I have tried to avoid comment on the Casey Anthony trial saga. I believe that she is guilty as hell and got a gift being able to walk out of jail next Sunday.
But if what who was once known as juror number three, Jennifer Ford, is suggesting, this jury played a very dangerous game of CYA.
Or these 12 people are as stupid as Miss Anthony is.
Allahpundit is spot on that this could be a subtle case of jury nullification. Although I think that it is not subtle at all.
What it sounds like is a combination of jury nullification and not totally understanding that they really had an out on lesser charges that they chose to acquit Miss Anthony on.
After all, the lesser charges included aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter. Neither charge carried a death penalty at all. Maybe a long time in jail, but no death penalty. This is the point of Radell Smith in this post over at www.examiner.com
In other words, yes it could very well be that the jury was not convinced about the first degree murder charge. But to not find Miss Anthony guilty on the lesser charges? No, all the jury seemed to be able to convict her on were the charges of lying to law enforcement.
Well, I want to know how they even found Miss Anthony guilty of lying to law enforcement if they could not convict her of any of the serious charges?
The aspect that the jury is only charged with deciding whether or not any defendant is guilty or not guilty of said charges. In this case, the judge would have decided the sentence. And even if the jury were to stick around for a penalty phase, they could have decided not to impose the death penalty.
I am sorry, but no one can say that Casey Anthony is Mom of the Year material. At the very least, Miss Anthony is a sociopath. At most, she is a parent that so callous she killed her daughter because her daughter, the true victim, Caylee, got in the way of the party life Miss Anthony was interested in.
But what can not be denied is that there is not one bit of justice for Caylee Anthony. Her short life is being thrown away because 12 people could not see through the fact that Casey Anthony at the very least committed child abuse. Maybe as bad as manslaughter. OK, maybe not first degree murder.
I totally believe that these 12 people were not worried about justice but whether or not they would be able to sleep at night. That they did not want to pass judgement on any charge beyond four misdemeanor counts of lying to law enforcement. It is symptomatic of the age we live in. Even one of those that ended up on the jury said that she can not be one to pass judgement on anyone.
We need to be able to be judgemental folks. Reasonably. These folks were not. And if a potential sentence is why they broke the way they did, why is there not any attempt to appeal on those grounds alone?
You be the judge.
Is Casey Anthony a stupid slut that gamed the system and saved her sorry hide?
Or are 12 people more worried about a possible death sentence rather than ruling on evidence, circumstantial and actual?
And here is a real burning question.
Who is Caylee Anthony's father? And how can he live with himself?