It's been interesting to me to listen, read, and watch the reactions to the Casey Anthony verdict. Everyone, from the casual observer, to the court news junkie, has an opinion.
Regardless of your opinion of the result, there are several things to take away from this.
1. We have a flawed legal system, no doubt. And yet, it is the best in the world. If I am ever in a situation where I have to personally confront the legal system, there is no other country in the world I'd rather it be.
2. You have to hand it to the defense attorneys. They had a difficult case, a client absolutely hated by the public, a heinous crime, and yet, they were able to pull it off.
3. The legal standard to keep in mind is "reasonable doubt." The defense does not have to prove that the defendant did not do it. They only have to show that there is some doubt, some reasonable doubt, that the defendant did it. The prosecution has to prove the case to a very high standard, such that by the time the prosecution is done, the jury sees there is no reasonable doubt the defendant is guilty. Yes, I know that we're talking about a mushy, subjective standard, but that's the system we have.
4. Let's face it, the only reason people are upset with the verdict is because they don't agree with it. I'm not sure, were I ever charged with a crime, that I would want the public at large to decide my fate. In some places they call that an angry mob.
5. Finally, remember another side effect of this trial. Every time a supposed guilty person goes free (then again, if a jury says they're not guilty, are they? Doesn't the same hold true if they were to find her guilty) the prosecution has learned a valuable lesson. They have been beat back, and in this case, publicly. The idea is that the next time they bring a charge, they will be that much more prepared. The next time the police question a suspect, they should be that much more careful. The next time the evidence technicians process a scene, they will take that much more care.
That's the way the system is supposed to work. Whether we like it or not.