No doubt you've probably heard the term 'innocent until proven guilty' once or twice in your life. Although this concept isn't directly stated in the constitution, it is absolutely indispensable to our justice system; but with the rise of communication through technology in recent years, it is not always a right that's guaranteed. Every American in the United States is entitled to a fair trial, but with the ever increasing prevalence of social media in every day life are our trials really fair? The fact is that both of the opposing sides already have to face the challenging feat of battling the preconceived ideas and attitudes of the jury without adding the complication of a mind that's been swayed to favor one side or another by media that is in no way unbiased. Whether we are conscious of it or not, the media has a powerful effect on the outcome of important court cases.
The Casey Anthony trial was one of those important cases. Anthony was accused of brutally murdering her daughter in 2008. The case received attention from journalists, bloggers and (of course) national news networks, all competing with one another to get the latest breaking news on the affair. Many saw an opportunity to make a big profit about the scandalous crime that had now become nothing but an entertaining spectacle to most of the public. When the verdict for the case was read, CNN's web site saw a record breaking one million live-video users, which was thirty times what the average had been four weeks before.
Prior to the jury's reading of the verdict, the vast majority of the population believed, without a doubt, that Casey Anthony was indeed guilty, and even today in the year two thousand and fourteen it is a belief that is still held by most. José Baez, (the lead lawyer in the case) pointed out that, "We should all take this as an opportunity to learn and to realize that you cannot convict someone until they’ve had their day in court." But the fact still remains that the media often provides one side with an unfair advantage as it is hard to...