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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Casey Anthony - Now What?


That is what the court clerk read to the three major murder and manslaughter charges against Casey Anthony and the death of her daughter Caylee.


Lawson Lamar, the state attorney for Orange and Osceola Counties, said he never criticizes a jury verdict. Caylee’s body was not discovered until six months after her death, much of the evidence had decomposed or degraded. “This was a bare bones case, very, very difficult to prove,” he said. “The condition of the remains worked to our significant disadvantage.”


UNTHINKABLE: Why would a mother wait for 31 days before mentioning to her family, friends, or the police that her young child was missing?
PROVE THE MOTIVE: Prosecutors said Anthony killed her daughter, Caylee, in June 2008 because she was tired of being a mother and wanted to live the life of a single, carefree 22-year-old.
They said she drugged the toddler with chloroform and then pressed duct tape against her mouth and nose to suffocate the child. She then hid the body in her car for several days, they said, then dumped it in a wooded area a quarter mile from the family home. Prosecutors focused on the lies told by Casey Anthony in the 31 days after Caylee was last seen alive. They also heavily focused on an odor in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car, which the prosecution's forensics experts said was consistent with the smell of human decomposition. Very minute trraces of chloroform was found in the car trunk, but the levals were constant with any cleaning product.

DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY: Defense attorneys said Caylee accidentally drowned in the family’s swimming pool and that Casey went into denial about the tragedy. They said Casey’s father, George, helped dispose of the body and cover up the death and that her seemingly carefree mother in fact was hiding emotional distress caused by sexual abuse from her father.
Caylee was last seen alive on June 16, 2008. Authorities recovered her skeletal remains six months later in the wooded area.

OVERCHARGING: No direct physical evidence proved the mother caused her daughter’s death. But prosecutors encouraged the jury to view the case as a whole and consider strong circumstantial evidence. Going for the DEATH PENALTY, MURDER 1....WHY? on a case of  circumstantial evidence.

Anthony's boyfriend, testified that just hours after her lawyers claim that Caylee drowned, they both went to their local Blockbuster video store to rent a film. 'She was the way she was every day – happy. Happy to see me. Having a grand old time.'
 Casey Anthony showed no signs of grief parading in a 'hot body' contest at a Florida nightclub four days after her two-year-old daughter went missing, the court heard during her sensational murder trial.
 First, the Judge, The Honorable Belvin Perry, Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, did a FABULOUS job!

The defense was all over the place but Jose Baez got the job done.

Lawyers for the prosecution: Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton (r.) handles evidence with attorneys Linda Drane Burdick relied too much on circumstantial evidence and couldn't tie Casey with the death of Caylee.

She was found GUILTY of 4 lesser counts, misdemeanors, of  giving false information to police. False information about what?
She will be sentenced Thursday, July 7, 2011. She will probably get time served, as she has already served over three years and these convictions carry only a year or probation.

Now there is talk of book deals, TV interviews, movies all for Casey Anthony.  

Was justice served?