Casey Anthony will be a free woman in a few hours, in less than a day.
After being reviled, attacked, practically ripped apart physically while out on bond; having spent over three years in confinement – solitary confinement, she has survived.
I would go so far as to say, she has to be a pretty strong individual to have withstood all of what she’s gone through.
I don’t know if I could have stayed as resolute as Casey has in the face of such public scrutiny. She has not moved from the one big lie about what happened to Caylee. She denied, denied and denied it all until Jose Baez told us that Caylee’s death was a drowning accident, the result of which snowballed out of control.
Of course no one believes that – correction, the jury believed it. But, that’s another story for another day.
I could not possibly know what it must feel like to be in Casey Anthony’s shoes. To have been in jail….. Then again, I have never killed another human being.
Are we all capable of killing? Many people say, yes, we could. Given the right circumstance, anyone could kill. I don’t agree. I don’t think we all are built or capable to kill. Most of us could not and would not.
Perhaps if you grew up with violence in the home, or if you grew up with guns, or if you were trained as a soldier, you could. But, most people are not built to kill, thankfully.
Personally I am a rag doll when faced with danger – I freeze. And the knowledge that I become crippled in the face of danger, scares me. I have no defense. I can’t run either because my knees won’t let me.
Once, quite a number of years ago, when confronted by a peeping tom who was just ten feet away, on my patio, I tried to scream but noting came out of my mouth!
I moved my mouth and tried to yell to get my mom’s attention, but couldn’t. Then, moments later, my mom saw me. She took one look at me and saw my terror. Her head shot in the direction I was looking. She immediately flew, as fast as a bird, to the sliding glass door and yelled: ‘GET OUT OF HERE!” in a voice so frantic and loud that the guy ran like the devil!
By the time the police arrived, not five minutes later, my mom’s voice was already gone. She’d hurt her vocal chords so badly from that “GET OUT HERE!” that it took a couple of days to regain her voice.
If he hadn’t been behind that glass door, she would have attacked him. My mom is five feet tall, less than 100 pounds, but she would have killed him to protect me.
I don’t know what it feels like to kill someone, especially someone I love. I can’t go there in my mind – it’s a place that I can’t bear to contemplate for even a second. My mind just will not go there. It must be sanity that keeps my mind from being able to go there, even for a second.
People who kill must be able to go to a place in their mind where they know they could kill. Do you think that maybe people who kill are born knowing they can kill?
We don’t want killers in society. We don’t want them walking free among us. As people of America, we have a system of laws that keep the good people free; the bad people locked away.
That’s what the law says should happen. The good are free, the bad guys are locked away, right?
No, it’s not so black and white.
There are innocent people in jail right now as I write this, and there are guilty people who are free and committing other crimes as I write this, too.
What can we do about it? Well we can guard against the bad guys and the killers in our society. We can take precautions to keep them away from us – lock our car doors, stay in “safe” sections of our communities, put alarms in our homes, carry guns, knives or mace, put bars on our homes.
We do any number of things to keep evil out. But when the evil is within the home, that’s a whole new conundrum that begs for a solution where there often is none.
I know someone, in her 50’s now, who was terrorized from the time she was a young child until the time she got away from her family, at the age of 19. The terrorist was her own brother.
This family, the mother and father, and her, were terrorized by her own brother. And not a single thing was done to stop it.
He would rage in the home, throw the mother against a wall when the father was gone, kick and throw things at her. He’d terrorize the young girl, pick her up and shake her, scream at her until she’d wet their pants, bang on bedroom doors in the middle of the night, screaming like a maniac at the family. He held a butcher’s knife on every one of them at one time or another and not a single thing was done to stop it.
It was the 1960’s in a backwards community in rural Tennessee. You see, “Good” people kept their dirty laundry inside the home then. “Good” people were just that, “good,” and they wanted to keep their reputations “good,” too.
This family would never disturb the facade of “goodness” they enjoyed in their neighborhood. Calling the authorities on their own son was unheard of. In the 1960’s this did not happen, they thought. They only knew that families protected their own and kept up appearances.
The son could have killed them all, they knew it, but they did nothing until they just couldn’t stand it anymore and threw him out. They heard later that he joined the marines. Yes, this maniac was “good” material for the war in Vietnam.
He survived the Marines and Vietnam, but came home even more violent.
In the 1970’s things were different, especially after Vietnam. He never returned home but to visit. He was a drug addict. But the family had changed the locks and he eventually stopped bothering his family.
He eventually became such a bad drug addict that he killed himself in a drug overdose.
Even with all the turmoil he’d put the family through, when his mother learned of his death, she mourned deeply. The son who had tried to kill her so many times, was deeply mourned in death.
Our mothers will love us no matter what. Too many mothers, though, have rose colored glasses on when it comes to their own children.
A mother will forgive her children whatever they’ve done, generally speaking.
But, honest and emotionally intelligent mothers will love but never condone the evil that the son or daughter has done.
I think this is why we had issues with Cindy Anthony. And it’s also why Cindy Anthony was in such a precarious position: She loved her granddaughter more than anything, but not more than she loved her own daughter.
I think I can forgive Cindy Anthony for that. And I can’t help but forgive her because I have not walked in her shoes. I can’t begin to know what it’s like to live with what she’s living through.
I sympathize with the Anthony’s. I feel for George Anthony – for what he’s gone through.
