Casey Anthony Effect: More Bogus Bills En Route to Florida Legislature

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The fallout from the Casey Anthony trial has brought out the stupid in a lot of people. Folks have been sending hate messages to a guy with the same name, a man allegedly punched a woman over the verdict, and lawmakers across the country have been proposing "Tot Mom"-related legislation.

Boca Raton's Republican State Rep. Bill Hager was part of the wave of state legislators nationwide who have proposed bills making it a felony for a parent or legal guardian not to call the cops when their youngsters go missing, and now Rep. Scott Randolph is planning to drop another bill related to Anthony's trial.

Randolph is hosting a news conference this afternoon in Orlando but has already dropped some details about his proposed bill -- he wants to prevent jurors from making money from trials they serve on.

Randolph's bill would ban jurors on any trial from making money by exchanging information about the trial after its over:

"The legislation seeks to prevent jurors from receiving compensation or monetary benefit in exchange for supplying information related to the trial after discharge," Randolph's camp says. "The legislation is intended to maintain fairness and integrity in our system of justice, especially for jurors selected for high-profile cases such as the recent Casey Anthony trial."

Depending on what the actual text of the legislation he's submitting says, this could possibly ban book deals for jurors -- which has been a staple in nationally recognized trials for years.

What does Randolph have against random people -- who probably do not want to be jurors -- being paid $30 a day without any sort of reimbursement for expenses and being forced out of work for the extent of a criminal trial wanting a little cash for their duty to American justice?

We'll see what sort of reasoning he has when details come back from this afternoon's announcement.

Aside from Randolph's bill, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the Florida Civil Rights Association is lobbying for another legislator, Sen. Gary Siplin, to sponsor a bill that creates a "cooling-off period" before releasing the names of jurors.

The group's idea is that there would be a waiting period after a felony criminal trial before the names of jurors are released to the public and would make it a felony for anyone to contact jurors if they've publicly said they don't want to be contacted.


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James McGill
James McGill

Want a "Caylee's law?"  Make it a felony to threaten a juror on the basis of their service in court. 

Simone Zammit Endrich
Simone Zammit Endrich

QUOTE: Randolph's bill would ban jurors on any trial from making money by exchanging information about the trial after its over:  "The legislation seeks to prevent jurors from receiving compensation or monetary benefit in exchange for supplying information related to the trial after discharge," Randolph's camp says.UNQUOTE

Thumbs up for Scott Randolph! Let us hope that the book ban goes through as well.  I hope there will be no time limit for this though.  Even after a year or longer, if jurors can profit from their verdict, chances are they may well manipulate it for their own ends.  I wish the book ban would apply also to interested parties in the murder case.  It is unthinkable that Casey Anthony, a murdering mother, should profit from the commissioning of books (I very much doubt she can write!) or film rights. ... Bottom line: the death of a child is not for SALE!

James McGill
James McGill

No way would that law pass First Amendment muster... or Ninth Amendment for that matter. 

John Tracey
John Tracey

There are twelve jurors, it would be quite a process for any of them to say, "Hey guys, I'll give you a cut of my book deal if you let this murderer go free/convict this innocent person." They are dealing with life and death, and the lawyers and politicians have free rein to speak to the press/write memoirs. You're advocating a limit to free speech and the ability to explain why they couldn't convict. I'm sorry if you feel watching the news coverage makes you an expert juror, but they were presented with facts that you and I aren't privy to, and I personally would love to hear a juror explanation of what went on and the emotions of those most intimately associated with the case.

As to Casey, I'd have no issue with any proceeds going to the cost of incarceration/medical bills/court costs first, before she sees a dime, but for whatever reason, the jurors who had whatever information we didn't rendered her acquitted her of those charges. News coverage is tilted towards ratings, and every American citizen is able to speak freely.

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Gee - I guess none of you are opposed to taking a shit on the First Amendment.  For that matter, I bet no legislator would hop on the no jury profit band wagon, if Anthony got the death penalty.  No way... All the zealots would be snatching up copies of the book and waiting 20 years for the appellate process, so they can try to get tickets for the state sanctioned murder.  Did anyone forget she was acquitted of murder? Sure, she did not report the death of her child for 31 days and the State proved she lied a lot, but we don't need any additional legislation on this matter.  It is a gut reaction and pandering by these so called legislators. 

Tomzgurl68
Tomzgurl68

Type your comment here.I can't understand why everyone keeps saying that she didn't report her child missing for 31 days......be for real she didn't report her child missing her mother did.........let's ask the question ...If the grandmother hadn't report her granddaughter missing......when would her mother have done it? or did she ever plan to..now to me that is what makes me feel that her mother had something to do with her death.......

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