Wiki: “Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat (Latin: the burden of proof rests on who asserts, not on who denies)”
Casey Anthony walked because the Constitution says accusers must provide proof. I sleep better knowing about that law. “What many people often think is the product of a flawed justice system that allows the guilty to walk free is actually the finest example of our judicial process and the constitutional framework that designed it.” Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
But just because she’s presumed innocent doesn’t mean I’d recommend her as a baby-sitter.
Sure, I believe in hoping all things and giving someone the benefit of the doubt. Prejudice is injustice. But when it comes to my offspring or grandchildren, I’m careful: I’m a Mother Hen, Bar None.
People lie for all kinds of reasons: to get what they want, avoid hurting feelings, keep out of trouble, return a lie, avoid confrontation. I know, because I’ve done it.
But when it is carried to the level of living a lie–that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a super-villain! Unless Scripture convicts us to our core, to the point of fear of the Lord God Almighty (which, thankfully, has also happened to me [!]), we are on hellacious ground—literally: Rev. 22:14-15 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
If someone can live with a lie, I do not “presume” them innocent. Their ongoing practices have forfeited them the right to my trust. I will always wonder: are they fibbing, fudging, or “forgetting?” No, I am not their judge; they have the right to live and work—like this woman in the news. But I’ll still wonder.
May I reiterate my thankfulness for the Constitution of the United States of America. Yesterday, in fact, 50 of us celebrated it! I loved this quote someone read—from second president, John Adams: “I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”
So that’s what we did! LET FREEDOM RING!