I like to talk about big pictures and today’s Creative Whack #7 is right on the money.
I completely agree with Mr. Ashton’s assessment. I would add, though, that the jurors also completely ignored the chain of evidence. Those chain links should have come together very neatly for the jurors, that is if they even attempted to consider their solemn oath and the Golden Rule of jury service: review the evidence!
Each each chain link of circumstantial and forensic evidence should have wound around Casey’s wrists and ankles for a very long time to come. That’s even true in Fairy Tales, but not in this tale.
The fact that Casey Anthony got away with murder despite so much evidence is no Fairy Tale. It’s unbelievable – incredible. It certainly seemed like the perfect storm happened when these jurors were put together, as fate would have it, in Pinellas County. How twelve completely like-minded people could come together without any dissenting opinion is eerie.
Was it a matter of “GroupThink” where the threat of thinking differently from the group is too upsetting to an individual? When in the throes of GroupThink, it’s nearly impossible to stray from the one mind that has developed in a group.
Just like the Iowa farmer saw only tracks and trains, the simple jurors seemed to hang their not guilty verdict on the Medical Examiner’s inability to state a cause of death. This is perfectly understandable since little Caylee Marie’s body was completely skeletonized.
Since there was no cause of death, did the jurors think a murder couldn’t be proven and therefore never happened?
Even though the manner of little Caylee Marie Anthony’s death was determined to be homicide, it also stated “by undetermined means.” Did the jurors question whether a homicide even happened as a result of the “undetermined means” part?
So, had the jurors looked at each piece of the chain – like the train tracks and the locomotive follow a path – they would have known:
- 100 percent of the time people cal 911 for help in drowning situations.
- Only a mother guilty of a crime against a child fails to report their child missing.
- Children are not double bagged and dumped in a swamp with duct tape around their face. That is murder plain and simple. Whether it was strangulation or drugging doesn’t really matter in the big picture, it’s still murder.
- When forensic experts, multiple law enforcement personnel, cadaver dogs, and others familiar with the distinct smell of human decomposition and testify that death was in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car, that should be proof-positive that it was not the odor of a bag of garbage.
- When it is proved that a strand of Caylee Anthony’s hair showing dark banding at the root because of decomposition, it should mean the child was in the trunk.
- When NO evidence is produced linking George Anthony to Caylee’s death, it means he should not be considered as a murderer.
- When NO evidence is provided that remotely suggests George Anthony molested his daughter, it means that is not a factor in deciding guilt.
- When a mother whose daughter is missing for a very long time gets a tattoo that means “Beautiful Life” it would suggest things are better without the daughter.
- High levels of chloroform found in air samples from the trunk of the mother’s car and mixed with the odor of decomposition, suggests it is reasonable to believe chloroform was used to subdue little Caylee Marie.
- When a Google search and page hit about “How to make chloroform” is found on the unallocated file space of the mother’s computer, chances are good that chloroform was used in the murder.
There are more factors that taken together, provide a clear picture AND a complete picture frame around this murder. The jurors should have painted such a big picture for themselves and come to the only conclusion possible: Murder.
This jury, rather than paint the big picture, inhaled the paint fumes and in the end couldn’t even paint by the numbers.
Racism. It is a horrible reality in our country. I know we don’t like to discuss it, but it’s there, it’s pervasive, it’s sickening.
What is racism anyway? If we break it down, what does it imply at its heart? I think it boils down to two things: Superiority and skin color.
My skin is pale white and I have freckles that I hate, they cover my arms, legs and chest. The skin on my face is also pale, not pasty, just pale with some freckles. Growing up near the beach in South Florida, I loved the ocean and the sun. I’m paying for my sun-worshiping days now. No skin cancer – yet – but the way I baked my skin when I was young, doctors always have an eye on my freckles.
I’ve always loved dark skin. And the darker the better. (I’d like all my freckles to merge into a rich mahogany color.)
Unfortunately, we can’t pick our skin color, it’s a gift we’re born with. If Troy Davis’ skin was a pale color would he have gotten clemency, too?
The man pictured below, is the color of his skin dictate how deserving he is of pardon? Yes, says the Parole Board of Georgia.
The man below is a murderer but was not murdered last night. Before Troy’s casket was sealed, the Parole Board of the State of Georgia gave this man clemency.
Wouldn’t you think that the death penalty in Troy Davis’ case would give people pause, or prompt them to consider the consequences of killing an innocent? There was too much doubt to kill Troy Davis! But he was black….. Guilty of being black in Georgia.
Georgia murders more black men on death row than white.
There are Southerners and Skin Heads who hate a person’s skin color with such a passion. it must be something that’s inbred – inherited from childhood, I think.
When I read that just last night this white man was given clemency in Georgia the night after Troy was murdered, it proved to me that the application of murder in Troy’s case was racially motivated. Why else would they put him to death and save this man?
They put him to death because good ole boys and girls in Georgia are not expected to have a conscious when it comes to a black person, particularly a black man who is believed to have murdered a white cop.
Troy Davis’ murder was, in my opinion, as much of a hate crime as the recently murdered Texas man who hitched a black man to his truck and dragged him to his death.
Troy Davis is guilty of being black in Georgia.
The Brooklyn District Attorney, Charles J. Hynes, announced today that a grand jury had handed down an eight-count indictment against the animal, Levi Aron. Aron is charged with the horrific kidnapping, murder and dismemberment of eight year old, Leiby Kletzky.
The most serious of the charges facing Aron are two counts of felony murder. They carry a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Aron was also charged with three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping in the first degree and one count of kidnapping in the second degree.
Aron is currently being held in a psychiatric ward at New York’s Bellevue Hospital. His lawyers are suggesting Aron’s defense could be insanity; they have also made passing mention of “diminished capacity.” A diminished capacity defense is a partial defense and suggests that although the defendant is not deemed “insane,” they are not aware of their actions and do not have the capacity to comprehend actions they may have taken. In this defense, the defendant does not refute they committed the crime, they only contend the state of mind (due to physical and/or emotional factors), was such that the defendant should not be judged to have committed premeditated, or felony, murder.
Attorney’s are claiming that Aron hears voices and must play very loud music to drown the voice out. He also suffers from hallucinations.
The medical examiners office said the boy was drugged prior to being suffocated by Aron, who murdered the little guy after realizing there were hundreds of people looking for the him in the community. Aron stated that he “panicked” after seeing the flyers that alerted the community that Leiby was missing.
The insanity defense is very difficult to prove. I don’t think it will fly in this case. Well, it will be interesting what the defense comes up with in this awful case.
More on this story as it evolves.
As for the Casey Anthony case…. The madness continues with very little new news.