Cheney Mason, the annoying defense attorney with the nimble middle finger, said recently that Casey Anthony will have nothing to do with her mother and father, but may see her brother, Lee, some day.
The Anthony’s, like my friend’s 1960’s family, never got help for Casey Anthony.
Casey was a deviant. She stole thousands of dollars from her mother and family. The Anthony’s nearly lost their home as a result. The Anthony’s knew Casey didn’t work, but like “good” families, they wouldn’t allow themselves to believe this – they were a family that wanted to keep up appearances. They were a “good” family and would never admit to themselves they had a deviant daughter.
This perfect daughter wrote this, while in jail, about her loving parents (this is taken verbatim from one of the jail letters to prisoner Robyn Adam):
Saturday, hints why Baez still couldn‘t get a hold of her. Turns out, she meets with Meredith Veiera, formerly of the view, now associated with the media, the Today Show, I believe, or Good Morning America. She‘s not well enough to take advantage of seeing me in person on Friday, but can shmooze with the dirtbags the next day?! Seriously?! But wait, there‘s more! (I‘m sweating while writing this. My emotions are obviously getting a workout.) Come to find out that she put a Trademark on Caylee‘s name months back, never told me, and even talked about doing the same with mine. This is the same time she publicly states that she plans on writing a book about this!
B-E-T-R-A-Y-A-L!!! I‘m so sick to stomach even thinking about this. I‘m the only person who has tried to protect Caylee throughout all of this, and it kills me! All my Mom talks about now is doing a public service for herself, because she needs to. I can‘t believe my own mother is capitalizing, or trying to, off of everything that has happened. I had written her expressing my disgust, grief, and hurt, after what happened on Friday, this is before finding out all of this. And what happens when she meets up with Baez yesterday to read my letter? She laughs at the idea of getting caught with her lunch on Saturday. Laughs!
I can‘t take it Robyn. I can‘t I‘ve done everything possible to hold my family together and I continue to get stomped on, thrown under the bus, and it doesn‘t surprise me anymore when it happens. I have too many other things to worry about and now all of this! I‘ve officially lost my entire blood-related family in the blink of an eye, in the midst of mourning my daughter‘s death, trying to exonerate myself, and figure out what steps to take in achieving these things, and I get Fucked over by my entire family. I talked to Chaplain Gonzalez about it briefly, Cliff Notes version, and she wanted to cry. She told me my feelings are completely valid, and that I have to start looking out for myself. Not that I have a choice in the matter. They chose for me.
Casey was perfect. She was pretty. Popular. The Antony’s have known all along about Casey but did nothing to help her because they could not or would not see it.
The Anthony’s knew she never graduated high school, but pretended she had. They knew she was pregnant, but wouldn’t believe “good” Casey would have sex, so therefore she couldn’t be pregnant.
I’m not sure if it was George or Cindy who said, “She’s not pregnant, she’d have to have sex to be pregnant.” (I believe it was Rick, Cindy’s brother, who revealed this conversation he’d had with Cindy when he was talking with Yuri Melich.)
So, is the Anthony saga coming to an end now with her freedom? Probably not. But, the Anthony’s will one day become a faded memory to us, believe it or not.
Oh, this case will be remembered, but the feelings of hate that many have for Casey Anthony will fade because time heals everything.
Time heals even the memories of so called, “Trials of the Century.” A century is a long time. This is the year 2011 and no doubt there will be many more “Trials of the Century” before this century is over – in the year 2100.
We have 89 more years to go before this century is over and I guarantee this trial will be forgotten in the year 2100. Oh, maybe it will be “Googled” in future law school classes, but then again, maybe not. Who knows!
All I know is Casey Anthony has a lot of years of living to do before her times ends. I hope she fills, what is left of her life, with grace. That’s the poet and the dreamer in me talking, though.
In reality, I know Casey Anthony will not have a good life and will probably end up living her life out in some prison in America.
So be it. Live and let live.
I’m still thinking about the jury and the verdict.
I’m trying to figure out what happened. I’m trying to understand.
Was the jury in the Casey Anthony case like an apparition? Were they like a confluence of wild variables and coincidences that brought like-minded people together in such a way they all ended up marching to the same drummer?
Why didn’t the jurors ask questions of the Court to clarify aspects of the law?
Sadly, there are more questions than there are answers.
The jurors who have been on TV all talked about guilt, but didn’t vote for guilt. I don’t understand that.
But, like I’ve said before, I have accepted the decision, I don’t like it, but I have accepted it. Casey Anthony now deserves to be left alone to go about her business. She has earned the right – as unfair as it is, she is soon going to know total freedom.
You know, the fallout from this story has been bothering me. The media coverage seems over the top. But by the same token, I don’t blame the media – they are simply doing their job and giving their audience what it wants. And, you know shat? Many, many news outlets will converge on the Orange County Jail at the stroke of midnight when Casey Anthony is released on Sunday, the 17th. They will hang from trees, hoping like mad they’ll get a glimpse of the soon to be ex-inmate.
Once she’s free, the paparazzi will be in full swing, stalking Casey Anthony like she was a rock star, or a Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton. The sale of her picture will be lucrative; the photographer in the right place at the right time could make a fortune.
These are the sad facts of criminal notoriety. Train wrecks sell. Can there be a worse train-wreck than Casey Anthony?
The interest and the coverage of this show called “Casey Anthony” now has millions of viewers. The interest is high, and getting higher now that she’s going to be free.
