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My Take: Casey Anthony and the challenge of forgiveness
July 16th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

My Take: Casey Anthony and the challenge of forgiveness

Editor's Note: Patrick Wanis, Ph.D. is a human behavior and relationship expert and therapist and author of “Finding God – Spiritual Strategies to Help YOU Find Happiness, Fulfillment and Inner Peace."

By Patrick Wanis, Special to CNN

The justice system is designed to prevent, punish and rehabilitate. But with Casey Anthony being acquitted of murdering her 2-year old daughter Caylee, many people are still full of rage and anger toward her, seeking revenge and claiming they want justice for what they continue to believe is her guilt.

But does the anger, revenge and bitterness help bring back Caylee? What positive purpose might it serve? Does Casey Anthony’s case cry out for forgiveness, even if the court found her not guilty of murder?

When we feel injured we respond or react automatically with anger. When someone hurts us, we automatically want to hurt that person back.

Because of the constant media coverage the Anthony trial garnered, many people - particularly mothers and women - felt a personal connection to the case. Their original motivation for justice for Caylee has turned into a desire for revenge.

Casey Anthony's secret release

Anger is not always a negative emotion. When someone is being attacked, you need anger to push you to action to protect the victim. It was anger and frustration that led to revolution in Egypt and that is fueling other uprisings in the Arab world.

In fact, some people have used their anger to lead a petition for “Caylee’s Law,” which would make it a felony to wait more than 48 hours to report a missing child and a felony not to report the death of a child within two hours (though different versions have been proposed in different states).

Casey did not report her missing daughter for 30 days. Such laws may represent a positive use of anger.

But staying stuck in anger, bitterness, vindictiveness or a desire for revenge does not bring about positive results. As a human behavior expert and therapist, the most common denominator of the pain, mental and emotional affliction that I see people suffer is the lack of forgiveness - the anger and pursuit of revenge against mom, dad, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or self for something that someone did or didn’t do.

There are surely limits to forgiveness, some say. Is Casey Anthony beyond the limit?

The secret life of Casey Anthony

It was the spring of 1944 when 10-year-old Eva Kor, her twin sister Miriam and her mother arrived in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Immediately, guards ripped both girls from their mother and they were never again to see her, their father or their older sisters.

Shortly thereafter, in a sick bay, a doctor told Eva “You have just two weeks to live.” The doctor was Josef Mengele. He had just injected her with a lethal cocktail of bacteria as part of a barbaric experiment with twins.

Eva had a strong immune system and survived but so, too, did the pain of her suffering. Her sister Miriam suffered an inexplicable disease from the injection of poison. Eva later tried to save her sister’s life by donating one of her own kidneys, but Miriam died in 1993.

In January 1995, at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Kor brought along a doctor who worked alongside Josef Mengele. Eva read a confession of guilt from the doctor who accompanied her and then shocked the world press by saying “In my own name, I forgive all Nazis.”

Casey Anthony appeals lying convictions

Eva says forgiveness led to her to inner peace and healing and she has made speeches about forgiveness across the United States in front of school groups and organizations. She teaches that forgiveness freed her from victim status.

“I felt as though an incredibly heavy weight of suffering had been lifted,” she has said. “I never thought I could be so strong… What the victims do does not change what happened. And the best thing about the remedy of forgiveness is that there are no side effects. And everybody can afford it.”

Eva is featured in the Forgiveness Project, an effort that “encourages and empowers people to explore the nature of forgiveness and alternatives to revenge.”

Most world religions promote forgiveness, an eventual end to demanding punishment or restitution. Love, forgiveness and compassion are primary teachings of Jesus.

"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” Jesus said on the cross, asking God to forgive the people that were about to kill Him.

Although there are many reasons we hold onto a lack of forgiveness, the pain, anger, revenge and rage only hurt us. But forgiveness sets us free.

Even if Casey Anthony had been found guilty and were to be put to death, would that help Caylee or other living children? Would it truly free us in our hearts? Would our energy not be put to better use if we were to choose to help other children who are at this moment starving, homeless, at risk or in danger?

