Monday, June 30, 2014

Rush to Judgement ** updated **

I watched a movie on TC last night Lizzie Borden Took an Axe and I started thinking. From what I have read about Ms. Borden - the consensus seems to be that she was guilty and yet a jury found her not guilty. She lived out her life in Fall River, mostly shunned by society.

There is a case playing out locally - and I think nationally - right now. A father left his son in a car all day. The boy died. The father is in jail. The local papers (and the radio and CNN, which comes out of Atlanta) have all but convicted him and yet he doesn't go before a judge until Thursday. Should he ultimately be found not guilty (and I cannot presume to judge him when I know I am getting biased information), too many people have already convicted him.

Reminds me of the OJ Simpson case. It is being rehashed, people are convinced he did it. He lives out his life with that out there constantly.

Trial by jury has flaws. Other systems have more. Trial by news media seems worse.

A 12 year old has come up with an easy solution so you don't forget your child.

2 comments:

Pissed Off said...

His family and friends were on television yesterday proclaiming his innocence. Seems strange. Who knows what really happened. But, how does one forget their chld?

Ricochet said...

I don't know. I know when they were little (which was before the Internet was so invasive) I worried about a lot of things - but forgetting them would never have come into my head.