How a Trial Jury Resembles Social Constructionism Essay
Michael R Wyatt Thomas Canon CRJ 3014 08/04/2011 After 33 days of testimony, 400 pieces of evidence and over 90 witnesses the jury on the Casey Anthony trial reached a verdict. The case was mostly circumstantial, but as it unfolded it portrayed her as a self-centered cold blooded killer. On July 5, 2011 America witnessed Casey Anthony being acquitted of murdering her 2 year old daughter Caylee Anthony. To many people around the nation the “not guilty” verdict represented a failure in our justice system to mete out justice the public determined was merited.
The verdict is a perfect example of our judicial system working ineffectively and letting yet another murderer to be free. Casey Anthony who was arrested in 2008 on the charge of murdering Caylee Anthony was acquitted of all charges except for lying to police multiple times about her daughter. The delivery of the verdict not only caused the court clerk to pause and recompose herself, but caused a general disdain throughout the country for how our justice system treats certain people.
The consensus of the nation can be summed up by the statement of New Yorker Susan McDougal “I’m sick, you know she killed a little girl and she gets off, goes home and maybe has another baby she can abuse and hurt. ” Judgments like that give a green light to questionable people that it is alright to kill your child just as long as you know the prosecution will have a “weak” case against you, and you have a “good “ attorney that will get off!This level of level of ignorance displayed by our justice system is shameful and unacceptable. Our nation has laws based on reason, and our system’s bedrock principle is innocent until proven guilty. It’s a shame those principals weren’t used here. The American Judicial system has a set of rules passed by congress and approved by judges nationwide that establishes, in detail, how trials should be managed and what evidence may go to jury. To declare the judicial system is “broken” because of this trial is flat out dumb.Casey Anthony is not the first person to be acquitted of a crime the general consensus presumed they were guilty of. Remember a little case in 1995 that was blown out of proportion by the media and the general consensus was that the defendant was guilty but was acquitted? If you said the O.
J. Simpson Murder trial then your memory is impeccable. In both trials it was widely thought that the defendant would be found guilty, but due to the loopholes, mistakes and mastery of the jury by the defense attorneys both defendants were found “not guilty”.Members of the Casey Anthony jury constantly say that “if you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be”. Legal Experts like Nancy Grace, who watched and listened to the trial are sticking to their claim that the jury was wrong in every way.
The prosecution failed the justice system by not providing sufficient evidence linking Casey Anthony to the crime, which opened the door for the defense to convince the jury that Casey Anthony was an innocent victim that was unfairly persecuted.History is rife with examples of innocent people that were condemned to punishment by the mindless yelling of the public mob. But just like the OJ trial this case was not one of them and the only innocent people were the victims. We’ve created a system of procedural checks and protections to insulate the judicial system from faults, but like anything else it is prone to failure. According to our justice system, every individual is innocent until proven guilty, however in some instances there are individuals who know how to twist that principle to serve their purposed.In closing the result Casey Anthony Trial case is the result of a faulty and lax judicial system. The system needs to be overhauled to be able to punish the “guilty” and “acquit” the innocent with a very small margin of error. Reference Mark Kogan.
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