Juror number 3 Jennifer Ford from the Casey Anthony trial ,has spoken to ABC news. She said, “Not guilty does not mean innocent”.Well what does it mean? Her main reason for the verdict was lack of evidence. What more could they ask for?
In our country we have the law innocent until proven guilty, but what does not guilty mean? In my book not guilty means innocent. However, in the minds of the jurors they did not seem to think so. Jennifer said that there just wasn’t enough evidence to prove a murder. She felt as if they needed more proof to convict Casey of the death penalty or they would “be murderers too”.
Casey, free from all murder charges, will be released on Wednesday. She will walk out a free woman.The jury’s not guilty verdict means innocent. She will be treated like she is innocent. Her release will be under a large amount of police protection, and people will be expected to treat her as if she is innocent. So, how can the jurors ascertain that not guilty does not mean innocent?
For a juror after the case to say that not guilty does not mean innocent,makes me think there was a doubt in their minds. So, if they doubted she was innocent why didn’t they deliberate longer? Go through the evidence and try and figure out why they thought she wasn’t innocent. It seems the easy way out was to say not guilty due to lack of evidence.The juror said it was easier to see an accident happen than the chloroform theory. Obviously it is easier to imagine an accident happen. Most people would not like to believe anyone could do that to a child, but the evidence is their. All signs point to Casey Anthony murdered her child. What is wrong with using circumstantial evidence to piece the puzzle together?
Circumstantial evidence is used to convict murderers all the time. There is not always an abundance of forensic evidence for various reasons. In this case the delay in finding the crime scene played a huge role. What about mobster crimes? They were experts at disposing of bodies and covering up their tracks, but they get convicted. Did this particular jury expect too much? Was the death penalty sentence looming in the back of their minds? I believe this to be the case.
Something needs to change to improve our judicial system to prevent further cases from ending up this way. Jurors need to be educated on circumstantial cases and reminded that direct evidence is not always available. Caylee was put in that swamp beside the road and left as garbage by someone. Her mother was the last person to see the child, and had access to the duct tape found at the crime scene. Casey Anthony’s car smelled like a corpse had been decomposing inside. She did not report the child missing for 31 days. Connect the dots. Linda Drane Burdick was afraid common sense would not prevail in this case, and she was exactly right.
Sources ABC News Video: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/exclusive-juror-speaks-14015245