As a Floridian, I have been hearing about this case since Caylee first went missing.
Oh wait - since her mother reported her missing. Big difference.
Between watching the coverage myself and getting updates from my
obsessed mother and husband, I believe I have heard nearly every detail of this trial.
I absolutely believe that Casey was responsible for Caylee's death. I am not sure if she intentionally murdered her, or somehow killed her in a neglectful accident, panicked, and covered it up. I don't for one moment believe the drowning story. I believe that, after her daughter's death, she acted in a way that I can't even fathom. Totally inappropriate for someone mourning the loss of their child.
I don't think she's the kind of person I would have liked, regardless of her daughter's death. She kind of repulses me. (I loved this blog post about her.)
That said, I do not blame the jury for the verdict in this case.
The prosecution has the burden of proof in a criminal trial. They HAVE to prove to the jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty. And they just did not have the evidence to do that.
Much of the evidence that they did present was discredited by the defense witnesses.
One thing that we, as observers, tend to forget is that the jury does not hear everything we hear. Much of the evidence is kept from them due to technicalities. They do not know what we know.
Jurors in a capital murder case have a tremendous responsibility. I do not envy them their position one bit. In order to find Casey guilty of murdering her daughter, they needed to be as certain as they could be. The prosecution could not provide that certainty.
They may very well believe, as so many of us do, that Casey murdered Caylee. But they cannot go on belief, opinion, or feelings. They have to go on hard facts and evidence. And they didn't have that.
I kept hoping the prosecution would pull a rabbit out of a hat; a "smoking gun", something that would prove that Casey murdered Caylee.
I think she's despicable. I think its sick that she threw her whole family under the bus to save her own ass. I hope that she pays every day that she's on Earth for what she did, and I know that she will answer to a far higher authority one day.
Just because she was found Not Guilty in a court of law, does not mean she is innocent.
The only one who was innocent in all of this was Caylee Marie Anthony.
R.I.P., Sweet Girl.
What's your opinion on the Casey Anthony trial & verdict?
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