And so, just a few days ago, the jury decided that Casey Anthony was not guilty of murdering her 2year old daughter Caylee in what CNN’s Nancy Grace blogged as the “Trial of the Century.”
The news media, social networks and gossip websites have covered this trial for months and has now made Casey Anthony some sort of celebrity, infamous or not. You think this reasoning is incorrect? Try looking at some of the numerous news links and see for yourself. There is already talk about what Hollywood actress should portray Casey in the movie about her story in the event a contract is ever worked out. Names such as Lindsay Lohan and Kristen Stewart have already been mentioned, which makes this event even more of a pop culture phenomenon. And of course, there is also discussion of a book based this story and how much that deal might be worth.
The day the verdict was reached in Orlando, Florida, searches for Casey Anthony shot up to presumably record levels on Google’s “Trends” site. And again, according to CNN, there were over 3.3 million page views at the time of the announced verdict. Social networking sites were abuzz with activity and several of my friends on Facebook have encouraged other friends to collectively turn on their respective porch lights in observance of the death of Caylee. One friend said “Baby girl, fly with Angels” and another was quoted as saying “a beautiful angel — gone but never forgotten.” From what I could sense is that although some of my FB friends were quite angry and shocked about the outcome, the vast majority were compassionate. And, as bad as it may seem, I have to agree with the verdict because there wasn’t enough evidence and apparently no witnesses to the cause of little Caylee’s death. An attorney friend of mine posted ” The state bears the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal cases.” He goes further to state “Guilt by clear and convincing evidence or a preponderance of the evidence permits the accused to go free.”
This morning, Casey was sentenced to 4 years for lying to police but she has already served several months’ time at Orange County Jail with good behavior. Thus, Casey Anthony is scheduled to be set free next Wednesday, July 13th. Will she be able to return to her normal life? No way. Will she profit from the death of her daughter? It seems like a distinct possibility. The amount of money she can make is unknown at this time.
What I am really more curious to know is will the truth come out at some point so that the millions of viewers and curious onlookers can feel like there is closure? And finally, what I would really be curious to know is, will little Caylee receive her justice. Perhaps the power of the internet will allow us to discover the truth. Heaven knows I hope I wont find it in a movie.