You’ve been following the trial for months; you’ve heard everything the defense and the prosecution has had to say; you’ve heard all the lies, stories and made up people Casey Anthony has invented and, finally, you have heard the verdict. The Florida jury in the case of young mother Casey Anthony has found the women not guilty of the murder of her two-year-old daughter.
The jury rejected the portrayal of Casey as “a lying, no-good slut” who would rather go nightclubbing than rear her child and unanimously found the 25-year-old not guilty on the charges of murder, manslaughter and child abuse. However, Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to police after claiming that her daughter, Caylee, had been abducted by a nanny when Anthony was found driving around with the body of Caylee in the boot of her car. If convicted of first degree murder, Anthony would have faced the death penalty but will now serve no more than four years when sentenced on Thursday.
The verdict was met with outrage by people outside the courtroom and across America who denounced it as a miscarriage of justice. Many compared the verdict to OJ Simpson’s acquittal for murder. However, Anthony’s lawyers gave high praise to the jury for resisting, as they called it, the “media assassination” of their client.
The prosecutors claimed Anthony murdered her daughter because she stood in the way of her party lifestyle and interest in men. The prosecution also stated to the jury that Anthony killed her daughter with the help of chloroform in 2008 and buried the body in the woods near the family home in Orlando. When Casey Anthony’s body was found, there were three pieces of duct tape over her mouth and nose.
There were many, many lies that came about in the trial, one being that Anthony stated a nanny was looking after her daughterand supposedly abducted her. This nanny never existed. Other landmarks in the trial included controversial scientific evidence including the testing of air taken from the boot of Anthony’s car that revealed the presence of decomposing human flesh as well as chloroform.
Other incriminating (or so it seemed) evidence included pictures of Anthony partying in a nightclub after Caylee went missing as well as a photo of a tattoo with the phrase “beautiful life” in Italian which the prosecution stated Anthony obtained after her daughter was already dead. According to the prosecution, “At the end of this case, all you have to ask yourself is whose life was better without Caylee? This is your answer.”
The defense dismissed all of this claiming that Anthony was guilty of nothing more than being a panic stricken young mother who covered up an accidental death out of fear. The defense stated that Caylee drowned in the family swimming pool and that Casey panicked. The defense also claimed that Casey’s father knew about the accident and helped his daughter dispose of the body. It was said that George Anthony placed the tape over Caylee’s mouth to make it look like a murder after Casey failed to report the death. George Anthony completely denied his daughter’s account.
I don’t know what is more absurd, the fact that, with all this evidence to the contrary, Casey Anthony was not found guilty of something more than just lying to police officers, or how much media attention this case has received. Obviously a little girl has died, whether by drowning, her mother’s hand or some other way; that in itself is tragic, heart wrenching and something that should never, ever happen, but things like this happen every day, as do even worse things, none of which garner as much media attention as this.
Maybe the media helped twist and distort the truth and make the general public incapable of discerning fact from fiction or maybe the one thing that is and will always be true happened, the imperfectness of being human reared its ugly little head and made the wrong choice. Either way the case is closed.
Source: Guardian.Co.Uk – Casey Anthony found not guilty of murdering daughter Caylee