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I blame Nancy Grace for this mess

July 5, 2011

So Casey Anthony was found not guilty today of killing her young daughter. Now, I’m not going to get into the difference between legal guilt and actual guilt here. Think what you want about what really happened, I won’t speculate on it.

What I do want to say very quickly (I’m on a break at work) is that cameras in court rooms are a total disaster. Murder trials shouldn’t be circuses. Period.

The Constitution guarantees us – in the 6th Amendment – the right to a “speedy and public” trial. It’s meant to protect the accused from private tribunals out of sight of anyone else. I think we can all see how that might be a good thing. But to me, public doesn’t mean “able to be seen by everyone in the world.”

If the justice system in the US is meant to produce the most fair results, how does making a court room into a movie house do that? The short answer is that it doesn’t. I think that it actually takes fairness out of the equation altogether and supplants it with “visibility,” but those things are not remotely the same. Sometimes visibility makes the system work less smoothly.

Anyway, back to work I go. Come buy some books… maybe one by Nancy Grace?

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