On Dec. 19, 2012, The Ledger published a letter from a reader who is tired of Casey Anthony news coverage. The letter has sparked discussion regarding the upcoming Lifetime movie “Prosecuting Casey Anthony, ” that is based upon prosecutor Jeff Ashton’s book “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony. The letter’s author encourages viewers to boycott the film and urges the public not to give Casey Anthony any media attention. She suggests that viewers skip the movie and states that Casey Anthony has been “glorified like a rock star.” Also on Dec. 19, 2012, The Orlando Sentinel published a review of the film and readers responded by saying they were boycotting the movie and wouldn’t watch.
The letter, written by a Lakeland, Florida resident states, “Let the little girl [Caylee Anthony] rest in peace, and let all of us and the news media turn our backs on any published, or re-enacted sources that glorify a tragedy. Casey has had too much of our attention as it is. She glorifies in it and seems to feel like a rock star.”
While the author speaks about the re-enactment of a tragedy, the Orlando Sentinel provided a look at the film and offered a review. According to the article, the movie does not glorify Casey Anthony.
Hal Boedeker wrote, “The movie doesn’t glorify Anthony (played by Virginia Welch), who has a minor role in a script focused on the prosecution team. Anthony’s big moments will be familiar to anyone who followed the case: Her jailhouse visits with her parents and her video diary, which became public in January.”
Will depicting Casey Anthony’s trial glorify Casey?
There are many lessons for all to learn from the Casey Anthony trial, and still more questions that must be answered.
Jeff Ashton titled his book “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony” and stated he believes Florida’s Sunshine Laws and pretrial publicity caused difficulties in finding the jury the prosecution wanted. Essentially, since just about everyone had heard about the case and was ready to render a guilty verdict before the trial started, the people who would have rendered a guilty verdict were disqualified from the jury pool.
Jeff Ashton’s book brings up valid points that must be addressed before the next big, Flroida crime comes along.
“Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony” brings up a number of important questions that must be asked. Ashton proposes a dialogue on changes that will help protect the integrity of future trials.
While some may say there is too much Casey Anthony news and media coverage; others argue that these discussions need to continue in order to affect change.
What do you think? Is there too much Casey Anthony news and media coverage, or is this a discussion that needs to be had in order to make necessary changes? Do you agree with the letter’s author that any news or media coverage glorifies Casey Anthony? Are you going to boycott the Lifetime movie?
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