Today proved that Caylee Marie Anthony has indeed been sitting with Linda Drane Burdick, Jeff Ashton, and Frank George all these many months and years leading up to the trial.
Prior to the rebuttal argument today, in the State of Florida v. Casey Anthony, Jose Baez argued an issue to Judge Belvin Perry. I can’t really remember what his argument was about, I believe it had to do with restricting the State’s closing argument. When the Judge turned to the State to ask for their response to this defense argument, Linda Drane-Burdick said, “Mr. Baez has already made his closing argument, Your Honor.”
In other words, she stuck a pin into Jose, deflating him so perfectly! It’s over, Jose, she seemed to say!
Yes, Jose Baez has had his time – his show. His show of shows. It’s time to sit down now. It’s time to let common sense and truth prevail as justice for Caylee Marie Anthony.
You have to give it to Jose Baez – he battled right until the very end – even though the defense presented probably the most nonsensical defense theory anyone has ever witnessed.
Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick effectively explained to the jurors how fantastical and bizarre the defense arguments were. The State skillfully explained how absurd the defense theory is; how their version of events could not possibly be true.
The State’s use of audio and video to support their argument was powerful, too! They used John Allen’s questioning of Casey at Universal Studios, where he’s explaining how he’s had to deal with many mother’s who’ve lost their children by tragic accidents, etc.
The state played the jail video of Casey saying “Surprise, surprise,” to the idea that Caylee may have drowned. The call that Casey made to her family that first night she was jailed, was played. The jurors heard again Casey’s single-minded need to get her boyfriend, Tony’s, telephone number and completely ignored any mention of her daughter. If anything provides a look into the real Casey, it’s that phone call.
I was very pleased that the Anthony’s, George and Cindy, were discussed as the loving and doting, grandparents they are. The way Jose Baez characterized George Anthony was nothing short of vile. No doubt this will not be lost on the jurors.
The idea of Caylee’s death being portrayed by the defense as a drowning accident was put to rest once and for all today. If Caylee’s death had been an accident, why would anyone try to make it look like a murder?
Why would anyone make it look like murder?
That is the singular question with regards to the absurdity of the defense’s case. That, and the powerful question asked today by Linda Drane Burdick:
All you really have to do is ask yourself a simple question. Whose life was better without Caylee? That’s the only question you need to answer in considering why Caylee Marie Anthony was left on the side of the road, dead.
Following this powerful question, we saw, side by side, pictures of a dancing Casey in a “Hot Body” contest, and a picture of the “Bella Vita” tattoo emblazoned on Casey. A few seconds passed, giving the jurors time to allow the images to sink in. Then, Linda Drane Burdick spoke these final words, “There’s your answer.”
And that was it.
It was powerful, incredible and final. I’m going to watch it again and again; it was the perfect ending to the heartbreaking story that has lived with me – with us – for so long.
We have no way of knowing how long the jury will deliberate. I personally believe this jury will not need a lot of time to decide.
Although I have vacillated about what the verdict might be, I do think they will find Casey Anthony guilty of Felony Murder One. That is if the jurors doubt the Chloroform searches during the Month of March, 2008. If they are convinced that Casey Anthony searched the Internet for how to make Chloroform, I think the verdict could be Premeditated Murder One.
Of course, the defense will appeal and appeal and appeal. They will write one motion on top of more motions. It doesn’t matter. Casey will still be found guilty.
It’s nearly over, that’s true. But, not really; I will always mourn the loss of little Caylee Marie.
Happy 4th of July.