‘Not guilty’ means ‘innocent’
I’d like to discuss the most recent news surrounding Casey Anthony, namely, her desire to change her name and move out of the Orlando area. The moves are because of the verdict last week that acquitted Casey of murdering her daughter, Caylee. Due to the resulting shock and anger, Casey may fear reprisals and death threats from a seething public. In many ways, the anger from the public is reasonable, because the public was spoon-fed by media outlets and talking heads that Casey was guilty of murdering her child. So reckless was the media in their attempts to decide the verdict for the public that some jurors now fear for their own lives, and one man from Pennsylvania also named "Casey Anthony" is receiving threatening messages. I am deeply troubled by the sardonic commentary spreading through various news channels regarding Casey’s plans to change her name. In the New York Post, Chuck Bennett wrote, "She can hide from the public -- but not her conscience." This cavalier attitude to render someone guilty after being found not guilty is distressing and unfortunate.