What if the thousands of angry people devoted that energy to helping mothers and children who have been abused or battered?

Look in your heart and ask yourself what effect the poison of anger and revenge have on you and your life. We have all wronged and we are all imperfect. Of course, murder is not the same as the wrongs that most of us commit.

But if Jesus could ask God to forgive the people that were about to murder him and if a Holocaust survivor could forgive the people that poisoned her and tried to exterminate her family, then what holds you and I back from forgiving anyone? The next time you commit a wrongdoing, won’t you be saying “Please forgive me?”

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Patrick Wanis.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. RobbyCanuck

    Forgiveness is not a character trait invented by religious dogma. It is a common sense, innate human behaviour that facilitates healing to the aggrieved and allows people to move on with their lives. Trying to find forgiveness through a "God" is useless because there is no God and the God of the Bible is hardly the forgiving type.

    July 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • Andrei

      Robby,

      Without God humans can't really forgive. You can't make yourself to forgive by applying a common sense.
      You can move on, but your bitterness will be drugged along. Your statement "there is no God" makes me think that you either spent a great deal of research to come to this conclusion or your just repeating somebody's opinion on that.

      July 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Haime52

      You seem to equate forgiveness with ingnoring. God forgives, is very forgiving. It is evident that you have not really read the Bible. God is very longsuffering, look at how long He suffered Israel's repeated defections. Jesus asked that his tormentors be forgiven, something most humans would not do, rather than call down curses. God forgives sin but does not ignore sin. He sent His son to die for our sins, mine and yours. He died for the sins of all mankind, even knowing some would not accept HIs sacrifice and deny His very existence. And yes, He will punish because that is what is deserved by those who choose sin rather than the forgivenss He freely offers. He will wipe out sin so that those who love Him and have choosen His forgivenss and love may live free of it for eternity.

      July 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Haime52

      You Said: "God forgives, is very forgiving. And yes, He will punish because that is what is deserved by those who choose sin rather than the forgivenss He freely offers.

      I just have never been able to understand this intellectually, emotionally or on any other level for that matter.

      Why does this infinitely loving and caring God, have any 'need' to (punish)...?

      This world-view of 'believe or you will burn forever' has always seemed absolutely criminally insane to me.

      Help me out here, -Haime... Please shed some light on this.

      Regards,

      Peace...

      July 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • J

      @ Peace2All

      The worldview you describe sounds criminal to me as well and I'm not sure that his orthodox Christianity as I know it.

      I believe we can be separated from God's presence eternally but I'm not sure that entails eternally burning. I think that corresponds to some of the choices that we have made during our lives and the persons we have become as a result.

      The metaphor punitive metaphor that is often used in our culture to explain the relationship we have to God is just that, a contextualized metaphor and probably not the best at that.

      July 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • J

      @ Robby

      Actually, it generally doesn't make much sense to forgive a debt. If someone owes you money or has wronged you it makes much more sense to demand repayment or pursue justice so that future would be assailants are dissuaded. Forgiveness makes sense for those choosing to live in community with one another. If someone generally plays no role in my life and our paths rarely, if ever, cross, forgiving them may not be necessary. If, however, we are choosing to be a part of the same community and one has wronged the other, forgiveness helps us repair and restore our relationship.

      In stark contrast to what you think, this is the message of Jesus in the New Testament. See the sermon on the mount. Jesus gives an example of what traditional righteousness looks like (e.g., you shall not kill), follows it up with the vicious cycle that commonly occurs (e.g., being angry with someone which sometimes results in killing), and then suggests a transforming initiative that facilitates the restoration of community (e.g., go and be reconciled; see Glenn Stassen, Kingdom Ethics, p. 142).

      July 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • J.W

      I tend to share J's view of hell. I think that the pit of fire is a metaphor. I dont remember the details, but I remember reading that the word hell was actually derived from a real place where human sacrifices were given.

      July 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      "Forgiveness is not a character trait invented by religious dogma"

      Foregiveness is a submissive Relativism which can be made Manifest in Religious Variances regardless of Religious Denunciations within the Negativities of Scriptured Virtuosities.

