beyond a (reasonable) doubt.
i’m going to go against the grain and make a statement. a statement that i agree with the outcome of the casey anthony trial.
this is not to say that i think she is completely ‘innocent…’ but let us all be reminded that a criminal trial is not looking for ‘innocence.’
in a criminal trial you must prove. beyond a reasonable doubt. that the person is guilty. the jury in the casey anthony trial simply realized that this had not occurred in the given situation. especially given the charges levied against her.
there are a number of ‘if this had happened…’ statements that come along with this verdict. and there always will be. but the reality of the situation is that casey anthony was found not guilty.
the prosecution could not prove. beyond a reasonable doubt. that she was guilty of all seven counts she was on trial for. first-degree murder. aggravated child abuse. aggravated manslaughter of a child.
and she was found guilty for those charges that she was clearly guilty of. four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
the lesson must surely be that a person is not guilty until otherwise shown. beyond a reasonable doubt. and i hope that this lesson is learned in courts across our great nation.
especially in the case of ryan ferguson. the lost night.