More Trial observations

I never ceased to be amazed at how many people get so emotionally involved in something that has absolutely nothing to do with them. I’m referring to all the protesters or demonstrators picketing the court house and/or the Anthony residence. Media interviews show how emotional these folks are. My only guess is that they have nothing going on in their own life.

I was kind of surprised to learn that lying to the police is a crime or misdemeanor. It’s ok for the police to lie to a person but not ok for that person to lie to the police. That doesn’t seem right. They charged her with 4 lies and she got a 4 year sentence for that. Wonder if that will cause the state to reconsider a strategy of just charging people with lying since that’s much easier to prove. They could have charged her with a couple hundred lies and got the life sentence with way less cost and effort.

I remember a proposal seminar I attended about 40 years ago that gave me a totally different view on the definition of a lie. According to the presenter “ A lie is not a lie when the truth is not expected”. Surely the cops don’t expect a felon to tell them the truth, do they? A corollary to that – “the truth will never be believed when a lie is expected”. So if they expect you to be lying, they won’t believe it when you tell the truth, so why bother. With Casey, she’ll be able to write several books with totally different story lines since nobody will ever believe anything she says anyway. If you’re wondering why a proposal seminar would engage the subject of lying, the message was that in writing gov’t proposals, the customer expects that you’re stretching the truth so it’s ok to do just that.

One last word – read an editorial written by someone I really disagree with 99% of the time, Alan Dershowitz. His take was that the verdict was exactly correct for a myriad of reasons. He enlightened me with one factoid – had this trial been in Scotland, the verdict would have been “not proved”. They don’t use the term “not guilty” and emphasize that it’s the prosecutors responsibility to prove guilt. I kind of like that.

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