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The Nation’s Emotional Reaction to the Casey Anthony Verdict--An Editorial

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This year, the Casey Anthony trial played out like Shakespearean tragedy and became one of nation’s modern day soap operas.

The cast of characters and storyline included an adorable 2-year-old girl, murder, an irresponsible mother, loving grandparents, more than 400 pieces of evidence, a mistress, a suicide attempt, a dysfunctional family, charges of molestation and more than 90 witnesses called to the stand to testify.

Anthony was found not guilty of first degree murder, not guilty of aggravated child abuse and not guilty of aggravated manslaughter. However, Anthony was found guilty on four counts of lying to law enforcement officials.

Immediately after the verdict, Facebook, Twitter, talk radio and even the evening news became saturated with responses of shock, anger and disbelief in regards to the Anthony verdict. Mothers seemed to be extremely harsh with their words.

It seems the Anthony verdict outrage left many women and parents completely dumbfounded. Many parents go into a mini panic attack when their child disappears from their view in public places. Most people would not wait 31 seconds versus 31 days to report their child missing. Not only did Anthony wait that long to report her daughter missing, she also lived a party lifestyle during that time.

Also, many believe Anthony is guilty of murder because of her unusual actions and behaviors. For many, her actions do not make emotional sense.

Dr. Michelle Golland, a Los Angeles clinical psychologist told WDBO-AM radio, "In my estimation, Casey Anthony appears clinically to have a personality disorder.

"It's impossible to know if Casey is telling the truth, but her behavior is consistent with someone who has suffered from abuse," Golland continued in her radio interview. "Casey is pathological liar."

Also, in an interview with CNN, Golland stated, "There is something deeper going on with this family."

Our gut and emotional reaction may be that Anthony is guilty of murdering her innocent child. However, our judicial system does not throw people behind bars based on our gut feelings. In 1692, the witch hunt trials hung innocent people because of emotional reactions. The U.S. judicial system prosecutes people based on the facts and evidence of the case.

Yeah, many of us want to throw Anthony under the bus and we want justice for little innocent Caylee. But, the prosecution did not prove the case and evidence to convict beyond a reasonable doubt.

In an interview with ABC News, juror Jennifer Ford stated there was not enough evidence to convict Anthony.

Anthony may be not guilty but she is also not innocent.

The jurors did their job and the U.S. judicial systems works, while other judicial systems, like Italy, used unreliable science and emotions to convict American Amanda Knox.

CNN-HLN News. July 6, 2011. Viewed via live, transcript not available at this date.
ABC News. Nightline Special with Barbara Walters. July 6, 2011. Viewed via live, transcript not available at this date.

Reviewed July 7, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Alison Stanton

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