A few weeks back I did mention the Casey Anthony murder case (click here)
Now y'all has heard all the tawkin' haids yak on an' on about it.
Everybody in this town is flappin' their jaws. Shriekin' at each other about whether justice is served. The shock over the "not guilty" verdict is profound. A chile is daid, it's clear her mama did it, whaddaya' mean she walks??
Aunty is in the camp that say the jury did right. Doan freak out--hear me out. Please.
First the jury deliberated for jes' 10 hours or so--this means they's purty much in agreement from the git-go. This is meaningful. Them jurors had a decent grasp on the law that could be applied.
An' thas' the key--the law that could be applied.
Wif' out all the recap that ya's prolly seen I ain't gonna bore ya. But I hope ya has heard or seen that the prosecution jes' din't do the job. First, the idjits did not charge Casey wif' CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE. All the counts were fer murder or manslaughter or child abuse.
It's very likely that baby died accidentally an' her mama panicked an' disposed of her. It is likely Casey went partying leavin' the chloroformed chile asleep came back found the chile' daid an' then buried her. An' went off to party fer a month. It's horrific. Disgustin'. Sickenin'.
Casey 's lifestyle an' personality are simply off-putting in the extreme. But that ain't murder.
The fault here is that the prosecution went for a murder verdict an' overlooked the obvious: Criminal Neglect. The prosecution relied on the horror an' emotion of this case--a precious baby chile wif' a winning smile ends her 2 years in a bag in the swamp--it seemed a slam dunk fer the state: who wouldn't convict the wacko mother? So they grew sloppy. (as the dinner party atty
suggested --the prosecution flubbed it early on an "the girl will walk")
But the prosecution could not say HOW, WHEN , WHERE the chile' died. The evidence fer cause of death is NOT there. When ya' cain't say HOW, ya' cain't prove murder. This means that the jury had no charges in the long list that could be applied by law, or in justice, "beyond a reasonable doubt." Notice though, the jury isn't sayin' Casey is innocent, they's sayin' the prosecution did not prove the murder charge. Thas' the American legal protection--innocent until PROVEN guilty.
If the prosecution had added criminal neglect to the list of 7 charges, then Casey would have been judged guilty of that.
It's hard to hear, but the jury done the right thang in this case.