The backlash against the not guilty verdicts in the Casey Anthony case has reached Texas. State Sen. Chris Harris (R-Arlington) has let the world know that he intends to introduce a bill that would make it a felony to fail to report a missing child.
That's just what we need in the Lone Star State, another felony.
And, just so we can be reminded that bad facts made even worse laws - Sen. Harris said he will affix Caylee Anthony's name to the proposed legislation. Because we all know that that's what this knee jerk reaction to a jury verdict is all about.
Sen. Harris doesn't give a rat's ass about Caylee Anthony. He saw the opportunity to curry favor with the wing nuts in his district by slapping around the right wing's latest bogeyman -- Casey Anthony.
Don't blame Ms. Anthony for the jury's verdict, Mr. Harris. Take a closer look at the prosecutors. Did they overplay their hand by seeking the death penalty? Did they have one iota of actual physical evidence tying Ms. Anthony to the alleged crime?
While we're drafting legislation in response to a verdict in a Florida trial -- how about you draft legislation that would make it a felony for a prosecutor to withhold exculpatory evidence like a witness who recants his testimony the night before trial. We could call it the Anthony Graves Act.
We could draft legislation that would make it a felony for a prosecutor to hide forensic evidence in order to prevent the defense from running tests. We could call it the Clarence Brandley Act.
We could draft legislation that would make it a felony for prosecutors to put on scientific evidence that they know is nothing but pseudo-scientific junk. We could call it the Cameron Willingham Act.
But no. Wrongful convictions aren't on Sen. Harris' radar. He has no problem with folks being convicted as the result of prosecutorial misconduct and junk science. He has no problem with juries who convict people on less than proof beyond all reasonable doubt. He has no problem with judges who are more concerned with efficiency than justice.
Apparently Sen. Harris has a problem with juries who follow the law.