Friday, July 8, 2011

The Casey Anthony Acquittal

  • Saying it "might cause Koreans to question the wisdom of the U.S.-style jury system," The Dong-A Ilbo's Ha Tae-won concludes, "The U.S. justice system is at times unfathomable" — Acquittal for `party mom`.

  • "The jury concluded that the prosecution had not proven guilt beyond a reasonable doubt," explains's Ryan McMaken — Lessons From the Casey Anthony Trial. "This is exactly how the legal system is supposed to work. People are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, and guilt must be established beyond a reasonable doubt."

  • CounterPunch's Thomas L. Knapp says that "the prosecution gave the jury no grounds on which to convict -- 'Casey Anthony is a bad person and her daughter is dead' do not first degree murder prove -- but justice remains absent from the scene" — Casey Anthony and American Justice. "Anthony has already spent nearly three years in prison... [and] stands convicted on four counts of 'providing false information to a law enforcement officer,' ... "counts [that] provide for up to four years in prison as punishment, and were probably thrown in specifically to protect the prosecution against liability for having held her for so long prior to trial, knowing that it had no substantial case on the murder charge."
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    OpenID kuiwon said...

    I still don't understand why Koreans adopted American-style reforms such as legal system. Don't they know that America has one of the highest crime rates in the world?

    2:40 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    As a particularist, I'd say that just because the jury system is part of our Anglo-Saxon legal tradition does not mean it must or even should be adopted universally.

    12:29 PM  
    OpenID kuiwon said...

    I'm not a Universalist either, but I don't mind adopting the "good parts" of other cultures.

    2:27 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    You and me both!

    4:18 PM  
    OpenID kuiwon said...

    It's just that Jury system I don't think falls under "good parts."

    12:52 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    I am afraid I have to disagree, and somewhat emphatically so. If I were accused of some crime, I'd much rather face a jury of my peers than a tribunal of judges.

    Blackstone's formulation, i.e., "better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer," is, I believe, the pinnacle of Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence.

    Since I am moving to the city of Frederick Douglass, I should quote him: "A man's rights rest in three boxes. The ballot box, jury box and the cartridge box."

    12:18 AM  

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