Jurors in the Casey Anthony trial are currently seeking the release of the names and contact information for all of the jurors who returned Not Guilty verdicts on the counts of 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated Manslaughter and Aggravated Child Abuse. In arguments before the presiding judge, the Honorable Belvin Perry, local and national media entities cited cases where juror information has been published int he past and an attorney for the media said "privacy issues should not be the only factor here". Judge Perry rightly observed that jurors are selected, against their will at times, to serve on the jury. They are subject to potential imprisonment if they do not show up. Why should the state then NOT protect their identities if they are being forced to participate? That's nothing short of holding a person against their will, forcing them to make a decision and then turning them over to the wolves. Judge Perry cited a number of specific threats and actions taken by nuts, crazies and media persons against jurors who information hadn't been released and rightly showed concern that those individuals didn't deserve this kind of attention.
The media's attorney argued that judges and lawyers were had as much to fear from these people but their names are public. The problem with that argument is that judges can recuse themselves, lawyers can refuse the case, etc. and they are paid quite handsomely for their participation whereas jurors are paid a pittance and forced under penalty of law to participate. Their privacy should be respected and their concerns at the top of the heap. It's understood that the American media isn't content to have the facts, they need to sensationalize, to drive up ratings and to "scoop" the other papers. This isn't done through old fashioned gum shoe reporting anymore, it's done through gestapo tactics and court orders.
And why should we be surprised? National television hosts call those who disagree with them "Nazis" and "talk sluts" and only rarely end up disciplined. National media stations hire disgraced attorney's like Nancy Grace who was all but disbarred by the State of Georgia for being a liar and who has written books that embellished the death of her former fiance for profit to label people guilty before even the first shred of evidence is admitted. In fact, if Nancy Grace's treatment of "Tot Mom" (Casey Anthony) is any indication of the media concern for human rights, it's amazing they don't dig up the bodies and interview the corpses of the victims. Remember, it was the "esteemed" (and I use that term VERY lightly) Nancy Grace who pronounced Robert Ricci "guilty" of kidnapping Amy Smart despite the fact that the real kidnappers were Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. Ricci died in custody despite his innocence and Grace never apologized. She also attacked the Duke lacrosse team after a local stripper accused them of raping her. On her prime time show, Grace said, "I'm so glad they didn't miss a lacrosse game over a little thing like gang rape!" and "Why would you go to a cop in an alleged gang rape case, say, and lie and give misleading information?". Turns out that the prosecutor in the case, Mark Nifong was disbarred for knowingly lying and accepting false statements from the accuser in the case while the defendants were pronounced not guilty. The stripper, Crystal Gail Mangum is now being held on murder charges for stabbing her ex boyfriend. Grace has never apologized for any of her attacks or misstatements.
Enter the mainstream media at local and national papers, on radio and TV who consistently feed the world the leftist agenda, hound the innocent and ignore more facts than they report all in search of ratings or sales. Is it any surprise that these animals are seeking the contact information for the jurors who rendered an unpopular but arguably correct verdict? Do you think these "people" care about who they hurt? Ask Christine O'Donnell, Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann about the media abuse. These animals know no bounds. I witnessed the media sleaze of the News Journal with Ginger Gibson who did everything she could to trash Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell and knew no bounds. I hope that Judge Perry rejects the media's motion and upholds the privacy of jury members.