Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Crime And Punishment

It seems Edgar Ray Killen has been found guilty of three counts of manslaughter in the deaths of civil rights workers in 1964. I'm sure the blogosphere will line up mainly along partisan lines between the "justice is finally served" crowd and the "Jesus, it was forty years ago" crowd. I don't comment on the outcome of high profile trials for one reason. I wasn't a member of the jury.

Just like every one else, twelve members of a jury decided this guy's guilt or innocence, and that's good enough for me. Killen, and all the rest, Jackson, OJ, etc. had their respective days in court and the media should not judge the accused and certainly should not judge the juries. Last week,when the Jackson verdict dropped, virtually every cable news network hack did this. Nancy Grace was particularly hard on the jury foreman. Of course, Nancy does have a bit of hickleberry in her, so it will be interesting to see what side she comes down on in a good ole boy trial.

There should be no outrage nor celebration of today's verdict by people who did not sit through the trial, but that will not be the case. Why? This kind of crap is the only thing keeping cable news ratings from falling to the likes of C-Span 3.

Side Note: You would think that the spell check on Blogger would understand the word blogosphere. Huh.

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