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See the big picture, whack #7 as applied to Casey Anthony jurors

I like to talk about big pictures and today’s Creative Whack #7 is right on the money.

Jeff Ashton, one of the Prosecutors in the recent Casey Anthony case, makes a point that the Anthony jurors, in finding Casey Anthony not guilty of murder, totally missed the big picture.

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.


guilty of being black in Georgia

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.

Samuel David Crowe

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.


Leiby Kletzky, Caylee and randomness

I wrote about this case a month, or so, ago and realized that I never followed up on what is currently happening in the case.
Murder suspect, Levi Aron, appeared with his defense attorneys in a Brooklyn court last week to plea “not guilty” to the charges of kidnapping, murder and dismemberment of eight year old, Leiby Kletzky. (Those are not the official charges, they represent the crimes.)
Another significant update regarding this case is that Aron has been found to be mentally competent to stand trial.
The child, Leiby Kletzky, was brutally murdered by stranger Levi Aron, as little Leiby was just trying to find his way home.  On the day he disappeared, Leiby’s parents, for the first time ever, allowed him to walk from day camp all by himself to meet his parents.
It was an important day for 8 year old Leiby.  He was anxious to have a little independence, and his parents finally agreed to allow him to walk by himself.  Though they insisted on waiting for him at a designated spot along the way.  Leiby walked about seven blocks and became lost.  Tragically, he asked suspect Levi Aron for directions.
It is terribly, terribly tragic, as most murders of children are.  This crime,  however, is so heinous and disturbing, it is is difficult to fathom.  The case has garnered a great deal of sympathy from around the world, and especially in Brooklyn, NY, where the crime occurred.
The eyes of a murderer?

Murder suspect Levi Aron.

Do the eyes of this murderer tell of his crimes?
Do the eyes in this photograph look like a man who is sorry for his crimes, as he has purportedly said in the recent past; expressing his regret and sadness?
Even though we don’t see the man’s eyes straight on, there is something about those eyes and the glare that is frightening.
People who work in jails with prisoners or inmates, often say that there’s something different in the eyes of a killer.  There’s a blank, vacant coldness behind the eyes of a killer, many have said.
I once toured the Miami Dade County Jail and saw a notorious serial rapist and murderer who was really scary to encounter.  I can’t remember his name right now.  It was eerie to see  him, like in a zoo, behind bars.  And it was odd because, I remember how everything about him – the way he walked, and stood, the tilt of his head, and the way he stared gave him away.  You could actually see the evil in him.  It’s unnerving to encounter pure evil like that.
This dangerous criminal was held in isolation but was allowed an hour a day to exercise in a small yard outside of his cell.  When I was touring the jail that day, instead of exercising, he paced and paced and paced in circles, then abruptly stopped and stared into space.
I saw his eyes.  And he looked my way, right at me.  Even though he was behind a set of double bars, seeing him and looking in his face was terrifying.
Back to Levi Aron!  (I got off topic for a moment!)  His attorneys are claiming mental illness.  They say he is a very sick man; he hears voices and hallucinates.  It remains to be seen if his plea will include insanity.
There will be a status hearing in October.  In the meantime, Aron is being held in Bellvue Hospital in the psychiatric ward.
This case is horrible; so senseless and so cruel.
Today would have been Caylee Anthony’s sixth birthday, had she lived. have a video of George and Cindy releasing balloons to commemorate the day. It was touching to see, and of course it was very sad.  Both George and Cindy were treated very kindly during the event by the crowd.  There were many well-wishers there.
Maybe it is just me, but why must everything the Anthony’s do be followed by the media?  Granted, this is a sad and important day for the family and the community who cared about the death of little Caylee, to me it seems a bit odd how everything related to this case has to be publicized.
I suppose, I’m just as much to blame as I am fascinated by this story and have written extensively about it.    I simply wonder why everything must be such a public event?
I don’t mean to criticize the publicity, I am questioning why so much publicity and media attention?
What ever happened to grieving in private?
Has it become more about publicity and on-camera time than respect and remembrance?


update: Leiby Kletzky

The Missing Flyer for Leiby Kletzky

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.

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