Monday, July 11, 2011

Casey Anthony Juror Quits Work and Flees Town in Fear

The problem with our court system has always been the jury. The selection process is a circus. Choosing the right juror is a daunting task. In the case for Casey Anthony, the defense took the upper hand and picked the right pool of jurors. Thus, the selected jurors acquitted child murderer Casey Anthony. In general, jurors are ordinary people, who make human mistake. As such, a mistake in a verdict is extremely devastating. These selected jurors have no business in making a decision of someones life. Unless the jurors are full-time professional jurors, I can not trust the decision of a layman. The technical jargon said in court and the pageantry of a court procedure are not familiar to the normal crowd in the street. Hence, a trial should be conducted by only the judge, who should render the verdict of the accused.

(Daily Mail) A juror in the Casey Anthony trial has told how she received death threats and has been unable to work since she was cleared of murder.

The woman, known only as juror number 12 left her job and went into hiding fearing co-workers would 'want her head on a platter'.

Her husband said before leaving she told him: 'I’d rather go to jail than sit on a jury like this again.'

He told NBC News he was worried for her health and had his bags packed ready to leave if his 60-year-old wife's name gets released.
The woman, who moved to Florida from Michigan, fled the area, retiring from her job working at Publix Grocery over the phone because she didn't feel safe.

While the court record of all the jurors’ names remains sealed, the couple who have been separated for 44 days said they face vitriol from those unwilling to accept the verdict.

The sensational trial of Casey Anthony sparked outrage across the U.S. when she was acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee.

She had been accused of drugging her young daughter, suffocating her and dumping her body in overgrown woodland.

A jury of seven woman and five men took ten hours to clear Anthony of charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child.

She smiled as she was given the verdict at Orange County Courtroom in Orlando, Florida after one of the most controversial verdicts in recent history.

Furious spectators compared the verdict to that in the OJ Simpson case, however some jurors have publicly defended the decision.