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As a former juror and social studies teacher, as well as the one who recommended Casey focus some of her newly acquired millions on full-time protection, oh...and the mother of a beautiful 5 yr old little girl, I completely agree that the system is not based on emotion but evidence & there wasn't any. I'm a firm believer in what goes around comes around. The Anthonys deserve the firestorm that's around the bend. The jurors did what no one else would want to do (what the majority of my friends agreed was...sadly...the correct decision) & I truly feel for them. Do I think some nutcase is going to try to right a very horrible wrong? Most certainly...perhaps he/she will be an evidence-lacking "slut & liar" who will escape conviction as well. unfortunately it will more than likely be a glory hound, & the side show will continue. RIP Caylee.

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Yea...the making money off of any of it is tough to stomach. Someone posted a Twitter feed yesterday that said "I can't believe I live in a country where Casey Anthony will make more money than me." Although it hasn't happened yet, in the land of Jersey Shore and other absurdities, I could definitely relate. I wonder, do you think this verdict is harder on parents than it is on single people?


What I feel is sad. Sad for a little girl who died a horrible death. I understand the outpouring of anger and hatred after the verdict. But I also find it sad. It doesn't bring that beautiful child back.


You are such an amazing writer, Kathy! My mom is visiting your neck of the woods today. I should have hopped in her suitcase so I can come hang out with you and Melissa! :)


Great post Kath. I haven't followed it too much. It is just too depressing and exhausting. Plus, I wasn't there. I don't know what happened. If they didn't have some clues that pointed to her without a reasonable doubt, then the jury made the right choice. I just wish that little girl had the justice she deserves. May she rest in peace!

Alter Everything

It is sad, Judy. Tragedy brings out the best and worst in all of us. XOXOX to you. Are you feeling any better?

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Anytime, Alyson. I know Melissa and I would both welcome you with open arms. How are you feeling today???


Today I had a very good day and I hope you did, too! Thanks for asking.

Jan Marie

VERY well said! I was thinking the same thing not ten minutes ago - "have any of these people heard of the phrase 'beyond a reasonable doubt'?" Apparently they haven't... Personally I'm glad that's how our justice system works (or is supposed to work). It keeps us from descending into witch hunts. In the words of Voltaire, "It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one." Agree with it or not, that's how the American justice system was built; innocent until PROVEN GUILTY BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT. Kathleen, you are so brave for standing up for your conscience when you had the slightest doubt in your mock jury. And good for you telling those people you wouldn't want them serving if you were on trial; hopefully your words struck home on the consciences of those other three who were wavering. As anyone who's taken a basic psych course knows, the bully mentality can be so frighteningly strong, but if just one other person stands their ground, it makes it easier for others to do the same. Kudos to you!

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