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Casey Anthony free as a (Jail) bird leaves amid calls of “baby killer!”

I don’t know how far her freedom will take her but Casey Anthony after killing, dumping the body and lying to the whole world of policedom has walked out of jail a “free” woman.  But the crowd outside was hollering “killer” and hating on her big time. 

Will some media buy her interview?  Let’s boycott that too. I wrote my article “The summer of skull and bones” and predicted she would be found guilty.  I was wrong about that verdict, but really was I? Were the other legal observers who predicted some guilt on the major charges? I think we got it right and the jury got it wrong.  Oh that’s wrong we are supposed to BELIEVE in our legal system that justice is blind.  Hell it’s not blind it’s fixed!!!!!

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Hasidic Brooklyn boy murder—Casey-Anthony Inspired?

It’s not exactly a copy-cat murder but the alleged killer said he panicked when he realized how many people were frantically searching for the little Hasidic boy he had in his old, white, Honda car.  He panics, he kills him, he dismembers him, puts most of the pieces in a suitcase inside black plastic garbage bags, and other parts inside the refrigerator and more black garbage bags, he hides it and waits. 

This observant Jew obviously lost his nerve and finally led police to the body.  He may not have had time to do some perverted sex act on the boy or the body.  He had been in prison for something but was out free.  At least he did not tell a million lies to cover his tracks.  Really they may not have ever found him, but there must have been a tipoff because the police actually went right to the man’s apt and and to the refrigerator and the remains. 

Will he get away with murder? Will he pull a jury that does not buy the prosecution case? Will this become just another circumstantial case crime for the books? Will the jury and its foreman later be digusted with their own verdict? There could be more Casey Anthony copy cases where they will pull a Casey and lie until they can’t lie anymore. 

Casey Anthony will change name, appearance, hide from death threats

Jury foreman “disgusted” over verdict as told to Jane Velez.  The laziest jury in history. At least the foreman wanted to vote guilty on one of the major counts.  Too little too late buddy. He said the evidence to convict her of murder just wasn’t there. I think the jury “just wasn’t there.” How you like that?

 

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting today that, upon release, Casey Anthony is considering the lifestyle of someone under Witness Protection: new name, new appearance, and new undisclosed home. According to the report, Anthony is aware of her national reputation: she fears death threats and is deciding how to keep her identity under wraps.

Should trial by jury be abolished?

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Here’s a comment I wrote that addresses this question:

 

Victor,
my daughter and I were talking about this on yesterday. She was called for jury duty, she is a PT with a clinical doctorate, and once I was called for jury duty for a murder trial. I have a master’s degree.

It turns out that I knew the twins who were on trial for capital one murder. They had been my students and were classified as SPEDs. The lawyers had me sworn in and asked me questions for at least two hours. And as a lawyer in my last life I love to talk and talked away. They hung on my every word and then did not pick me nor my daughter (recently) for jury duty.

She said her defendant was a doctor and thought that it would be in his best interest if people like her were selected for his jury. She was a peer. I told her that she didn’t get it. The defense picks the jury and some jurors are swatted down or jettisoned after some talk. I was one of them.

The defense “DUMBS down” the jury. There I said it. That’s your headline: the jury is not one of peers but ones that suit the defense and the outcome they want “not guilty!”

Sure lots of circumstantial cases get the death penalty, esp. if they are black, illegals, brown Mexicans, or white men who kill their white wife and unborn child (Scott Peterson). There you have it. A jury of your dumbest peers is what our legal system is all about. It is not about a fair trial by a jury but about who gets picked to sit on one.

Perhaps we should abolish juries as they have served their purpose because, drumroll they can be FIXED. Juries are as shady as the people who sit for trials. In the Casey case they were dumb as dull knives in a drawer full of sharp scissors (liars).

If I had been on this jury I would have pointed out that since the prosecution or the laws were at fault and there was no crime on the books for what that lying broad did to her dead three year old…would have gone for the lowest of the major defenses at least one felony on her record would be nice, regardless to whether it fit. Then everybody would have been happy because she would have gotten another ten years and there would have been no need for appeal or by appeal time she would be released for time served, another seven to ten years.

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/justice-and-the-casey-anthony-verdict/page-2/#ixzz1RpB67nAz

Jurors said they had to know the cause of death

One juror spoke today.  It does not have to be a death penalty case stupid.   My first impression: when I heard that it was murder one and death penalty I thought it was an overreach until I heard the case.  Then I could see murder one, but not the death penalty.  The jury did not have to impose death penalty and they should have known that.  I think the jury was split anyway but could have at least come up with manslaugher…come on.  So, it must be the prosecution’s fault. 

