Justice Has Been Screwed

If there is a worse mother than Casey Anthony I haven’t met her.

“This is her O.J.”

The quote is from Helaine speaking of Stef’s obsession with the Casey Anthony trial. It was said this weekend before a verdict was rendered.

Today Stef’s obsession turned to stunned disbelief! Anthony was judged not guilty on the most serious charges.

In case you’ve been hermetically sealed for the past few years (or are reading this years after it was written and this trial is no longer fresh) Casey Anthony is the pretty but slutty bad girl&#185 accused of killing her two year old daughter. If there is a worse mother than Casey Anthony I haven’t met her.

If all you did was watch cable TV coverage (Nancy Grace and Jane Velez Mitchell come to mind) you’d figure the only thing the jury was considering was how to set the voltage in the electric chair! If it was only that simple.

I was not in the jury. I am not held by their decision. In my mind Casey Anthony is guilty. Nothing said today changes that.

From time-to-time I conduct forensic meteorological research to assist attorneys and insurance companies. My work helps nail down weather conditions where the incident in question took place. Nearly all the attorneys tell me they’re going to trial. So far none have.

The problem with going to trial, as the Casey Anthony case illustrates, is juries can’t be predicted. The lawyers who contract for my services understand this. A bird in the hand is always better than two in the bush.

In the United States there is no double jeopardy. Casey Anthony could come out tonight and describe how she murdered her child and there would be no recourse.

There’s a lesson to be learned here. Right now I can’t figure out what it is.

Justice has been screwed. That’s for sure.

&#185 – A blog reader commented “slut” was a pretty harsh characterization of Casey Anthony. I wouldn’t have used it had her own attorney, Jose Baez, not called her a “lying, no-good, slut.”

What’s On TV At 3:15 AM

I was sitting in my office, playing on my computer, when Steffie walked in. It was 3:15. She, unfortunately, has inherited my nocturnal nature.

“Do you see what’s on TV,” she asked?

I followed her back into her playroom. E! was on and the programming was live. Paris had been released.

I asked her to look at “my channels,” and she tuned through Fox, CNN, Headline news and MSNBC. Two of the four were also in breathless, helicopter heavy, live coverage.

Reporters were speculating where Paris might end up should she take one freeway over another.

You don’t take a network that’s normally re-playing shows overnight and flip a switch to go live. They had to pre-position staff inside and out. That’s a hell of an undertaking at 3:15 AM.

If you’re looking for perspective in how important this story is considered, look at this from MediaBistro TVNewser.

Both Saturday and Sunday, HLN aired obsolete and outdated editions of Nancy Grace.

The shows covered “the search for Jessie Davis even though it was reported at 6pm EDT [Saturday] that her body had been found,” ICN says.

By Sunday, suspects were in custody. Still, HLN replayed the repeats, using a lower third to update viewers:

Unfortunately, CNN didn’t do that for Glenn Beck, whose show precedes and follows Grace’s.

This weekend it was too expensive, or difficult, to allow old news to be replaced by new news. Overnight last night it was not.

So, Paris is free at last. Personally, I think her career is over – though I was more sure of that opinion before this coverage.