In A Moment, We Will Get To The Dancing

We’re going to get to the dancing in a moment, but first, can we talk about the justice system? It’s interesting! The verdict was delivered today in the Casey Anthony trial, and she has been found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter. Eek! Oof! That is one of those trials where no matter what the outcome, KIND OF A REAL BUMMER. Hopefully justice was served? The other high profile case, of course, is the Dominique Strauss-Kahn rape case, which started falling apart last week (thank God! Just kidding!) when it was revealed that his accuser worked as a prostitute. Ugh. I mean, again, hopefully justice is served, and none of us want to live in a world where people are falsely accused and falsely prosecuted for crimes they did not commit just because they are powerful and wealthy. That would be a total nightmare. But also, and again, I’m no lawyer, but doesn’t it kind of seem like Dominique Strauss Kahn raped SOMEBODY? I mean, come on. Look at him. (Haha. Your honor, I REST MY CASE.) A French novelist has filed new charges against him, btw. More realistically, and less incendiary-ly, it’s just a shame for an important rape case to turn out this way because of how rape is such an under-reported and under-prosecuted crime, so things like this can only make the situation more difficult for women who have suffered such violent attacks. (Which is not to say the woman in this case was not violently attacked! We do not know yet!) All of which leads to last week’s HBO documentary Hot Coffee which uses the notorious Stella Leibeck vs. McDonald’s lawsuit of the 1990s in which she won a 2+ million dollar settlement after receiving third degree burns from a cup of scalding hot coffee. The whole movie is about how this case became the punchline of a million jokes and is representative of the widespread belief that the United States justice system is drowning in “frivolous lawsuits” when in reality this is a corporate campaign to deter consumers from punishing them for terrible and harmful practices. It’s a good documentary! You should watch it.

OK. And now, to the dancing!

There you have it. (Via Eric Appel.)