Her story may only be appealing to people who like those pay-per-view bloody boxing matches on HBO. No doubt, the Casey Anthony audience will want to see her center-ring and bloody-well given her due – metaphorically speaking!
I understand how people feel about the verdict – I don’t like it either. But, enough is enough now, because all this attention is actually making Casey Anthony more and more marketable – pushing her price up and up and up.
There was a news story today that Al Taylor, an independent producer from California, has contacted defense attorney, Jose Baez about a one million dollar payment for an interview. The producer said he’d pepper Casey Anthony with tough questions, in the hope of grilling her like a fish. Taylor said his offer to Casey Anthony would be good for Florida. I’m not kidding! He said Florida could recoup the money she will be in the hole for…
Can’t you just hear Dana Carvey, as the Church Lady saying, “Isn’t that Special?”
The truth is, all the major networks are going to go after the big interview with Casey Anthony. The highest bidder will get the golden ring, too.
Don’t kid yourself, the major networks aren’t worried about any network or sponsor boycotts that we might threaten. We represent a drop in the bucket to them.
This is about money – big money.
I guarantee that IF Casey Anthony wants to tell her story in prime time, she’ll have the opportunity. It’s about money now, for her and her lawyers and for the networks, too.
The California based television producer, Al Taylor, who has reportedly worked with tabloid type sensational shows like “Hard Copy,” Jerry Springer, and “A Current Affair,” wants to pay $1,000,000 for the interview.
Personally, I don’t think one million will come close to the kind of money she could make.
I don’t like the thought of her getting rich over the death of dear little Caylee Marie, and I don’t mean to sound cynical, but I believe a Casey Anthony network interview will be reality before the media frenzy settles down.
And she needs money – badly. There are a number of lawsuits hanging over her 25 year old head, and of course, she’s young and will want to live la vida loca, unless she gets in trouble again.
I certainly could be wrong about this…. but something tells me she wants to talk, we know she loves the attention. It was intimated that she really wanted to testify during her trial, but her lawyers strongly advised against it. Now that she’s vindicated, she’ll thoroughly enjoy telling her tale of being an innocent victim in this tragedy.
We’ll hear quite a fairy tale.
Perhaps what the producers don’t realize – this will be a one-shot deal for them, and for her.
Once she weaves her make-believe in front of an American audience, they won’t want to see or hear from her again.
It will be a one-shot deal because ….. it will be that sickening.
It’s Wednesday, which means there are only two more days until the weekend….and sleeping in.
I live for weekends!
I like working at a university – it’s both a lovely and fun environment. The campus is beautiful, too: www.nova.edu
The work I do is called Instructional Design. I write training for employees of the university, not for students, though students are the ultimate benefactors of trained employees.
My work entails analyzing what learners should learn, and how they will learn it. So, I design and develop curriculum that I break down into relevant chunks, i.e., small sections of learning activities.
Most times, I deliver the material in the classroom, too. I call on my acting skills to get me through that, as I’d rather be writing and creating curriculum than teaching it. It’s because I’m an introvert, but can easily go into “showtime” mode and turn into an extrovert when I have to, though it’s exhausting at the end of the day.
I have read that it’s fairly easy to tell if you’re an extrovert or an introvert by determining if you feel energized as a result of working or being with a large group of people. If other people energize and make you happy, chances are you’re an extrovert. If, on the other hand, it’s exhausting to work with groups of people, chances are you’re an introvert.
What got me started on this? LOL! Oh! (I had to look back), I was talking about the kind of work I do and then began to ramble.
I’m tired tonight. And I don’t really want to talk about the Casey Anthony case because there’s nothing new!
Well, that’s not entirely true…. I read a couple of things. The law firm handling the Zanny the Nanny case, Morgan and Morgan, concerned that Casey Anthony will skip town as soon as she’s released from jail, want her to be deposed at the jail, before she’s released. There will be a hearing to determine if this can occur, maybe as early as tomorrow. I believe they want to depose her on Friday. It’s an emergency motion that will be heard in front of the Judge in the Civil trial – Judge Jose Rodriquez.
So, that’s it for tonight, though I did want to leave you with this lovely thought:
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common — this is my symphony. –-William Henry Channing, clergyman, reformer (1810-1884)
Don’t you just love the line, “This is my symphony?” I do.
Days are always better when I hear a symphony – real or imagined.
It was another interesting day in Orlando as the Law Enforcement and Judicial community resolve to accept the Not Guilty decision in the State V. Casey Anthony trial.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), today held their first and only press conference to discuss the work they did over the three years the case progressed. (The men and women of the OCSO are the best of the best – literally.)
The well-spoken Sheriff Jerry Demings attended and discussed the devotion and the hard work the men and women of the OCSO put into this case. He also mentioned that the Caylee Anthony case, as a father and grandfather himself, personally affected him.
At the press conference it was confirmed that George Anthony was never a suspect in the disappearance of Caylee Anthony. There is an open investigation into witness tampering with regards to Laura Buchanan and it is on going. Detective Eric Edwards is leading that effort.
You may remember that it was Laura Buchanan who the defense team wanted to use to prove that Caylee’s remains could only have been placed at her final destination only AFTER Casey went to jail. The problem, as it turned out, Laura Buchanan (or some one else), attempted to fabricate a Texas EquuSearch document so it appeared that she had searched in the area where Caylee was found, when in fact she had not been in that area.
The defense wanted Joe Jordan to provide a similar story, but as we heard in the trial, Jordan was mistaken about where he searched and admitted he had not been in the area where Caylee was found.
