Who knew the Casey Anthony verdict would have implications on the United States' interpretation of the Geneva Conventions? According to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the failure of a Florida jury to convict Anthony proves the need to try terrorist suspects at military tribunals outside of the American legal system in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
"We just found with the Caylee Anthony case how difficult is to get a conviction in a U.S. court," McConnell, said this weekend on Fox News Sunday.
"I don't think a foreigner is entitled to all the protections of the Bill of Rights," he continued. "They should not be in U.S. courts. They should be at Guantanamo [Cuba] and before military commissions."
The legality and ethics of military tribunals is certainly a serious and complicated issue, and trying to bring the Casey Anthony trial into the discussion is something we'd hope would be beneath the dignity and intelligence of a high ranking American senator.
And lets be honest, its not really that hard to get a conviction in a U.S. court. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the entire world by a long shot. So it seems to us certainly someone is getting convicted in the United States.
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