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January 15, 2011


post a post a day

by Andrea O'Connell

Thankfully, today is the start of a long weekend!  I have a bunch of things to accomplish, but first on my list is to fulfill this promise I’ve made – to post a post a day in 2011.  Today is day 15 and I don’t really have anything much that I want to write about.  So, I am just going to write unedited and see what comes out.  I could write about the Casey Anthony case, come to think about it. The Judge in that case said that because the jury will be picked from another county and housed in Orlando during the eight week trial, it is going to cost the state of Florida over $350,000. That number sounds conservative to me.  It sounds as if it was picked out of the air, frankly.  First of all, they have to go to the expense of picking a jury.  That entails traveling to a different county, paying the costs of all the lawyers, court reports, assistants, bailiffs while they pick the jury, which could take a week, or more. And then there’s Casey Anthony.  She has to be present.  There are costs involved with caring for her.  She will have to be housed in a local jail while there. (I wonder if she thinks she’ll stay in a hotel, too!)

These perspective jurors will need to agree to be away from their jobs, families and friends for a period of at least eight weeks while this case is tried.  Not too many people could pick up and run off like that.  I couldn’t.  I have my dog and my cat!  I couldn’t leave them.  I wonder if they will accept jurors who need to bring their animals? And, the jurors will be given access to doctors and dentists during their stay in Orlando.  I heard the Judge say, they would be moving the jurors frequently to different hotels, I suppose to prevent the media from camping outside the hotels.  Will this case really be as big as the OJ Simpson case was infamous?  I wonder if it will rise to that level?  I sure hope not.  Somehow, that seems wrong, but I can’t say exactly why, it just seems wrong that the case would get that big an be a major media event.  I guess it feels wrong, because it’s not reality TV (though in reality it is), it’s the legal system at work.  What if the mainstream media talks about her terrible counsel?  That would be a show unto itself.  The Jose Baez Blunder Show. I can see it now. Sad though it is, money will be made off of this case.  That’s the reality.  Jurors will write books.  Jurors will be in the spotlight after the show, I mean “case” has ended. I do have faith, despite the media madness that will result, that the bloggers will continually remind folks that the case is about a little girl named Caylee Marie Anthony who lost her life because of a selfish and narcissistic mother who was jealous of her own daughter.  Oh, the sadness there.  I think the jurors will take up this fight for Caylee.  The Assistant State Attorney’s will not let the jurors forget Caylee.  I think they will bring this case into focus and put the spot light on justice for Caylee.  The big question, will they serve the State of Florida and agree to the Death Penalty?  If the State can prove it’s case, the answer is likely “yes”.

One thing is certain, these prospective jurors will have to be in favor of the death penalty.  That excludes me, and many others (if they are honest).  There are certain questions the attorneys must ask potential jurors to find out if they would be willing to put another human being to death if the case is proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  This is referred to as finding a “death penalty qualified” juror.  But, even then, after picking a death penalty qualified jury who have promised they can vote for the death penalty if given reason to, there is no telling if they will chose death when it comes time to vote. Will they see Casey Anthony as a monster, as we see her.  Or will they see her as a disturbed young girl who made a terrible mistake?   There is no telling what will happen, and we don’t have crystal balls.  The only thing I know, is there are 61 women on death row today.  Casey would bring that number to 62, if she’s sentenced to death.

It’s a bit nerve wracking to write so quickly, without edits along the way!  I would like to not edit what I’ve just written, and just click the “publish” button.  Well, I can’t do that, I am not that brave!  I always make such mistakes when I write… My mind moves much faster than my fingers, and I leave out so many words, not to mention my tendency to write run-on sentences!  However, I am going to NOT edit this.  This is it.

It’s scary to write like this.  I get so mad and critical of myself that I often wonder why I put myself through this!  And now, this post a post a day challenge….  Am I nuts?  Well, yes, just a little. But, I’m compelled to do this.  I (usually) put a lot of thought into what I am writing, and really try to make the words I write “sound” good.  I like when words sound like music. I’m not hearing music in my head this morning, but that’s okay, this is stream of consciousness writing, not artfully written.  I envy people whose words can come out on the page, the very first time, unedited, and not only have music in them, but also open our eyes to something unique and clever, that we’ve never thought of before.