The logic exhibited here is really lazy as a case in point.  Why, because there are cases out there that were circumstantial that led to convictions.  We know there was little evidence on the bones which indicates that she died a quiet death in her sleep.  I think she was taking a nap when it happened.  Did she just walk out the door and into the pool because Casey was not home and then drowned? It would still be a case of child abuse/manslaughter. 

I hope Casey Anthony does not make money from her story.  I for one ain’t buying whatever lies she’s selling.  Are you?

Justice is not blind it’s lazy!

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That’s my verdict on this jury.  They wanted to go home they had missed the fourth and the fries and just wanted to get out of there.  No real winning over.  The jury did not even take notes during the majority of the trial.  This is not a lesson in anything but laziness and simple minded shit.

I think the state of Florida wasted a whole bunch of money.  But if they had found her guilty of killing her child, but in this case we find the child killed herself and then dumped her own body in a swamp, we’ve all heard of such cases before; then the appeals would have been expensive and OMG not another trial that would have been expensive too.  So, the moral is media hyped kept this woman off death row because if a jury from Orlando had been there they would have found her guilty of killing this kid. 

Orlando Florida locals are mad as hell at this verdict

You thought people were mad at the OJ verdict well people all over the country including really top lawyers are in shock. This jury never asked a damn question, never thought twice about coming back with not guilty on all counts.  What a piece of crock.  It looks like reasonable doubt, and not liking the prosecution.  NOT one member of the jury wants to talk to the media and he will not release the names of the jury.  Is that legal? They are part of the public domain.

The Summer of Skull and Bones

first published at blogcritics.org
 
The verdict is in and now we know Casey Anthony will go scott free.  She served time in jail for three years and that will be that.  Reasonable doubt is the bar set in this country.  I predicted she would be found guilty of murder one and if I had been on the jury it would have been a problem.   The truth is that people like me are never put on juries like this one>
 
Defense, defense, defense is everything in the lap of a murder-trial jury where twelve people are put together to hear a sensational, nationally televised death penalty case and asked to render a verdict of guilty in the first degree for a young, pretty woman of 25 living in Florida. I am talking about Casey Anthony whose summer trial has ended and her fate is in the hands of the jury. It is a jury of her peers from the Clearwater, Florida area because Orlando had heard, seen and knew too much.What are the seven charges Miss Anthony, a single woman, a single mother, faces?
  • First-degree murder (premeditated part does not have to be unanimous)
  • Aggravated child abuse (a second-degree felony)
  • Aggravated manslaughter of a child (a first-degree felony which manifests
    as extreme indifference to life–reckless actions leading to death)

4 counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer:

  • That she worked at Universal Orlando in 2008,
  • That she left Caylee with a babysitter named Zenaida Fernandez
    Gonzalez,
  • That she told Jeffrey Hopkins and Juliette Lewis that Caylee was missing,
  • That she received a phone call from Caylee on July 15, 2008.

Without a doubt she will be found guilty of the four counts of false information. I don’t see any compromise by the jury there. On the other hand, the jury could compromise and return a verdict, a lesser verdict of aggravated manslaughter of a child. This is a fancy way of saying it was an accident in which the defendant was negligent or reckless. First-degree murder and aggravated manslaughter are mutually exclusive. In other words it can’t be an accident and premeditated murder.

The least of all major charges in this case are aggravated child abuse. If you watched the case you would know that this refers to drugs, homemade or over-the-counter used to sedate Caylee. That reckless behavior spiraled out of control and she did not wake up or drowned in the pool–take your pick. And to make matters worse, or better, the defense argued that George Anthony was party to a perfectly good accident but made it look like murder!
 
The prosecution argued that Casey used or made chloroform to sedate Caylee, then duct taped her mouth and nose shut so that she would die peacefully, no blood, no mess, no fuss. She then made a coffin of a cylindrical cotton laundry bag, the mate to a square one that Cindy Anthony purchased, wrapped the body in a Winnie the Pooh blanket taken from her bed at the Anthony home (where both lived), double or triple-wrapped the body in black garbage bags, put the body in the trunk of her car then went to her boyfriend’s bed to spend the next couple of days.
 
The remains, the skull and bones of Caylee Anthony were described for the
viewer but only those in the courtroom could actually see the hair mat as it
fell from the skull, only they could see it. The judge ordered the photos
pixilated before publishing to the media. We saw a garbage dump in the woods and heard a description of skull and bones at their final resting place for months. Not a shred of tissue left and only threadbare clothing worn by the child. She was not wearing shoes or socks which indicates to me she was taking a nap, not drowning in a pool. Where did Casey commit this crime? Neither the defense nor prosecution could provide an answer.
 
