The Prisonworld Radio Hour, an international radio show podcast for inmates, their families, lawyers, activists and organizations alike, receives numerous pieces of mail weekly from those who have been wrongfully convicted. “My first question is how did this become national news? There have been at least five cases like this in Atlanta since the beginning of the year that have not made it across mainstream media for one day let alone three years. What made this case so much more interesting than any other mother accused of killing her child? Would this be national news if she were Black?” says Jenny Triplett, co-host and co-producer.
Andrea Yates, the wife of a pastor and mother of five in Texas who was convicted of killing all of her children stunned the country by her murderous acts. There was no question to her guilt but only to her state of mind. The devout Christian had committed such horrible acts that could only be explained by mental insanity. She was sentenced to a mental institution and the system proved it worked. The covering of the case by the national media was justified as it shed light on the effects of depression which is affects millions of Americans.
“No case is ever a slam dunk. Regardless to Nancy Grace’s tirades and persistent persecution over the last three years, no justice is ever swift. It is hypocritical to say that you believe in the system and then say that it didn’t work. The media discussions that have surfaced regarding the minds of the jury are very disturbing. Damaging statements are being made as to the competency of the twelve people that were chosen to decide this case. Once again the media is trying to place blame where there should be none. The prosecution did not prove their case. The system worked. Plain and simple” says Jenny.
Casey Anthony will not go down in history as a famous killer such as Susan Smith, the North Carolina mother of two who drowned her children and blamed it on a Black man, because she was not convicted of anything. Her trial will be mentioned for years to come in the same paragraph as OJ Simpson. There may be more similarities then cared to be mentioned but the biggest of them all is that the evidence did not fit. The jury had to acquit.
Rufus and Jenny Triplett are co-Editors-in-
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