McConnell: Casey Anthony Verdict Shows Terrorist Suspects Should Not Receive Real Trials

Many have objected that the Casey Anthony trial and verdict has displaced attention to every thing from three wars to a growing economic crisis. Now, however, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested that the impact of the Anthony verdict may extend to national security trials and serve as an excuse to deny terrorism defendants a federal trial. McConnell stated that the verdict shows that we cannot trust our court system in trying terrorism suspects. The clear import is that we should use the widely ridiculed military tribunal system because we cannot risk defendants actually prevailing in court.


McConnell stated:

“These are not American citizens. We just found with the Caylee Anthony case how difficult it is to get a conviction in a U.S. court. I don’t think a foreigner is entitled to all the protection in the Bill of Rights. They should not be in U.S. courts and before military commissions.”

The quote seems to confirm for civil libertarians the obvious: the tribunal system was designed by prosecutors for the sole purpose of guaranteeing convictions by stripping away basic legal protections and procedures.

Next we will explore the impact of the Anthony verdict on space exploration and drilling in the outer banks.

Source: Fox

46 thoughts on “McConnell: Casey Anthony Verdict Shows Terrorist Suspects Should Not Receive Real Trials”

  1. karmic justice would be mcconnell retiring to a florida nursing home and casey anthony working there.

  2. I agree that Tippy the Turtle is covering for Bush’s incompetence. The Casey trial if anything speaks to the legitimacy of Our judicial system. Overeaching prosecutors couldn’t prove their case beyond doubt because they went after higher charges than they knew they could prove. How could we even charge Gitmo detainees when many were detained on unprovable hearsay by the already detained? The Bush Administration FUBARed the whole thing and the only truly logical, legal and humane thing to do is release any being held that we have no evidence against and immediately begin prosecuting any that might exist that actually have evidence against them. Anything else is a dodge of the kind of justice we have believed in for centuries. What it means so deeply in many of us to be the beacon to the world that we once were. Groucho Marx probably said it more succinctly:

    “Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.”

  3. These are notI don’t actually represent American citizens. We just found with the Caylee Anthony case my reelection and attempts to destroy Social Security while selling out the civil rights of citizens how difficult it is to get a conviction an elected official in a U.S. court Senate who isn’t a pawn of special interest money. I don’t think a foreigner a money grubbing weasel is entitled to all the protection in the Bill of Rights responsibilities of being a Senator. They I should not be in the U.S. courts and before military commissions then sent immediately to prison for selling out the best interests of my constituents.”

    Now there’s a Mitch McConnell sound bite I could get behind.

  4. O.S.-

    I’m watching Keith Olbermann right now. Obama has agreed with the Republicans to raise the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67. Keith is doing a “Special Comment” on this shortly.

  5. HenMan, I would not go quite that far, but daylight is disappearing between the two. Unless this is some strange Kabuki on the part of Obama and we will see political magic emerge out of this at the end, I am losing hope. He is going past the center into some redstate territory lately.

  6. If the following is true:

    Senator McConnell is a lawyer; Orly Taitz and Ms. Bachmann are lawyers. So are Yoo, Levin, Bybee, Koh, Obama, Holder, the SCOTUS crew, and many members of Congress.

    Then:

    Many lawyers are insane and/or incompetent and/or unethical and/or compulsive liars and/or any other incriminating words within the Webster’s and/or Urban Dictionaries and/or any others…
    ________

    Disclaimer:

    All Turley Blawg lawyers and Glenn Greenwald are specifically excluded from the previous If-Then construct.

  7. Gyges-

    To Obama’s credit, he seems to be a good husband and father, but he’s going to leave his daughters a seriously deranged country to grow up in.

  8. Henman,

    I’m pretty sure he spoke out against the lack of serious investigation of a murder of a prominent Buddhist monk in Cambodia back about 6 or 7 years ago

  9. I have never agreed with Mitch McConnell on anything. (By the way, is he a Japanese anthropomorphic robot? He has only one facial expression- Irritated Incompetence.)

    Getting back to the subject- I agree with Mitch McConnell that President Obama should be a one-term President, but not for any of McConnell’s reasons. McConnell wants to bring down the economy, catastrophically if necessary, so that the American people will hold their collective noses and vote for one of the side-show freaks running in the Republican primaries.

    I am still hoping for a primary challenge from the left to end his Presidency. If he caves in on cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, which I expect him to do, I would not be surprised to see an angry Bernie Sanders or Dennis Kuchinich abandon their reluctance to run against him. Especially when we consider that the Nobel Peace Prize winner has turned 2 inherited wars into 3,… or is it 4…or is it 5? To quote Prof Turley from a couple of years back, “President Obama has proven to be a perfect nightmare on civil liberties.” The President , while pretending to oppose “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, sent his Attorney General into court day after day to fight to preserve it. We have seen him imprison Bradley Manning under Gulag conditions in an illegal attempt to break him down mentally in order to get him to sign a false confession or commit suicide. It sounds harsh, but what other reason was there for the isolation and sleep deprivation of a man not convicted of any crime?

    Now, when progressive states legalize gay marriage, he plays Hamlet. Now, when Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are threatened, he waffles. Now, when states all over America have descended into the lawlessness of legalized voter suppression, union busting, mass firing of teachers, huge giveaways of taxpayer money to private businesses, and even the seizure of an entire city by the State of Michigan in order to seize a public lakefront park so a private developer can turn it into a private luxury golf course- where is President Obama? Standing silent in the Oval Office watching it all happen.

    Patriot Act untouched. Warrantless wiretapping untouched. Surveilance of people’s home computer use. Harrassment of Julian Assange and Wikileaks. No investigation of numerous criminal acts of the Bush Administration. No investigation of possible war crimes by the Bush Administration, in spite of our obligation to do so under the United Nations Convention Against Torture and the Geneva Conventions.

    How can we reward this man with a second term, when he has failed so miserably in his first term?

    Lesser of two evils? Bullshit!

  10. I’m not sure what the Casey Anthony trial has to do with terrorism. Just
    another example of how out of touch with reality McConnell is. Maybe he
    want’s everyone found guilty. As I said in an earlier post, this case shows
    the importance of the prosecution’s responsibility concerning burden of
    proof. For anyone who is upset with the verdict I suspect they may have
    been prejudiced against the defendant due to the extensive media
    coverage. We were on the outside looking in, the jury saw things from a
    different angle than we were allowed to see.

  11. It’s important to remember that, while the reasoning may be somewhat different, Obama agrees with McConnell on this issue, along with many others regarding civil liberties and the war on terror.

  12. Hummm… Confirms my suspicions about McConnell for along time….he and his closet staff only believe in one way for their ‘view’ of the Natiom – The way of the gun… if you can’t kll it.. Try harder…

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