This mystery will continue to unfold. The question on the table is whether Laura Buchanan created the paperwork herself, or if the document, and the story, was manufactured by someone from Jose Baez’s office. The OCSO is not talking about it at this point since it is an open case.
There was a very large picture of Caylee on display at the press conference. When asked about the picture, the replies given were heart-felt. “It was always only about Caylee,” was the unanimous response.
The Honorable Judge Stan Strickland
Reporter Bob Kealing of WESH, did an excellent interview Judge Stan Strickland, who was the original Judge assigned to the case prior to Judge Belvin Perry.
Those of us who were following the case closely during the early days were thrown for a loop when Judge Strickland recused himself. Like Judge Perry, Judge Strickland proved to be an extremely fair and balanced jurist – thoughtful and kind, but no-nonsense. It was a great loss, we all felt.
Judge Strickland’s style was somewhat more restrained than Judge Perry’s.
I especially liked him because he is not one to sentence death, unless the law demands it. In fact, he told Bob Kealing that the thought of Casey Anthony facing the death penalty kept him up a few nights. In contrast, Judge Perry, as a former prosecutor, did have a history of leaning toward Capital Punishment.
It was the defense’s doing to get Judge Strickland recused from the case – and the reason for it was nonsensical – so it was ironic for the defense when they were handed Judge Perry who is pro-death penalty. Judge Strickland, in his recusal from the case, wrote with regards to media attention, “The irony is rich indeed.”
Linda Drane-Burdick used the line, “The irony is rich indeed,” in her closing argument, too. I’m certain she was expressing a respectful homage to a very fine Judge.
Here is the full interview with Judge Strickland. It’s excellent! Click here to watch on WESH.
In other news
Cindy Anthony will not face perjury charges; and Tim Miller of Texas EquuSearch, filed a lawsuit asking for $112,000 in damages against Casey Anthony. There is a bill pending from the State of Florida, too, which will recover costs from Casey Anthony for the investigation into Caylee’s disappearance.
That’s about all the news I have for you tonight! In the meantime, I will leave you with this thought, from Dr. Martin Luther King:
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
Even though a final decision was made by unsuspecting men and women regarding the guilt in the death of Caylee Anthony, we have to accept it. This is our system – and, here on earth, there is none better.
But, there is a balance in the universe; and I believe that someday Casey will be forced to see her crime and she will be punished according to the laws of Karma, and the Universe.
That’s what I believe, anyway!
I want to mention a couple of things about the Casey Anthony case that are still really bothering me. And, I want to share what I learned today about “Cloud Computing” and using Microsoft “SkyDrive,” which is relatively new, I believe.
But first, the trial.
Practically everywhere I look – on Twitter, blogs and on newsy websites – there are articles and reports about the Casey Anthony trial. I can’t get away from it – especially when the news reminds me of critical questions that should be asked.
Here’s what bugs me still:
- If, like the Anthony defense contends, Caylee drowned in the pool, that would be the manner of death. But, there were at least two times that Jose Baez said in the trial (I believe it was in front of the jurors), “We’ll never know how Caylee died.” So, what’s true? Did she drown? If it was a pool accident, that’s how she died! This equivocation by Jose tells me he was NOT completely sold on the drowning theory.
- When did Jose Baez learn that Caylee was not a missing child? Didn’t the Anthony family and the defense, until December 11th, 2008 – when Caylee’s remains were discovered – believe she was missing? The Anthony’s were on Larry King on the evening of the 10th of December and they were bound and determined to get us to believe Caylee was “missing” and yet, according to Lee, Cindy had Dominic Casey, in November, search the woods off of Suburban Drive. The search supposedly came about via a tip from psychic, Ginnette Lucas.
- When did Jose Baez and Cheney Mason learn of the “drowning”? And did Casey tell them, or was it simply a theory of the defense? In Dr. G’s deposition, Cheney Mason mentioned drowning as a possibility. The Dr. G. deposition was taken in January or February, 2011. Did they only just “learn” about the drowning?
- If it was an accident, why did Casey spend three years in jail? I don’t believe for a single moment she would sit in jail if her father was complicit in the “accident.”
- On April 6th, 2010, Casey Anthony’s jail letters were released. In them, Casey writes to Robyn that her brother would sneak into her room at night. She also writes in the letters that she’s wondering if maybe her dad molested her, too. She’s not sure because the memories are just coming back to her now. But, she’s pretty sure he did molest her, too. Did the defense team see a Golden Egg filled with reasonable doubt in the letters? No doubt they did!
- The jury, we’re learning now, DID think Casey was guilty, but they claim, the prosecution didn’t prove it???? Juror #11, the foreman, told Greta Van Sustern that he was “disgusted” that he had to sign the verdict form. Um, if the jury THOUGHT that she was guilty, wouldn’t that mean the prosecution proved their case?
- Some jurors thought that George could have been involved. The jury was told only to consider “evidence” during deliberations. Where was the evidence regarding George’s involvement??? The answer? In Jose Baez’s opening statement only, which is NOT evidence. Did this confuse the jurors? Was Jose lying to the jury? Why isn’t it illegal for a defense attorney to lie?
- Jose Baez gave a number of public statements referring to a “missing” Caylee early in the case. Jose specifically discussed a missing Caylee during his press conference on the day of Casey Anthony’s indictment. Did Jose know at that time that Caylee drowned? Why would Baez discuss Zanny the Nanny early on if there was a drowning? Seems as if the drowning theory was just that, a theory, aka a lie.
