eye for every child you killed.|
|Nothing brings out the compassion in old men like infanticide.|
No matter how badly Casey Anthony came across in her trial. No matter how despicable and unlikable she was in the eyes of the media and those of us around the country following the trial. Now matter how evil and heartless she may have appeared to be, under the laws of our justice system, she entered that courtroom an innocent woman. It wasn't the responsibility of the defense to prove she didn't kill Caylee, it was the responsibility of the prosecution to prove she did. The burden of proof lies with the state, and when it came right down to it, they couldn't prove - beyond a reasonable doubt - that Casey Anthony was absolutely responsible for her daughter's death. In fact, they proved it was just as likely her father did it, and for that reason, Casey was found not guilty. The system didn't fail Caylee, her family did. The detectives and evidence collectors did. The prosecution did. if Casey Anthony got away with murder, it's because the state dropped the ball, not because there's no justice in Florida. No justice in Florida would have been convicting Casey Anthony of murder without even being able to determine a cause of death, without even being able to draw a direct link between Casey's actions and her daughter's death. Without being able to irrefutably place Casey at the scene of the crime when it happened. Are you paying attention, Scott Peterson?
Yep, as much as I hate to admit it, less justice was served in the Scott Peterson trial than in the Casey Anthony trial. Peterson was convicted on less specific evidence than Casey's prosecution team had. He was a despicable, unlikable scumbag too, but he was found guilty for it. Of course, I absolutely believe Peterson murdered his wife, just like I believe Casey killed her daughter - or at the very least was responsible for her death through negligence - but if justice is truly blind, if every accused is innocent until proven guilty, well, they really didn't do a good enough job of absolutely proving, beyond all reasonable doubt, that Scott Peterson didn't kill his wife. They proved he probably did. They proved he might have had motive to do it, but they didn't connect the dots directly between his actions and her death. What did they get him for? Looking up weather conditions at the body of water where she was found? Well, they found that Casey's mom looked up chloroform on her computer before Caylee's death - or at least Casey's mom is the one who took credit for it. Remember, using the George Anthony is a molesting monster theory, he could have looked it up himself and Cindy could have admitted doing it to protect him and further add to the pattern of covering up his actions. Point being, suspicious activity by itself doesn't prove guilt. Being a bad person doesn't prove guilt. Being a promiscuous and unfaithful husband doesn't prove guilt.
So, even though maybe it doesn't feel right to say it, the fact is that if letting Casey Anthony get off for murdering her child is the price to pay for making sure an innocent man doesn't go to prison or get sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit, then justice was done in that courtroom. The system did work as it is supposed to. Next time, the prosecution just needs to do their due diligence a little better and not get complacent by thinking they have an open and shut case. Don't blame the system, blame the prosecution, who failed in their duty to meet the burden of proof. It's not a crime to be a selfish bitch, and it's only a misdemeanor to lie to the cops, so you can't convict her of those two things and expect her to do hard time in prison for it. My wife is absolutely right on this one (just don't tell her I said that).
|Here's me, and here's the state of Florida...|