Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | July 15, 2011

Casey Anthony Walks Free From A Lack Of Evidence (7/5/11)

Three days ago, I called it on the money: Casey Anthony wouldn’t be spending life in prison for a crime she wasn’t guilty of. But tell that to those brainless twits on the message boards who were ready to crucify the woman for a murder she didn’t commit!

I saw her reaction on the TV down at the anti-coag place today, and I could tell you that she isn’t the type to murder someone in cold blood. Her actions weren’t that of a killer. Her reaction to being cleared of murder wasn’t one of cold, calculating, detachment.

She was visibly relieved and in tears. Killers rarely exhibit emotions after they’ve done the dirty deed, but for all intent and purpose, Casey did not kill her own kid.

But the message board reactions just illustrations how stupidly hooked on television we all are: By not accepting the truth and facts of the case–and replace it with television drama…?

It just makes it harder for the rest of us to do our jobs.

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Casey Anthony acquitted of killing young daughter

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) β€” Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter three years ago in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing.

Anthony wept after the clerk read the verdict, which jurors reached after less than 11 hours of deliberation over two days. The 25-year-old was charged with first-degree murder, which could have brought the death penalty if she had been convicted.

Instead, she was convicted of only four counts of lying to investigators looking into the June 2008 disappearance of her daughter Caylee. Her body was found in the woods six months later and a medical examiner was never able to determine how she died.

Anthony will be sentenced by the judge on Thursday and could receive up to a year in jail for each lying count. Since she has been in jail since August 2008, she could walk free then.

After the verdict was read, Casey Anthony hugged her attorney Jose Baez and later mouthed the words “thank you” to him.

Prosecutors sat solemnly in their seats, looking stunned. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton shook his head slightly from side to side in apparent disbelief. Across the room, Anthony’s father wiped tears from his eyes. Without speaking to Casey, he and his wife left the courtroom escorted by police as the judge thanked the jury.

“While we’re happy for Casey, there are no winners in this case,” Baez said at a news conference afterward. “Caylee has passed on far, far too soon. And what my driving force has been for the last three years has been always to make sure that there has been justice for Caylee and Casey, because Casey did not murder Caylee. It’s that simple.”
He added: “This case has brought on new challenges of all of us. Challenges in the criminal justice system, challenges in the media, and I think we should all take this as an opportunity to learn and to realize that you cannot convict someone until they’ve had their day in court.”

Prosecutors didn’t immediately comment, and jurors told the court that they didn’t want to talk to the media at the courthouse.

Anthony’s attorneys claimed that the toddler drowned accidentally in the family swimming pool, and that her seemingly carefree mother in fact was hiding emotional distress caused by sexual abuse from her father.

Prosecutors contended that Caylee was suffocated with duct tape by a mother who loved to party, tattooed herself with the Italian words for “beautiful life” in the month her daughter was missing and crafted elaborate lies to mislead everyone from investigators to her own parents.

Captivated observers camped outside the courthouse to jockey for coveted seats in the courtroom gallery, which occasionally led to fights among those desperate to watch the drama unfold.

Prior to the verdict on Tuesday, the judge said: “To those in the gallery please do not express any signs of approval or disapproval upon the reading of the verdict.”

Anthony did not take the stand during the trial, which started in mid-May. Because the case got so much media attention in Orlando, jurors were brought in from the Tampa Bay area and sequestered for the entire trial.

Baez conceded that his client had told elaborate lies and invented imaginary friends and even a fake father for Caylee, but he said that doesn’t mean she killed her daughter.

“They throw enough against the wall and see what sticks,” Baez said of prosecutors during closing arugments. “That is what they’re doing … right down to the cause of death.”

He tried to convince jurors that the toddler accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool and that when Anthony panicked, her father, a former police officer, decided to make the death look like a murder by putting duct tape on the girl’s mouth and dumping the body in woods about a quarter-mile away.

Her father firmly denied both the cover-up and abuse claims. The prosecution called those claims “absurd,” saying that no one makes an accident look like a murder.

Lead prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick concluded the state’s case by showing the jury two side-by-side images. One showed Casey Anthony smiling and partying in a nightclub during the month Caylee was missing. The other was the tattoo she got a day before her family and law enforcement first learned of the child’s disappearance.

“At the end of this case, all you have to ask yourself is whose life was better without Caylee?” Burdick asked. “This is your answer.”

Prosecutors hammered on the lies Anthony, then 22, told from June 16, 2008, when her daughter was last seen, and a month later when sheriff’s investigators were notified. Those include the single mother telling her parents she couldn’t produce Caylee because the girl was with a nanny named Zanny β€” a woman who doesn’t exist; that she and her daughter were spending time in Jacksonville, Fla., with a rich boyfriend who doesn’t exist; and that Zanny had been hospitalized after an out-of-town traffic crash and that they were spending time with her.

