Wow. The Casey Anthony verdict yesterday afternoon sure created a shitstorm on Twitter and elsewhere. I’ll admit that I didn’t pay much attention to this case at all until last week when I was chasing the treadmill in the mountains of Colorado and stuck with the early-morning show on ABC with George Stephanopoulous: every day 45 minutes of commercials wrapped around 15 minutes of speculation about Casey Anthony.
Talk about cruel and unusual punishment. I digress.
But judging by the comments on Twitter and Facebook, many followed this case closely and were outraged by the verdict. Hey, if the glove don’t fit… Oops. Wrong outrage.
And I’m sure that I’m missing the big picture here, but you would think that after all this time, all the investigations, all the depositions and court testimony, that somebody could piece together with some certainty how Caylee Anthony died.
Short of that, here’s an interesting article about the verdict in USA Today, “How the Casey Anthony case came apart“:
All summer, the case against Casey Anthony in an Orlando courtroom had audiences discussing her life as if she were the star of a reality television show.
The narrative became familiar: Hard-partying single mother fails to report her toddler missing for a month, then lies to police about a kidnapping by a non-existent nanny. Then there was the suspiciously foul smell in the trunk of the mother’s car before Caylee Anthony’s remains were found in a wooded area.
Inside Courtroom 23, however, the seven women and five men of the jury in the Anthony case had to look beyond the salacious details and decide: Was there enough evidence to prove Casey Anthony killed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee?
Their answer was no. On Tuesday, the jury acquitted Anthony, 25, of murdering her child in June 2008.
The reason, legal analysts and court watchers said, is that despite the seemingly endless hype surrounding the investigation and trial, the prosecution’s case simply didn’t hold up. There was no forensic evidence — such as DNA or fingerprints — directly linking Anthony to her daughter’s death. In fact, the precise cause of the girl’s death was unclear.
I’m still not sure exactly why this case gathered such intense national interest — although I’m sure the cable networks were not disappointed by the hike in ratings and pundits like Nancy Grace I expect relished the increased exposure.
So I’ll defer to Bernard Goldberg, the former CBS reporter turned Fox News Talking Head. He opined on the Bill O’Reilly show — and I’m paraphrasing here since I don’t carry a notebook and pen while chasing the treadmill belt.
Goldberg argued that this was reality TV at its best: a courtroom drama involving a white middle-class family and an attractive young women — with the possibility of a death sentence in the final episode.
And he made the case that as a nation we are much more interested in entertainment than news these days.
Hard to disagree.
And the reality is that in a few days Casey Anthony will be history as the Royals, Kate and William, dominate the news 24/7.