      GOD forgives each and every creature, be they animal, vegetable or even Creatural of insect design. We are but Humane Omnivores who will if need be eat almost anything as the Chinese have been doing and still do.

      Our Aspiration to be Godly Beings can only be accomplished within the Framed Works of Religiosity and the very Nature of GOD to Forgive all Life Forms and Life Formations should be Integrated within our Social Conditioning but alas it is no more!

      As My Take on Religious Holiness goes, I yearn each and every day to understand the WORDS of the English Vocabulary and I traverse each and every day as a Tactician of Wordage in Fruitions that tend to Entice the Other Omnivores of Humane Roots to exercise their Reading and Writing Potential to Ever be Resilient with the Word of their Language Base.

      As I did in Prior Posts write about certain verses of the KJVB, I shall once again do so. The main Verses I am devoted toward are these; 1. Seek ye First the Kingdom of GOD, 2. The Kingdom of GOD is INSIDE You, 3. A Day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day to GOD, 4. The Kingdoms of GOD are INSIDE YOU!. 5. The Earth and all the Elements will melt away in the End.

      Consider the relevancy of the Kingdoms of GOD being truly on the Inside of all Life. How could this be you ask? My Abuttalis this, "The Fractal Recesses of the Cellular are likened to being miniature Universes wherein the Gods and their Goddesses along with their expansive Generations do live deeply within the cavernous Chams of Fractal Relevance. Our coming of Age wherewith we started out with a Magnifying Glass to Eyeglasses to Microscopes to Telescopes does impart to us all the needed Utensils neede to bridge the Cosmology Gap of Fractal Astrophysics. As Steven Hawkings was Embittered in His Abilities to not quite Fathom deductuve Reasoning behind Fractal Cosmology's Enticement, many others fail to see just passed their noses of Entwining the First Universes of Great Smallness and Perfection being Finalized to Our Celestial Universe still In the Becoming of.

      July 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  2. melissa roy

    There are over a hundred of mothers awaiting death row for murdering their kids. Half of them convicted with less evidence than casey anthony. Due to CSI and all these shows that make us think there should be more scientific evidence and its just bull. I do not think she should get the death penalty but she should have got manslaughter. Caylee Marie has no voice and there is no justice. The prosecution presented a great case and I don't think god can heal this one.

    July 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • J.W

      Are there any of those cases that they could not prove how the child died?

      July 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Pete Perjuretti

      Correct analysis. Scott Peterson got slapped with a well deserved death sentence with much less evidence. It was frightening to listen to one of the dimwit jurors blab about "no cause of death" or "maybe she drowned". Method or manner of death is not required for a guilty verdict. These jurors proved incapable of realizing no one is going to sit in jail for three years due to an accidental drowning.

      The repulsive conduct by the defense team clearly revealed their confidence in a flawed system. Does anyone really expect John Doe, who is yanked from their easy chair or office cubicle for jury duty, to absorb and apply complex principles of law which judges and lawyers have devoted decades to master. Most of them are probably lucky if they can work a crossword puzzle or follow a muffin recipe without screwing up, but they are expected to determine when some hired gun expert witness with a forked tongue is blowing smoke.

      July 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • Joleen

      Accidental drowning was put forward by the defense... no corroboration. The physical evidence (tape on mouth) did not support accidental drowning. Hiding the body in the woods did not support accidental drowning. Bella Vita tattoo and partying did not support accidental drowning.

      July 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Kealia

      Personally, I would charge her with negligent homicide. I also think that juries should be allowed to change the charges as they see fit. The prosecution couldn't prove murder 1 so they should haven chose a lesser charge because there is enough evidence to suggest that Casey was involved with her daughter's disappearance. The defense floated this accidental drowning theory, which I don't think should be allowed unless there is proof of it.

      July 17, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • Silvia

      @ J.W: not knowing HOW thte person died doesn't change the fact that that person is dead, or does it??? We don't know how she died because HER MOTHER disposed her remains in the woods, like garbage, and for months had the opportunity to tell authorities about it and chose not to. And if you are gonna say it was an accident, gimme a break and go back to writing letters to Santa and waiting for tooth fairy to give you $.

