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Big Trials

I paid fleeting attention to the Casey Anthony trial.  The young mother accused of killing her two year old daughter.  My guess is that she was guilty, but it was a “dry bones” case which had the prosecution working with purely circumstantial evidence and those can be hard.

But when the not guilty verdict came down it got me to thinking — was the death penalty the real issue here?  Would that jury have been more willing to find her guilty if they weren’t faced with putting a needle in her arm?

Or is the problem that the American public just becoming too dumb to follow complex issues?  Or understand that DNA evidence is better than a fingerprint, or what the word perspicacious means?  (Apparently ABC felt it was necessary to add a subtitled definition of the world when Christine Amanpour used it on her Sunday morning show.  *sigh*

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