the next time i see anyone on the internet whining about where the justice is for Caylee Anthony, i'm going to scream.
we have a procedure in place for meting out justice.
it involves the defendant being considered, under the law, as innocent until proven guilty.
it involves the state having an attorney to fight zealously for it.
it involves the accused having an attorney to fight zealously for him or her.
it involves twelve members of the community deciding whether the state proved its case against the accused beyond a reasonable doubt.
nothing in the law says that this is any different because the victim was a toddler, or any of a million other generally sympathetic things. nothing in the law says that this is any different if the accused is a party girl, or a million other generally frowned-upon stereotypes.
Casey Anthony was innocent until proven guilty. the prosecutor busted his ass for the state. her lawyer busted her ass for her.
and, in the end, twelve of her peers found that the state did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
it's awful that such a young kid lost her life, before she really got the chance to live it. however, if the jury didn't believe that the state proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, it would not have been justice for anyone for them to lie and say the case was proven to such a standard, just to give the public what it wanted to see, or just to give some measure of explanation for a tragedy.
but, justice doesn't mean finding expedient closure in the wake of a premature death or other unfortunate event. justice means making sure that both the accused and the state have their day in court, and letting the jury thoughtfully weigh the facts against the burden of proof.
justice isn't a question of whether we could bring Caylee Anthony back from the dead, or make the people who loved her or felt sympathy for her feel better in the wake of her death. the question wasn't justice for Caylee Anthony at all. the question centered around justice for Casey Anthony...whether the case against her was strong enough in the eyes of her peers to support conviction. the jury was not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt -- and, in that case, justice was done by not convicting her.