In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 8, 2011 / 6 Tamuz, 5771

Casey Anthony jury did its job

By Dan K. Thomasson

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's difficult to ignore the Casey Anthony verdict unless you live in a bubble. And it would be an even more arduous task to find someone who hadn't formed an opinion about her and what the jury said she didn't do to her two-year old daughter.

Actually, the jury didn't really say that. It said that the prosecution didn't prove that she had taken the child's life either deliberately or accidentally, that the evidence presented didn't meet the test of being beyond a reasonable doubt which is the cornerstone of our criminal justice system, especially in capital crimes.

It is rare for a jury to step up to that responsibility these days and those Floridians who traveled from St. Petersburg to Orlando to hear this tragic case should be lauded. They did their job quickly and efficiently and then quietly retired, forgoing efforts by the sensationalists in our business immediately afterwards to question them about what brought them to their conclusion on the core charges of the indictment against the 25-year-old mother.

The judge now says that Anthony could go free as soon as next week because of time served and good behavior.

It would have been easy for the 12 men and women to ignore the fact that the prosecution's case was built on evidence vulnerable to impeachment. The evidence was wholly circumstantial without forensic or eyewitness corroboration. In fact, the prosecution was left to make its case on suppositions easy enough for the gallery to believe but not in the jury box where a higher standard prevailed. The strategy failed despite the fact that the millions who sat glued to their favorite cable channels overwhelmingly bought her guilt.

This was not the O.J. Simpson case where solid evidence of guilt was impugned by those presenting it. It was not a jury that voted its sentiments, clearly ignoring the facts. It was a panel of citizens who understood that convicting on a death penalty charge needed the most convincing evidence.

In reality this was a small time case involving a mildly attractive single mother who longed to be a party girl and her precious daughter that grew into almost a national obsession from the mouths of a half-dozen talking heads desperate to build cable audience in the Simpson mode. Chief among them was Nancy Grace who on her nightly show made the case a cause celebre, coining the phrase "Tot Mom" to describe Anthony and unfortunately on at least one occasion apparently pronouncing her guilty.

The media circus that grew out of this is not new. What is new is that before Simpson and the ascent of cable, much of the same thing was occurring in newspapers. The Leopold and Loeb case in Chicago in the '20s and the Dr. Sam Sheppard case in the 1950s in Cleveland are prime examples.

The Sheppard incident produced a Supreme Court decision condemning the journalists who the court said created an atmosphere that deprived Sheppard of a fair trial by an impartial jury. The television series and movie, "The Fugitive," grew out of that case and its final TV episode drew the largest audience of any of its kind up until then, giving us a preview of what was to come.

That the court was able to protect the sanctity of the jury in the Anthony case from the taint of florid, sensational "journalism" is somewhat of a miracle even by selecting it from a pool 90 miles from Orlando and sequestering it for the duration of the trial.

The atmosphere outside the courtroom could only be described as ghoulish with mobs of thrill seekers fighting to get in and others visiting Anthony's neighborhood and even the site where Caylee Marie's body was found.

But if Casey Anthony didn't do it, who did? The circumstances of her tragic death may never be sorted out. Not even when, where and how she was killed. There isn't any other suspect, not even the father who the defense maintained tried to cover up the child's death as an accident.

Remember, the jury didn't say she didn't do it, just that it wasn't proven. Like it or not, that's the law.

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