Generally speaking, I mostly try don’t pay attention to tabloid news stories… pretty white women dying in the Caribbean, athletes being convicted of atrocities of their own… it all seems to be in the news media solely for the fact that there are things we can relate to on some level that have been flipped around in a way that makes us uncomfortable. Am I saying that filicide should not be covered by the news media? No. I am saying that in this country, we pride ourselves not only in a) democracy, but b) the fact that a person can be presumed innocent and then tried by a jury of their peers and be given a verdict, and cannot be retried for their crimes.
All this goes out of the window when people hear a verdict that doesn’t agree with them. Here’s my problem with that:
12 people sat together for an entire trial, where they had lawyers carefully explain the reasons why the defendant may or may not have been guilty. These people had no other outside stimuli. They didn’t pay attention to the news media, they didn’t even talk about the case until they were told they were allowed to! Then, after thinking it over, and talking amongst themselves, they reached an understanding they could all agree with.
Do you know what that means? They had absolutely nothing else going on in their lives but the decision of whether or not this woman was guilty of murdering her child. And you know what? They decided that she wasn’t.
So, chances are if you’re a silly chatty cunt flapping your lips in my break room during the brief meal period I have while I’m at work, I don’t want to hear your fucking legal analysis. I know you studied at the forensics lab of whatever a talking head told you on a commercial media outlet that was tantalizing you to watch more so they could sell advertisers more ad time, but you know what? I don’t give a fuck what you think.
A horrible thing happened when this child died. The legal process is done. Now shut the fuck up and move on with your life, because really, this whole clusterfuck had nothing to do with you in the first place.