An article in the Orlando Sentinel has shown a light on just how far the human race has come. With quotes from the internet and from phone messages, online message boards, and e-mails to the HLN’s “Nancy Grace” show, Scott Maxwell illuminated our technological advanced enlightened society in all its glory.
Just after the announcement that Florida would again seek the death penalty with regard to Casey Anthony, the 23-year-old Orlando mother who is charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, those that have been following the story made their satisfaction known that the woman who had failed to notify authorities that her daughter was missing for nearly a month was finally going to get what was coming to her. With lines like “Fry baby Fry!” from “TWM.”
“Justin” said that online users could “hang her, inject her or rack her!” as he directed those of a like mind to a website where an animated version of Casey Anthony could be killed by the user.
As Maxwell points out that the “Romans and their coliseums of death had nothing on us.” He then added, “Welcome also to America’s jury pool.”
Maxwell goes on to present how a rush to judgment might be sending an innocent person to death row. He provides facts and figures (131 executed persons have later been found to not have been guilty of the crime for which they were put to death by the state) and a compelling argument that, despite the massive amount of circumstantial evidence that exists against Casey Anthony in the senseless death of Caylee Marie Anthony, she still deserves a fair trial.
One with an impartial set of jurors.
And Scott Maxwell is right. Period.
There is no way to justify the execution of even one innocent life. A life cannot be resurrected once it has been taken through electrocution or lethal injection (or any other manner). Regardless of how it looks on paper, on the internet, or presented point-by-agonizing-point by Nancy Grace, Casey Anthony deserves a fair trial with a jury that can hear the evidence with impartiality and make a reasoned and informed decision.
Scott Maxwell submits that the public wants “a climactic finale to this story.” He says that “only more blood will do.”
In this regard he could be correct as well. And he has issued a challenge to the potential jurors in the Casey Anthony case, to those that have more than likely heard more than enough to have decided one way or the other how they think little Caylee Anthony died. Just decide fairly.
It does Caylee Anthony no good either way, this decision. The decision is for the living. And it is for one who could die as a result of it. If she is innocent, the justice system fails us all if she is convicted and is sent to death row. If she is guilty, truly guilty, then a death sentence is within the parameters of accepted justice.
Justice is only served if Casey Anthony is truly guilty of murdering her daughter. Maxwell is challenging the potential jurors to set aside their prejudices, their preconceived notions, and whatever thoughts they have formulated regarding this woman who may have murdered her own child.
That is what she deserves. It is her right.
We have certainly come a long way… at least on paper…