      July 17, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • J.W

      Silvia it is important if they are going to charge her with first degree murder. I guess maybe you dont know much about the legal system.

      July 17, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Forgiveness does not require repentance. Perhaps this is one reason why it is difficult for many people to forgive in general. This was a well written blog with a powerful message.

    July 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Pete Perjuretti

      The only message I came away with concerning this charade was judges should replace that black robe with a orange jump suit and clown nose, which is much more appropropriate for a 3-ring circus.

      July 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • J

      Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3, Luke 24:47 .... "repentance for the forgiveness of sins." forgiveness is available and Jesus is calling, but repentance is required

      July 16, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Erin

      Cindy,
      I agree with you 100%!

      July 17, 2011 at 4:24 am |
  4. Stephen Fredrick

    Forgiveness? Bull droppings. Forgiveness is given, even by God, upon admission and repentance. I see neither of those actions here. Why should we mere mortals be expected to be more forgiving than an all-knowing, all-powerful, loving God? I think not. No forgiveness. No peace for Casey.

    July 16, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • Erin

      How do you know God has to forgive her or has to in the first place?

      July 17, 2011 at 4:26 am |
  5. pam lawson

    casey is guilty as sin she deserves the death penallty caylee died a horrible death and so should casey

    July 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • J.W

      How do you know she died a horrible death?

      July 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • LISA

      Agreed. She doesn't deserve public forgiveness. That's God's job to do if he so chooses. She doesn't deserve any bodyguards or anything for her safety. She brought this on herself and she needs to pay the consequences of her actions. Why should anyone feel sorry for her? Forgive her?? Absolutely not. The victim here is the dead child, not Casey.
      I hope Karma comes back on her ten fold. The day of her death whenever that may come..sooner or later is the day I celebrate her death. She deserves the warmest spot and the deepest pit in hell. I'm just a realist. To hell with Casey.

      July 17, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  6. Pete Perjuretti

    Who can forgive or overlook the stench which emanated from our hollow halls of justice, from the bizarre opening statement by the defense, and obvious perjury by many who testified, to the remarkably flawed and hasty decision by jurors. Astute citizens realize this judicial system boasts a level of integrity somewhere between a Magic 8 Ball and a Ouija Board. Casey Anthony represents every dysfunctional element of a system in dire need of an overhaul, which includes prohibiting jurors from benefitting financially from their civic duty.

    July 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • J.W

      Nancy Grace is probably going to make more money on this than any juror will. How do we know she wasn't in on this?

      July 16, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • Kate

      I agree with all of your comments but I think it's hopeless to think that our system will ever be overhauled.

      I was really glad to hear about Casey's law until I found out that jurors will only have to wait 9 months until they can sell their story and profit off of it. Why should they ever be able to profit for doing their civic duty? I hope Casey's law is passed but it doesn't do enough in my opinion. Casey is a criminal who has been steeling from her family and friends for years without any consequences thanks to her parents. She isn't going to all of the sudden become normal. She's going to get caught doing something bad again (probably theft) just like OJ and next time they will give her the maximum sentence.

      July 17, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  7. mjfaith

    God will not let this go unpunished,,,I do not want to be in her shoes on judgment day

    July 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • J.W

      How can you be sure she will never repent? How do you know she hasnt already?

      July 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • bluebird

      God already rescued with her with the help of her child angel by God's side. He made sure she was found NOT GUILTY and set her free to make millions.

      July 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  8. Dhb

    To be forgiven, one must express contrition for their sins. Casey is not sorry. Therefore no forgiveness.

    July 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • Haime52

      And yet, Jesus died for her too!

      July 16, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • TheTruth

      Thank you.

      July 17, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • Voice of reason

      How do you know Casey has no regret?

