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Public Reaction to Anthony Verdict is Out of Control

08 Jul

The Jurors name and addresses shouldn’t need to be released for the public to understand the verdict nor to not lose faith in the justice system. If you understand that a Jury is instructed to reach a verdict based on evidence, then you shouldn’t need a juror/s to explain why they gave a verdict. 

When one receives a Jury Summons that calls them into court, they don’t have a choice to not serve. If they don’t go once instructed to do so, they are held in contempt and/or fined. In “my opinion” it’s a shame that ‘we’ do not reserve the right to remain unknown if we choose to do so, especially when safety is a concern. It’s even more disturbing to me that a juror would even be at risk.

When certain media outlets over-expose a trial while injecting their own take, as was done with the Casey Anthony trial, conditions arise that at times become uncontrollable; even placing a security risk on those involved. If Casey Anthony had been found Guilty the public would have been happy, shouting justice was served, however the jury would’ve disregarded court instruction and ignored the law to have reached that verdict and would have reached the verdict based on feeling rather than evidence.

Truth is the public tends to become too attached to issues outside their own lives. Having an interest can be healthy when allowed to watch our justice system at work, but it becomes ridiculous when one becomes so involved that outrage and threats towards another are engaged.

As a citizen of the United States of America we all have the right to the freedom of speech, as we do the right to a fair trial; weather we agree or disagree with the outcome. What if America didn’t hold a trial and simply hung their people based on the feelings of the people? How many innocent people would be dead? There are people found guilty though they were innocent, just ask someone who has spent most of their life behind bars only to be released with an apology years later.

The public does not know what happened at the Anthony home; only those who were there know and the Lord above. It’s not anyone’s business either; like it or not, being a liar doesn’t make her a murderer… it makes her a liar. Casey Anthony was given a fair trial and based on the evidence, the jury delivered their verdict and the public needs to spend their energy being productive in their own lives and/or volunteering for a cause they can be as passionate about, and respect their decision.

It’s amazing how many people have gotten on TV and acted as if they know the Anthony family and use that as reasoning for their actions; just as some of the media and legal professionals have done. Screaming on air, claims of will/should or will not/should not happen, statements based on their feelings and speaking on behalf of everybody as though they know how everybody feels; simply ridiculous.

When did we become a nation so nosey, so angry, so spoiled, that if things don’t go the way believed they should, we act in an outrageous manner. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Why insist on dragging up older trials and comparing? The media compared the Casey Anthony trial to the trials of Michael Jackson, OJ Simpson and John Gotti. What happened to responsible Journalism?

Read (ex Homicide Detective) George Anthony’s Suicide Letter…

Cynthia Marie,

As you get this letter, this should be no surprise that I have decided to leave the earth, because I need to be with Caylee Marie. I cannot keep on going because it should be me that is gone from this earth, not her. I have lived many years. I am satisfied with my decision because I have never been the man you, Lee, Casey and & especially Caylee Marie deserved. I have never been the man any of you could count on. I have always let each of you down in more ways than I can remember. I do not feel sorry for myself. I am just sorry I burden all of you the way I have. My loss of life is meaningless. Cynthia Marie, you have always worked the hardest, given the most to me, and I have never “Thanked you.” 28+ years ago, you corrected me, a man who has now found his identity in life. What I mean is, you always challenged me the right way , and I always could never live up to your expectations. You have always been smarter, more knowledgeable & thought things thru & I love you for that.

(Apparently there were 2 pages that couldn’t be read, making it an 8pg letter)

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I cannot be strong anymore. Caylee Marie, our grand-daughter I miss her. I miss her so much. I know you do too. You were always the one that provided for her. What did I provide? I blame myself for her being gone! You know for months, as a matter of fact, for a year or so, I brought stuff up, only to be told not to be negative. Caylee Marie I miss her. I miss her.. I want my family back. I sit here, falling apart, because I should have done more. She was so close to home, why was she there? Who placed her there? Why is she gone? Why? For months, you & I, especially you always questioned, why? I want this to go away for Casey! What happened? Why could she not come to us? Especially you, why not Lee? Who is involved with this stuff for Caylee? I am going crazy because I want to

