Who is this for?

Our judicial system is complex and far from infallible but it is not the the morally bankrupt, broken system people seem to see today.

In regards to Casey Anthony, the dismay over today’s verdict may come from a place of sincerity and grief but I question its value.  Three years of media sensationalism and emotion-based cries for Casey’s conviction have served no one; least of all her poor daughter.

I commend the jury for doing what it was commissioned to do; without bias and with great courage.  They do not hear everything that we as a public hear and they are, thankfully, bound by the law and constitution.  They can not make a decision based on what seems most likely.  Each charge holds its own requirements for a guilty verdict and those requirements, particularly on the first-degree murder charge, were not met by the prosecution.  the requirement to be convinced “beyond a reasonable doubt” in a criminal case is a precious piece of judicial system.  They made the decision they saw as necessary and I thank them for their service.

Of course I was furious to learn about the death of an innocent child.  The anger we have all felt is righteous and comes from an innate desire to love and protect children.  Our country must demand that protection for every child.  Why do wait for the media to pick and choose which child was precious enough?  Who are we reserving our outrage and concern for?

For the near 500,000 in our foster care system?

For the children who are the subject of  the 3 million reports of child abuse made every year in the United States?

For the almost five children who die every day as a result of child abuse. (More than three out of four are under the age of 4)?

Let’s round the coverage of this case to an exact 3 years.    That’s 1,095 days.  If 5 kids died from child abuse each day we are looking at the loss of 5,475 children.  The Caylee Anthony story is a heartbreaking one but it not the shocking tale of uncommon abuse we’d like to pretend it is. Your grief at her death can be fodder for some heated facebook debate or it can be the motivation to do something.

You could prevent future deaths by choosing to intervene when you witness abuse, support a non-profit, take in a child in need of shelter and love, volunteer in a community center, mentor…  Give all that outrage a purpose or it will simply become silenced until the next “shocking” death.

Florida Abolitionist


Florida Abuse Hotline

National Center For Missing And Exploited Childen

Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program


6 thoughts on “Who is this for?

  1. Members of the facebook community have shared some thoughts on this post so I wanted to give future readers a chance to see what it has evolved into (silly friends. Always commenting on FB instead of here):

    *Amanda Buitron: ana… I love you. You somehow were able to summarize my feelings exactly however much more eloquently than I ever could

    *Vallen Tucker: That’s some awesome sauce you got there Tabasco. Well written and totally true.

    *AnaYelsi Tabasco-Sanchez: Thank you both. I was a bit concerned about backlash and I appreciate your words. Vallen, awesome sauce? You are fabulous. ♥

    *Glenn Burgess: This is amazing! Sharing it now.

    *Ashley Rowe-Blahnik: This is great, Ana. Well said :)

  2. And from my friend, Joey Myers (who can always be trusted to provide good, intelligent, discussion):

    Joey Myers: It amazes me… one stupid trial in Orlando and everyone becomes (1) expert legal analysts and (2) experts in child welfare laws

    AnaYelsi Tabasco-Sanchez: uh oh did sharing my opinion land me on that list today?

    Joey Myers: lol…no…y?

    AnaYelsi Tabasco-Sanchez: my last blog post ^_^

    Joey Myers: nah… you didn’t lay claim to laws about child abuse or etc… I do question your use of the word “courage” though, in regards to the jury they did their job, and did as they were instructed to do. I guess I hear this word “courage” tossed around. someone put up a courageous fight against X disease, or she/he had the courage to do what is right, etc. I feel like it takes away from the idea of courage. I don’t find it courageous to do as instructed. they were facing no danger, no fear. they did as instructed, listened to testimony and, if they had one little shred of doubt, they were instructed to vote not guilty. its like what I do. it doesn’t take courage. maybe mettle, spirit, tenacity and even resolution. courage are those men and women who run into burning buildings, who jump into traffic to save a life, who go overseas and put their lives on the line for their government.

    Joey Myers: I respect that the jury did what they did. being sequestered would surely suck. but it is their civic duty. our system of justice can only function if people will serve on juries, and then find fairly based on facts. I would do the same thing. so would most of us.

    AnaYelsi Tabasco-Sanchez: I do believe mettle, spirit, and tenacity are all attributes of a courageous person :)

    Joey Myers: Courage- mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty — when did this word come to mean so much less in our language?

    AnaYelsi Tabasco-Sanchez: regardless of judicial instruction, when it comes to decision-making time a person must have the courage to not be swayed by societal bias or pressures. doing that takes courage.

    Joey Myers: when you are sequestered, there are little to no societal pressures…

    AnaYelsi Tabasco-Sanchez: they do not remain sequestered. They have to return home; to communities where MANY people are seeing their choices as a failure to bring justice. They knew that was going to be the reality but they, as we hope any jury would, made decisions based on fact and not personal impact. We can talk all we want about civic duty and law but juries are comprised of real people who are not trained members of the judicial system. They could, as has happened in the past, cave to societal pressures but they did not. Duty or not the choice should be commended.

  3. Since you asked for my opinion I will give it lol. But just remember you asked me for it.
    1. I agree with you 100%. Why does this child’s murder warrant so much national attention and outrage, when unfortunately children are murdered on a daily basis? I wonder if the public outrage will extend to the other 11 child murder cases pending in Orange County.
    2. Our system of justice is based on the state being able to provide evidence from material facts to convict someone NOT our gut feelings or instinct. A personal judgment of a defendant’s moral character does not (or at least should not) determine innocence or guilt.

    But in all honesty I am glad this whole circus will be out of the news.

    • Aamir!

      Thanks for checking this out and for the great links you posted to my wall.

      I too am glad this “circus” is done and over with. I just truly wish some people would see their anger as motivation to do something to affect some change in the lives of other children.

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