When someone does something wrong, and they don't get punished for it, you get angry, right? And you wish horrible things for them, I'm sure, even though you would never outright admit it. Even I have to admit that at a time or two, I wished someone would trip over something, or just simply mess up and face the embarrassment that I've had to face.
What if the crime is bigger? Is the chair really the answer? Is putting them in a cell really the answer? I agree that it does keep some people from committing crimes, but it does weigh heavily on tax dollars, and it does nothing but give some of them a place to sleep and 3 meals a day. Putting them on the streets, especially in highly publicized cases, if you haven't picked up which I'm talking about yet, might be the option that would be a more harsh punishment.
After all, in prison, she might face taunts and fights, but then they face punishment and extensions of their sentences. In the outside world, anyone and everyone is free to taunt, bully, harass, and hate on her as much as they can. They can call her names and deny her jobs, leaving her living on the streets, hence no roof over her head. No three meals.
Word is that, tonight, Casey Anthony will be set free, out a back door to "protect" her, and that she will leave to an undisclosed location. Word is that she'll go to gun-toting, execution-happy Texas. I hope she doesn't end up in the hood- it's a scary place, especially with tags like "baby-killer" hanging from your forehead. Anyone who has been talking to people or watching TV knows about the case. Mention of her name could get her into trouble, but using a false name is another crime.
So, would putting her in solitary confinement in a prison for the rest of her life really be punishment? Would it really be justice? We can speculate that she might get some book deal or TV show, but what would they have to write on? Will she ever admit to it? Even if she did it would be Double Jeopardy to try her again, but what if they tried her for something else related? She does have a reputation, now. That will follow her for the rest of her life.
I do think that, in some ways, letting her walk free will be a punishment for her. She will be tortured, taunted, bullied, and she will have to face every day knowing that she was the one who is responsible for all this. And, for those of you who are religious, when judgment day comes, it is she, and only she, who will face her maker, and only she will be able to pay for what she has done. It won't matter how many years of prison she served on earth when she finally faces her ultimate fate after death.
Honestly, I think she could have written a book from her jail cell and had more protection, as well as regular meals, a bed to sleep in, small, but some income, and not having to fear every day that she has to face on the streets. Where will she work? What will she do? Where will she go? Where will she live? Who will she talk to? These things are all yet to come. Before everyone gets all up in arms about how she is being allowed to walk free with no punishment, think about the persecution she'll face every day on the street because of the negative publicity she has faced for years. Her life will never be the same again.
Honestly, I think she is guilty. I was very, very unhappy when I found out she was found "not guilty," until I thought about it. Not guilty doesn't mean she's innocent. It just means they didn't have enough evidence to convict her, unfortunately, and I don't think they ever would have. It's just one of those things that may have gone on for decades for all we know. Justice wouldn't be a jail cell or letting her sit in a chair and die. Justice would be her suffering for the rest of her life, methinks.
So even though my first reaction was to scream "WHAT THE HELL?!?!" in line at Six Flags in St. Louis, I think that, someday, somehow, she'll get what she's got coming. She's got an entire country hating on her, calling her names, and she's probably got groups of people out hunting her. Life will never be the same for her. She may not be in prison or dead, but life will more than likely be hell. I don't feel sorry for her in the slightest bit, because I think she did it, but I'm not going to cast judgments on her and throw her in the slammer, because it's not my place, and it looks like plenty of people have done that already.