Monday, May 16, 2011

Can they keep it quiet?

As the trial of Casey Anthony approaches us, two questions seem to be coming into mind when thinking about finding jurors. Can they find people who have not set any opinions about the defendant already and can they keep opinions about the case private from social networks?

Anthony ,25, is charged with first - degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2 year-old daughter, Caylee Marie. If found guilty, she may face the death penalty. The court is currently on day 7 of jury selection in Pinellas County, where the judge believes there will be more opportunity to find people less knowledgable about the case. But can that really be possible? I learned about the case while I was living in NY, which is much farther that Clearwater, Fl, and I instantly became intrigued and have been following updates since day 1.  Of course, after hearing all the evidence and the fact that Casey partied her nights away while her daughter was supposedly missing instead of reporting her,  has given me the opinion of her guilt.  If that's the case how are they honestly going to trust jurors when they say they have never heard of the case.

Just last week, after 2 1/2 hours they dismissed a juror for being "too perfect". Meaning, he had all the perfect answers that made it seem pretty obvious that he had indeed heard about the case, had formed and opinion, and wanted desperately to find Casey guilty and give her the death penalty.  It seems that none of the potential jurors know Nancy Grace, Cindy and George Anthony or watch the news. One potential juror said she does not watch the news or read newspapers because she "wants to view the world in a positive matter" Really? So far they have found 12 potential jurors, but Judge Belvin is asking for 8 more as alternates.

The other point is that the jury may be sequestered for up to 8 weeks in Orange County.  Juror 1392 already got penalized when the defense revealed that he had in fact been conversing about the case on Facebook with his friends.  Of course, he was dismissed based on that matter. In a time of social networking, and internet access on phones it becomes harder to keep these jurors completely isolated from the world and news coverage of the case.  Will they be able to actually give up their electronics in order to properly decide Anthony's fate? Let's hope so.

On a case were a New Orleans artist has actually been able to profit from VooDoo dolls depicting Casey Anthony and selling them on the internet, it seems like this case has more than it's fair share of drama and just may be the first high profile case to be the precedent of other cases in this time of technology.

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