Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Yes, jurors' names should be released to the media

As you read this story from the Los Angeles Times, please keep in mind that the judge who released the names of the jurors involved in the Casey Anthony murder trial did the right thing. Those names are part of the public record associated with the trial.

The sad reality is that our society is at a level of incivility that people who do their civic duty are afraid for their safety because of the public's rage.

To illustrate that point, consider what the Associated Press is reporting:
Jurors were either unavailable or didn’t want to talk to the media Tuesday when a judge released their names, three months after they found Anthony not guilty in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. In the days since the verdict, Anthony and the jurors received death threats and angry messages were posted online. Many people across the nation thought the jurors let a guilty woman go free.
Anthony went into hiding, and it appears jurors have done the same thing.
I could care less whether you think Casey Anthony is guilty. Your opinion (and mine, too) is irrelevant -- the jury has spoken. That's it, and (murder) case closed. Of course, you can continue to hold your personal opinion; however, the moment you decide that you're going to act on it in a way that breaks the law, then you had better be prepared to deal with the effects.

The 12 men and women who acquitted Anthony did their civic duty. In our democracy, that's supposed to be one of the highest and most respected forms of citizenship.

Now, leave them alone and get on with your lives.

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