Bill O'Reilly: Dumb, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

By Bill O'Reilly

Dumb, beyond a reasonable doubt. That is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points" memo.

As I said Tuesday night, it would be unfair to disparage the jury in the case of Casey Anthony in the acquittal without first hearing from them. But they don't want to talk. And who could blame them?

Acquitting this horrible woman has caused a national outrage. So far, only one alternate juror has explained the acquittal.


RUSSELL HUEKLER, ALTERNATE CASEY ANTHONY TRIAL JUROR: I don't think the prosecution was able to show how she died, what was the motive -- what was the motivation.

MATT LAUER, "TODAY" SHOW HOST: In your opinion, did Casey Anthony get away with murder?

HUEKLER: No, she did not get away with murder.


Again, it's hard to me to criticize that man, I don't know him. But I do know that there was so much evidence in the case, so many bizarre things done by Casey Anthony that to let her walk away from the death of her two-year-old is astounding. It is astounding.

Now the O.J. Simpson jury did the same thing. There, race was involved as most jury members were biased in favor of Simpson, who is now serving up to 33 years in a Nevada prison for committing another crime.

The frustrating thought about the Caylee Anthony murder is that justice is not being done. Hopefully the little girl is in heaven and her killer will most likely go to hell, but here on earth our powerful justice system has failed. Somebody got away with murder.

There is no solution to the problem because human beings are fallible. It took the jury just 11 hours to acquit the woman, apparently believing the prosecution did not prove its case.

But in America today is the burden of proof too high? Have we become a nation that does not make judgments any more about behavior? Is there always an excuse for everything? Reasonable doubt was not raised by Ms. Anthony's lawyers. They ran around concocting a lot of bull they couldn't prove. They correctly challenged the state's evidence but again, expert witnesses, FBI people testified there was chloroform in Ms. Anthony's car, along with a hair that matched those at the death site.

The jury chose not to believe the experts. Why? That, combined with Casey Anthony's bizarre behavior, actions no innocent person would ever have taken, should have sealed her fate. The Casey Anthony verdict is a dark, dark day in American history, no question. And that's "The Memo."


Defense attorney Cheney Mason vented his anger toward the media Tuesday after his client, Casey Anthony, was acquitted of murder. Mr. Mason is angry because he believes the press convicted Ms. Anthony in their coverage.

Now, I have some sympathy for the counselor, because the American media will say pretty much anything these days. But I do believe that Mr. Mason was giving me the finger as well, because I am thoroughly convinced that his client is a killer.

Mr. Mason is entitled to his opinion, as am I. His general disapproval of the media is patriotic. But the middle-finger demonstration was pinheaded and immature.