The Verdict Made My Head Explode
[Updated at 2:17 p.m.] Casey Anthony has been found not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. She was also found not guilty of aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter. – CNN.com
[Updated at 2:20 p.m.] Casey Anthony has been found guilty of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement in the case of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, who was slain in 2008. – CNN.com
[Updated at 2:22 p.m.] Casey Anthony has left the courtroom. – CNN.com
I’ve been following Casey’s story on and off from the beginning and I’ve followed the trial’s progression almost daily. At first I had my doubts, but as more details of Casey’s behavior following Caylee’s disappearance emerged, the guiltier she got in my eyes. Assuming the defense’s story about an accidental drowning was in fact true, how does a young mother who just discovered her child drowned, then assisted her father or at least knew her father covered up the accident to look like murder, go from grieving to partying so quickly? Nights out at bars, getting a tattoo that means “the good life” or “beautiful life,” and acting like she doesn’t have a care in the world. The only answer I see is that she got rid of her daughter, who she saw as a burden, and then felt free to live her life as she chose without a toddler holding her back.
The defense worked to discredit the prosecution’s evidence of a decomposing body in the trunk of Casey’s abandoned car and I guess the jury believed it. It’s the defense team’s job to discredit everything in any way they can. How did the jurors forget about that so quickly and decide Casey is blame free? To me, this was a damning piece of evidence that Casey put Caylee’s body in her trunk and kept her there for a period of time prior to dumping the body. The jury also seemed to forget about the internet searched for chloroform and other terms related to the little girl’s death. Casey’s mom Cindy tried to claim that she made the searches (disproved by her time cards at work) which I saw as a mother’s desperate attempt to help her daughter who is facing the death penalty, but which unfortunately allowed some room for doubt.
I have zero doubt in my mind that Casey murdered her little girl. I also have no doubt that the prosecution didn’t present a solid enough case for first degree murder. The thing I don’t understand here is why the jury felt she should get off on the manslaughter and child abuse charges. They didn’t deny that Casey was a liar, as they found her guilty of lying to law enforcement, so why absolve her of manslaughter and child abuse? I’m not claiming to be an expert on anything here, but I believe there was enough evidence present to convict her on the manslaughter charge at the very least. This chick killed her kid and all that’s being done is a conviction for being a liar, and a bad one at that.
Our justice system is fucked, plain and simple. At the very least, Casey knows exactly what happened to her daughter, and at the most it was done at her hands. This unnecessary tragedy will go unpunished because a system designed to protect the innocent is also a system that is easily manipulated to allow guilty folk to weasel out of trouble with the assistance of smooth talking attorneys. At times, I long for years past, where Casey would have been strung up or stoned to death for murdering a baby instead of celebrating as I’m sure she is at this very moment. I wouldn’t mind seeing the return of “an eye for an eye” justice, especially when the news is filled with stories of babies in microwaves or cages, people shooting and stabbing loved ones, and other horrific events. I bet people would stop and think before running over their ex in a jealous rage if they knew that their punishment would be getting hit by a speeding car themselves.
I hope Casey enjoys her freedom once she’s released from jail (she can serve up to 4 years for lying to the police, credit for time served). Karma is a spiteful bitch and it will catch up with her soon. Murder of anyone is an unspeakable crime, but killing your own child? You deserve nothing but the depths of hell for that one.