- Cheney Mason said today he believed Casey’s story the first day he met her, at her home, before he signed on to the case. At her home??? This would have to be before October – prior to the indictment. But, Caylee was missing then, right? He believed her story about the drowning then?
- Casey was living at home with her molester father until she was 22, and then also when she was out on bond? If the lawyers really believed the story about George, why didn’t they tell law enforcement or the prosecution about the molestation? There is NO Statue of Limitations on child molestation. So, if George did molest Casey he would be in jail right now.
So, these are my top 10 maddening left over issues. But, I have accepted the verdict – almost.
Anyway, we have known all along that Casey Anthony is a prolific liar and we knew that George Anthony was going to be the reasonable doubt the defense needed.
We also knew that the jury would be able to see through the smoke screens, but they followed the law as they saw it, and I feel for the jurors now.
Sky Drive – Cloud Computing!
On www.skydrive.com, you’ll be able to set up a free account using SkyDrive’s suite of Cloud computing software. You’ll get 25 GB’s of storage space, too.
You’ll have FREE access to create, edit, save, send Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents. This is a great solution when you’re on the run. Now matter what computer you’re on, your documents will be readily available, stored on your own “Cloud.”
I nearly missed writing a post tonight…. My inspiration to write today literally vanished from thin air. I just had a lazy day of reading on the couch… working on my XOOM. Have you heard of the XOOM? It’s just like the IPad, only it’s Andriod and made by Motorola. I love it – it’s light and very handy. I have my Nook Books loaded on it, too.
So that’s what I did today.
My cat is in my lap now after having escaped from my dog. But, he’s heavy and hot and it’s not easy to type over his sprawling long body, and he’s practically hanging off my lap like a rag-doll.
The cat, (his name is Beau), won’t be on my lap for too long because Jazz is bound to find him any minute. Once Jazz (my dog) realizes the cat is on my lap, Beau will be history. But for now, Beau has a respite and he’s happy- purring loudly.
Jazz is my first dog and I never knew dogs could be so jealous. And I never realized how smart dogs are. This is going to sound crazy, but I swear that Jazz sometimes reads my mind.
Oh, and Jazz is worse than a boyfriend; he loses his doggy-mind if I should even THINK about talking to another person in his presence.
It never fails, should I stop and chat with a neighbor as I’m taking him for a walk, he paws at my legs and demands to be picked up. He literally bounces on his two back legs while his front two legs are pawing me. He jumps so high on those back legs, too. It’s kind of funny. All I have to do is half-crouch so my legs become a lap, and he jumps from my lap to my arms until his tongue finds my face and, oh, the facial I get!
Jazz is even more jealous when other animals are near me. When it’s Beau, my cat, or his furry cousins, Owen, the Cocker Spaniel, or Mazy, the Chihuahua are near me. He’s just a crazy, prancing, jealous dog that I love like a child. He is my child! I’m mad about him. My days revolve around HIS schedule, don’t ya know!
Anyway, I wasn’t going to talk about the Casey Anthony case, but I read a wonderful Op-Ed in the New York Times about the verdict.
It’s an excellent observation of our system at work, written by Frank Bruni, titled, A Sordid Cast of Characters Around Casey Anthony.
Note – sorry for previously inserting the wrong link! Here’s the (REAL) op-ed link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/opinion/sunday/10bruni.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
The author, Frank Bruni, begins the opinion piece by stating:
AS a reflection of the criminal justice system, the not guilty verdict for Casey Anthony — who in all likelihood bore responsibility for her 2-year-old daughter’s death, but will never pay for that particular crime — was reassuring. Juries are supposed to presume the innocence of even the vilest defendants. Evidence must outweigh emotion. And in the end there simply wasn’t enough lucid, specific proof that Anthony had murdered her little girl.
It is definitely worth a read!
As I mentioned yesterday, I am putting the Casey Anthony story on the shelf for a while unless there’s something particularly interesting, like this article, that I want to talk about.
And, I wanted to discuss the fact that the Not Guilty One, (or NGO), is going to be sprung in exactly one week, next Sunday to be exact.
Hal Bodeker, of the Orlando Sentinel, writes that the Defense team is promising that the NGO damsel of the defense will be whisked off as quickly as you can say NGO = to a place unknown.
Yes, Jose Baez told his bud, Geraldo Rivera, that the damsel will be treated to mental health treatment and therapy.
I’m glad to hear she’ll be getting help – she needs it, as we know. Let’s hope she finds peace within her soul and lives out the rest of her life quietly…. maybe in a nunnery.
Let’s hope that this wannabe media princess, if there is any justice in this world, will go off into that good night never to be seen again.
I don’t think she’ll stay quiet for too long, but we can hope she will. We can hope that she’ll become healthy enough to realize who she is and someday, after a lot of intensive introspection and therapy, she will mourn for her daughter.
I do hope redemption becomes her.
I don’t know about you, but I am slowly coming out of the Casey Anthony trial nightmare and into the land of the living. I’m beginning to let the anger and the sadness go.
I also feel better after watching an interview of Jeff Ashton, that Kathi Belich, of WFTV, recently conducted. I encourage you to watch it.
Not only is Jeff Ashton a terrific lawyer, he’s a very, very nice person. He’s modest, kind and very respectful of the jury’s recent decision.
