UPDATE: Wow, Casey Anthony has been acquitted of all the serious charges, finding her guilty only of lying to the police. The second-guessing of the prosecution's over-charging Anthony will now begin, and with good reason. One can only wonder if the verdict were different had she been charged with manslaughter. Meanwhile, we now have a white female O.J. Simpson, although to be fair I think there was more doubt (even if barely more) about Casey Anthony's guilt than about O.J.'s. My take on who Casey Anthony is and what she did remains unchanged following the verdict.
Look, I wasn't very interested in the Casey Anthony trial. But it's so hard to avoid the story that I've gotten slightly sucked in to it, especially because the whole Anthony family seem like characters that you wouldn't believe if you read them in a novel; add in the meter-reader, Mr. Kronk, and it seems like a bad made-for-tv movie.
Except that a three-year old child is dead.
When I first heard the details of the case, I thought that Casey Anthony was a sociopathic "hot body" party-girl slut who found having a child inconvenient to her partying and slutting so she either intentionally killed little Caylee or accidentally killed her while doing something to try to keep her quiet.
Now I thought that those two things were very different things legally and that for a death penalty to be imposed for murder the murder had to have been premeditated. I was wrong. As one of the prosecutors explaining in his closing argument, Felony murder is also first degree murder and therefore eligible for the death penalty. Felony murder means, as I understand it, killing someone while you are committing another felony, in this case aggravated child abuse, which is to say doing something that a person knew or should have known likely to cause harm to a child. In other words, the jury can find that Casey Anthony was only trying to shut her daughter up and that the death was accidental but related to that action, such as if Casey tried to use chloroform to knock Caylee out for a few hours but accidentally overdosed her, and still convict of first degree murder.
I'm not a lawyer and don't want to get into discussing the many crazy details of testimony in the case. Suffice it to say that from Google searches to duct tape to the police not searching for the body the first time Mr. Kronk reported finding a body, the evidence in the case is as bizarre as are its participants.
Did the prosecution prove its case? Hard to say. Could there be a doubt about Casey's guilt? Sure. But a reasonable doubt? Not so sure.
So now, after hearing more of the trial, especially in the past few days, than I ever wanted to, here's what I think: Casey Anthony is a sociopathic "hot body" party-girl slut who found having a child inconvenient to her partying and slutting so she either intentionally killed little Caylee or accidentally killed her while doing something to try to keep her quiet.
My guess is that there will not be unanimity on the jury for first degree murder; some will be for it and others perhaps wanting to convict on a much lesser charge such as third degree murder or manslaughter. There may even be someone in the room thinking of acquittal. But they've been through such a long ordeal that they won't want to come out empty-handed, with a hung jury, so I predict they "compromise" and convict on something like second degree murder, or whatever the most serious charge is which is not eligible for the death penalty.
I know most of the readers of these pages will be reticent to admit that they've paid even a little attention to the case. But seriously, how could you ignore it in the past few days?
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