Since all I watch on TV is sports (Mexico is for the second time world champion of under-17 soccer, as of yesterday), I have no idea of who Casey Anthony is, or what she (or he?) did. But folks, I live in Mexico, and you have nothing to teach me about corrupt and/or ineffective justice systems. However, I remember reading, in Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" that he was very impressed with the system of justice by peer juries. Among other things, he said that such system was a school of democracy, meaning that ordinary citizens acting as jurors would have an invaluable opportunity to watch the law in action right before their eyes. They would have the chance to see what could happen to them, if some day they were to be accused of something. Beware of "experts" and "professionals" on this subject. In Mexico, judges decide everything: procedures, acceptability of evidence/witnesses/testimony, guilt or innocence, type of sentence. It just does not work, even if judges were not SO corrupt. It happens that I am reading this very morning a case that is very famous in Mexico: the "Florence Cassez" case, in which a French woman has been sentenced to 40 years for kidnapping. An independent journalist has written an extensive investigation. HIs conclusion is that it is wholly impossible to have an idea of what really happended, and consequently, to have a strong opinion on the woman's culpability or innocence, due to the extreme manipulation, incompetence and corruption of authorities.
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