I don’t want to spoil your enjoyment of the interview, so I won’t reveal all of the gems he shares, though there is one item especially worth repeating here.
Toward the end of the video, Kathi asks Jeff Ashton, “What advise do you have for those of us who are so upset and sick over the outcome of this trial?” He tells Kathi that the best thing we can do is to turn our anger into some kind of positive action. Work for/support new laws, be an advocate for children, be a Big Brother or Big Sister, etc. Turn the anger energy into positive action.
Then he says, the best thing we can do going forward is to ignore Casey Anthony.
The best thing, he says, when Casey Antony gets out of jail, we should turn our collective backs on her and walk the other way.
This, says Jeff Ashton, will be the harshest punishment for Casey Anthony! Ignoring her will hurt her more than anything in the world.
I need to do the same – to stop writing and thinking of this case so much. Well, there are a couple more stories I want to write about it, but I don’t want to give Casey Anthony the satisfaction of this blog’s attention, so I’ll try to phase this case off this blog….
Of course, there will be things about the case that will pull me back…. I can’t help it!!!! But I’m going to try to turn to more positive and encouraging topics; focus on other news-worthy things that I enjoy writing about. (Can’t go cold-turkey off this case!)
Here is the wonderful video of the wonderful Jeff Ashton: http://www.wftv.com/video/28498264/index.html
The news about the acquittal of Casey Anthony, in her First Degree murder trial, is only a couple of days old and still the stories have legs like spiders weaving more sticky situations.
There will be questions and stories for days to come. I’d always thought that once Casey Anthony was sent to jail for the rest of her life, this story would fade away until it became a small memory in our minds.
The acquittal of Casey Anthony, completely unexpected by virtually everyone, including the media, is now a story with enormous interest. Now that a complete acquittal has occurred, this story will drag on longer than necessary, because we need answers.
The media is all over every second of the story, and I can’t help but follow the news, tweets, and the stories that continue to come out. That’s because, I am still in shock, I guess.
One recent story is Casey Anthony will have to appear before the glaring lens of the depo-cam in the law office of Morgan and Morgan! This is in regards to the civil case filed by Zenaida Gonzales, the person who was originally thought to be the real “Zanny the Nanny,” but was quickly cleared. To have Casey Anthony in front of the camera for this civil deposition will be huge news, and certainly very interesting.
This Zenaida Gonzales has claimed she lost her good name, her job, her car, and was kicked out of her apartment because of being associated with the disappearance of Caylee. I don’t have an opinion about this, though I am thankful for Morgan and Morgan for pursuing this case!
The video deposition is scheduled for July 19th; two days after Casey Anthony is released from jail. The subpoena was delivered to Casey Anthony already. It’s not clear to me if she can ignore this subpoena or not. I wouldn’t think so, but one never knows!
The News of Late
The media is telling us, Casey Antony’s jail sentence will end July 17th, on a Sunday versus the original date, July 13th. The additional four days were added by the Department of Corrections when it was discovered they miscalculated time served.
The costs of the prosecution of Casey Anthony are being calculated by the State Attorney’s Office; HLN reports the numbers could be in the area of $500,000.
Lighting struck a tall tree in the area where Caylee’s remains were found and the TV hosts were all over it, anxious for manic responses like, “It’s a sign, it’s a sign! God has spoken!”
I don’t mean to belittle any of these kinds of divine intervention beliefs. But I’d be more apt to ask, “If God were to gesture to earthly beings, wouldn’t He want attention to focus on the millions of children suffering in Haiti, Africa, and even in the US, as children are going hungry on our very own soil?”
A darling Caylee, was brutally murdered in Orlando Florida, and the one charged with caring for her will soon be living “La Vida Loca.” But, our justice system has spoken, though I believe justice got this one wrong.
The jurors are human beings like me and you. Our world can be unfair; there is injustice everywhere and no where are there easy answers. It is difficult to rationalize why.
The Jury System – Broken?
There was a dialog in the 1990’s about changing the jury system when the OJ Simpson jurors got it so wrong. How to revamp the juror system would be a positive dialog to have.
Having regular human beings judge a complicated murder case, where a life is on the line, does not make sense to me.
They are to be the “Trier of Fact” and I believe in the jury system totally and completely, but times have changed. Trials are sophisticated events.
Jurors are not lawyers, and we expect so much from them. We expect them to deduce and reason like lawyers, but they are regular folks with regular lives and worries and issues. They are not active participants in the process, they are passive listeners though we ask them to listen actively.
Active listening is very difficult when it is one-sided. I am quite sure they only really heard ten percent of the evidence.
Adults Learning and Listening
There is research into Adult Learning that tells us that human beings can only retain a minimal percentage of what is heard – the percentage is between 2% and 10%.
If you think back to the lectures in high school or college that you listened to – what did you learn, really? How much of that lecture do you think you retained?
What Jose Baez did with the defense exhibits – using pictures of the evidence and pictures of witnesses, although it seemed really simple, was extremely effective as a learning tool for the jurors, in my opinion. These exhibits were a sort of “job aid” for the jurors to use to help them frame the concepts of the case in their minds.
There’s a great deal of learning required of jurors during a trial. But, helping jurors to learn is not the goal of our system of justice.
Courts do not present evidence or testimony from a learning/retention perspective. But, it would behoove lawyers to use Adult Learning theories in the way they communicate to jurors.
Did Deliberation Occur?
