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Justice: Texas 1, Florida 0

Saturday, July 9, 2011

One Man's Perspective

Just before I began writing this week's column, I was listening to the national news update at the top of the hour. I was informed that the Royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Kate, will begin their visit to the U.S.

The radio reporter let me know the couple would meet with big players in the entertainment industry, citing Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez and Josh Brolin.

Hmmm. Oscar award winner and multi-time nominee Tom Hanks, Uber-platinum recording artist J-Lo, and the star of "Jonah Hex" - Josh Brolin.

As the old Sesame Street bit used to go: "One of these things is not like the other. One of these things doesn't belong."

Taking a quick look at the legal system this week, the state of Florida got it wrong, the state of Texas got it right.

I mentioned in last week's column that I was in the midst of fighting off a severe leg infection which led me to watch a lot - and I mean a lot of daytime television. Key among my viewing was the much discussed Casey Anthony murder case.

And, after sitting through hours of testimony and closing arguments, there was little doubt in my mind that this young gal was guilty as charged. Unfortunately, the jury has different rules than I do with regard to pronouncing her guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

I am able to watch her body language and lack of emotion as people are describing the details surrounding the discovery of her daughters decomposing remains. I can read into the fact that she spent about a month lying to everyone close to her and partying it up while her child was mysteriously missing. There's all the circumstantial evidence which, when linked together, makes a compelling case for guilt.

But the jury, faced with potentially putting this young lady to death, had to give the sliver of a chance that she didn't do it, the benefit of the doubt.

I understand it and sympathize with them. I'm sure the majority of them have a twisting, churning sensation in their belly, knowing in their heart of hearts, they turned a baby-murdering mother lose on a society that may once again have to sit by and allow her to give birth.

Sadly, Casey Anthony will probably go on to make millions from book deals, television appearances and who knows what other avenues will open up. Blood money indeed.

A few states to the west, in Texas, Humberto Leal Garcia was not afforded the same presumption of innocence and paid for his crime Thursday night when he was executed in Huntsville, Texas.

Texas got it right.

Garcia was convicted of the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl 17 years ago.

Sounds pretty cut and dry, but not so much. Up until the last minute, his legal team and President Barack Obama - despite a very full plate with a national budget crisis, job issues and ongoing wars - fought to prevent the execution, citing a violation of his rights to speak to a representative from the Mexican consulate.

So let me get this straight. A Mexican national comes to this country, rapes and murders a teenage girl, and our President battles to save his life because his rights were violated.

HIS rights were violated!

I imagine the Garcia's young victim had a few rights violated too while being raped and murdered. Unfortunately, it's a little too late for her.

The young girl never got the justice she deserved. Garcia got the only justice he deserved.

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I hope people don't buy the book or watch the movie! Thats the only way this young woman won't become rich. But society loves drama and they will all buy the book-which will be full of lies any way!Drama all the way!

-- Posted by iowagirl on Sun, Jul 10, 2011, at 3:20 PM

I am not saying that Garcia should not have been executed but I dont think you understood why obama made a call to spare his life this was at the urging of senior diplomats, military officials and prominent politicians who said the execution could jeopardise the lives of Americans.

It has more to do with execution on the grounds it was in breach of an international convention governing the treatment of foreigners who are arrested and would therefore do "irreparable harm" to America's interests.

-- Posted by spencer lover on Fri, Jul 15, 2011, at 1:57 PM

Please don't bother Randy with any conflicting facts!!!

-- Posted by Cookster on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 7:55 PM

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Randy Cauthron
One Man's Perspective