MAN...tough day in the court of public opinion. By the time I returned from doctors and IV treatments, my tv, computer, and Facebook feed blew up with outrage over the Casey Anthony verdict.
"Reminds me of OJ. I want to puke."
"She'll get hers."
"Better hire full time protection."
"I would not doubt that the jury was paid. Could be...or they are real idiots."
"People who live in Florida, chop her up in thro her in one of them swamps and let the gaters eat her."
"My heart is ripped apart! How dare those idiots on that Jury not see the truth? That b---- killed her kid! Who the hell killed Caylee then?"
Within minutes, Twitter exploded with threats, jokes, and disgust.
Now, the family is getting death threats...and on and on and on....
The upset is understandable. A little girl is dead. The story makes no sense. And, clearly, Casey is hiding something. What concerns me, though, is the hate.
Does justice really exist for anyone under these circumstances?
Will the jurors be safe if they ever choose to come forward?
Can a family ever recover after this type of tragedy?
As I watched the news footage, I couldn't help but think of my own experience as a mock "juror" on a very large insurance/MD proceeding. It was a HUGE case...one I am not allowed to discuss, but the glimpse it provided into the legal "process" changed me forever.
Some comments that really floored me?
"The guy's a rich scum bag. He had to do it."
"It's obvious he's not honest. He must be guilty."
"I've got kids to get home to. Let's just vote."
"Kathleen (said to me in a threatening, condescending tone by the foreman), everyone here agrees he did it so why don't you just 'get on board' so we can move on?"
One by one, I watched three other jurors who were unsure about "convicting" get bullied into changing their verdicts. In the end, in tears, I caused a hung jury...much to my dismay and to the dismay of others. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do.
When I left the deliberation room that day, I told everyone "I'd be horrified if any of you ever served on my jury." And I meant it. Today, after reading a lot of the posts and feeds, I felt pretty much the same way.
Did Casey lie? Totally.
Do I like her? NO.
Do I think she knows what happened and in some way should be held accountable? YES.
Did the prosecution prove their case beyond reasonable doubt? Obviously not.
I think that's the hard part about JUSTICE. It doesn't come in a pretty package with perfect wrapping and a nice bow. It's messy...like diving into a dumpster. Regardless, my heart goes out to the jurors, the judge, the innocent family members, the lawyers, our community, and mostly Caylee...
Hopefully, one day, the truth will prevail.
Altered today: Cases, Voicing My Opinion, Concern Over Witch Hunts