According to Webster’s dictionary:
guilty adj., …1. having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong. 2. connected with or involving guilt. 3. having or showing guilt.
innocent …, adj. 1. free from moral wrong. 2. free from legal or specific wrong. 3. not involving evil intent. 4. not causing physical or moral injury. 5. without guile; ingenuous. –n. 6. an innocent person, as a child. 7. a simpleton or idiot.
So much of news reporting these days is riddled with “sound bytes.” Maybe it’s a sign of the times…quickie information “hot off the presses” for immediate public consumption. There’s an assumption that we don’t want to hear all the facts, analyze them for ourselves, and draw our own conclusions. Instead it’s surmised that we want someone else to do all the thinking, that we just want what they regurgitate.
Terry Moran, host of ABC’s Nightline, asked juror #3, Jennifer Ford whether duct tape, a garbage bag, and a decomposing body weren’t evidence that Caylee Anthony‘s death was a homicide. Ford replied that, in fact, “not guilty doesn’t mean innocent.” At first I thought she might have a point. But after contemplating her answer further, I felt Ford was talking in sound bytes.
Reading their dictionary meanings, I think we can agree that guilty means not innocent, and not guilty means innocent. Ford’s statement to the contrary doesn’t really make any sense. And her repeated defense of the verdict left me wondering if the jurors who acquitted Casey Anthony were incapable of deep, analytical thought, or if they just didn’t want to go there. Their decision insisted that all the evidence line up perfectly, so that no grey remain. Rather than delve into that murky mess and try to make sense of it, it was simpler to deal with what was “black and white.” No imagination necessary. No loose ends to tie up. Perhaps if they’d given more time to deliberating, I wouldn’t wonder if they just didn’t want to dive into the deep end and get “down and dirty.” It was easier, perhaps, to say that the prosecution didn’t work hard enough.
Sheer speculation, of course. But like everyonelse, I have my opinions.
…no more…no less…hugmamma.