Presumption of innocence
Bea and I spent the weekend with friends down in Tampa Bay, while we were super busy having more fun that should be allowed in just a long weekend we also followed the Casey Anthony Trial. Every time we had a chance we would watch some of the trial or one of the summaries. It looked like it was going to be a slam dunk and the evidence did not look all that circumstantial… however we were wrong.
When we heard that she was innocent on the greater charges, I was not upset. My wife was a little outraged and we talked about it a bit. In reality, the system is not broken and the more we discussed it the more we realized that in reality there seems to be a lot of information missing. You cannot convict people without due process and specially actual evidence. I am not a judge nor jury so I have no idea… does she seem guilty… yes, but I am not in a position to actually make that call.
Latin Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat
(the principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty)
My friend Daniel had a similar reaction to the verdict, and even though people try to “call him out” by bringing up a cause he and I support (I actually picked up the cause thanks to him) the WM3. It is a actually an example of what can happen if circumstantial evidence is given more power than it should.
Being a juror is not an easy job, and we should not be outraged at them. Lets not approach this situation like celebrity gossip, but rather like what it is, the loss of a life. I do hope that those responsible are brought to justice CSI style. While that lady might not be the perfect mother, right now there was not enough evidence for her to be put in jail. If she is involved directly or indirectly her own conscience might be the only judge and jury right now. Lets hope that the lessons that come out of this is that the system will do everything it can to find the true perpetrators and not just another celebrity inflation like the OJ Simpson trial debacle.