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Aug

it’s about what sells; Casey Anthony sells

It would be nice to forget Casey Anthony and the lawyer-minions supporting her.  But she just won’t go away.

Her whereabouts are unknown at this time, but not for the media’s lack of trying.  And, if the Orlando circuit court has its way, she will return to the Fantasy City to serve probation for the 2009 check-fraud case for which she plead guilty.

As you’re probably aware, Judge Stan Strickland, the initial judge in both the check-fraud case, and the murder case, as a result of her guilty plea, sentenced Casey Anthony to over 400 days of credit for time served, and to one year of probation, upon her release.

The sentence of one year of probation was recently reaffirmed by Judge Belvin Perry, after Judge Strickland recused himself from the case.

Yes, Casey Anthony was recently given a sentence of one year of probation, to be served in Orlando, too.  She’ll have to get a job, check in with probation officers, and basically behave.   This will be one tall order.

I do not see Casey Anthony ever returning to Orlando.  Frankly, I hope she does not return.  No doubt her lawyers will appeal; they’ll get a stay, but the appeal will fail.  They will appeal again, this time to the Florida Supreme Court. They will get a stay, but the appeal will fail.  All this could take a minimum of two years.

Two years from now, Casey Anthony will be standing on someone’s Orlando porch, knocking on someone’s door handing them all her baggage.  Who could handle her notoriety?

Let’s hope she is forgotten soon. Let’s hope she is quiet, unrecognizable, and allowed to live her life.

I don’t believe in hating, or writing furious letters or boycotting.

Is the purpose of boycotting because she was found not guilty?  Is the boycotting because she may profit from her story?

She has every right to profit; she can do exactly as she pleases now.  If we cannot respect her rights as a citizen, how can we expect our rights to be similarly respected?  These are our rights, too.

If we put ourselves in her place would we act differently?  If we were in jail, insisting on our innocence, and no one but a couple of dopey lawyers believed in us, what then?  If we eventually prevailed in court and our rights were restored, wouldn’t it be great?  We would say the system worked, right?

That’s our system and that’s what sometimes happens.  It’s like baseball, there are winners and there are losers.  But, when that game ends, it’s over.  People will say, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”  I’ve never found that to be true even though there are a lot of fat ladies.

I believe in our system of justice, and know it’s not perfect.  I hate that Casey Anthony will not stay in jail for her crime.  She will have to face her community at some point, now that she’s facing probation.

Very few people, and certainly not me, will say she is innocent.  But it no longer matters.  Her accusers (the State of Florida), did not prove their case to the jurors.

Perhaps her lawyers were allowed to be too snarky and sneaky with the truth during the trial.  But they won their case.  The jury, even though I believe they did not take their duty seriously enough, made their decision and it is binding.

It is binding.  No one, not Federal Court, not the Supreme Court of the United States of America, will reverse that verdict.  It is done and it is over.

I absolutely believe that both Judges Perry and Strickland did the right thing by upholding her probation, and if she were not such a salacious media target, I believe she should serve that sentence in Orlando.  However, she is a scandalous time-bomb in that fantasy city.  The moment she steps foot anywhere near Orlando the media will find her, she’ll hide again, they’ll find her again, and on and on it will go.

If she is allowed to fade away, it would be the absolute best thing.  I doubt it will happen.

I always wonder why this story is what it is.  I think we should ask ourselves what is it that draws so much attention to this story?  What is it that causes people to stand outside in the rain, at midnight, to get a glimpse of her driving away from jail?  Why would people wait for hours across the street from the courthouse to get a ticket to attend the trial, and then fight and kick and scream at one another just to get a place in line?

I felt embarrassed for people who did that.

If I look at this Casey Anthony fiasco objectively, from a journalism/marketing perspective, I believe the obsession is because the Casey Anthony story is sexy.

There I said it.

There is no denying sex sells.  If you don’t believe me, look at the magazine covers that are in our face in the grocery store check-out aisles.  Look at the mannequins in mall store windows, or look at the ads displayed in store windows.

Our TV shows are either suggestive of sex, or completely full of outright sexual content. Movies and movie-stars are sexy and the consumers go nuts for them.  For the last few years, the paparazzi does nothing but hound pregnant stars to get a shot of their swollen belly, which has become sexy, too.  A baby bump is never hidden beneath conservative maternity clothing anymore – it’s sexier to see the bump.

We see “stars” in revealing bikini’s at the beach, and we are shown close-ups of their celluloid; we even shown close-ups of C-Section scars.

That is NOT sexy, but it is – it’s not but it is.  And it sells.

Casey Anthony was a beautiful, buxom young woman and the story of Casey Anthony became a national obsession, but it was fading.  If she shows up in Orlando to serve probation, our addiction to this story will be back.

I don’t blame the media.  They are giving their audience what they think it wants.

It’s about money.  It’s about the “money shot” of Casey doing whatever.  It’s nuts and it sells.

But, it’s also about allowing a person to live the life she’s promised, given the rights and protections of the U.S. Constitution.

So what if she makes a little money in the process. Why should I care, after all she owes the State of Florida nearly half a million dollars, remember?

We want her to make a little bit of money.  It will be good for the State of Florida; it will be a good reminder that the U.S. Constitution is supposed to protect us all.

In the meantime, I’ll keep writing about the legal fallout from the Casey Anthony case because it will be fascinating.

My brother says he’s afraid of the legal precedents, in the State of Florida, that could result from this case.  I have no idea what he’s talking about because he knows the law and I don’t.

I’m afraid of someone getting hurt; and I’m afraid for the crazy people in Fantasy Land who will do anything for their 15 minutes of fame.

Although sex sells, so does horror.

[Insert monster laugh here.]

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