America’s Latest Missing Pretty White Woman, and the Death of the Presumption of Innocence
Not yet steadied from our Casey Anthony induced convulsions, we shall now collectively commence caring about Jacque Sue Waller.
I have human compassion and her family gets 100% of mine. I pray she turns up fine. But you know as well as I do that this story will appear in far more outlets than just my prayers.
America has a bizarre fixation with picking out 1 distressed pretty white woman at a time and caring about her with the raised passions of a NOW activist watching a woman getting her rear-end kicked by a man on the Lifetime channel.
It’s called “Missing White Woman Syndrome” and while technically not yet a recognized psychosis, it at least has its own Wikipedia page, so I guess that’s a start.
It probably dates back to the Black Dahlia case but has more recent personifications in Nicole Brown Simpson, Chandra Levy and Natalie Holloway.
The problem of course is there is just no TV fun in picking out a suspect and dutifully respecting his presumption of innocence. You can’t get high off it.
Instead we get, as has already begun with Waller, a concentrated dose of screeching instigators mainlined directly into our veins. I’m not talking about pharmaceutical strength Greta Van Susteren (we’ll get that). We’re going to binge again on the more deadly street-level strength Nancy Grace.
What these broadcast drugs do is destroy the presumption of innocence. They make it very hard to pick a jury. Worse yet, they terribly distort our system of justice in the minds of the populace. Most people go their entire lives never seeing a jury trial, but they watch thousands of hours of TV. The presumption of innocence is paramount in court but so inversely buried on talk TV that the viewing public seems to not even realize it exists, let alone respect its important place in our search for truth.
Already there are reports on television that Waller’s husband is a person of interest, which in law enforcement means next to nothing, while on television meaning “misogynistic typical man who is certainly guilty.” See, for instance, Congressman Gary Condit.
Most distressing is how wrong these legal ducklings posing as eagles on television can be. They caused the self-flagellation America put herself through by making us believe we all failed little Caylee Anthony by not convicting her mother. They caused it because they first riled people up like a mob chasing Frankenstein.
Let me break the Anthony case down for you: The prosecution had no idea how that little girl died. If you can’t prove how she died, you certainly can’t prove who killed her. Motive is not an element of any crime and never has to be proven, yet the prosecution put on case about nothing but motive (Casey wanted Caylee gone so she could party). The jury didn’t fall for emotion, instead insisting the burden of proof be met. Good for them.
See how short that explanation is? Yet it was lost in the tens of thousand of hours the screechers spent squawking about the case on TV. There are fears now that someone might harm or actually kill Casey Anthony, another by-product of Nancy Grace et. als. – a complete lack for respect for verdicts in American jurisprudence.
Why does Nancy Grace hate America?