In all honesty, I have not closely followed the Casey Anthony trial. I haven't watched streaming video on the internet, and since I don't have cable or satellite or any other television signal coming into the house, I haven't seen most of the lurid coverage of the trial. I did see part of the defense's closing argument, which I found tiresome as well as difficult to follow due to my not having seen most of the rest of the trial.
One thing that does seem clear, however, is this: whatever the jury may have thought about the evidence that Casey Anthony was a miserable human being and a rotten mother, they did not think that it was enough to overcome the presumption of innocence on the most serious charges. And now the floodgates of outrage open against the system, against the jury, and against the woman who is said to have chloroformed her child so she could go out and party.
So can I ask just one, tiny, politically incorrect question here?
Suppose that as soon as Casey Anthony found out she was pregnant, she had walked straight into a Planned Parenthood clinic and paid some doctor to abort that little girl. Would we have gotten national outrage? Wall-to-wall news coverage? Twenty-four-hour legal pundit commentary? Weeping talk-show hosts? I mean, same outcome as what people generally believe now: a little girl, dead by her own mother's hand.
Yes. I, too, hear only crickets.