“I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back anymore - the feeling that I could last forever, outlast the sea, the Earth, and all men - the deceitful feeling that lures us onto joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort - to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires - and expires, too soon, too soon - before life itself.”—Joseph Conrad
“The adolescents of my generation, greedy for life, forgot in body and soul about their hopes for the future until reality taught them that tomorrow was not what they had dreamed, and they discovered nostalgia.”—
“I know exactly how that is. To love somebody who doesn’t deserve it. Because they are all you have. Because any attention is better than no attention. For exactly the same reason, it is sometimes satisfying to cut yourself and bleed. On those gray days where eight in the morning looks no different from noon and nothing has happened and nothing is going to happen and you are washing a glass in the sink and it breaks-accidentally-and punctures your skin. And then there is this shocking red, the brightest thing in the day, so vibrant it buzzes, this blood of yours. That is okay sometimes because at least you know you’re alive.”—Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors)
Yesterday ended one of the most widely televised and analyzed felony murder cases since the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial. The heartbreaking story has become the apple of Americans obsession, with 24 hour news coverage and in depth analysis; from news anchors who have little to no experience in regards to legal matters, and very little background in the American judicial system.
I am not a defense attorney, prosecutor, detective, expert witness or judge; therefore I cannot form an educated opinion on Casey Anthony’s innocence. What I do have is a gut feeling that this woman and her family have lied from the begining to create an elaborate body of lies, which the prosecution simply could not navigate well enough to construct a formidable case, that defines, beyond reasonable doubt, Casey killed her child.
The American judicial system is flawed, and there is no doubt about it. The system fails us on a regular basis- just like every other government run entity. Modern science has now proven that many innocent people have been wrongly accused and put to death for crimes they did not commit, in the name of “justice”. Casey Anthony served over two years in jail awaiting trial and carrying out sentencing for lying to federal investigators and falsifying documents, but walked free on murder charges after the jury failed to find enough credible evidence in the prosecutions case.
This case exemplifies one principle of American law that was upheld and that every citizen should be proud: All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in the court of law…
The state CANNOT convict someone, and even more importantly, put someone to death, just because of public outcry. The courts should NEVER be swayed by appeals to emotion, or else it would be a witch hunt.
The prosecution is to blame for letting a murder walk free, if that is indeed the case with Casey Anthony. She was considered innocent from day one in the eyes of the law and it was the burden of the prosecution to prove her guilty.
But the reason I write this post today is because over the weekend there was also another horrific story that failed to get the attention of the Main Stream Media that draws a strange parallel to the Anthony case…
I do not encourage you to watch the video but I have provided the link for those who choose to see a repulsive reminder of how everyday the lives of human beings are senselessly extinguished in the name of “God”….
A group of "Christians" hunted down two women for allegedly practicing witchcraft and stealing a potatoes in Kenya. The angry mob then proceeds to beat, strip, and rape the women, cover the two in gas and set them on fire, leaving them to die. No arrests have been made and there is no investigation.
Where is the outrage? Are these women not equally as deserving of our sympothy and attention?
How many outraged people will post an angry facebook or twitter status about the killing of these women? How many news anchors will cover their story 24 hours a day? How many cameras will be at their trial? How will the prosecutors handle the evidence?
The answer? None, there won’t be a trial. No camera, and no news coverage. And this will happen again, and again, and again, with most people never knowing anything about it.
Two different parts of the world. Two different murders. The public outcry against the women for practicing witch craft lead to their deaths. Similarly, the public outcry against Casey Anthony very well could have lead to her death…..but it did not…
Instead, Casey Anthony is free and will live the rest of her life knowing everyday that she took the life of her child. If you are religious, her fate will ulitimitely be judged by a higher authority and she will spend an eternity in hell.
In Dante’s Inferno the 7th circle of hell is reserved for those who commit violence against other persons. They are immersed in the Phlegethon, a river of boiling blood and fire, to a level commensurate with their sins. Which hopefully in Casey Anthony’s case will be up to her eyebrows…
With so much hatred in the world there is NO ROOM to fight an act of violence with more violence. Our only hope is compassion, and starts with every single one of us…