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Go after these people Casey hung with prior to Caylee being gone. That is why I got that gun. I wanted to scare these people. You know. They know more than they have stated. You cannot – sugar coat, kid glove these people. They need hard knocks to get info from. Sure that will not bring Caylee Marie back, but was Casey threatened? You know, Casey does not deserve to be where she is! I miss her. I miss her so much. I am worried for her. Her personal safety is always on my mind. Stay to deal with so-so much, as I do you also! I have never wanted to my family for sorrow in any way. I realize families have ups & downs, but we have suffered our share & then some. Cynthia Marie, you have always deserved more &with me being gone you will. I have always brought you down. You know that. You are better off. Lee will be there for you. Mallory is such a great women. I see how you are with her. She is a Keeper. Future

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Daughter-InLaw. I smile when I say her name. Mallory, please take care of yourself, Lee &Cindy. Someday you will be a great wife to Lee, and a fantastic mom. Cindy is a great “Grammy,” & will love you forever. Getting back to why I cannot live anymore: I cannot function knowing our granddaughter is gone. Caylee Marie never had a chance to grow. I wanted to help her in so many ways. Shoot the 1st Basket! I could go on & on. I sit here empty inside for her. For you, for us. Jose’ keeps calling. Yes, you deserved more & you will have freedom to enjoy what you deserve. I have taken what meds was given to me with alcohol & I am ready to give up. As I can tell by my writing & thinking I am getting very stupid. Wow, what a word STUPID. Yes, I am. Again, I do not feel sorry for myself, but yes I am STUPID. I cannot deal with stuff anymore.

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The loss of Caylee Marie. The loss of Casey. The loss of us, Cynthia Marie, the meds, I am ready. Saying Good Bye, please understand it is for the best. I do not deserve life anymore. Anymore us. You are the best, you always have been. I am sorry for all that I have done to us. You know I never got to say good Bye. I am at this place & all is getting foggy & my unity is all over the place. I love you, I love you, I hope you get to see Casey soon. All the people we met, wow the writing is getting weird, I love you, I am sorry – I will take care of Caylee- once I get to God “Hopefully”

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I want to hold her hand again, I miss her, I will always Love us, I am Sorry Cynthia Marie, I called my mom today, Sonnie, Kathy, Ruthie (I lost her #), I am so tired, at least I shaved today, wow – I’m tripping out, I am sorry,

I Love You – Cynthia Marie

Caylee Here I come

Lee, I am sorry

Casey –

Upon reading the above suicide letter I’d like to point out a few red flags… The length, statements in bold and the failed attempt.

I’ve been asked what I believe and/or think about the trial and verdict, but it really doesn’t matter what I believe or think. Though I have an opinion, as everyone else, I wasn’t a Juror; I respect the Constitution and refuse to disagree with the decision the Jury made. All the threats and talk of vigilante justice is absurd and needs to stop.

What is the obsession with where Casey Anthony will exit the jail and where she will live?! Quite frankly, it’s none of anyone’s business. Why is it okay for those opposed to use their voice, but not okay for those unopposed?

In closing I ask that if you want to hound, judge or camp out on a lawn… that it be your own.

Kimberly Michele Durham

July 7th, 2011

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2 responses to “Public Reaction to Anthony Verdict is Out of Control

  1. kjf

    July 11, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Kimberly, I applaud your ability to understand our justice system and your willingness to put it in writing, in electronic infinity, perhaps. So many people are in a constant rush to judgement, brought on by at-your-fingertips-fast food choices, Ebay purchases, and even same day doctor appointments, that they miss out on the evidence (or lack thereof). We’ve gotten lazy and we’ve all come to enjoy being spoon-fed. It’s time to wake up!

    I served on a jury for 5 weeks (nothing, in comparison to those on the Anthony trial), and I learned a lot from that experience. Like you said, folks are not asked if they want to be on a trial jury–a capital murder trial–they are chosen. It’s a right and a privilege to be able to serve on a jury. It is also a task given to us by our country and our government, which we should never take lightly. The job is to listen to the testimony, refrain from discussing the events until given direction to do so, and pull out fact-based evidence and circumstantial modifiers to make a black & white decision of guilt or innocence.

    In the end, the actual decision is not that hard. We, as jurors, are given black & white instructions. If THIS, then THIS. If THAT, then THAT. The trial, itself, makes the decision(s)…we simply ink it/them in…

    Sorry I rambled. All in all, I feel that the first and second OJ juries got the verdict right (even though the second one was iffy), and the Anthony jury did a good job…but…the Scott Peterson jury left me scratching my head. Also, sorry Kimberly, I can’t understand how Michael Jackson moonwalked away as an innocent man…with all of the Jesus Juice testimony and such. Oh, well…it is what it is.

    kjf

     

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