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Sunday, July 17, 2011

The release of Casey Anthony

(CNN) -- As public outrage reaches critical mass over Casey Anthony's release from jail, trial observers who agreed with the jury's verdict say holes in the state's forensic case help explain why she was acquitted in daughter Caylee's death.
The strength of the state's forensic evidence, the stuff popularized in television dramas but widely misunderstood by the general public, has been a hot topic in legal and scientific circles since the discovery of Caylee's body in December 2008. With her remains decomposed to a skeletal state, could Florida prosecutors prove beyond a reasonable doubt how the 2-year-old died, or where her body had been before it was found in garbage bags in swampy woods near the Anthony family home?
They turned to cutting-edge forensic evidence that Anthony's lawyers called "junk science" and others considered too experimental for the courtroom.
One blogger summed up the thoughts of many trial observers in a blog post titled, "The real danger from Casey Anthony's trial: Scary scientific precedents."
"Most of these forensic techniques have never tp://been allowed in any trial in the U.S.," blogger Matt McCusker wrote on the website of the American Society of Trial Consultants, Deliberations. "The average juror does not have the expertise to differentiate between 'good science' and 'junk science,' so the court must help them by excluding dubious evidence." He made the observation a day before the not guilty verdicts.
But, with the verdicts, many believe the jurors showed they didn't buy the evidence, and proved the system works . . . .

No, that is not the whole story, but hopefully enough.
Repeating the story is not the point of this blog. The point is to address the court of Public Opinion. Yes, I do believe in Freedom of Speech. Yes, I believe she should have been found guilty. Yes, I believe that each and every person who is charged with a crime is Innocent until proven Guilty. In this case, she was found Innocent, where I believe in my right to disagree. I do not believe that any one has the right to take the law into their own hands. 
Casey Anthony was found innocent, therefore she should not have to fear for her life.