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I blame Jerry Bruckheimer for the Casey Anthony verdict

Jerry has some explaining to do

Apparently there are only 12 people on the planet who are not certain that Casey Anthony murdered her daughter, Caylee. Unfortunately, all of those 12 people were conveniently located in the jury. Despite overwhelming evidence that no reasonable person could look past, the jury still had a “reasonable doubt” that she was the killer. There is a lot of blame to go around for that insane verdict, where she wasn’t even convicted of child abuse, but mostly I blame Jerry Bruckheimer.

As executive producer, Bruckheimer is responsible for CSI, CSI: Miami, and CSI: New York as well as all of those other shows just like them. Putting those shows on TV is bad not only because it’s terrible television, but also because they are ruining our justice system. Lawyers call the phenomenon the “CSI Effect.”

When idiots at home watch Gil Grissom or whoever is on there now get DNA evidence and fingerprints off of a dust particle that was floating through the air, they expect real forensics to do the same. On TV, the crime scene guy always conjures up so much scientific proof that, faced with the evidence, the criminal breaks down and confesses on the spot. If Gil Grissom can get fingerprints off of air, why couldn’t the prosecutors scientifically prove that Casey killed her daughter?

Caruso would’ve had a confession

Because that’s not how it works in the real world. Sometimes there is no DNA evidence, such as when the dead body decomposes after 31 days of the killer making up fairy tales about fake nannies. People who have spent a career in law enforcement have told me that CSI has ruined many cases for them, with jurors no longer satisfied by circumstantial evidence, no matter how devastating it is. They want that fucking fingerprint off the air.

Only a jury expecting CSI could have been unconvinced with the evidence against Casey. To them, it wasn’t enough proof. David Caruso would have stood nose to nose with Casey, head cocked to the side, and explained to her while peering over his sunglasses that he pulled her fingerprints from the duct tape on Caylee’s mouth, traced the chloroform to a specific bottle that Casey bought, and found a particle of the dirt where the body was found embedded in her “bella vita” tattoo. Compared to that, the evidence presented just wasn’t convincing enough.

Seriously, I’m wondering how many of these jurors left hanging or pregnant chads in the 2000 election. Maybe we should institute intelligence tests for jury duty. Of course, that might eliminate everyone not smart enough to get out of jury duty. This jury has spoken, though, and they have effectively given the okay for 12th-trimester abortion in the state of Florida. The only way this can get worse is if Jose Baez’s children become reality TV stars.

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  1. July 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    It’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove. Whether the prosecution did a lousy job, or whether the evidence just wasn’t there, you cannot expect any jury in this country to make a leap of faith. That would be a hell of a lot worse for this country than letting one guilty person go free.

    • July 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      I agree that the jury shouldn’t be taking a leap of faith. Our legal system, including the idea that you are innocent until proven guilty, is based on the idea that it is better to let a guilty person go free than to convict an innocent person. I agree. I certainly don’t want a system where it is the opposite, like in other countries.

      Where I disagree is that I feel that there was enough evidence there and that no leap of faith was needed. I also think that before shows like CSI, that evidence would have resulted in a conviction.

    • July 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Also, thanks for your input.

  2. July 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I agree with you. TV shows are ruining the greater perception of reality in our society. Disney would be jealous and want in on modern day TV considering his love of hyper-reality. Every person I talked to can’t believe she got off. Anyone with any logic skills would know that she did it. But since the smart people wiggled out of jury duty–like how all smart people do–it only leaves people such as those twelve to expect a perfect presentation of perfect evidence. Perfection doesn’t exist. And perhaps smart people should stop wiggling out of jury duty. Casey is a sociopath who should be locked up, at the very least, for neglect; thirty one days before reporting her daughter missing? No, that’s not neglect at all. No true mother would ever wait that long. She best hope she gets the maximum for lying so that she can wait for this to die down before walking in the world again. So many people know she did it.

    If you want reality TV I’m betting it will come from that woman up in New England who thinks her son was Caylee’s father. Not about trying to grab her fifteen minutes of fame my ass. If she didn’t want her fifteen minutes she wouldn’t be splashing herself all over the news saying she’s Caylee’s grandmother. There’s your trashy reality TV. That poor little girl’s story is so twisted now that it’s a wonder she’ll ever rest in peace.

    • July 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      You’re right. No true mother would wait that long. To me, the most disgusting thing of all is that soon Casey Anthony is going to be very rich. She will actually get rich off of this. And yes, that is TV at its trashiest.

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