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Casey Anthony Verdict Continues To Frustrate Americans

Natalie Tkalcevic |
July 11, 2011 | 5:33 p.m. PDT

Staff Writer

Casey Anthony at the time of her arrest on July 16, 2008.
Casey Anthony at the time of her arrest on July 16, 2008.
The acquittal of Casey Anthony, who was accused of killing her baby girl, was met with national surprise and anger. The case that has been congesting news headlines for the past three years. With the amount of media coverage to the case and fixation on Casey Anthony's questionable behavior, it seemed that everyone believed Anthony would most definitely be found guilty of murdering her daughter Caylee. To follow this case so closely would have taken a lot of time and effort and so for many Americans who are so angered by the jury’s verdict, the only evidence they had considered was no different than what one would read in top gossip magazines. The average American who watched the media's coverage of the trial or caught up on the case after Anthony was acquitted was far from objective.

Most of us were not there at the actual trial to see the faces of the witnesses and Anthony. Most of us did not follow the case every single day to see what has changed.

Anthony may have been let off too easily for a crime that many believe she committed. But there is also another side to this story that most Americans are not able to reach and hear about. Unfortunately for Anthony, her trial was displayed for the world to see which potentially caused her to come off as guilty and wrongly freed from her jail sentence and accurate verdict. It seems that this case was so widely discussed in the press that it could have possibly distracted Americans from getting the real story—leading us to be overly upset about a fair and accurate verdict.

Casey Anthony could very well be caught in a typical trap of the media’s strong influence over society, which automatically gives her an unfair disadvantage. Children and adults are murdered everyday around this country, but not every victim is put on camera for all of America to see and judge. Even though the media could have played a role in Americans strong opinion on the verdict, there still is some doubt leaving many “what ifs” when it comes to the courts choices and accusations.

There is one very big question in this trial other than who really killed Caylee: what if Anthony had been convicted something along the lines of second or third degree murder rather than first? If it were not for the prosecution's charge of first-degree murder, Anthony could have had a much bigger chance of getting much more jail time on a lesser charge, leaving Americans less unsettled and angry as they are now. After America has followed this case for three years expecting Anthony to be guilty of her daughter’s murder, it was beyond frustrating and infuriating to hear the jury’s verdict. 

This is yet another trial that will go down in history as one that was settled in a way that left most spectators frustrated. It is very saddening to see this come to an end that still leaves so many questions and doubts. Whether Casey Anthony is guilty or not of Caylee’s murder, Americans must try and look beyond the court’s ruling and the media’s influence to instead keep Caylee’s spirit alive and hope that she is in a better place now. Rather than being angry, her life should be celebrated and should be a story to learn and grow from in order to live our lives to the fullest. Because sometimes, life is not fair, and it is important to make the most of what life has to offer rather than dwell on the unjust and devastating happenings. 



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