Credit and Blame

I would like to point out a few things to the people hysterical about the Casey Anthony verdict.

It is the job of the prosecution to prove to the jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the crime in question was committed by the person accused, with certainty and specificity.

It is not the job of the jury to fill in the gaps left by the prosecution, or to fix the prosecution’s case.  In fact, it is the job of the jury to acquit when the evidence is lacking.

The prosecution did not prove a cause of death.

The prosecution therefore did not prove that the death was caused by another person, because they don’t know the cause of death.

The prosecution therefore did not prove homicide.  Without homicide, there can be no murder or manslaughter.

You want to blame someone?  Blame the DA who decided to level murder charges without even knowing with any certainty or specificity that a murder had even occurred.

p.s. Stop watching Nancy Grace.  She’s wrong much, much more than she’s right, and she’s a shining example of why prosecutors screw up cases like this, having been one herself.

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