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July 2, 2011

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counting down…

by Andrea O'Connell

I don’t know about you, but the fact that the State of Florida v. Casey Anthony is nearing its conclusion, hasn’t really hit me yet.  It’s so amazing that we are so close to the end now!

Pretty soon we’ll realize that  justice for Caylee has happened.  Of course, justice for Caylee will never be enough, some kind of closure will be good for our souls and sanity.

I have no doubt there will be justice for Caylee. The State has delivered a strong case, and the defense, uh well, it was the worst defense case known to man. Their case was a total debacle replete with histrionics and peppered with untruths the likes of which we will probably never again see in a court of law.

Like so many of you, I began to follow this case from day one.  When the documents and the discovery began to be released, the story became uglier and uglier and absolutely confounding.  The more I read, the more I needed to understand Casey Anthony, and the more I began to fall in love with little Caylee.

I got so hooked.  I am still hooked – will continue to be – there will be fall-out after the fact, as we know.

The Case That Wouldn’t Let Go

In July 2008, my niece was the same age as Caylee – born just two months earlier than Caylee.

My niece has just turned six; ready for first grade.  Caylee would be six, heading for first grade, too.  She’d be like my niece, Elizabeth, absolutely over the moon to be able to say, “I’m six, I’m going to first grade, and my front teeth are loose!”

My niece, Elizabeth with April (favorite doll), and my dog, Jazz

That was her big news today!  “I went to the dentist and he said I have four loose teeth,” she said jumping in place!

Elizabeth is beyond excited that her teeth will be falling out, but more excited that the Tooth Fairy will visit her for the first time.  And, of course, she already has a plan in place about meeting the Tooth Fairy.

Here’s the plan: First, she will keep her eyes open all night and she’ll set up her Mom’s camera by her bed to get a picture of the lovely fairy for me to see, too.  Elizabeth is sure the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t mind just one picture.

Elizabeth is quite sure she’ll be able to lay in bed and not fall asleep the night the Tooth Fairy is going to come.

I spent a lovely day and evening with Elizabeth.  We worked on puzzles, we even played lawyer and judge (her dad is a lawyer), we drew and created beautiful artwork, we played with dolls and read “I Spy” and I’m worn out.

I’m just now sitting down to write my daily post and wanted to be sure to remind everyone that tomorrow, at 9:00 a.m., closing arguments begin!

I wish Caylee were safe and sound in her little pink room, excited about loose teeth, wondering about Tooth Fairy’s, loving her dolls, growing, and filled with the wonder of being a first grader.

Tomorrow & Decisions

I’m as excited about tomorrow morning getting here as my niece is to meet the Tooth Fairy…

If the rumors are correct, both Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane-Burdick will share the closing statements for the State of Florida.

I have heard that Cheney Mason could be handling the majority of the defense closing.

I believe this will be a short deliberation for the jurors.  I would not be surprised if they return a verdict on Monday.

What will happen after the verdict?  That’s up in the air.  But, chances are, if the verdict is Murder in the First Degree, the Penalty Phase to determine if Life or Death is the appropriate sentence, should happen shortly thereafter.

Then, Judge Perry will sentence Casey Anthony.  The sentencing usually occurs at least two weeks after the Jury’s decision.

In short, there will be many tasks to handle after the jurors reach their verdict in the guilt phase.

Still, it’s going to be over before we know it – I’m glad it’s coming to an end, really.

Once justice is delivered, it will be a great relief to let go, don’t you think?  We’ll never forget, of course, but letting go is good.

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  1. Jul 2 2011

    I’m so jealous! My niece’s and nephews are all adults now. The loose teeth are a distant memory, lol!

    I’m also jealous because your niece gets to rub Jazz’ tummy. :mrgreen:

    I wonder how long it will take after the sentencing before all things Anthony become a non-news item? I’m thinking it won’t be over for a long time. Medias will squeeze the last nickel out of the Anthony family saga. I wouldn’t doubt we hear of the births of Lee’s grandchildren!

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    • Jul 3 2011

      LOL! She loves Jazzy! He follows her around until he gets on her last nerve and I have to rescue him from on top of her puzzle, or from knocking over her dollhouse! Dogs are like little boys – no patience for those girly things, I guess.

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  2. Jul 2 2011

    Your niece is beautiful!! My grandson is exactly two months older than Caylee would be.
    Confounding is such an excellent word for all of this

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    • Jul 2 2011

      I am sorry for not being around much but real life and a computer crash have interrupted a lot of things. I am limping along on a wine soaked laptop for now, praying it holds out just a little longer

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    • Jul 3 2011

      Thanks Kim… she’s such a sweetie. Grandchildren will put this case into perspective like nothing else. It takes on a whole new sadness when you look at it from such a personal angle….

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  3. Jul 3 2011

    Andrea, thank you for sharing your little sunshine. Will you let us know if she captures that pic of the Tooth Fairy? Too Cute! That is just what i needed-a smile!

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    • Jul 3 2011

      Hi RahRah. Thank you for your comments. I will absolutely let everyone know about the Tooth Fairy! I’m spending the 4th of July with my niece and family, tomorrow…. It will be interesting to see how her loose teeth are coming along!

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