“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” — Matthew 24:11.
Thus is illustrated the injustice for a little girl named Caylee Anthony. While lawyers celebrated with champagne, there was behind-the-scenes spiritual action transpiring, I believe: “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).
It is extremely difficult for compassionate, law-abiding Americans to understand how a young mother who had the support of family members to help raise her child could become a vile, cold-blooded murderer. But, as they say, there is “no new sin under the sun.” We read about senseless atrocities every day in the news, and our culture has become coarse and desensitized to them. These detached emotions are proving to be detrimental to our society.
There is absolutely no way to explain how the jury in the Anthony trial got it wrong when nearly two-thirds of Americans understand the facts. Casey Anthony is the person who committed the heinous act of putting duct tape over her daughter’s nose and mouth, and in doing so, caused her death. Casey Anthony then tossed her child’s lifeless body into the swamp just blocks away from her parent’s home where she lived. There were no intruders, nor accidents involved. Casey Anthony committed murder, by all indications.
Our judicial system only works when the accused has a jury of their peers who are fully committed to do their duty responsibly. They must be willing to keep an open mind regarding the evidence presented to them. Many believe the jurors in this case were too eager to appease their own consciences, having felt extremely inconvenienced while being sequestered.
Because of the outcome of this particular trial, it is imperative that every citizen take the time to educate themselves about our system of jurisprudence. One never knows when he or she might be called to serve as a juror in a murder trial. It is important to understand what constitutes circumstantial evidence, as opposed to direct evidence. Most murder cases are based on circumstantial evidence. It is a rare occasion when you find a camera near a murder scene that leads to an easy and foregone conclusion.
The outrage and sadness comes from the fact that the jurors did not deliberate long enough to reach an intelligent and responsible decision. They did not ask to review any of the prosecutor’s evidence. It appears that they merely shrugged off what was presented to them. During interviews, a few of the jurors merely parroted the words of the defense. There was clearly no critical thinking used in reaching their bizarre verdict.
As a result, their lack of common sense has allowed a murderer to walk out of jail. Their decision is binding and final, and the verdict can never be overturned. A little child is dead, and the woman who took her life will probably benefit financially, as will the defense lawyers, who openly celebrated within the hurting public’s view, sharing laughter and champagne.
We can only pray that Casey Anthony will someday find it within herself to come to The Almighty with a sorrowful and contrite heart and ask forgiveness for the sin she has committed.