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Kasz216 said:
sapphi_snake said:
Kasz216 said:
sapphi_snake said:
I've always found the American justice system to be terribly flawed. Who in his right mind thinks that 12 random incompetent individuals should be giving a verdict on a case?

Makes a lot more sense then having a judge make the choice.

1 Judge systems invariably end up with the powerful eaislly beign able to get away with things and those of "lower classes" and certain circumstances getting screwed because they aren't ever judged by their piers, but instead some Judge who probably has never been lower class, and likely spends all his time with high brow people.  The kind of person who won't understand a crime someone committed in the past or something someone else did while desperate.

Jury's allow for many different perspectives to be brought so that more perspectives can be weighted and a better outcome can be had... additionally it's a lot harder to bribe anonymous jurors then it is one well known judge.

The problem with the jury syste,, is that jury members really aren't qualified to properly analize evidence and reach a verdict. Screening processes don't take into account things like education or intelligence, and smart people often manage to find a way out of jury duty, leading juries to be made up of the lowest of the low. Regular people are also probably less likely to be objective, and will let their biases take control of them. I mean, not long ago, a jury (always all white) would convict a black man of whatever he was accused of, regardless of the evidence presented.

Not to mention that trying a case has become like a sort of circus in your country. Lawyers mainly just put on shows to try to make the jury side with their client, and they do whatever it takes, even exploiting biases and other irrational beliefs. This makes for nice material for court room dramas on TV, but it really shouldn't happen in reality. A judge is much more competent at making a fair decision, and your 'bribing the judge' argument isn't as big as the 'bedazzling the jury' argument.


1) Neither are judges.  Did you see the Judge in the Hotz vs Sony case claim that Hotz had to "retrieve all the emails he sent out with the sony code on it."   Judges aren't and can't be experts on everything, the only thing they are experts on are the law... which is kinda hard, when the law is only a structural component.  With the Judge guiding a trial, there is no loss at having a Jury decide the outcome.

2) Not really.  Everyone has biases and by limiting judement to basically one type of group... what you end up with is one bias ruling over all.  See for example, france where the Rich and Powerful can basically get away with anything. 

3)  Again, how would this of been different with the racist white judge who was put in power by the racist white politicians who passed the Jim Crow laws? Once black jurymen got in the jury things got fairer... however, if there weren't jury trials... the racism via Judges who worked with racist politicians would of lasted a lot longer.  Kinda like... well France again.

 

As for the second part...

that's why it doesn't happen in reality!  That's what judges are for... to disallow BS evidence and experts that don't pass the test.  If you think the American Court room system actually works like court room dramas... you've got another thing coming.

4) What about... bedazzling a judge?  Judges aren't immune to this sort of thing afterall, Judges aren't experts on forensic evidence, they need it all explained to them by the same experts.  Nearly everything that needs to be explained to a jury has to be explained to a judge. 

Bedazzling a judge is exactly how Clarence Darrow got Leopold and Loeb off with only life sentences in what was a surefire electric chair case (granted, that was because they plead guilty initially anyway)



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sapphi_snake said:
Kasz216 said:
sapphi_snake said:
Kasz216 said:
sapphi_snake said:
I've always found the American justice system to be terribly flawed. Who in his right mind thinks that 12 random incompetent individuals should be giving a verdict on a case?

Makes a lot more sense then having a judge make the choice.

1 Judge systems invariably end up with the powerful eaislly beign able to get away with things and those of "lower classes" and certain circumstances getting screwed because they aren't ever judged by their piers, but instead some Judge who probably has never been lower class, and likely spends all his time with high brow people.  The kind of person who won't understand a crime someone committed in the past or something someone else did while desperate.

Jury's allow for many different perspectives to be brought so that more perspectives can be weighted and a better outcome can be had... additionally it's a lot harder to bribe anonymous jurors then it is one well known judge.

The problem with the jury syste,, is that jury members really aren't qualified to properly analize evidence and reach a verdict. Screening processes don't take into account things like education or intelligence, and smart people often manage to find a way out of jury duty, leading juries to be made up of the lowest of the low. Regular people are also probably less likely to be objective, and will let their biases take control of them. I mean, not long ago, a jury (always all white) would convict a black man of whatever he was accused of, regardless of the evidence presented.

Not to mention that trying a case has become like a sort of circus in your country. Lawyers mainly just put on shows to try to make the jury side with their client, and they do whatever it takes, even exploiting biases and other irrational beliefs. This makes for nice material for court room dramas on TV, but it really shouldn't happen in reality. A judge is much more competent at making a fair decision, and your 'bribing the judge' argument isn't as big as the 'bedazzling the jury' argument.


1) Neither are judges.  Did you see the Judge in the Hotz vs Sony case claim that Hotz had to "retrieve all the emails he sent out with the sony code on it."   Judges aren't and can't be experts on everything, the only thing they are experts on are the law... which is kinda hard, when the law is only a structural component.  With the Judge guiding a trial, there is no loss at having a Jury decide the outcome.

