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Three reasons Caylee's Law is dumb
There's no need to rehash the merits of (or lack thereof) the case, but what's happened since is worth noting. Especially, Caylee's Law, which has offically "gone viral."
Put forth by activist Michelle Crowder "Caylee's Law," is a proposed federal bill that would charge parents with a felony (a FELONY) for not reporting a missing child within 24 hours, or if they fail to report the death of a child within an hour.
If you want an indepth read on why this is a bad idea, you can click over to the Huffington Post, but here's a quick three.
1.) It won't work.
At least not in the way its supporters would have you believe. As pointed out in the Huffpost piece, there is obviously a question of enforcement. But more than that, the law puts stiff sentences on lesser crimes as adhoc punishment when there is not enough evidence to prosecute for major ones.
Guilty until proven innocent means little if you keep moving the lines.
Which brings up point two.
2.) There are already laws covering this.
From the Huffpost: "We already have laws against murder, child abuse, and child neglect. When you pass laws that make it easier to imprison people in cases where the state doesn't have enough evidence to prove the crime everyone knows they're actually prosecuting, you undermine the integrity of the justice system."
Which brings up point three.
3.) This has nothing to do with justice.
Caylee's Law, for its good intent, isn't about justice. It's about vengence. It's about punishing someone, anyone, because they couldn't punish Casey Anthony. At best it's conterproductive and redundant. At worst it's another move toward a police state.