I am growing more and more concerned about the state of justice in this country. You guys know by now that there is nothing I loathe more than people who commit crimes against women and children. I may rail against Jason Young, Casey Anthony, Chris Coleman and their ilk, but in all these cases, I want to see a trial. A fair trial.
I will agree that the system does not always work. It's not perfect. People are not perfect, therefore their institutions are bound to be flawed. Still, it beats hell out of stringing suspects up from the nearest tree. It beats trial by combat. It pretty much beats any other system I can think of. People always point to the OJ Simpson trial as an example of system failure, and they are correct. The jury was composed of people who were reluctant to convict an "American Icon." The Prosecution needed to present an iron-clad case, impervious to the shenanigans of the defense lawyers, and they failed to do so. OJ is not the only murderer who has walked free for years.
I can understand the frustration of many with the courtroom games, with all the safeguards that are there for the lawyers to exploit. I do. I really do understand.
I see an alarming trend. Beginning with the Scott Peterson trial, when a "victim's advocate" published a picture of a bag of cement she saw in the driveway of the Peterson home in Modesto, I see more and more ordinary people inserting themselves into the process of investigation and trial.
I was shocked to see crowds gathering outside the home of Casey Anthony, yelling at her, and at her family. Those people became part of the story, with their hysterics, and their interactions with the family plastered all over the TV news and the internet.
A small crowd gathered to yell, "Murderer!" at Chris Coleman, when he was transported to court. What's next? Stones? Guns?
Are these actions a result of our culture of "instant gratification?" Have we become so jaded with the time it takes for investigations, trials, appeals and executions that we are ready to "take matters into our own hands?"
The wheels of Justice turn very slowly, but they do turn. I'm willing to be patient. Why do so many want to "git a rope?"