After three years behind bars, Casey Anthony, walked away from a Florida Jail, as a free person. She has been acquitted in the murder of her daughter Caylee.
Many in the public felt disappointment, anger some outrage for the sentence passed down for the crime Mrs. Anthony was convicted of, Lying to the Police.
True to American tradition, when there is some kind of miscarriage of justice, we move to fix it by passing a new law. There is a national movement for every state to pass some version of Caylee’s law.
Legislators for sea to shining sea and across the fruited plain are falling over themselves to get such a law passed in their respective states.
Caylee’s law simply put makes it a crime (a felony?) for not reporting a child missing within 24 hours. If such a law was in place, Mr. Anthony would not be walking the streets a free person, rather, she would be locked away for a long time.
I guess every South Dakota legislator had their E-mail explode with various e-mails about passing such a law. Representative Steve Hickey (dist 9) reported on his face book page he responded to over 100 E-mails concerning Caylee’s law.
What happen to Caylee is horrible. Casey Anthony will have to live with herself and with the knowledge that in what ever way, she took part in murder of her child, I can think of no worse sentence then that. In my mind that is worse than what any judge could hand down from the bench. I am not going to say justice has been served, because I am not in a place to judge Mrs. Anthony, nor do I know all the facts.
Last February I took my daughter to Pierre to see what the legislature really does and meet with our Representative, Stace Nelson, who explained, that for a bill to become a law is a long, hard process. It is debated, discussed, amended, discussed some more, changed, refined, then finally voted on, then it is up the Governor to make the finial yea or nay on the bill. The process is in place to help sure the best possible bills are passed as laws and to keep the junk off the books. It is not a perfect process, but it seems to work.
Taking a bill like Caylee’s law and rushing it through, just to get it on the books, as fast as possible can be the recipe for disaster. The Caylee Anthony case is just one case, are there more cases like it? What would this law really do?
I can tell you that as a parent, there is no law, no regulation, no rulebook or even a license requirement to parenthood. (sometimes I wish I had an instruction manual) Being a parent come from within. When your child isn’t where they are suppose to be, you begin to worry and start searching, if you can’t find them, you ask for help quickly, there is no law that possibly address this.
Would Caylee’s law really help or is this back-door approach to legislating parenting? Let’s debate it, discuss it, introduce a bill and have it go through the process to become law, or not.