As you may know, oh great people of the blogosphere, I am nothing if not obsessive. When I develop an interest in something, it often becomes a focal point, and I let other things go while pursuing my obsession.
A few weeks ago, I started watching the Casey Anthony trial online while working. A TV station in Orlando was streaming it live. It started out innocently enough, and then, before I knew it, I was completely obsessed. I'm still trying to figure out why I developed this kind of macabre interest, along with millions of people all over the world.
It's the worst possible charge--murder one with the death penalty for killing your own child, in a state that is apt to deliver the death penalty and carry it out. Also, the mystery behind what happened to Caylee Anthony, along with the question mark that is Casey Anthony and the entire Anthony family, were all part of the fascination. For me, I also have an interest in the legal system, how lawyers work, and the mechanics of the trial.
I was sure that the prosecution had put on a solid case, and that we would see a guilty verdict. When the jurors went the other way, I was as shocked and outraged as the majority of others who had followed this trial from the beginning. It still breaks my heart to think that no one will ever serve a day in prison for the death of this child, and the way she was treated after her death.
Now, we have the after shocks, with jurors bargaining for the best interview fees, and attorneys hiring publicists, and all of that brouhaha. Casey will be out of jail a week from today. What happens to the Anthony family now? And where in the world can Casey Anthony go where she honestly won't be in mortal danger?
A lot of people took this case deeply to heart. I am one of them. I'm glad I live in a country where the citizens can see how their justice system works from the inside. I'm sad that this particular case didn't seem to end with the conviction that seemed so obvious to many of us.
Most of all, I'm broken hearted that this beautiful child is gone. Children go missing nearly every day. Let's focus our energy on those we can still help.