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Casey Anthony Looking for Work July 10, 2011

Posted by Mary W. Matthews in Popular Culture.

The Scottish system is better than the U.S. system in at least one respect: the verdict “Not Proven.” As in, “The accused person is guilty as sin — guilty as O.J. — but the prosecution couldn’t prove it.”

Doubtless Casey Anthony is interviewing ghostwriters at this very moment. I firmly expect that for the next two or three years, she can survive on the book “she” will write about “her” ordeal at the hands of the Florida justice system, plus fees to make appearances on various talk shows, roasts, and whatever else E-list celebrities do. “Donald Trump’s Celebrity Murderesses,” maybe?

An acquaintance of mine used the photo below to add a very funny caption that unfortunately in the process slammed The Most Interesting Man in the World. Despite the fact that I don’t much like beer and rarely drink it, I like The Most Interesting Man in the World. So here is my take:



1. Craig - July 10, 2011

I completely agree re: the Scottish system. Once, when serving as foreman on a jury (we ended up convicting and recommending 6.5 years in prison), I had to remind people several times that “we weren’t asked to decide if *we think* he’s guilty — we were asked if the prosecution proved its allegations beyond a ‘reasonable doubt'”

In short: in the highly unlikely event that a juror had actually SEEN the defendant committing the crime for which he’s been charged, if the prosecution doesn’t present evidence to the jury of the defendant committing the crime, the juror is asked to vote “not guilty.”

2. woody - July 11, 2011

I would go one step farther than Craig. I have been on juries and been jury Forman twice. In every case, the instructions were the same: the prosecution MUST present evidence that convinces jurors beyond a reasonable doubt. The defense has no obligation what so ever to prove innocence. In the Anthony situation, the prosecution obviously didn’t provide that level of evidence, so she walks. Not “Innocent”, just “not guilty

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