2) Not really.  Everyone has biases and by limiting judement to basically one type of group... what you end up with is one bias ruling over all.  See for example, france where the Rich and Powerful can basically get away with anything. 

3)  Again, how would this of been different with the racist white judge who was put in power by the racist white politicians who passed the Jim Crow laws? Once black jurymen got in the jury things got fairer... however, if there weren't jury trials... the racism via Judges who worked with racist politicians would of lasted a lot longer.  Kinda like... well France again.

 

As for the second part...

that's why it doesn't happen in reality!  That's what judges are for... to disallow BS evidence and experts that don't pass the test.  If you think the American Court room system actually works like court room dramas... you've got another thing coming.

4) What about... bedazzling a judge?  Judges aren't immune to this sort of thing afterall, Judges aren't experts on forensic evidence, they need it all explained to them by the same experts.  Nearly everything that needs to be explained to a jury has to be explained to a judge. 

1. This is fair, but at least they have better knowledge regarding the law.

2. In the US the rich and powerful have lawyers that could help Hitler get off.

4. Judges are still (theoretically) more intelligent than the average jury member, and are probably more competent at giving a proper verdict.


1) Which like i said... doesn't matter.

2) Bit of an exageration.  Having a good lawyer does help, however it doesn't always work, and it happens much less then just systematic rulings for the rich as caused by judges.

4)  I think you'd find intellegence has a lot less to do with giving a proper verdict then you'd think.  Afterall, all the evidence is explained in common sense detail... aaaaaand if one or two people in the jury doesn't get it... the rest of the jury can explain it to them.

If it's something the judge has no clue about.... well, he's just wrong, noone to correct him.  If anything, it's easier for a mistake to be made, since they need to trick one non-expert vs 3 or 4 (or 11 if the one person who does know can explain it well.)



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axumblade said:

while I agree that it's screwed up that she got off, I can imagine it leading to more hell than jail. I can imagine her getting harassed everywhere she goes and probably getting the shit beaten out of her a few times. No guy in their right mind would want to date a woman who "killed" her child. And it's not like it's something that she can really hide...this case has been very well publicised over the last few years.

She'll probably recieve police protection, be relocated, get an identity change etc.

And a face change too? I mean...I guess that might be in there too but if not, I can imagine her going through hell for a few years at least.



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axumblade said:
sapphi_snake said:
axumblade said:

while I agree that it's screwed up that she got off, I can imagine it leading to more hell than jail. I can imagine her getting harassed everywhere she goes and probably getting the shit beaten out of her a few times. No guy in their right mind would want to date a woman who "killed" her child. And it's not like it's something that she can really hide...this case has been very well publicised over the last few years.

She'll probably recieve police protection, be relocated, get an identity change etc.

And a face change too? I mean...I guess that might be in there too but if not, I can imagine her going through hell for a few years at least.

She'll just wear a paper bag every time she goes out.

Seriously though, she died her hair, wears a pair of sunglasses, and no one will recognise her.



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Well she was spotted in ohio wearing less than a paper bag according to this news article.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/04/casey-anthony-spotted-shopping-in-ohio/



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http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20530209,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines

Casey Anthony: Hiding Out in Fear...oh and she is undergoing psychological treatment as well! Enjoy

Update Wednesday September 21, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Originally posted Wednesday September 21, 2011 08:00 AM EDT
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Since her release from jail on July 17, Casey Anthony – described by a Department of Corrections spokeswoman as "one of the most hated women in America" – is broke, unemployed and estranged from her family.

Now hiding in Florida, Anthony may leave the United States after her probation is over next year. A source tells PEOPLE in its latest cover story that Anthony plans to take language classes because "she realizes she may have to live in another country."

Anthony, who was acquitted of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, has received dozens of angry letters, including a stack of greeting cards on Aug. 9, which would have been Caylee's 6th birthday.

RELATED: Casey Anthony Ordered to Pay Florida $100,000


"She would love to go out to meet friends and do public things," says the source, "but she knows she can’t."

Anthony is now seeing a grief counselor and a psychiatrist and has "started to learn and recognize her lies and what they did to people," says a source. "She has a lot of regrets."

For more on Casey Anthony's new life in hiding, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

For more on Casey Anthony's true-crime drama, buy PEOPLE's book Outrage, available now at people.com/caseyanthony

RELATED: Casey Anthony Is Undergoing Psychological Treatment



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Yes! YES! Her suffering makes me stronger!!


Or not. The whole situation from that poor child, to Casey, to her parents--so many lives, destroyed. And even if she is guilty, she hasn't even been punished. No closure. No satisfaction. No nothing.



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Yes! YES! Her suffering makes me stronger!!


Or not. The whole situation from that poor child, to Casey, to her parents--so many lives, destroyed. And even if she is guilty, she hasn't even been punished. No closure. No satisfaction. No nothing.


The checkout line news mags say she is scared all the time , and is in hiding, with now family to take care of her!



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