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    That’s my wif’e’s reaction to the Casey Anthony verdict.  That and spitting mad.

    I’ve noticed something in the reactions, admittedly anecdotal.  The reaction from mothers seems to be at a different level than the rest of us.

    Am I right about that?


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    Juba Doobai! | July 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    @Seanette, and you didn’t follow the rules of evidence, I gather, finding guilt because you thought the person should be found guilty, making stuff up to convict?

    I like the Constitution’s provision for trials, but you scare me.

      Seanette in reply to Juba Doobai!. | July 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      Would you have acquitted someone who confessed to the charges on the witness stand, just because you felt sorry for him or something? Twelve assorted citizens, including me, thought it was a bit sad that a 19-year-old was picking up two felony strikes at once, but the facts we were given, including the defendant’s confession, could not support any other verdict.

      Sorry that operating on facts and logic scares you so much.

    carder | July 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I live here in Orlando, just a 25 minute drive from the Anthony home.

    The term “mob rule” has surfaced all over the blogosphere, how it’s a good thing we have these procedures in place to avoid it at all costs. And I don’t disagree.

    And yet, I have to chuckle a bit when folks think that we the mob are mindlessly out for Casey’s head. Allow me to talk about our little “mob” here.

    When the local media first announced that a little girl named Caylee Anthony was missing, this so-called mob rose to the occasion. We endured mosquitoes, heat, humidity, and the general discomfort that comes with dropping everything to physically search for a missing child. We did what we could to assist law enforcement in their search for Caylee.

    We offered moral support to the Anthony’s, set up memorials, held vigils, even prayed for the safe return of Caylee. Mind you, this was before Nancy Grace & the Gang became involved.

    My husband even ran into George Anthony in an auto parts store during that time. He was instantly recognizable since he was wearing a “MISSING: CAYLEE ANTHONY” t-shirt.

    When it became apparent that Casey had a knack for taking advantage of the kindness and generosity of, first, her family, and then of the community at large, then we the mob rightfully questioned what the heck was going on here. Just who did Casey Anthony think we were?

    It wasn’t like the community in Orlando wakes up in the morning wondering who’s the next target for a public lynching.

    She played us for fools. At the most basic level, we simply wanted to know the truth. That’s all. And Casey has been evading it ever since.

    So, yes, professor, furious sounds about right. And I have witnessed the same reaction from several males here. It’s not a gender-exclusive emotion with regard to this case. Not in these parts, anyways.

    nerkbuckeye | July 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I think we can all agree that people have been getting away with capital crimes since civilization began (and A LOT before then). At the same time, innocent people have been put to death and punished for crimes they did not commit. The question is, what is the right balance? The justice system we have leans towards guilty people going free and as difficult as that is sometimes to accept– the alternative is a system where those in power (judges, prosecutors, media, etc.) can easily gin up a case against someone just to “get justice”.

    I don’t know how many times I have heard someone on television say that while this bad mother goes free there is no justice for the dead child– Excuse me, are we interested in justice? Or are we just interested in SOMEBODY paying for the crime?

    Casey Anthony may very well have caused the death of Caley– but there is a reason why we are judged by our peers, not Nancy Grace and Bill O’Reilly.

    . . .
    I’ve noticed something in the reactions, admittedly anecdotal. The reaction from mothers seems to be at a different level than the rest of us.

    Am I right about that?

    Yes. I noticed it most explicitly in the reaction of a former work acquaintance, a person who I may run into only a few times in any given year. We’ll always say hello and how have you been . . . that sort of thing. I happened to run into her only a day or so after the verdict.

    I think she is a mother of two teenage children, and she broached the topic with me, quite unsolicited. She was absolutely livid that a mother could do that to a child. And she even expressed the view that eventually someone, perhaps someone with a terminal illness, or someone otherwise having nothing to lose, would step forward and get her. It was an “avenging angel” theory.

    She said she thought it would happen to Anthony in the context of her time in jail, which was before it became clear that Casey would be out in a matter of a few days.

    In other words, she was presuming that another inmate would go after her. That potential has been a problem in the past with those who have been jailed for child molestation or killing a child — but she seemed to believe that a woman inmate would wreak revenge on her.

    From a few stories I’ve seen, I think it’s pretty clear that Florida officials have some sense that she is at risk on some level, perhaps due to the number and intensity of threats that have been made against her.

    I was actually quite nonplussed by this person’s reaction that she expressed to me.

    My own feeling had been more along the lines of bewilderment over the overwhelming public fascination with the case. I guess I just didn’t get the level of fascination with the case. But apparently for those who were really caught up in the unfolding drama, there seems to be a subset of folks, including women, who are really angry at the outcome, and specifically angry at Casey Anthony.

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