To the Verdict-Enraged Citizenry of the Interwebs:

Dear Angry-Over-Verdict Folks,

Just a few counter-points to your rage:
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is a really high standard.  Defense attorneys are there to make sure the government reaches that very high standard before we force people to rot in prison, or worse, kill them.  If you were accused of something horrific (it happens to good people more than you think), you would want the same protections.

If you wanna point fingers of blame, point at the giggling child of a prosecutor for doing his job poorly.  The defense seems to have done pretty well.  And if you’re blaming abuse of the rules of evidence or criminal procedure (not exactly a direct quote from a random Facebooker with a law degree), then you don’t understand the rules of evidence or criminal procedure (or trials or judges or lawyering so much.)

I am not saying this lady was innocent.  I have no opinion, as I tried to avoid the media coverage as much as possible.  I had no desire to be one of the millions of “jurors” out there judging her through the television.  These arm-chair jurors apparently wanted this person crucified based on evidence proffered by the 24-hour news.  I am a fan of the rule of law, and all I know is that a jury of her peers looked at the evidence and heard the arguments and found this woman not guilty while the rest of the country was organizing a lynch mob via twitter.

The prosecutor failed to prove the case to the level required by our laws (which aren’t exactly criminal-friendly if you have glanced through them), so if this verdict makes you angry, he’s probably a more logical scapegoat than defense attorneys, jurors, or (also saw this) the State of Florida.

That will probably be the extent of my commentary on this over-publicized circus of a trial.







One response to “To the Verdict-Enraged Citizenry of the Interwebs:

  • Dan W.

    I completely agree, especially regarding your comments about the rules of evidence (and peoples’ lack of understanding of them) and armchair jurors.

    My only additional comment is that I’d rather we under-prosecute than over-prosecute. I think it was Blackstone who said: “Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.” I couldn’t agree more.

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