The jury in the Casey Anthony trial was coming in with a verdict!
Moments later, millions of us watched as Ms. Anthony was found not guilty of all of the felony charges against her. The four misdemeanors are largely insignificant at this point. With time already served, she will probably be free on probation immediately after her sentencing hearing.
Now I’m not writing to give my opinion on whether or not the jury was right. I honestly don’t know. In fact, I have an aversion to following cases that the media hypes to a frenzy and don’t know enough about the case to form an opinion.
What I am wanting to highlight is the feeling we all get when we watch justice in action.
If you believed Casey Anthony was innocent in the murder of her two year old daughter, Caylee, then you’re feeling pretty good about justice today. However, if you’re one of the hundreds or thousands who have shared their opinion that Ms. Anthony is guilty, you may be thinking that this is a case of injustice. You point to a flawed system, a bad judge, biased jurors, a brilliant defense, or an inept prosecution team.
Justice prevailed in that court room in Orlando. Justice is a system that requires clear winners and losers. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the verdict, justice was done. Unless you were one of the jurors, your opinion doesn’t count.
The judge and the lawyers watched the system closely and followed very technical rules so that justice would be done. Jurors were watched closely and their lives were controlled and disrupted for weeks so that justice would be done. The laws that govern criminal trials were carefully crafted so that justice would be done.
My point is this:
A society that relies only on a system of justice to make things right
is rarely satisfied.
A justice system is a necessary element for order in our lives. The tools of justice must be employed to guarantee our personal rights and for our personal protection.
But justice isn’t enough.
We must model and teach personal responsibility. We must build a desire in our hearts to love others and do right things. We must not lose sight of our hope that this world can be a better place.
There has to be more than justice for those moments when we believe that justice has failed. For while justice is a great tool, it cannot ultimately satisfy all of our needs.
What fills the gap?
In the coming weeks, I’ll be writing more on this topic.