Justice not served in Casey Anthony trial

Published 5:46 am Friday, July 8, 2011

Within minutes of hearing the not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony trial, the social media reaction was brutal.

Popular opinion, it seems, is that justice was not service for Caylee Anthony, the 2-year-old found dead in a wooded area near Orlando. Casey Anthony, on trial for her daughter’s murder and the intentional deception of authorities trying to solve the case, was convicted only of interefering with a police investigation.

And that is not, in many people’s minds, justice.

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The verdict doesn’t declare Anthony innocent; instead, as one juror shared after the trial, the verdict is a statement that the evidence wasn’t strong enough to convict Casey Anthony. Sadly, we will never know the truth of what happened in this case. Only Casey Anthony, and anyone who may have helped her, knows what happened.

And after watching her defense attorneys spin insinuations against her father and brother, and experiencing the nasty and convulated mess that was the trial, we can only shake our heads at the process.

Sadly, Casey Anthony will be the one to profit from this experience. This case has captivated the public’s attention and the verdict thrust it into the public discourse, just like the O.J. Simpson murder case years ago.

Book deals, Lifetime movies and who knows what else likely will be offered to Anthony. After all, the entertainment industry knows what sells.

Ideally, she would not be allowed to profit off this miscarriage of justice. But the same freedoms and opportunities that make our nation great apply to Casey Anthony, and unless the judge were to order her to forfeit any profits from telling or selling her story, she will likely profit.

Sadly, the voice that is lost in this debate is Caylee Anthony. The toddler died, and we may never know exactly how or why. And it’s apparent that justice for the death of this innocent will not be meted out through our court system.