I wish I could do that.  That’s my goal, really.  I am taking on this post a post a day challenge because I want to become a better writer. Practice helps, I know!  So, I’m back where I started from…..telling you about my challenge and running out of things I’d like to talk about because I need more coffee and my morning brain feels like mush today (I stayed up way too late last night watching movies!)  I’m dragging this morning. My eyes are dry and itchy, I haven’t even brushed my teeth!  So, I’m going to end this here until tomorrow, or perhaps later in the day, if I think of something I want to write about.  Until then, have a wondrous Saturday!

Coffee is calling but first I am going to push the “publish” button before I loose the nerve………

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. EDRN
    Jan 15 2011

    You did great. I understood every word you wrote. If that is strean of consciousness writing, then you do have the gift of making music of words. Ya did good!
    You and I disagree on the death penalty. I could sentence someone to death. I think this case screams for death. But that is just me.

    • Jan 15 2011

      Hi EDRN… you’re not the only one who is pro death penalty… many people are, most are for it than against, unfortunately. But, that’s okay!
      Thanks for your feedback re: my post..LOL! I need to do more of that, it’s must less painful than laboring over a single sentence like I sometimes am wont to do…. Hope you’re having a good Saturday and staying warm!

  2. Molly
    Jan 15 2011

    The sequestered part is going to be their greatest challange in finding jurors. everyone in FL has probably heard of her & even if they have an opinion will be able to have an open mind during the trial. once selected you take the task of being a juror seriously, so all of the media hype & “appearances” will fall to the wayside.

    • Jan 15 2011

      I sure agree, Molly… it’s going to be so challenging. But, remember OJ, how some jurors wrote books? They were on Larry King, and other shows and really in the spot light big time. Maybe it was because of the not guilty vote. Hopefully this case won’t be as much a travesty as that case…. I especially hope that the case doesn’t get attention because of the how poorly Casey Anthony is being defended. Oy vey!

  3. weezie
    Jan 15 2011

    ANDREA; You set yourself a very tall goal and one which I understand. I love to write and not ponder heavily on what I am trying to convey. Otherwise I fear that I am trying too hard to please the reader and not myself. lol. Yes, gratification comes in many forms, but the creative pen has a wonderful emotion to its’ efforts. I took Journalism at Community College but unfortunately my Mom passed away during my first year. I as only 19 at the time and didn’t have the strength to continue. I think tht was a mistake but one should follow their heart. My Dad was very upset so I felt a responsibility to get our family life back together. We packed up a big home and moved a month after her death. Six months later my Dad remarried!!! How’s that for grand gestures!!! He was so lonely and the fact that my mother always told him to remarry, that it would be a testament to their strong marriage if he did. Of course I didn’t know that, at the time. In seeking companionship he also took on the role of fathering 2 young children (7 & 9 yrs. old). It turned out that he was married to his second wife, longer than my Mom. It is with sadness, but they are both deceased, leaving the 4 kids to carry on family traditions. AGES NOW: 65, 60, 50, 48. We met at the cemetary on New Year’s Day to lay wreaths at the gravesites of both of them. Now that’s a whole other story that I won’t tell today. We all love each other very much, so blended families can turn out to be a joy from heaven or a curse from hell. We are heavenly souls.

    Andrea, the reason I chose to write this, is to prove that many of us would prefer to write in the conscious state of mind, freeing us, allowing ourselves to express emotions about ourselves rather than strangers who we can only surmise their behaviours.

    Thanks for doing this. I feel really great now. Weezie

    • Jan 15 2011

      Hey Weezie, Thank you for sharing what you have… I am so sorry you lost your mom when you were so young. I have cousins, 6 children in the family all from the ages of 18 months to 10 years old, when their mother, my aunt, died. This was many years ago, but they are still not over her death. They still talk about her and still miss her desperately. I am very lucky to still have my mom. My father is gone, but I have a step father who is very dear. He and my mom have been married now for 29 years, give or take a year. I’m bad with dates!

      I can’t blame your dad for wanting to remarry and how fortunate for you to have a loving extended family! I remember you told me about visiting the cemetery with all the family. I think that’s a lovely thing to do. It must have been very special.

