Friday, July 8, 2011

Casey's trial

After watching the last days of the trial, the verdict, sentencing and post-sentencing activity, I've determined...WHAT?

My first thought is about Caylee, the three-year-old toddler.  All the hoopla, trials, prayers and hopes are not going to bring this little girl back.  She was cheated of life.  Being a child advocate all my adult life, I can only grieve for this victim as I have done so for so many others. 

Throughout my life I have tried to protect, encourage, support, be a positive factor, generally do my part, for children and youth.  I've always felt that some little act of kindness - an insignificant event, maybe not even one we are aware of, can alter a future for child..  Kids are so vulnerable, so susceptible to evil interests, but they're also open to positive influences too.  They're like clay ready to be molded and what final product materializes is determined by us adults.  Many times we forget our responsibility to children, not remembering that every little interaction with a young person can have far-reaching effects.

I have served children's organizations in many capacities from basic volunteer work to sitting as chairman of the board.  The last years in Tennessee, I was involved with advocacy programs for physically and sexually abused children.  I know a lot more than I ever wanted about this subject and because I do, many significant questions arose relating to the verdict, at least to me.     

Many citizens worldwide are angry over the trial results, but why?  They are disappointed because  the verdict didn't agree with their thinking, but this doesn't mean the system didn't work.  The jurors did their job and at great sacrifice.  I, too, was disappointed, but not angry at the jurors or our system of justice.  The best advice given to all of us came from the prosecutor, Jeff Ashton - focus the energy of your anger toward doing something positive to honor Caylee.  Do something constructive for other kids.  Well said, Mr. Ashton.

I tuned into the HLN network because they had total coverage of the trial.  I was sorry because their coverage was sorry.  So many nonsensible heads jabbering about unanswerable questions. Yikes!  Please don't believe this was news coverage.  A true news reporter is just as defined; he reports news - he doesn't editorialize.  These people reminded me of rabble rousers or union organizers of old.  These talking heads are not news reporters and we need to understand the difference.  We also need to teach our children this important difference.

As many said, "There are no winners in this case."  I couldn't agree more, but with one exception - the advertisers.

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