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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Caylee Anthony— Why God?

Citizens of this country have long since lost respect and hope for our justice system, for elected officials, a number of which have used this case as a political platform... cold hearted, phony opportunists. Politicians acting like a flock of buzzards circling a tragedy while jockeying for political position. News flash: this isn't about left or right, it's about right and wrong. For the longest time I couldn't understand how calling our justice system blind held any relevance. Now, with a heavy hearted sadness... I fully understand the implications within what was supposed to be a judicial statement about 'fair'. But life isn't fair, a harsh lesson for each of us to have to bear. How could anyone justify NOT reporting a small child missing after 31 days had passed?

How can a jury NOT doubt the lack of responsibility/conscience/compassion of Casey Anthony? How is any of this considered conscionable? Did the jury really even bother to look into the eyes of 2-year-old Caylee in all of the photos presented? The tragedy of the death of a small child is much more than unexplainable. This case was not justice. It's the end result of a much larger problem [which continues to grow exponentially], the detachment, the complete disconnect from what really matters. This jury is yet another example of this desensitization.

There is probably no more horrifying crime than infanticide, the murder of an innocent child- especially when the suspect in such an atrocity is the mother or father. Such wretched crimes sicken and frighten the public, inflame its indignation and heighten the demand for justice (or, perhaps, more appropriately, revenge). The fact that the defense [including Casey Anthony] left the courthouse after making various sympathetic comments and headed to a club across the street [in full view of a TON of onlookers] and began celebrating with an inappropriate  champagne party bash.

As they laughed and danced in celebration of the verdict, horrified reporters as well as a large number of citizens watched in total dismay. According to CNN's Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell, the defense team for Casey Anthony closed down Orlando's Bistro 360 for a private party that lasted a long time on Tuesday afternoon. But the high-profile celebration— which came after the verdict that many considered shocking— was frowned upon by some in the media. CNN's Anderson Cooper played a clip of the video and noted that it had raised eyebrows among many since 2-year-old Caylee was still dead and there are still unanswered questions about her murder.

Meanwhile, HLN's Nancy Grace was far more blunt with her reactions. "The defense team is inside a bar having a champagne toast right now," she said. "Now you know what? I'm not a preacher and I'm not a rabbi, but there's something wrong with that. Because Caylee is dead and her body decomposed just 15 houses away from where the Anthony's put their head on the pillow every night, every day searching for this little girl. Now I know it is our duty as American citizens to respect the jury system and I do, believe me I do. I've struck over a hundred juries. But I know one thing. As the defense sits by and has their champagne toast after that not guilty verdict, somewhere out there, the devil is dancing tonight."

"I spent probably an hour and a half in there today," truTV's Jean Casarez told Velez-Mitchell. "It is a celebration. It is a celebration, they say, for justice, they say for innocence, from someone who did not commit crimes of a great magnitude." Casarez added that when the verdict being read was replayed on the seven flat-screen televisions in the restaurant: "They would cheer amongst each other, because they believe that victory had come to them on this day of a verdict."

All of us here at UPBEAT Entertainment News Syndicate are reaching out to all of you. Please take a few moments this evening, walk out onto your porch, or into your yard. If you have children, hold onto them tightly and let them know that they are loved. Bring with you some candles; they can be small or large. Then light the candles, and give Caylee Anthony a moment of silence followed by your thoughts and prayers. Do not think about rage or anger or revenge... just send waves of loving energy to this poor little soul in hopes that she will be guided toward peace. Our thoughts and words are powerful.

We believe that love does exist, that it can be sent out as a guide to hope and compassion. We are far better than the hatred, malice and desensitization that stole this child from our world. Let us prove that to ourselves tonight.

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