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Yes, I did miss a couple of "Posts of the Day" but I will make it up to you starting now.
The post from Oceanblueeyes is very thought provoking and is worthy of the post of the day for two days in a row.
Yes I am rationalizing my mistakes! I will schedule an extra therapy session
From the Mcstay Forum in our private member area comes this post from Oceanblue.
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Oceanblueeyes said, I don't think one case in a completely different state can be compared to this one. Cases like Anthony's rarely happens.
Circumstantial evidence IS considered hard evidence if that is how you put it. CE is used every day in courtrooms and have just as much weight as direct evidence and perhaps more since eye witnesses can be incorrect. There doesn't have to be a smoking gun and there rarely ever is. CE cases are sold and are what most jurors see entered to come to their determination.
There is nothing wrong with CE. The vast majority of cases tried are CE cases. It is like building a wall of bricks one brick at a time to complete the brick wall or like adding pieces of a puzzle one piece at a time until the image emerges and is seen clearly even if some of the pieces are missing. Or like a rope, where one piece of CE represents a thread and each thread (CE) weaves a thick rope which cant be broken. Not all CE has to be believed for if one small thread or more is broken the rope is still strong and very much in tact.
The one thing DAs today fear with all of the CSI type shows are jurors who will really think those fictional shows are like a real criminal trial and will demand a 'smoking gun'. I believe they call it the CSI syndrome. I have no doubt the DA during jury questioning will bring that up. No one should be a juror on a trial if they do not believe CE carries as much weight for it does and the upper courts have long upheld such cases.
In all cases some of the facts we wish to know are never known. Usually the accused doesn't tell what happen and does not have to incriminate himself or herself. The DA wasn't there. Most murderers tend to do their evil deeds when they are alone with the victims. The only one that can give a blow by blow of what happened inside the McStay home is Merritt. The other four have been silenced. So I don't have a problem with not knowing every single little detail like we see in some fictional crime shows. It just doesn't happen in real cases. We are always left with questions unanswered.
What is and always is important is the evidence entered showing guilt no matter how it happened and I don't think the DA will have any problem proving his case BARD. CE evidence is powerful evidence. One fact may be dismissed as just a coincidence but when the CE facts begin to pile up no reasonable minded jury is going to think all of them were just mere coincidences and instead think CM is just the most unluckiest man in the state of CA.
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