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A matter of common sense

Now that Casey Anthony has been found innocent of any (yes, I said any) involvement in her toddler daughter’s death, we are left to ponder how the nearly, 3-year-old little girl died, and who dumped her decomposing corpse into that wooded Florida swamp, just minutes from the Anthony home.

While I can’t say for certain just how little Caylee met her death, it doesn’t take much common sense to figure out who was responsible, and who tossed her in the muck and apparently never gave her another thought.

Maybe, if you believe her lawyer’s explanation that Caylee’s death was a drowning accident “that snowballed out of control” (whatever that means), you can accept the verdict – kinda. 

However, I’m having trouble accepting that if it truly was an accidental drowning, why cover a dead child’s nose and mouth with duct tape and then hide the body? 

Hmmm …

Casey’s lawyer also conceded that she is a liar – but “not a murderer.”  But those weren’t just a bunch of sundry lies, Casey told.  That carefully and cunningly concocted trail of lies was crafted for one purpose only – to cover her butt as to why a child in her care suddenly and utterly disappeared off the face of the earth.

Common sense says that’s the behavior of a gaily person, not just a pathological liar.

To tell the truth, if I had been on the jury, I couldn’t have found her guilty of first-degree murder and given her the death penalty.  There were just too many missing pieces and unanswered questions for that.  

But having said that, there’s no doubt in my mind, whatsoever, that Casey Anthony was directly responsible for little Caylee’s death.  Moreover, I believe the prosecution proved, at least, a case of manslaughter – and did so without leaving a ‘reasonable doubt.

But, apparently, that jury wanted ‘no doubt’ at all. Which would make it next to impossible to convict anybody of anything by those standards. 

That those jurors found her innocent of any responsibility in her daughter’s death makes me wonder if maybe they’ve spent way too much time next door in Disney World, and lost all common sense.

And so while the jurors will be reviled for a while and Casey will, undoubtedly, go on to sell her story, appear on TV and make millions on a little girl’s suspicious death – a toddler’s ghost will forever haunt that swamp, and cry out for justice.

4 Responses to “A matter of common sense”

  1. Carol says:

    The lone juror who has spoken out made it clear that she didn’t want the burden of having a death on her hands. Alan Dershowitz got it right. The prosecution asked for too much and should have asked for life in prison instead of the death penalty.

  2. brian mc donald says:

    Was Johnny Cochran defending Casey?? it certainly is the same result, should we rejoice when a murderer, beyond a shadow of a doubt gets off?? I just cant seem to come to any other conclusion other than GUILTY

  3. Jay from Wellington says:

    I also think Casey was involved, but if you want to find a culprit for the not guilty (which means guilt not proven, not innocent) verdicts, look to the State, which both overcharged and wrongly charged her.

    With no cause of death, there was no way to determine murder from accident, so there went Count 1, and in fact, the jury voted 10-2 against it.

    If you believe Casey used chloroform to knock Caylee out while she partied (and I do), and accidently overdosed her, the experts effectively canceled each other out as to whether there even were more than normal levels of chloroform, so count out Count 2, aggravated child abuse.

    Count 3, aggravated manslaughter of a child, got the most jury support, a 6-6 vote, but in fact turned on who was the caregiver when the death occurred. (There actually was a verdict form on this.) The jury could not determine if Casey or her parents were in charge at that moment. Count 3 gone.

    What the state could have convicted on was improper disposal of a body, a relatively low penalty offense, but they didn’t charge that. Instead they shot for the moon and wound up with nothing to soothe the madding crowd.

    That crowd will now have its chance as Casey walks free on Sunday. If they don’t kill or hurt her, which would be in itself a horrible act, they will be the first to make her life a perpetual hell of hatred. And as for the money she may make, every organization that has thought about paying her has suffered a backlash strong enough to change their minds. So it’s likely those millions will be as real as the web of lies she wove.

    Casey Anthony will serve a life sentence, all right. She just won’t serve it behind bars.

  4. Jay from Wellington says:

    BTW, the duct tape could reasonably be explained as having come off the bags containing the body. Testimony showed the family traditionally buried its pets in trash bags sealed with tape.
    When animals ripped the bags apart, tape could have stuck to the skull. That was enough, said one juror, for reasonable doubt.

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