The jurors in the Casey Anthony trial will remain anonymous. For now.
Judge Belvin Perry ruled this week that the names would be kept secret for at least three more months, defeating a motion filed by two Florida newspapers, a television station and the Associated Press.
The media argued that jurors should be named as part of a “transparent judicial process.”
Perry countered that court proceedings have turned from news to entertainment:
“Florida’s public records laws were never intended to further the media’s bottom line. Unquestionably, use of Florida public records laws by the media has become simply a tool to sell a story.”
I have to agree.
Jurors shouldn’t be required to be named, since being on a jury isn’t voluntary. It would be one thing if people were able to sign up for jury duty because they wanted to. But as it is now, people are required to report when called, and are only able to dodge sitting on a case like the Anthony trial if they can prove certain kinds of hardship.
Given the fact that an overly-obsessed trial follower attacked someone who looked like Anthony, the jurors’ safety could be at risk if their names are released.
I’m sure, at some point, the names will be released. But naming them still won’t change their verdict. And it certainly won’t ease the anger.
There are other stories to cover.