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a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

Though tomorrow is not where the journey begins – it began on June 16, 2008, the day Caylee died – it feels like it’s going to be a new journey, doesn’t it?

Here we are, on the eve of the first day of the Casey Anthony trial, and the Defense team is readying their ammo, polishing their guns in hopes their big moment on the stage is not “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Shakespeare, Macbeth)

These words are uttered by the character Macbeth after hearing of his wife’s death.  He is in despair and speaks as if life means nothing – it is a petty show with bad actors, he says.

Macbeth goes on to say how easily life can be snuffed out, like a candle, leaving not even a shadow behind.

Macbeth’s monologue came to me this evening as I was thinking of what the defense team could possibly come up with in their opening statement.  They are going to have to fill the courtroom with a sound and a fury that signifies SOMETHING.

What will they pretend happened to Caylee?

Jose Baez is so sure we’ll be shocked when we hear the reasoning behind what happened. Everything will be understood then, he told us. The mystery will be solved.

BUT… there’s a small problem… Casey will have to testify!

Casey cannot testify.  It would be suicide.  Her performance will be the tale told by an idiot because the State would rip her apart so easily, it would be child’s play.

Some legal pundits say Casey will take the stand;  it’s her only hope, they say.  I say, no way, unless the case is going so badly for the defense that is the final Hail-Mary.

We will know soon enough what tale they will tell….

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Doesn’t Shakespeare seem to be talking about the bombast of the Defense in this case?

The quote is meant to portray what happens in a badly staged play with melodramatic, bombastic actors who are so bad they beg to be forgotten.

If some events in life are like a bad play, so too is a liar in a court of law.

So many of us have been glued to the events in this case.  We are desperate for the truth to be known, desperate that a child’s death is avenged, desperate to know if the defense has any legitimacy in what they will say happened to Caylee.

Though the defense will tell us there was no homicide, hence no murder, the very fact that a child was placed in trash bags; double-bagged, duct-taped, and thrown in the woods to rot, has to be seen as murder by the jury.  We heard these jurors – none of them are stupid!

There are millions of words in our collective lexicon.  What words could the defense put together to explain what happened in this case? What possible story-book theory could they possibly write?

Defense Theory One

Will they say it was an accident “that spun out of control” just as George Anthony told River Cruz?   If so, the Defense could suggest:

  • Casey and Caylee were in the pool when Casey becomes distracted by a phone call.  Caylee drowned, Casey panicked.
  • Efforts to revive Caylee are unsuccessful; Casey was too in shock to call 911.
  • Furthermore, Casey is afraid to tell her parents what happened – especially her father who has abused her and has beat her silly.
  • Likewise, Casey is afraid of her mother who tried to choke her the night before the accident happened.
  • Casey used kidnapping as an excuse – she saw on TV how to stage a kidnapping, using duct-tape.
  • She threw Caylee near the road on Suburban believing that she would eventually be found and kidnapping would be the motive.
  • Casey knows how to disassociate trauma and put it aside, not to be thought of again.  She disassociated during the 31 days.
  • As far as the chloroform?  Casey saw the graphic that Ricardo put on his webpage (which suggest a man can get a woman to succumb using chloroform).  Casey didn’t know what it meant and Googled what it meant.
  • The searches for neck-breaking?  Casey suffered a very sore neck and thought a bone in her neck may have been broken.

The Reality?

Casey cared nothing for Caylee; Casey killed Caylee to torture her mother.

To get this accident theory before the jury, Casey would have to testify.

Defense Theory Two

Casey has multiple personalities that have gone undiagnosed all her life.  It was not “Casey” who committed the crime, it was another personality.

Within Casey there is a personality who steals, parties, and is a very bad girl.

Oh yes, one personality is a party girl, and there is another one who is a good little girl – obedient and sweet.

Of course, the only way evidence of multiple personalities could be used?  A psychologist would have to have diagnosed her as having this condition.  However, this information would be discoverable.  If the State was not made aware of this, the Defense will not be allowed to use it.

The Reality?

Casey cared nothing for Caylee; Casey killed Caylee to torture her mother.

Defense Theory Three

  • There was terrible argument between Casey and Cindy the night before Caylee’s death – Cindy came close to murdering Casey.
  • Casey left the home that evening, but returned early, in time to leave “for work.”
  • She went to “work” (She lied about “work” because she lost her job and was afraid to tell her abusive parents.)
  • Casey left Caylee with George.
  • George and Caylee went swimming – (back to the drowning accident scenario in theory number one).
  • George tries to revive Caylee, is unsuccessful.
  • Casey returns to house, having forgotten something, and sees the scene.
  • George threatens to kill or maim or abuse Casey if she reveals what happened to Caylee.
  • Casey sacrifices her life for her father.  She is so afraid of her murderous father, she would rather do jail time than tell anyone what her dad did to her daughter.

The Reality?

Casey cared nothing for Caylee; Casey killed Caylee to torture her mother.

What ever the story, the tale they tell will be told by an idiot and it will signify nothing.

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