Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny over at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent." Check out Ms. Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants and information on how you can join in the fun.
Yes, I've been following the Casey Anthony trial. Mostly I've had the TV on as background noise and then I'd rush in during breaks in the trial and listen to the TV LAWYERS dissect everything that was said or done. I have mixed emotions about trials being telecast. Yes, I do enjoy following them, but I hate to see them turned into a media circus.
I'm really tired of all the "expert" LAWYERS giving their opinions. There's just too much of that going on. Personally, the LAWYER I dislike the most is Nancy Grace. I caught a few minutes of her show after the verdict. Yes, the verdict was disappointing to most of us, but Nancy Grace really likes to get people fired up and she'd better be careful. There are plenty of nuts in the world and it doesn't take much to get some of them riled up. The last thing we need is some crazy person taking a gun and shooting a lawyer, juror or an Anthony family member. I heard Casey's parents left the courtroom quickly after the verdict because there have been death threats made against them.
Since the verdict I've heard comments made about the jurors too. My personal favorite is the one LEGAL "expert" that feels the jurors were victims of the Stockholm Syndrome because they sat across from the defense table and formed some kind of relationship with Casey. Then Nancy Grace commented on how they wouldn't even talk to the press and got on the bus and left town. Of course, it was said with sarcasm. I believe they've been away from their families for weeks and with the press stirring up emotions it's probably not safe for them to be identified at this time anyway. I don't agree with their verdict as I would have liked to have seen Casey convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, but I wasn't on the jury and they were. I respect their opinion even though I disagree. The talking LAWYERS on TV shouldn't be listing some of their flaws on television juror by juror. Have you seen that done? At least these people showed up for jury duty and didn't try and get out of serving like many citizens in this country do. I don't believe they went into this case with the idea of getting Casey off. They listened to the evidence presented and didn't believe the state proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Yes, I've had it with LAWYERS on TV.
If you're called for jury duty don't make up an excuse and try to get out of serving. That's another one of my pet peeves. I believe we should all be honored to serve. The American system of justice isn't perfect, but I believe it is the best in the world and we should all be willing to do our part when called. I had a friend that told me she'd never tell me again how she got out of jury duty because I made her feel guilty with my little lecture. She had breast cancer many years ago and would see her Oncologist once a year for a check-up. When called for jury duty she'd tell them that she was under the care of an Oncologist and they'd excuse her every time. She wasn't exactly lying, but she wasn't exactly telling the truth either.
Let's honor Caylee's memory by showing up for jury duty and proudly serving. That's something constructive we can all do.
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Edited: July 7th, 2011 - I just realized I had inadvertently written "Let's honor Casey's memory..." when I meant Caylee's. It's Caylee's memory we want to honor and I've changed it in the above post. It's was definitely a typo.