It Was Inevitable

July 7, 2011

It Was Inevitable
Yep. “Caylee’s Law.”

Scott Greenfield blogs at Simple Justice:

Via Josh Blackmon, it appears that the genius of crowdsource is pushing at Change.org for, ta da, a new law named after Caylee Anthony. Because bizarre, outlier events demand a new law? Nah, because every time a child dies, no matter how bizarre the circumstance, society must prevent it from ever happening again. Because no new bizarre event will take the life of another child if we pass a law named after the last one.

The law makes it a felony “for a parent, legal guardian, or caretaker to not notify law enforcement of the death of their child, accidental or otherwise, within 1 hour of said death being discovered. This way there will be no more cases like Casey Anthony’s in the courts, and no more innocent children will have to go without justice.”


The law also makes it “a felony for a parent, legal guardian, or caretaker to not notify law enforcement of the disappearance of a child within 24 hours, so proper steps can be taken to find that child before it’s too late.”

Josh notes some faults, observes Scott:

1 Hour! And if someone tells the police on the 61st minute, they go to jail. 24 hours! What about a sleepover in the woods?

Scott adds:

On a more serious note, if a parent was inclined to murder her child, would fear of a prosecution under this law stop her? Would the sentence be death plus a year?

Note “The Ted Frank Rule.” In Ted’s words:

“My rule of thumb is a strong presumption that any law named after a victim is poor public policy enacted by legislators who confuse voting against a law with voting against an innocent person.”

via @WalterOlson

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