Casey Anthony was Guilty

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ny was GuiltyWhat all the world knew, with the exception of a jury in an Orlando Florida courtroom, Casey Anthony was guilty of first degree murder.

The Presiding Judge, Belvin Perry told NBC’s ‘Today’ Monday, that there was enough evidence to convict Anthony of the murder of her daughter Caylee two years ago.  Although much of the evidence was circumstantial, Judge Perry believed there was a ‘preponderance’ of evidence which he believed pointed the finger directly at the child’s mother.

When he read the jury’s verdict, Judge Perry said he felt “surprise, shock, disbelief” and read it twice.

“I just wanted to be sure I was reading what I was reading,” Perry said.

In 2008, Casey Anthony was living with her maternal grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony, in Orlando Florida.  Casey’s two year old daughter lived with them.  On July 15, 2008, Cindy Anthony called 911 to report her granddaughter as missing.  She told authorities that the inside of Casey’s car smelled like a dead body.  She had not seen Caylee for 31 days.

When Cindy asked Casey about her granddaughter’s whereabouts, she gave several explanations, including a story of the little girl having been kidnapped by a nanny on June 9th, and that she was looking for her and was too afraid to contact authorities.

Casey Anthony was charged with first degree murder in October 2008.  She pled not guilty.

Caylee’s skeletal remains were found in a trash can in a wooded area near the family home.  She was wrapped in a blanket.  In a situation similar to another high profile murder case, that of Orenthal James Simpson in 1995, the medical examiner alternated a report of duct tape residue on the front of the skull, and then on the mouth of the skull.  The medical examiner mentioned the duct tape as the cause of death, and called it a homicide.  But the official report read “death by undetermined means”.

The prosecution attacked the morals of the young mother, claiming that to remove herself from her responsibilities as a mother, she used chloroform on Caylee, placed duct tape over her mouth, and put her in the trunk of her car.

Casey’s defense team, led by Jose Baez, countered, claiming Caylee had suffered death as the result of an accidental drowning in the family pool on June 16, 2008.  They claimed that George Anthony disposed of Caylee’s body.

Over 400 pieces of evidence were presented, including a strand of hair from the trunk of Casey’s car, chemical residue in the trunk consistent with a decomposing body, and traces of chloroform.  Evidence was also presented that Casey had been researching ‘how to make chloroform’, and there was the duct tape residue.  The blanket wrapped around the skeleton had come from Caylee’s bedroom

The trial lasted 6 weeks, and was televised according to Florida law.  The trial began on May 24, 2011.  On July 5th, 2011, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first degree murder or manslaughter.  She was convicted of misdemeanors, but with time served, she was essentially a free woman.

The verdict outraged the community and the country.

Judge Perry said there were definitely two sides to the persona of Casey Anthony.  There was the “commanding and controlling” defendant, who often yelled at her own defense team, and the Casey Anthony who portrayed herself as a wrongfully accused and grieving mother to the jury.

“Justice has been served in the sense that the jury has spoken but justice will finally be served one day by the Judge of judges,” Perry said during the morning show. “And she’s going to live, deal with this for the rest of her life.”

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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