If it was a home pool accident as the defense claims then it happened at the home. If it was first-degree murder it might have happened at an undisclosed location away from the Anthony home, obviously not far from it. No evidence of a chloroform kit (only internet searches about it) or Casey cooking it up in the Anthony kitchen but that does not mean she did not use it. The confusion over chloroform was interesting in that the decomposing body will off-gas many chemical byproducts including chloroform. The trunk of Casey’s car was said to hold high levels of chloroform and the smell of decomposition.
 
Smell was a big factor in this case. And in the prosecution rebuttal Linda Burdick
believes that Casey backed the car up to a dumpster to fill its trunk with trash that would account for any nose-defying smells. She even texted her friend that she thought her dad “must have run over a dead animal.” Casey had a lie for every occasion. One of the most prolific liars in history and quick to accuse others of lying about her…unbelievable.
 
The smoking gun: The prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the
body of Caylee spent time in the trunk of the car and that Casey dumped the body in the woods. The defense made much of the fact that Casey was in jail when the body was found by Ray Kronk, the meter reader, and that he moved the body. But we all know that he didn’t put the body there. He had no access to Caylee, the Anthony home or the remains of Caylee before they were dumped there like trash by her mother Casey. This requires premeditation, placing the body in the trunk, moving the body, hiding the remains, thereby destroying the evidence down to a case of circumstantial evidence. This case is not so low on the circumstantial side because other cases have been won where there was no body, no remains recovered. Time was lost if Kronk found the body in August 2008 just after Casey went to jail because there would have been soft tissue available for DNA testing.
 
A reasonable defense?
Jose Baez argued that the location in the woods where the remains were
found was “staged,” really? The prosecution rebut: this was a site staged only by Mother Nature wherein vines and vegetation were growing in and through the skull and bones of Caylee Anthony. Personally, I was underwhelmed by the defense arguments and objections. They did not convince me–they put me to sleep. There were rumors and whispers of childhood sexual abuse, accidental death in the family pool, family coverup, family dysfunction, prolific lies that spell extenuating circumstances. All to keep murder one–off the minds of the jury, all to keep Casey off death row. Yes, extenuating circumstances such as low IQ or horrific childhood, can keep a man or woman from the death penalty but neither fits this case. And the defense accused the prosecution of throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks did exactly that.
 
Grasping at laws:
The testimony of Cindy Anthony was impeached to high heaven, so was the
testimony of George Anthony. Specifically, Cindy was at work, unlike Casey who
lied and said she worked at Universal, when the searches for chloroform were
made by Casey among other terms. George was at the home of a search volunteer Krystal Holloway when he was supposed to be looking for Caylee. He lied and said he went there only a couple of times and that there was no intimate affair. His testimony was impeached by his text trail and testimony of Krystal.
Finally, who had the most to gain? This thought and two photos are what Linda
Drane-Burdick left the jury with: one of Casey partying and the other of her
tatoo “bella vita” which translates “beautiful life” in Italian.
 
Jeff Ashton played a huge role in the prosecution of this case with closing arguments that nailed the crime to Casey’s hide and two parts of the rebuttal. At one point he was laughing with his hand over his mouth while Jose Baez offered closing and he stopped mid sentence to call out Ashton with “that laughing guy over there.” Judge Belvin Perry about leaped to his feet shouting “sustained, approach the bench Mr. Baez.” I can tell you in watching most of the televised trial that Judge Perry was no fan of Baez but Perry was fair and threatened to replace both men if there were further antics and game playing.
 
How should we grade the prosecution in this case? I give them high marks for
the forensic experts, DNA evidence, great timeline presentation, masterful
closing arguments with its solid cry of death by mothering. They had to argue a plausible manner of death–Casey smothered little Caylee and it was no accident. My verdict prediction: first-degree murder and guilty on the four counts of lying.
 
This July fourth the jury got the case for deliberation at high noon. Does this bode freedom for Miss Anthony? Or the loss of it? You be the judge.

Casey Anthony NOT GUILTY of killing her daughter…period

I can’t believe it.  The little girl died but no one killed her. WTFf? This is unbelievable.  What a lazy stupid jury and waste of money, total waste of taxpayers money.  Casey is crying since she has been found not guilty of any crimes against her daugher. She was only guilty of lying and she will get time for the lying but that’s it.  White girl goes free just like OJ, OK.

Casey Anthony Verdict: Not guilty of First Degree or manslaughter

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Casey Anthony has been found guilty of the following charges: Not guilty of any of the major charges against her.  She has been found guilty of providing false information to law enforcement officers of those four counts.