I am so tired of hearing that “the jury system worked.” The system failed. It failed in the Casey Anthony case, it failed in the O.J. Simpson case, and it failed in the Michael Jackson case.
I watched Jennifer Ford, juror number three, who was interviewed on ABC news last night. In my opinion, she was very flippant about the whole thing. She even said, (paraphrasing) ‘I couldn’t convict her of something that might have put her to death; if I had, then I would have been a murderer, and no better than her.’
Then what the hell was she doing on this jury? First of all, punishment was not the jury’s job to worry about. Punishment comes, if and when, there is a penalty phase. Secondly, if this juror did not think she could have convicted Casey because she worried that she might make the wrong decision, then she should not have been on this jury in the first place. To me, her statement sounded very self-protective, not one that was about justice.
Then she said, “they didn’t show us a motive.” Did she even listen to the jury instructions, or read them in the jury room? The prosecution did not have to prove motive.
The ABC interviewer asked the juror about justice for Caylee. In my opinion, her attitude and answer was kind of like, ‘oh well, no big deal, not my problem.’ That’s how I perceived her.
The United States judicial system was designed to have jurors with intelligent discrimination and moral ethics. But we now live in an age of morally corrupt human beings with little conscience, and few moral values. Society is riddled with ignorant, indifferent, self-protective, and self-driven people.
The juror from the interview last night said that many of them cried after they made their decision. I bet you they cried because they were so happy to be going home, and the juror who was due to go on a cruise must have been especially elated.
In my opinion, when these 12 people decided, in just a few hours, to exonerate Casey Anthony of any culpability in the death of Calyee Marie, they metaphorically placed the duct tape right back over little Caylee’s mouth, wrapped her in a garbage bag, and threw her body right back in that swamp.
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