      July 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  9. camille

    I think Patrick wrote a very nice blog. Forgiveness is what the world needs more of. Casey is not going to have a life like a rock star once she gets out, what nice intelligent man is going to want to be in a relationship with her? Her parents will never believe or trust her again, nor her brother. No respectful person will trust being her friend. Who would trust hiring her. She did receive a just sentence, being set free for her is not the freedom that most of us know. If one person harms her physically that makes them just like her or what they believe she is and that is where the forgiveness should come in. You can forgive but it doesn't mean you have to trust or love the person you are forgiving, it means you don't hold so much hate that you want to hurt them and become just like them or what you think they are.

    July 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • J.W

      I wouldnt mind being in a relationship with her as long as I was always the one watching the kids.

      July 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • camille

      good luck with that J.W. 🙂

      July 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • F(R)IEND

      Very well said.

      July 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • camille

      Increasing numbers of children are dropping dead on the long trek to refugee camps. Those who do get there are more severely malnourished than ever before. And, says the UN, the number of people under threat has now reached 11 million – equivalent to every man, woman and child in Belgium facing starvation. Thus, the chronic food crisis of the Horn of Africa edges with every hungry day towards full-blown famine.

      So how is it we are more concerned with Casey Anthony than this?

      July 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  10. alan

    it's the snipers turn

    July 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  11. frank

    Nancy Grace's blood boils with hysterical menopausal megalomaniacal rage cause nobody else wants to use her nifty coinage "Tot-Mom" no matter how many thousands of times she brainlessly squawks it.

    July 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • Kealia

      Why are you bringing up menopause? Get a grip Frank.

      July 17, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • Jules

      Misogynist!

      July 17, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  12. mjb

    Hln news and Nancy Grace have hammered this down our throats for years......yes I have to forgive and forget
    I know that Jesus would want me to forgive those who transpass against me. we have to believe in the system. The D .A. did not prove the case, The defendant did not have to prove it........Nancy Grace is a bitter woman
    and I can't wait to see who she grinds in the dirt next.........HLN needs to move on......Please... It may take awhile but the
    truth will come out........

    July 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  13. frank

    Casey Anthony is scum, but Nancy Grace is an even more revolting turd.

    July 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • Maddy

      So Frank...are you saying that a reporter who discusses a grizzly child murder, and presents the evidence as it becomes available, is in the same league as a psychpathic/sociapathic child killer?
      Could you explain that rationale to us. Were you on the jury?

      July 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  14. The Real Queen

    To speak of forgiving her implies of her guilt which has not been proven in a court of law. Oh, if we could hear the numerous stories of how our precious American media destroys the live of innocent people. People in the media would sale their mothers' souls for a juicy story and present the story as truth.

    I think the only thing she may be guilty of is being stupid! Me personally I think the laws should change in this country. Regardless if a case is high profile of not I think they should never be televised or details be open to the public until a verdict is guilty. That way it saves a person from being defamed by an attention and power hungry media. To me if the media helps to convict a person in the court of public opinion despite being proven not guilty, than the media should be financially responsible for that person for the rest of their lives.

    July 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • J.W

      I agree. They should pass a law that the media cannot investigate suspects before the police do at least.

      July 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • mjfaith

      what a foolish post, the woman may have escaped her just deserves because she was either very lucky or very smart to dispose of her daughter in a swamp so animals could pick her corpse clean but her behavior dictates a guilty person with no remorse

      July 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • J.W

      Why is it foolish? If the media had said that OJ Simpson did it 3 years ago and followed him around and showed footage of him in jail people would probably still think he did it.

      July 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Voice of reason

      I agree . . the media is to blame for a great deal of the sentiment over this trial. I am a white female but if Caylee and Casey had been homely, black or Hispanic, they would never have received the attention they did and Nancy Grace would not have spent more than a few minutes on the story. Shame on American media.

      July 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Carla

    Are you kdding me? How dare you even bring up the Holocast in the same writing. Casey Anthony needs to ask for forgiveness but that would involve telling the truth, and we all know that's impossible for this ex mother. I wish her no physical harm. In fact, I hope she lives a long, long time. Casey Anthony feels nothing about the loss of her daughter. It is the people that are outraged that feel more for a little girl whom they have never met. Caylee Marie Anthony deserves that outrage. Caylee Marie Anthony deserved love . Most mothers mourn for their dead child, not bag em, tape em, toss them.

