Mr. Dershowitz explains, much more eloquently, what I have been trying to get across in recent posts. I simply wanted to share his succinct definition of the law with others. Scroll to the bottom for two great articles addressing the Casey Anthony trial.
“The state must prove that accusation by admissible evidence and beyond a reasonable doubt. Even if it is “likely” or “probable” that this defendant committed the murder, he must be acquitted, because neither “likely” nor “probable” satisfies the daunting standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Accordingly, a legally proper result — acquittal in such a case — may not be the same as a morally just result. In such a case, justice has not been done to the victim, but the law has prevailed.” – Alan Dershowitz, Criminal and civil liberties lawyer.
Here is a very well-written post addressing the uninformed reactions to the Casey Anthony Trial.
This is without a doubt the most thorough and well-informed article I have read to date regarding this entire trial and the media’s role in it.