George Anthony, Caylee Anthony's grandfather and Casey's father, is in custody today after being found early this morning in the midst of a suicide attempt. He was reported missing by his family last night, and was reportedly sending them text messages indicating his intention to end his own life. Police found the still-alive George Anthony, suicide note included, at a Daytona Beach motel. It's unclear whether he got as far as physically harming himself. A George Anthony suicide, I think, would have added such a tragic element to the trial as to make it an early contender for "Trial of the Century." But the attempt is bad enough!
You may remember that it was only the night before Caylee Anthony's remains were found a quarter mile from George's home that he and his wife Cindy appeared on Larry King Live, still holding out hope for Caylee's safety and his daughter Casey's innocence.
You may be wondering if any crime as been blamed on George Anthony. Suicide attempts are enough to allow Florida, under its Mental Health Act of 1971, to detain a person involuntarily until they complete a psychiatric evaluation.
My question to you is, do you agree with this law? Philosophically, do you agree that a government has the right to detain someone if the person is deemed a danger to himself? How far do you take the notion of a right to personal freedom over ones own body?