casey anthony and oj simpson have now been linked in google heaven. i just did a search for “oj simpson trial” and 4940 related articles have been created with less than an hour after the verdict was read in the former’s trial. once again, there is anger in the streets and people are feeling like someone got away with “murder”. once again, i think folks have it wrong.
i was living in the bay area in 10/95 when the jury found oj simpson “not guilty” on murder charges. there was a tremendous chasm between what black folks and white folks thought about this. the overall feeling was that the jury had it wrong. there was talk about how these jurors weren’t smart enough to understand the dna evidence. it remains to be seen what will be said about the anthony jury, but the one fact that i feel was lost then and what’s being lost now.
in our justice system, the burden of proof is on the prosecution. they have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. if they don’t prove it, then you must find them not guilty.
so, no matter how you “feel” that someone did it due to reading this or seeing that, if they don’t prove it, then it doesn’t matter. too many people have a “lynch mob” type of justice going on. i would love to see this amount of fury when an “innocent” person gets convicted for a crime.
in the current case, all of the facts get tossed about by the 24/7 media. you have people like nancy grace, who makes no bones (no pun intended) about feeling that “tot mom” is guilty. the media does the public a disservice by not educating people on how the process works.
here is ms grace’s response to the verdict…talk about xanax (courtesy of mediate)
the biggest lie that most people think is that a trial is a case of “did they do it or not”, but in truth, it is that a trial is about what the prosecution can prove or not. there is a big difference.
all this being said, i thought that the jury would find her guilty of the lesser charge for the murder of her child.