It is being reported that some jurors originally voted for guilt but changed their minds. Could the bond and the closeness that the jurors formed have anything to do with changing their minds?
I wonder if sequestration for such a long time is detrimental to individual thinking?
And, I wonder if the jurors cared more about each other than they did their duty?
You never can tell what kind of dynamic was at play – group dynamics can be confounding and it would take a strong person to stand alone in such an environment.
There’s that phenomenon called “Groupthink” that could have come into play in the relationship of the jurors as a group. Psychologist Irving Janis, coined the term and defined Groupthink.
I learned about the phenomenon of Gropthink in relation to group dynamics in the workplace, but it can be defined in every group situation. Fortunately, it is not always present in every group.
Irving Janis defines Groupthink this way:
…occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of “mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment.”
Groups affected by groupthink ignore alternatives and tend to take irrational actions…
A group is especially vulnerable to groupthink when its members are similar in background, when the group is insulated from outside opinions, and when there are no clear rules for decision making. Source: Janis, Irving L. (1972). Victims of Groupthink.
One of the jurors, reportedly, was going to miss a cruise if the jury did not come to a decision by a certain time. Was this a popular juror in the crowd? Did the jurors want to be sure to decide quickly to ensure the cruise went as planned? Maybe. But, I think Judge Perry would have stepped in to help that situation so the juror did not lose money.
I’m at a loss for answers, but I do realize it’s futile to expect answers as to why justice for Caylee was heinously denied. Or was it? Not according to Cheney Mason, Jose Baez, or Dorothy Sims.
This is our system and, like it or not, they will say it worked.
I disagree that the outcome was justice, but I respect it nonetheless and realize that common sense was not common here…
Did you know that we, as citizens, can file a complaint against a lawyer?
I didn’t realize this until yesterday. The Orlando Sentinel has reported that someone in Coral Gables, Florida, has filed a Florida Bar complaint against Mr. Cheney Mason for this reprehensible posturing and lewd gesture.
John B. Thompson, who says he is a lawyer, bases his complaint on the fact that Mr. Mason is not representing the integrity of the profession.
The story, however also states that the complaint is made by an attorney, John B. Thompson, who is listed as a disbarred attorney. Read Story.
The Orland Sentinel contacted the Florida Bar who said a complaint has not been lodged against Mr. Mason at this time.
As individuals, we can make a complaint to the Bar. Here is the form to complete: Bar Complaint
The above complaint form is under the “Consumer” link on the Florida Bar Website: http://www.floridabar.org/
To say the verdict in the State v. Casey Anthony is shocking is an understatement.
I am dazed, overwhelmed at this jury decision. Are we in an alternate reality where wrong is right and right is wrong? It seems so to me.
Even though Casey Anthony was found not guilty yesterday, it does not mean she is innocent of the death of her daughter.
Apparently, the jury did not have an abiding and sure belief of guilt. And I have to accept and appreciate their decision.
But, it’s difficult to do this because I see this as a miscarriage of justice. Then again, a worse miscarriage would be finding an defendant guilty when they are innocent.
That would be far worse, and so I’m taking that to the bank.
What went wrong?
Some Legal Eagles and Talking Heads are saying, “Well this verdict is an example that the system worked.” I can’t quite agree with that, but I do understand that I have to accept the verdict because this is our system, and it’s the best in the world.
I think the heart of this decision boils down to the jury not wanting to have the burden of sending Casey to jail for the rest of her life. Maybe they thought if their decision was wrong, it’s better to be wrong via an acquittal then to be wrong via finding guilt.
My belief in Casey’s guilt is abiding, and I think the jury made a decision that speaks to their fear of getting it wrong, so they erred on the side of caution.
We all believed that because the jury took only eleven hours to come to their verdict, they must have found her guilty. I was so sure that was the case. I can’t help wondering that this jury did not delve into the evidence because they wanted or needed to get home.
My head tells me, this jury, who are supposedly people without vendettas, without prejudice, without agendas, have made the best decision because we have trusted them to do so, and twelve of them have sacrificed two months of their individual lives to fulfill their promise.
And so, I should accept the jury’s verdict, just as Assistant State Attorney, Jeff Ashton so gracefully accepts it. I’m struggling with this. Really struggling.
Jeff Ashton was on the Today Show this morning. He has accepted with grace and understanding this verdict. Watch Jeff Ashton on the Today Show: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/43651905#43651905
So, what went wrong? I never, never expected things to go this wrong. How did it happen to go so wrong? Were Casey Anthony’s parents partly to blame because of all the lies they told? Did the family muddy the water just enough that the jury did not know who to believe? Did the jurors think that the garbage in Casey’s car explained the smell of decomposition? Did they believe Jose Baez’s claim that Caylee’s death was a tragic accident? Did the jury sympathize with Casey and did not want her to pay with the rest of her life? If that is the case, what about Caylee? Were they only thinking about Casey and nothing about Caylee?
The charge must fit the crime.
Did the State of Florida overcharge Casey Anthony?
The charges, though fitting of the crime in my view, must fit the jury’s ability to grasp all of the elements of the crime. Was the case so convoluted and muddied to such an extent by the defense, they took reasonable doubt to an even higher standard? No cause of death. No eye witness. No CSI moments. Just a lot of circumstantial evidence.
The death penalty and circumstantial evidence may be a hard sell for a sentence of death, or life in jail.
Did publicity hurt this case?
