Depending on where you live you may or may not have heard much about the Casey Anthony trial. Here in Central Florida, it has been a very big deal. It has been difficult to not have an opinion and most are very strong. Many of us have invested lots of time in this case reading every article that was printed. There were lines of people hoping to get a courtroom seat during the trial. National news agencies surrounded the Orange County Courthouse. I don’t remember ever seeing anything like this.
I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about forensics; both medical and computer. I am amazed at how our every move can be traced. This is one of those things that you know in your head but when you see it in reality it is almost scary.
Judge Belvin Perry was amazing and a good representative of our court system. He demanded respect in his courtroom and did not tolerate disrespect from the spectators or the lawyers. I never would have wanted the responsibility that the jury had; how they reached their verdict may never be known.
Do I agree with the verdict? No, absolutely not. I sat there absolutely numb when they read it. However, I do have to remember that the jury did not see much of the information that I saw. They were in and out of the courtroom constantly.
In criminal law, Blackstone’s formulation (also known as Blackstone’s ratio or the Blackstone ratio) is the principle: “better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer“, expressed by the English jurist William Blackstone in his Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in the 1760s. (This came to my mind and I Googled it so that I got the information correct). As much as I was unhappy with the verdict, I do believe in this theory. I do not believe in the death penalty, I think it should be abolished. You don’t have to agree with me, I am a big girl and can think for myself.
I was emotionally vested in this trial and I wanted it to be finished. A guilty verdict would have tied things up and Caylee could “rest in peace” so to speak. That is how things are supposed to work. But life is not like that and things rarely package that neat.
I do hope that Casey will take advantage of the gift she has been given and change the course of her life. She will certainly be a very wealthy girl soon. She has shown she is very smart and hopefully she will take some of the money she will be given and get an education. Maybe one of her defense lawyers will give her a job. Who knows what her life will become?
For me, I will let it all go, let God be the judge in the end and try to remember that when push comes to shove a beautiful child is dead and nothing will ever make that ok. My life will go on and tomorrow I will be listening to the radio instead of a trial. I think I will be listening to my Jesus music for a few weeks. I need the peace.