Casey Anthony & Amanda Knox: Is the Justice System Broken?Posted: October 5, 2011
Casey Anthony rang the bell. Amanda Knox just rang the bell. And, OJ Simpson definitely rang the bell. Is the justice system broken?
Amanda Knox, a 25-year-old Seattle woman, served 4 years in an Italian prison for a murder the Italian Appeals Court jury just overturned. While Casey Anthony, a 25-year-old Florida woman, who failed to report her 2-year-old daughter Caylee missing for 31 days and repeatedly lied about Caylee’s whereabouts, was acquitted of all charges related to Caylee’s death. Was justice served?
How do we or can we find justice in these two different outcomes? This isn’t simply about two different outcomes in two different countries. It’s about how we deliver justice and now, apparently, it’s a global concern.
Can justice be hijacked when a prosecution is focused on conviction rather than justice? Can justice be contaminated when the forensics are contaminated? Can justice be lost by incompetent investigative police work? And, can justice be derailed by fabricated defenses? If we answer yes to any of these questions, than justice is in peril. The scales of justice need to be rebalanced.
And, importantly, does justice begin and end with a conviction or an acquittal? What about justice for Caylee Anthony? What about justice for Meredith Kercher? Justice requires that we find the how and the why, too.
Maybe, it’s time we answered the bell.