Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Reality and Reality TV

Just like the rest of the world I've have been glued to the T.V. watching the Casey Anthony trial.  Just like the rest of the world I have my opinions and my theories about what happened to a 2 year old little girl.  But in the end, not myself, not Nancy Grace and the rest of the mad dog legal pundits, not the people on the street or on Facebook or in numerous discussion groups know what happened and we never will.  I cannot say for sure that Casey Anthony is guilty or not guilty, but I can say with certainty that I don't feel that the State of Florida proved beyond a reasonable doubt that she was guilty and that in the end is the point. 

In this country unlike in France, England and numerous other countries in the world, the burden of proof is on the people prosecuting the case, not on the accused.  It is the best system.  Without this system the constitutional rights of each and every one of us would be at risk of being railroad by the State.  Ironically enough these jurors came up with this verdict the day after the 4th of July...when the citizens of this country celebrate our individual liberties fought and won and they re-affirmed the idea that all of us have the right to be innocent until proven guilty.  That we have the right to be determined guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and that anything under that designation is not good enough.  So that is done, agree or disagree, everyone of us must be assured that our legal system and a country that is governed by the rule of law provided a system of justice that in the end works. 

At the end of the day I can say this ringing affirmative...nobody was served by this case...not Caylee Anthony, not her mother, her grandmother, her grandfather or her uncle.  The people that had the most to gain by any of this are the media.  For three years they exploited Caylee and the story of her sad demise.  The context of the story had nothing to do with reality.  It bothers me, this idea of "reality" and how we as watchers of this feel like we know these people personally.  That we can judge people, we can judge their motives and their behavior just because they are on our tv screens day after day after day.  We will have to listen Nancy Grace and a plethora of other media types go over this again and again and cry about the lack of justice because of course we try people in this country via the media.  But I want everyone to stop and think about this, we don't know what happened, we don't know Casey Anthony and neither do they and it is with this in mind that we need to let the anger go and judgement go and spend our time and energy regretting the fact that bad things happen to innocent and good people and be sad that in this country that violence against children is a all too common occurrence and despite this verdict will continue to happen, especially in places or to people that the national media don't turn an intense spotlight on. 

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