Perhaps I should’ve seen this coming. But the National Review cites Casey Anthony’s acquittal as a reason to avoid jury trials for terrorists. Because terrorists, like unpopular media targets, are obviously guilty of anything we can charge them with.
To lawyers, jury trials aren’t admittedly the most sensible thing in the world. Can we actually expect twelve men-on-the-street to understand structured financial transactions well enough to assess where one went wrong, why, and who’s to blame? Well, with good enough lawyers, yes. Because we have to. Can we trust them to always get the decision right? No. But that’s part of the reason they’re there, and more importantly, it’s how the system works. We don’t abandon procedural safeguards when they’re inconvenient, and go against our gut. Unless, of course, there’s an “R” next to our name.