I thought Aphrodite Jones summed it up best on “Hannity” when she said that the jurors in the Casey Anthony trial had taken the concept of reasonable doubt and extended it to shadow of a doubt. If you look up the word reasonable in the dictionary, you find: “not exceeding the limit prescribed by reason; not excessive.” In this case, the jurors clearly exceeded the limit prescribed by reason.
In his closing remarks, Jose Baez turned reasonable doubt on its head and convinced the jurors that they were obliged to convict only if they had no doubts. In other words, he successfully misled them as to the intent of the law.
If the bar for conviction is any doubt rather than reasonable doubt, we’re likely to see more verdicts like O.J. Simpson’s and Casey Anthony’s in the future. Based on F. Lee Bailey’s wild theory that Mark Fuhrman rolled up one of O.J.’s socks in his pant leg, I guess you could argue that it justified some doubt about O.J.’s guilt. But if the doubt is one-in-10 million (which are the odds I would ascribe to Bailey’s totally unsubstantiated theory), that would exceed the limit prescribed by reason. The fact is that O.J. was clearly guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Let me be clear that I never want to see an innocent person put in prison, let alone executed. But it’s happened in the past and it will happen again, because – sorry liberals – life isn’t perfect. It has often been said that it’s better that 99 murderers go free if it means saving the life of one person falsely accused of murder.
Perhaps. But what about 1,000 murderers going free in exchange for saving the life of one innocent person? Or 10,000 murderers going free in exchange for saving the life of one innocent person? Where do we draw the line? Answer: where the evidence is beyond a reasonable doubt.
If you set the bar for conviction so high that defense attorneys know it’s just a game of throwing enough legal excrement against the wall, they can always raise some doubt. But that’s not where the bar is supposed to be. The law clearly states reasonable doubt.
Set aside the chloroform; set aside the duct tape; set aside the claimed childhood sexual abuse; set aside George Anthony’s supposed affair. All these are secondary issues. The three key issues that are indisputable – and that represent evidence that makes Casey Anthony’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt – are:
First, no mother, no matter how good or how bad she may have been in the past, ever went partying for 31 days after her child disappeared, never called the police and never displayed any concern about her. To say this was just her way of dealing with emotional distress is not a reasonable conjecture.
All the DNA evidence in the world can’t stand up to common sense. Casey Anthony’s behavior was overwhelming circumstantial evidence that made her guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Second, no mother ever sat in a prison cell for three years, claimed that she didn’t know what happened to her child (in this case, after her Zanny-the-nanny tale was exposed), then, at her trial, told her attorney to tell the court that she died as a result of a drowning accident. (I’m assuming that Jose Baez didn’t subject himself to criminal prosecution by making up this story on his own.)
Again, you don’t need DNA here. If you blatantly lie about your child’s cause of death, it’s beyond a reasonable doubt that you killed her.
Third, no mother, after finding her child drowned, ever decided not to call the police and instead wrap the child in a plastic bag and throw her in the woods. There is no reasonable explanation for even a world-class idiot turning a drowning accident into a potential death-penalty homicide. To believe someone could have done this is to go far beyond a reasonable doubt.
No doubt some jurors are intelligent, well informed, deep-thinking people who carefully weigh the evidence. But the politically incorrect reality is that a significant percentage of jurors are totally unqualified to make sound and honest judgments based on the law. Perhaps professional juries in high-profile cases are a possible alternative to some of the dolts who now sit on juries and insist on ignoring evidence that is beyond a reasonable doubt.
That said, the guy who should be really mad about the outcome of the Casey Anthony trial is Scott Peterson. He had much less evidence against him than she did, but, thanks to defense attorney Mark Geragos’ obnoxious arrogance and puffery, Peterson ended up on death row.
In closing, I would also opine that the biggest giveaway to guilt is the one thing Casey Anthony, O.J. Simpson and Scott Peterson all had in common: None of them showed a lick of grief or sorrow at any time.
Defense attorneys are fond of saying that no one can predict how he might act if he were under indictment for a murder he didn’t commit. Hokum, I say. Any person who’s had a loved one (or even an ex-spouse, as in the case of O.J.) murdered would be grief-stricken – and would show it.
I wouldn’t say this one piece of circumstantial evidence demands a guilty verdict beyond a reasonable doubt, but I’d wager that the emotionless person on trial would be guilty in 99 percent of the cases. There comes a time when a bit of common sense is in order.
Final thought: Casey Anthony should work on repressing her laughter, because what lies ahead for her is a life filled with overwhelming problems and unhappiness. She’ll probably make a few million dollars quickly, but her story is likely to have a tragic ending.
There’s a part of me that almost feels sorry for this emotionally disturbed young lady, but the thought of how her 2-year-old daughter’s life ended makes that an impossibly high bar to clear.