Casey Anthony: The Verdict

Not Guilty. Not Guilty. Not Guilty.

The three year case of The State of Florida vs. Casey Marie Anthony ended on July 5th, 2011. It’s slightly backwards to state the verdict of a trial then study the evidence, but we already know how this story ends: not guilty of murder, child abuse, or manslaughter. Casey Anthony was released on July 15.

Needless to say, the backlash was enormous. Although I understood the shock, personally, I was sickened by the public’s reaction. To see a crowd in a coffee shop stop and look at a TV in order to hear a guilty verdict was truly astounding. Just one year ago people were cheering Landon Donovan for scoring a goal against Algeria in the World Cup. This year people were waiting to cheer when Casey Anthony would be sentenced to death. Is this how sadistic people really are?

But this blog is not about the verdict. Rather, it is about the evidence presented in the trial and the theory presented by the State of Florida. The prosecution had to prove beyond and to the exclusion of all reasonable doubt that Casey Anthony murdered her child. They had to prove this to a jury of 12 American citizens, not anyone else.

The elements of the crime, according to the State: Disabling the child with chloroform, duct taping her airways to suffocate her, wrapping her body in a blanket and three bags, transporting her in the trunk of the car, depositing her body in a swamp, lying to friends and family about her whereabouts, and enjoying a child-less new life.  The State did not need to prove a motive. They did not need to prove how, where, or when the child died. But, obviously, they made suggestions on all.

I am going to examine the veracity, credibility, and believability of the evidence over the course of several posts:

It took 3 years for investigators to compile evidence and it took one month to present it in a court of law. Now, all of that information is available online for everyone to read (see links in Blogroll).

Prior to the trial, I knew little of the case. I was not tainted by the information (or misinformation) presented by the media. In essence, I could have been a juror; however, I lived in a different Florida county. I watched the trial and read the released discovery and, interestingly, I came up with the same verdict as the jury.

I thought Casey Anthony was not guilty as charged, but guilty of something. I hope this blog allows you to understand how I came to this decision.

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