    July 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • bluebird

      Maybe you missed her explanation in her opening statement: The kid drowned in the family pool; there panic and a cover up that snowballed out of control.

      July 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • Voice of reason

      What if Caylee did drown in the family pool but did so on Casey watch? Maybe Casey was so afraid of her mother that she panicked and hid Caylee in her car until she could think of what to do. Baez keeps saying in interviews that it was just a terrible accident that spiraled out of control. He never says she was not involved or responsible. OR . . .If the prosecution had shown that Casey used chloroform as a babysitter and accidentally caused Caylee's death – maybe they would have been able to get a conviction. Murder one was a stretch and I think that is why the jury just could not get past that point.

      July 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  16. Ginny

    Seriously, forgiveness or not, do you really want Casey Anthony to have the opportunity to cause more harm. That's what is about to happen.

    July 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • Voice of reason

      The harm will be to herself. There is no way she will seek to kill again.

      July 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  17. Andy

    Dude: 1. Forgiveness of others requires repentance. 2. The government does not have the right to forgive or show mercy, but is required to exact justice. 3. You can only forgive someone to the extent that they harm you (you are not in a position to forgive Casey Anthony). 4. If the government executed all child murderers as God requires, it would absolutely help children; Casey Anthony could not murder another child if she was put to death. You should not have skipped the basics on your way to a Phd. -Andy

    July 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • J.W

      First of all it was not proven that it was a murder. Also, if people are angry with her then they are in a position to forgive her. If you can get angry at someone without them doing anything wrong to you personally then you can forgive them as well.

      July 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-dershowitz/the-criminal-trial-is-not_b_893207.html

      Speaking of the basics, dude, no one here has even begun to define what they ("even") mean by the word "forgiveness".
      " 1. Forgiveness of others requires repentance."
      -- Only if that's what YOU require.
      2. The government does not have the right to forgive or show mercy, but is required to exact justice.
      -- Says who ? Where ? What exactly IS "justice" ? (speaking of the basics).
      3. You can only forgive someone to the extent that they harm you (you are not in a position to forgive Casey Anthony).
      -- Agree. It's a meaningless statement, better to just say "forget about it". Is forgiveness saying "oh never mind, it's OK" ?
      4. "If the government executed all child murderers as God requires, it would absolutely help children;"
      -- How exactly would that help children more than just locking them up, considering that the death penalty costs society far more than just locking them up and throwing away the key.
      "Casey Anthony could not murder another child if she was put to death".
      -- She was found "not guilty" by the American justice system, and you do not know for sure it was not an accident and a cover-up. She also could not be a threat if she were locked up.
      "You should not have skipped the basics on your way to a Phd. -Andy"
      -- You can join him for some re-education.

      July 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • Andy

      Look here J.W.: Don't be fooled into thinking that the burden of proof required by the U.S. Justice system is appropriate. It's ridiculous. Further, it's hard to find one person with sense around and we're going to put 12 together to decide if a crime happend. Come on. This is silly. This is the same system that set O.J. free. I won't go over the evidence; to believe Casey Anthony might be innocent is willfull ignorance. Crime is out of control in this country because we have the worst justice system. That is, unless you're a lawyer.

      July 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • J.W

      I didnt say that no crime happened, but they charged her with first degree murder, so they have to prove that she planned to kill her as well as her intent to kill her. You cant just say well we should give her the death penalty because we kinda think she did it.

      July 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • carl

      It is beginning to look like it's "working" very well for these folks.
      >That is, unless you're a lawyer.

      July 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • Andy

      Bucky Ball: The article was written by a person quoting scripture. I responded to the author, a person implying that he respects the Word of God. The author will understand my arguments. If you want to debate the points I made, I would have to use a different approach with you, recognizing you don't already accept the principles on which I argued. -Thanks

      July 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • News Flash ....

