"Caylee's Law" would make it a felony for parents or caregivers to not report the death of a child to authorities -- accidental or otherwise -- within one hour. It also would make it a felony for guardians to not notify law enforcement of the disappearance of a child within 24 hours. From USA Today
AM 7:10 EDT, New Jersey
It has come to pass that the USA is ruled by social media. Yes, indeed, it came to pass on July 7, 2011. The USA is now social media signed sealed and delivered,... by the people, for the people and through the people as a result of the disputacious verdict in the Casey Anthony capital murder case. Florida, a state whose physiognomy says f*** you when the map is rotated around, brought the country up to SM speed as a result of its poor Anthony prosecutorial team. No it wasn't the jury, it was the prosecution which failed.
Once the realization struck il pubblico that Ms. Anthony would walk free, the Joes and Janes wearing red, white and blue went bonkers. On Facebook, Twitter, that is, among other media as well. The petition for Caylee's Law began. To wit... http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20110708_Fueled_by_verdict_anger__push_for__Caylee_s_Law__starts_in_Pa___N_J_.html
Michelle Crowder of Oklahoma, inspired by a "Caylee's Law" proposal on Facebook, created a petition for a federal version of such a law on the website Change.org. Crowder wants to make it a felony for parents or caretakers not to report a child's death within one hour or a child's disappearance within 24 hours. The petition had attracted 443,707 supporting votes as of late Thursday afternoon.
The case attracted white-hot public interest, particularly on cable news and the Web. Outcry against the verdict was immediate. Social media and the blogosphere spearheaded outrage that soon went viral. On Twitter, all 10 "trending topics" Tuesday afternoon were Anthony-related; Casey-related tweets numbered 325,283. A Facebook page titled "RIP Caylee Marie Anthony (2005-2008)" attracted 542,678 "likes" by Thursday afternoon.
... in response to public uproar over the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial - that would oblige parents and guardians to promptly report the death or disappearance of a child.
"Caylee's Law" has already gained over 330,000 signatures on Change.org.Of course, the elected officials, hither and yon, have jumped in on this one. While these Red and Blue masters of the re-election can't get anything relevant done on a day-to-day basis, the death of three year old Caylee Anthony represents of moment of "making hay". Win-Win and they are in. Give them a budget, a debt ceiling, tax reform, health care and they are spastic. Spazzers...
Who could argue with the need to report a child missing. It's axiomatic. While a new law in this regard appears proper and just, it is knee jerk to a what the J&J's perceive as a BAD verdict. BUT... it was not the verdict of the jury which was bad, it was the case as presented by the prosecution. http://www.pplume-blog.com/2011/07/casey-anthony-circumstantial-conviction.html
- the jury rendered a correct verdict based on the case and evidence as presented
- the prosecution failed to meet the burden of proof
- charging capital murder was fanciful, the state had insufficient proof for a "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard
- too much was time spent trying to villify an unlikeable defendant and not enough time work and effort establishing the actus reus and mens rea of this capital murder case
- the rub is that on it face Casey Anthony APPEARED to be as guilty as heck
- consequently, people are urinaceous and they want to fix the problem
- what better way then to pass a law... which is window dressing
- but think how that new law is going to be manipulated, eg, those divorced warriors fighting kid custody issues will love this legal gaffing pole...
Good morning facers, tweedos and twerps...
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