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Day 6 of jury selection – the 5 aggravating factors

As we know, the requisite number of jurors, in the State of Florida v. Casey Anthony, have not been met.  Therefore, jury selection will resume on Monday, May 16th, continuing, and hopefully concluding, on Tuesday.

Reportedly, Judge Perry would like to give the jurors a one-day break to get settled in (Wednesday), and begin opening statements on Thursday, May 19th.

As of now, 12 potential jurors have made it through phase two of vior dire – the count is 6 men, 6 woman.  Judge Perry recently advised the Attorney’s that his “magic number” of jurors is 15, though he’d like to have 20, he’ll settle with 15.

The Death Penalty and its Aggravating Factors in the State v. Anthony

It was one year ago, that the State of Florida filed their motion listing the five (5) out of a possible 15 aggravating factors that correspond with the murder of Caylee Marie Anthony.

We have heard the mitigating factors that Attorney Ann Finnel plans to use as weight for the jurors to use.  The jurors will have to be very moved and affected by the mitigating factors – giving them more weight than the aggravaters.

That’s what scares me.

The 5 aggravating factors charged by the people of the State of Florida are from Florida Statute 921.141(5), and specifically letters: D, H I, L, and M.  I highlighted the aspects of each of the 5 factors that align with the charges against Casey Anthony.

D) The capital felony was committed while the defendant was engaged, or was an accomplice, in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, or flight after committing or attempting to commit, any: robbery; sexual battery; aggravated child abuse; abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult resulting in great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; arson; burglary; kidnapping; aircraft piracy; or unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb.

H) The capital felony was especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel.

I) The capital felony was a homicide and was committed in a cold, calculated, and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification.

L) The victim of the capital felony was a person less than 12 years of age.

M) The victim of the capital felony was particularly vulnerable due to advanced age or disability, or because the defendant stood in a position of familial or custodial authority over the victim.

It should be no surprise that I am vehemently against the death penalty; it is draconian murder – just “an eye for an eye” which is wrong in every sense.

Third world countries believe in an eye for an eye and hardly blink to execute a human being.

But, we live in the U.S.A.  We know the death penalty is not a deterrent.  Crime rates continue to rise despite the death penalty.

Honestly, I feel that the State v. Casey Anthony trial could easily result in a sentence of death. 

Ann Finnel has an enormous burden. 

More about this at another time…..



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