Casey Anthony is set to be released from jail on Sunday after being found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse, and guilty only of providing false information to police.
What was astonishing about the public reaction to the verdict last week was not that ordinary citizens were outraged, wondered whether prosecutors and jurors had done their jobs, or asked whether there were still some way to serve justice to the acquitted murderess.
What was astonishing was the instant, instinctive chorus of chronic felon-defenders everywhere that “the system worked.”
Harvard law professor and O.J. Simpson-defender Alan Dershowitz decided that this travesty of justice would be the perfect opportunity to lecture Americans, Janet Napolitano-style, that “the system worked.” (Liberals’ sense of irony is even less developed than their sense of humor.)
Dershowitz wrote, “[A] criminal trial is not a search for truth. Scientists search for truth… A criminal trial searches for only one result: proof beyond a reasonable doubt.” I suppose the hours of scientific testimony by forensic experts at the Anthony trial were provided for mere entertainment value.
Commentators everywhere chided the masses for swelling in anger over the “not guilty” verdict and portrayed them as overemotional, unthinking rubes with no respect for our legal system and a hankering for the days of vigilante justice. read more »