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Patch’s Poll: Is Redemption Possible?

Casey Anthony is trying to redo her image, Charlie Sheen is staging a comeback, and Michael Vick is rich and famous again in the NFL. Do you believe anyone can remake themselves and really mean it?

Casey Anthony, the embattled Florida mother who has been out of the public’s eye since a jury acquitted her of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in a highly publicized trial last year, is back in the news this morning.

Anthony told CNN Host Piers Morgan in a phone interview, “Obviously, I didn’t kill my daughter." She also went on to tell Morgan, “I'm ashamed in many ways of the person that I was."

Is it possible that the public — many of whom believe Anthony was responsible in Caylee’s death — will give her a second chance? Does she deserve the benefit of the doubt and a shot at redemption?

Similar questions have arisen with other public figures in recent years, such as Charlie Sheen, John Edwards and Michael Vick — three embattled public figures who have undergone scrutiny for their own sins.

But, Sheen is staging a comeback with his new FX show, “Anger Management,” Edwards still has the ability to practice law following his recent trial and Vick, who served a prison sentence for running an illegal dog-fighting ring, is back in the NFL and making millions of dollars.

So, if redemption is possible for Sheen and Vick, is redemption possible for everyone including people like Anthony? Can they remake their image and really mean it? Should it be possible? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Nutmegger June 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM
It's possible, just not always probable. There's also the distinction between whether you can redeem yourself in your eyes or in the eyes of others.
Agape June 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Only with the help of God !
Darrell Lucas June 14, 2012 at 02:09 PM
The cost of redemption from the three examples above will be enormous. I dont fallow any religion so one to say 'I'm sorry for my sins' isn't even close. Nor will I trust 'God will help or judge them'. Responsibility lies upon ourselves. The three examples above all vary drastically. Casey Anthony may have been judged Not Guilt in a courtroom but the rest of the US community have all ready convicted her for her behaviors surrounding the loss of her child. She is going to have to spend the rest of her life devoting her time and money to charity(s) to get full redemption. Her name is famous. If she uses it to help stop the abuse that got her in hot water only then can she be redeemed. The same goes for Charlie Sheen and Vick. Clearly if they are in the news showing a new/better image then they know that they have also been in the wrong. If they haven't done so they need to sincerely apologize for their behavior and again spend the rest of their lives publicly and privately fighting the evil that brought them down to start with.
d harrington June 14, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Strange cast of characters you picked as examples, Im sure Charlie Sheen would be glad to see you compared him to Casey Anthony. Now as for Ms. Anthony, her acts are definite, and for those past, present or future who defend or sympathize with her are no better then she. A more proper grouping of people to go along with Ms. Anthony would be more along the lines of Charles Manson and the two killers from the Cheshire tragedy! If you feel gods a forgiving god, and you feel it makes you more godly, then go right ahead. But the redemption is on you and yours, for if anything goes wrong, anything at all, your fault, thier fault, nobodies fault, somebody is going to die! You make that gamble! I on the other hand have no use for them. And yes I would pull the lever on them. As for the adultery and emotional rants of spoiled brats! You all love Bill Clinton who got a __ in the Oval Office. Redeem this!

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