|Grace Plumped up on this Story for the [all?] Ages|
|Melinda Duckett / Nancy Grace|
|The Embodiment of 'Courtroom' Glee: One of the Many|
Mocking Images of Casey Anthony
|Judge Belvin Perry Exchanging an Uncomfortable Glance|
w/ Casey Anthony During the Trial--from the Orlando Sentinel
|Yes, that is a guy with a neck-brace helping a fat person|
with a back-pack up off the floor. Hope they were all
satisfied fully (since P.T. Barnum's gone).
|Attorney Jose Baez w/Anthony|
|The 'Crybaby Judge', Larry Seidlin (now retired)|
So many 'media darlings' turned up at the 'scene of the crime'--and by that, I mean the crime from the beginning to the trial itself--that various outdoor venues in Orlando appeared as if they were preparing for an Olympic decision to hold the '12 Summer Games there (sorry--London bought that honor this time around). The last, sorry sarcastic thought I had was to imagine Michael Jackson, OJ, Anna Nicole, JonBenet Ramsey's father, and some other catastrophic American justice system failures showing up there to further the dark shadow cast on the whole event by the media's undisciplined, uncontrolled, inappropriate, and unchallenged presence in this trial.
What is becoming of our justice system, and so, our way of life? Frivolous lawsuits had to be scrutinized by new laws over the past decade, while a NY City judge was himself busy suing his dry cleaners for $6.5 million dollars over the loss of his expensively-tailored suit. We seem powerless to challenge it when another 'dandy' shows up in this trial who is more interested in his media image than the outcome, or if justice is indeed served. A recent trend in 'inventive' and 'creative' judges who ignored the warnings regarding 'cruel and unusual punishment' (namely, by the ACLU) has sadly ended--the 'worst' [read 'best'] they'd done was to 'force' local shoplifters to walk the sidewalks outside the establishments they'd robbed, while wearing sandwich-board signs announcing their crimes publicly. What happens to that type of sensible punishment to a known crime, once the media gets hold--and control--of it?
This miscarriage of justice was bound to happen. The final nail in this case's coffin has been ignored by many media outlets once more. The fact is, Casey Anthony was indeed denied the right we all share for a speedy trial. No, we don't share much else with her, I hope, but among the other pathetic 'explanations' [excuses] seen around the nation for the miserable outcome of this trial, this overtly obvious one has been missed time and time again. Even terrorists and terrorist sympathizers get speedier trials than was allotted here. It seems once again, the price for our modern justice system--actually, it's replacement--has been the shuffling to afford the media ample time to announce to all what we'd all smell as stinking to high heaven from any locale--injustice, greed, and selfishness. The news media--mainly, CNN, it's programming owners, programming directors, etc.--was to blame. In feeding the fire to the point of reckless abandon, everyone failed to see that our sedentary lifestyles made viewing this travesty more important than being even remotely involved in its outcome.
So, how do we prevent this from ever happening again? After all, it may well be the only lasting legacy given in honor of even the memory of this poor child, lost forever to the void of her mother's careless self-involved hedonistic lifestyle, and all who supported it.
Well, maybe we should start praying for things like mercy, and true grace (not the 'Nancy' kind), and what Christ said in the Beatitudes, when he said "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled". We could all use more of that kind of thing, because surely--surely, we're all tired of what we've seen in this, and truly hungry for something better.
We all watched it, from beginning to end, unfold, without properly intervening in some way or another. Here I am blogging about it. What will that do for the child lost? Nothing--she never knew what a 'blog' was, nor does it matter, now. She deserved a better life, by way of a better mom, a real father, and a grandma and 'pa who weren't corrupted to the core by letting the media set their core family values, but instead gathering those from within.
I'm counting myself among the most guilty, here--I'm an idiot without any real understanding of the law as men understand it, much less what we make of it--and far from what God intended it.