“Not Guilty” Verdict – AfterthoughtsJanuary 11th, 2013 by iPhone
As Judge Pope read the jury’s “not guilty” verdict, sighs of relief quietly echoed from the defense’s side of the courtroom, as sobs and moans rose from the group of spectators sitting behind the prosecution’s table.
Crying soon was heard, as Ridley’s mother gradually began to be heard over the other courtroom sounds. Family members gathered around her, as the rest of the crowd was escorted around the front of the courtroom.
An ambulance was quickly called by deputies in the courtroom, to assist her, but she remained with her family, after being checked out by the EMTs.
As we look at evidence that was presented over the past 3 days, there really was no clear-cut documentation about the “who, what, when, where, and how” that the defense mentioned. Everything was circumstantial, which means everything was questionable.
As we listened to all of the testimony, each side of the case (as with each family involved) had it’s own belief of what circumstances led to this point.
As the case developed, I personally re-adjusted my inferred impression of the severity of Jessica’s anxiety issues, as did other spectators about any of the many issues involved.
From the early stages, it seemed to be a hard case to defend, and a harder case to prosecute.
It would really be difficult for an impartial person to believe that whatever happened that caused this baby’s death was intentional.
When the verdict was read, both families were quickly thrown into a grief process that they have been denied for almost 2 years.
Let’s just realize how the death of a child, for whatever reason rips at the heartstrings of the entire community.
Two families will always think of Ridley whenever they hear a baby cry at a restaurant; families and their friends will always wonder “what if” when they attend ball games of kids Ridley’s age; and a whole community spent most of a week wondering if there would be (or should be) justice.
A jury of local men and women unanimously agreed, sometimes there just isn’t a clear answer for how and why things happen.
I guess that really sum it up pretty well.