      When my brother was here over Christmas (he lives in Orlando), we talked about visiting my father’s grave, but changed our minds. I was the one who really didn’t want to go. I just didn’t have the heart to do it, and I didn’t want to be sad and put a damper on the lovely time we were having with all the family. I hadn’t thought about that until just now. I don’t like cemetery’s, and I told my brother that dad wasn’t there anyway. My brother agreed and we decided not to go.

      So, thanks for sharing, Weezie… You are a special lady, that’s for sure. And you do write well. you have a natural gift that I’m sure glad you share here with us.

      • weezie10
        Jan 15 2011

        I can certainly understand why people avoid those places. For us, it was really a thank you and a reminder of how great they really were. I’m very sorry for your cousins loss and yours. Life is just never quite fair, and I’m sure for the kids that remember her, it must just seem like a nightmare even today. I had a very special relationship with my Mom. It’s hard to put into words, except to say, I have never met anyone like her, not even close. As far as extended families go, you can never choose your siblings, but in this case my Dad had a choice, and I think he made the right one, to carry on his journey. What we have are memories which we share amongst ourselves, with joy and laughter. I’m always mindful of those less fortunate, like the Anthony’s who have nothing anymore, but pain, anger and gnawing nightmares. A public who have disdain for their very existence. How awful to have that life. I think they are being punished constantly, and for that I have a growing anger towards people with malice. I read two sides but believe it isn’t charitable to keep up the battering because we feel we have the right to do so. It isn’t christian and I hope I stay away from that kind of hateful stoning.

      • Jan 15 2011

        Thank you so much. 🙂

        I agree about the Anthony’s. I imagine they are living in hell on earth. Even though most of it they created of their own accord, I think it’s horrible to hit them when they’re already down. I would think, since they’ve been so quiet lately, they are cognizant of the havoc they created and don’t want to make it worse for themselves or for Casey. I do feel sorry for the family – they are their own worse enemies.

  4. Diana
    Jan 15 2011

    Thank you *Andrea,
    I look forward to your “post a day”! YES….I have no life 🙂 And I agree with *Edrn pertaining to the death penalty. I would have no problem sentencing Casey Anthony to death. She is a murderer and a parasite of the worst kind. It was not an accident, it was intentional and spiteful and she deserves the ultimate penalty in my opinion.

    Keep up the good work *Andrea…….You have many fans !

    • Jan 15 2011

      Diana, thank you for your kind words. That means a lot to me.

      I know… Casey is a murderer and she deserves the worst punishment. I just hope she doesn’t get the DP, even though I’d understand why if she is sentenced that way because only a degenerate of the worst kind would kill a baby. Her baby. It’s unfathomable. It’s still difficult to really think about what she did. Sometimes I can’t go there in my mind, it’s too upsetting.
      I want her to spend the rest of her life thinking about what she did. I wonder if she’ll admit to at what she did during the penalty phase of the trial. Sometimes jury’s will think more kindly of a defendant if the defendant shows remorse for what they’ve done. However, I can’t see Casey admitting anything.

  5. Rob
    Jan 16 2011

    Andrea, I love the idea of your writing a post a day. You do have a gift for putting your thoughts and idea’s into words. As for the Casey Anthony trial, I hope we will not have a mistrial. The county I am from just had a mistrial because a juror looked up a scientific fact on the internet, She then brought the article into the other jurors. Apparently, she thought it was alright to do because it did not have any direct ties to the defendant. The county has to have another trial on a lesser charge. It is now 2nd or 3rd degree murder instead of 1st degree murder. The jury had been deadlocked before the judge found out about the internet article. One can only hope we will not have any major problems with the Anthony case.

    • Jan 16 2011

      Hey Rob… Wow, that’s really tragic with regards to that case, since it was a second time they were trying it. I bet that Juror feels like a dope….Well, it was a dopey thing to do! I really hope no shenanigans happen in the Anthony trial, too. But, something tells me it’s gonna be a bumpy ride! I hope not, but with the Defense, you just never know! I am so anxious to get this show on the road already!

      Hope you’re having a great weekend, Rob! Talk to ya later.


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