Scott Peterson was convicted of Capital Murder with much less evidence. That trial was not televised. Did the TV play too big of a part in this case? Did the transparent and liberal public records law in Florida damage the case?
I read so much of the discovery in this case, there was no doubt in my mind of who was responsible for this crime.
If the State of Florida had to do it again, would the charges start with 2nd degree murder? I believe, though in hindsight, this would have been just since the cause of death, tragically, was ruled unknown.
Had Caylee been found the first time Roy Kronk relieve himself in those woods, it would have been a very different case, obviously.
There are many more questions than there are answers.
Theory of the Defense
I believe that Jose Baez and team floated theories that were deceiving and not at all a search for the truth. I felt this defense team was unethical. Do they teach trickery in law schools?
Why couldn’t the jurors see the tricks and the deception of the defense team?
I truly thought that a reasonable person should see through the smoke and mirrors and see what the defendant did to her very own child.
Why didn’t this jury at least ask themselves, “What is reasonable about not reporting a child’s absence for 31 days?” Answer? It is NOT reasonable! It would never be reasonable!
Didn’t the State of Florida make it clear that this mother NEVER, for 31 days, cared one bit for her child and lied about her whereabouts?
Did the jury buy the drowning accident? I think they must have. Didn’t they want evidence of drowning?
Was this jury just so anxious to get home? Is that why they did not review the evidence?
When reasonable doubt is the standard, shouldn’t the penalty be reasonable, too?
Reasonable doubt is a high standard, as it should be. If this standard did not exist, the possibility of a Police State could easily become our governing system of justice.
To me, reason and justice are entwined. Maybe the problem is that reason means different things to different people. Is it as simple as knowing right from wrong? Not exactly.
I think reasonable doubt is sometimes an unreasonable concept for people to understand. This is the “reasonable doubt” the jurors were told to apply, as written in their jury instructions:
Whenever the words “reasonable doubt” are used you must consider the following:
A reasonable doubt is not a mere possible doubt, a speculative, imaginary or forced doubt.
Such a doubt must not influence you to return a verdict of not guilty if you have an abiding conviction of guilt. On the other hand, if, after carefully considering, comparing and weighing all the evidence, there is not an abiding conviction of guilt, or, if, having a conviction, it is one which is not stable but one which wavers and vacillates, then the charge is not proved beyond every reasonable doubt and you must find the defendant not guilty because the doubt is reasonable.
It is to the evidence introduced in this trial, and to it alone, that you are to look for that proof.
A reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant may arise from the evidence, conflict in the evidence or the lack of evidence.
If you have a reasonable doubt, you should find the defendant not guilty. If you have no reasonable doubt, you should find the defendant guilty.
Because the definition both of “reasonable” and “doubt” are subjective, it stands to reason why the court attempts to define it in such as way as “reasonable” people can apply their own ethical thermometer to the amount (or level) of reasonable doubt they apply to the question of guilt or non-guilt.
adj.1 having sound judgment. 2 not absurd. 3a not excessive; inexpensive. b tolerable; fair.
n.1 uncertainty; undecided state of mind. 2 inclination to disbelieve. 3 uncertain state of things. 4 lack of full proof. v.1 tr. feel uncertain or undecided about. 2tr. hesitate to believe or trust. 3intr. feel uncertain or undecided. 4 tr. call in question.
My reason tells me:
- A child in the woods whose face is covered in duct tape is wrong.
- An accident made to look like a murder is wrong.
- A mother not reporting her child missing is wrong.
- A car with the smell of human decomposition means something is wrong, just as Cindy Anthony said, “There’s something wrong…”
- A mother thinking her life is beautiful now her child is gone, is that mother’s right, but it is wrong by every ethical standard.
- A Father molesting a daughter is wrong. Did it happen? There is no proof either way except a liar says it is so.
I also think that how a person’s individual definition of right and wrong plays into their understanding of reasonable doubt. What I think is wrong and what you think is wrong, may be different.
Maybe this is problematic with juries. Maybe we need a better way to define what reasonable doubt means. It would be good to give examples to jurors.
Or, maybe we could give potential jurors a test – if they fail this test, they cannot be jurors!
That may be prejudicial though.
How about we change laws about lawyer credentials – insist they take a test to prove that integrity and ethics are values they hold dear.
i think this is a dream, isn’t it?
Praying for Caylee! Justice for Caylee!
All the attorneys, sans Jose Baez, assembled into courtroom 23 at 8:30 a.m., to receive the jury. (Other reports say Baez was present in the courthouse, but in the hallway.)
Judge Belvin Perry gave the jury his usual admonitions and sent them on their way to deliberate. It took about 60 seconds!
Casey Anthony was there. She will wait in the holding cell at the courthouse. What a long wait it must be for her. I wonder if the reality of what she’s facing has hit her? Is she in total denial, or has she accepted what ever fate deals her?
Has she come to terms with living in jail for the rest of her life? The jail employees say she’s a model prisoner. She’s easy to deal with and pleasant. Jose Baez wanted these jail employees to testify, the judge would not allow it for obvious reasons. What has the opinion of jail guards have to do with the death of Caylee Marie Anthony?
This morning, Kathi Belich, of WFTV, tweeted that Juror #3 was in a suit today. WESH reported that many of the jurors are dressed up today. Hmmm. Are jurors thinking a verdict would be delivered today and they’d be appearing before the cameras tonight?
It’s all speculation …. One never knows when it comes to deliberations.
So…. we wait.
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.