Warning: this post is Off Topic
Ok, for the last 15 or so years I have had to listen to endless commentary from people who “know” that OJ did it. Society at large has agreed that he did it, therefore people assume that I “know” he did just like they “know” he did.
Here’s the thing. I don’t know he did it, and neither do any of you. It amazes me how people can talk about media bias when it comes to politics or environment or paganism or any of their pet causes they feel is misrepresented in the press, yet feel that they know how a case should be decided better than the 12 people that actually sat through the whole court case and heard all the arguments, and had the people right there in front of them. It was clear that the LA county police were tampering with evidence, and that Ron Goldman was not exactly a Boy Scout and may have been messed up with some bad people himself but Yeah, sure, YOU know best.
Me, I don’t know whether he did it or did not. I know three things:
1. It is ok to not have an opinion about something, especially when you have no way of knowing all the facts.
2. Not Guilty does not mean Innocent. It means that there is reasonable doubt enough to not convict. A writ of Innocence is something from the court that says that you not only are not-guilty, but definitely did not do the crime. Not many of those get issued.
3. If you are going to contradict the people that have most of the facts, than you should have a really good reason and hopefully some new facts.
Me, I am going with the Jury on that one. Oh, and Michael Bay. He also did not think that OJ is beleivable as a cold blooded killer, which is why he ast Schwartzenegger as the Terminator instead of OJ.
Now it seems I will have to listen to people go on and on about the Casey Anthony verdict. The news, my inbox, and FB page is flooded with idignant people coimplaining about the verdict because no matter what the Jury decided, they “know” she is guilty. I have requests to boycott anything that Ms Anthony might make money from, accusing her of killing her daughter to become rich and famous (which was never a motive even considered, so I have no idea WTF that is about). I have gotten request that media stop covering the issue because it just increases the media storm (yeah, uh would you guys please stop covering the news? Ok thanks...). And yet other requests to sign petitions to enact various laws which will prevent this from happening again (because you know, people will surely obey a law to report missing children even though they don’t obey laws to tell the truth to the police.)
What happened is horrific, and we may never know the truth of every detail, and how or if she was involved. Would it be less horrific if Ms Anthony was in prison for less than solid reasons?
I have gotten five requests today to sign onto a petition for a Law to be named after Caylee. It’s actually a good idea for a law requiring parents to notify police within a certain time frame if their children are missing. No problem with the law itself. Unfortunately naming the law for Caylee or another victim is a terrible idea. Such laws lend themselves to being twisted and misused by those that would exploit the overly emotional and fearful populace, just like Megans Law and a few others. I don’t even know how it could be twisted, but I have faith in peoples ability to do stupid shit in the name of feeling safe and being vengeful, so I am sure that they will find a way.
Anyway, please get some perspective. You can think she is guilty as sin. Tell you the truth, I think she is guilty as sin. But I don’t “know” that she is, and neither do you.