Among the trial spectators was 51-year-old Robin Wilkie, who said she has spent $3,000 on hotels and food since arriving June 10th from Lake Minnetonka, Minn. She tallied more than 100 hours standing in line to wait for tickets and got into the courtroom 15 times.

She said she’s fascinated with the case because she is a victim of violent crime.

“True crime has become a unique genre of entertainment,” Wilkie said. “Her (Casey’s) stories are so extreme and fantastic it’s hard to believe they’re true but that’s what engrosses people. This case has sex, lies and video tapes β€” just like on reality TV.”

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Responses

  1. Looks like the prosecution team needs to serve out the sentence they were trying to convict Casey Anthony on. Isn’t the prosecution’s actions a crime against Casey of attempted-murder?

  2. You are a F——N IDIOT! But I’m sure you’ve been told that before. Would you like to make any predictions on how many days your “hero” lasts after Sunday? I give the lil MURDERER a week……………….people are already tryin to kill her and she’s not even out yet………..

    • Casey was NEVER my ‘hero’. But if you feel so…ANIMATED about fantasizing about people killing her, this whole affair will just become one big tragedy that could’ve been avoided–like I posted on my allvoices.com page–only because people like you just can’t accept facts, reality, or a verdict.

      I’ve seen it all before, but this particular case has me worried–due to the fact that our nation is not only dumbed down and stupid, but full of idiots who act and react without logic or reasoning.

      But if you want me to make a ‘prediction’…? Well, I just gave you one right here: Someone will try and have her shot and I’ll be right again; because I can see trends and patterns before anyone else.

      • Only people like me?…………your logic leaves much to be desired. Last time I checked, 90% of America is outraged at this verdict and even many who support the verdict state that she was found Not Guilty, but not Innocent in their eyes.

        When there are travesties of justice like this one (in our broken justice system), then the public outcry is LOUD, as it is now. There have been similar cases (Rodney King, O.J.) where people were outraged at the decision of a jury that made NO SENSE!

        Juries don’t always get it right as was evidenced by this trial. Why is it that many of you are quick to criticize juries that send “innocent” people to prison, but are o.k. when murderers (like Casey) walk free. Lastly, STOP presupposing because 12 people said she was Not Guilty means she didn’t commit a crime,…….she damn well did!!!

      • 90% may be outraged by the verdict, but that doesn’t mean we all act STUPIDLY. If you don’t like the court of law…? CHANGE IT.

        If you don’t like my logic, why bother listening? Live in your own world of make-believe–if that makes you feel any better. But it won’t change the facts on the ground.

        Or the final verdict.

        Blame the state of Florida for not having a stronger case or a ‘smoking gun’. Going after someone based on lies won’t fly with the jury or the judge; a point that was borne out after days of deliberation.

  3. This jury was one big box of rocks.

  4. Is that the Justice the prosecution was spending all of our money on? What happened to justice for Caylee?

    • What happened to common sense and logic? All you people want is BLOOD for a crime that Casey Anthony didn’t commit. Your side doesn’t have PROOF that she did it. The state of Florida doesn’t have proof. And the coroner’s report couldn’t *determine* how the girl died or WHO was responsible. But these FACTS don’t seem to be swaying you people much and that’s what has me worried.

      Is throwing your lives away WORTH killing someone in retribution? Think about that one.

  5. You are right, there Schyler R. Thorpe, on each issue and I agree with you. The ones that don’t agree, well, you just have to consider their source. πŸ™‚

  6. Time for street justice.

    • And where will it get that person or party in question? That person or party won’t be a ‘hero’, but a vengeful criminal-vigilante who decided to take the law into their own hands. But it won’t bring back Caylee and it won’t give her case justice. All you people will be doing is soiling her beautiful memory.

      I am not uncaring or insensitive to your plight. I am simply trying to WARN you people against acting rashly and irresponsibly.

    • We all love you MichellefromMadison, I have three of your books and my professor has used several of them in the 600-level classes at the University. Keep up your great job empowering victims of crimes and your incarcerated-rate is just amazing on those criminals. We understand that Casey Anthony is not guilty but it still upsets those that are not well informed on the trial or the Law. Like you said many months ago, the mental health agencies are seeing an increased volume from people like Venice and Autumn. Thanks again MichellefromMadison, you are a hero.Looks like Venice will be banging Casey pregnant soon. πŸ™‚

  7. My long lost relative jan seems to have fallen off the deep end. LMFAO!!!! and, this is how you spend your days jan?? LOL!!!!

  8. My long lost relative jan seems to have fallen off the deep end. LMFAO!!!! and, this is how you spend your days jan?? LOL!!!!


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