      Great. Go for it.
      When/if you get around to that, don't forget that Wanis made the unsupported statement, either by the bible, or any other way : "The justice system is designed to prevent, punish and rehabilitate". Is he a lawyer ? Why does he think he can preach about what the justice system is designed to do ? Didn't someone say "judge not, lest ye be judged" ?

      July 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      @Andy
      Agree that the government must treat everyone equally, and only strictly according to the law. "Forgiveness", (whatever that is), is for the victim(s) – your point 2 and also I agree with point 3, that in order to be in a position to forgive someone, you must have suffered a wrong by them, (thus in a way they owe YOU some sort of debt), and unless that debt is owed to you you cannot forgive it. BUT, could you not say that in murdering a baby, (if that were to have been proven), society would all have been aggrieved, and thus the debt is owed to everyone ? Maybe it's just that people are frightened that the normal conventional boundaries are broken, and if a baby can disappear, and for 31 days no one cared to account for that, then no one is safe ?

      July 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • Andy

      @Bucky Ball
      I like the way you think, very logically. I agree you can forgive to the extent you are harmed. Completely agree; it is a debt owed. Couldn't put it more simply or correctly. We differ in that I believe God and trust scripture.

      July 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  18. carl

    Actually, this rage is more about the mockery made by the defense & jury pool against the Justice/Jury system we are all so proud of in America, JMHO

    July 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • PhoebeM

      You accurately sum up this situation in one sentence: The general negative reaction of the American public is rooted in the outrage over the successful mockery that the criminal defense has made of the US justice system in the Anthony trial. Same thing happened with OJ. It's for God to forgive Casey Anthony .... and it's for mortals to make any necessary adjustments to the US judicial system in order to get one step closer to improving it. It will never be perfect as long as there are dufus people available to serve on juries .... however new laws like the proposed 'Caylee's Law' can be enacted to define for moron jurors what they themselves are unable to apply through basic common sense.

      July 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • News Flash ....

      Carl and Phoebe
      If you think it was NOT the duty of the defense to do EVERYTHING possible, with in the law, (and you have not explained what that was), to defend Ms Anthony, then you know NOTHING about the US justice system. You think it was THEIR job to convict her ? OMG !

      July 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  19. Kavya

    I follow the need for forgiveness. I just wish Casey Anthony had once, just once, asked for some. And shown remorse.
    It's hard to forgive the narcissistic, the sociopath, who merely believes she outwit the system and cleverly got her due escape.

    it makes it very, VERY hard to forgive, and I do not see her ever making any amends. Poor, lost soul. Sadly they seem to be so much more prevalent these days 😦

    July 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • mjfaith

      very good post, I harbor no ill will towards anyone but when a person is guilty which is obvious in this case,,,,forgiveness comes hard,

      July 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  20. J.W

    It is silly how much attention this has gotten. If I were Casey Anthony I would sue Nancy Grace for defamation.

    July 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Doh Me Noose Vo Bis Koom

      me too.

      July 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • mjb

      ditto..........Nancy Grace is trying this case all over again.......for What??????????????
      I think George/Cindy should sue her...........HLN news used to be my favorite news during the day, but since the trial
      I do not watch anymore.........I sure there is other important things going on.........Get a life..........

      July 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • Done

      You are silly. What is defamation ? And mjb who cares whether you watch HLN or not after the case there are a lot who love to see HLN.Turn your news channel to Fox.

      July 17, 2011 at 12:42 am |
    • Done

      Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha LOL. Defamation?????? OJ was acquitted. But he is still a murderer. Case is acquitted but she is still a murderer. What about News channels talking against presidents of the United States for decades? Unless they threaten them it is their job. Please those who write here first know legal terms don't pretend as if you know the law. It is people like you who acquitted Casey. If you are in the jury you will do the same thing.

      July 17, 2011 at 12:48 am |
    • News Flash ....

      Done
      He who laughs last, laughs best. And believe me with logic like that, you laughed first.

      July 17, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • Ironic Ida

      😉

      July 17, 2011 at 7:03 am |
    • J.W

      Done the rules of defamation are different when you are talking about a public figure. Also, usually the president isnt accused of murder. Maybe you should do more research on your legal terms.

      July 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
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