Pretty much, I figured she was guilty and walked away from paying attention to it, and pretty much, I was surprised that she was found not. But here's the thing -- my life does not hinge upon, hang upon, concern what she did or didn't do. And I'm not losing sleep over whether or not she killed her daughter.
Personally, I think it was an accident, and she covered it up. She didn't handle it like any "normal" person would (ie: give a shit/call 911/not throw her baby's body in the swamp). It is what it is, and the prosecution went for the gold medal in putting her up for the death penalty, they shot their wad and missed the target. The jury didn't think there was enough REAL solid evidence, and obviously felt that putting her to death was not the thing to do without actual REAL solid evidence. Death penalty on circumstantial (even though it is a lot) evidence without an actual cause of death or DNA or fingerprints shouldn't get you the needle.
I'm very pro-death penalty when it looks pretty lock safe and rock solid that the person in question "did the deed" and the deed is that incredibly heinous that they really deserve what they get.
In this case, I honestly don't think that they proved it, and my thoughts and gut feeling don't matter against the jury decision. That also said, I think that it is good that we live in a society where the general public doesn't make decisions made off of 30 minute news broadcasts on CNN and FOX, and that a jury gets to sit and decide.
So back to my friends who are currently obsessing over this trial, this verdict. I'm not saying anything to them to enrage them, I'm kind of just staying quiet on Facebook... but my cousin Amy said it very well, and I want to share these thoughts here:
Amy has seen some crazy things in her life's line of work. She is currently in the process of relocating to Guatemala to pursue her career as an occupational therapist at a children's hospital. She has traveled there a couple of times, and is dedicating herself wholeheartedly to being there long term. You can and should read her adventures here. And many of you know Keri and her efforts on behalf of orphans in Siberia. Mind you, a lot of these kids are kids with parents who are alive, and families that COULD take care of them but do not... and then these families block the adoptions so there is no hope for these kids aside from living in institutional insanity.
Children are left on doorsteps, unwanted. Children are left in fields, to die. Children are tortured, used as prostitutes, sold. Children suffer horrible fates all over this world. Caylee Anthony suffered horribly, I'm sure. Or, she suffered not at all and it was quick and done. I have no idea. We have no idea.
But people are out of their minds insane and upset over this one little child. When there are literally thousands of other children suffering the long term ill effects of crap parenting, horrible political strife, war, and other not-perfect life situations. But they don't get panties in collective bunch over any of that.
Perhaps this is a collective outcry on the behalf of ALL children? No. It is outrage over one child. One mother. One trial. My friend Bree pointed out that outrage comes in the form of a white child, and to some extent she's right. There are plenty of missing/dead inner city minority kids all over this nation. Based on the percentage of national population, the percentage of missing black kids in this country is incredibly high. (NPR).
So what is the point? What is the point in being so incredibly obsessed with this particular trial? Why can people be so incredibly invested and focused on this one situation, but be so unwilling to pay any attention to all the other situations in the world where they can take an active role in preventing death and abuse?
If anyone has any ideas and suggestions, please let me know. And if you yourself are neck deep in obsession with this trial, unplug from it, find your local do something good agency, do a little research, contact Keri and offer to do good through her in Siberia... take action. Do, so someone else can be better.