Universally speaking, most people agree that each of these defendants are guilty of murder– and they got away with it. While O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife and her friend were killed [in my opinion] in a coldblooded and premeditated crime, I believe Casey Anthony accidentally killed her daughter– though she was playing with lethal fire in her attempts to sedate her– and panicked. So many individuals seemed shocked that both of these criminals walked free. Did the prosecution failed to meet their burden? Or was the defense just that phenomenal? Maybe both? I think much larger questions are raised with certain acquittals…..gender, race, socioeconomic status, the caliber of lawyers & witnesses, celebrity, and even whether or not somebody is considered attractive.
I remember seeing the O.J. trial when I was ten. More than any specific evidence I can recall the impassioned pleas of Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister and Ron Goldman’s parents, wanting justice. While their loss is no less tragic– and two relatively young lives were cut short– at least the families can take some degree of comfort knowing they had lived life. Caylee never even had a chance.
People will be outraged for awhile but soon enough the feelings will fade and some will forget. For others, that will be impossible. This isn’t Nancy Grace’s trial du jour…..and for those who have been involved since the very beginning— we won’t ever keep this far from our minds.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,