Casey Antony Case, Last Chance for Defense

On June 15th, after a grueling three-week session, the prosecution rested on the Casey Anthony case. Starting with evidence about Casey’s behavior after her daughter’s death, to images of her daughter’s Winnie The Pooh backpack in the woods, to the hard-evidence of chloroform in Casey’s trunk, the prosecution made their case that Casey Anthony maliciously and intentionally murdered her little girl, Caylee.

Although the jurors could give their verdict as early as the middle of next week, it is now the defense’s turn. The defense has already laid the groundwork for what is to come. They are going to turn the case towards George Anthony, Casey’s father. They are going to say that Casey was molested growing up by her father and brother. Even if this is proven, in what way does it relate to the case? Casey’s best bet was to plea insanity early on. Now, however, it seems that she will either be found innocent of all charges, or be found guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced to death.

The defense had recently asked the judge for a case acquittal. Of course, the judge said ‘no’. There is too much evidence, albeit circumstantial, for Casey to suddenly walk free. The defense may also bring Casey up to the stand. This move would fly in the face of conventional legal moves, as Casey has been caught in lie after lie. However, the Caucasian, attractive, crying mother may appeal to some juror’s heartstrings.

In my opinion, and I hope most everyone else’s, it is clear that Casey Anthony killed her daughter. Whether she is insane, or it is a case of Munchausen by proxy (in which you injure someone to get the attention on yourself), she committed the heinous act. I feel as though there is a general sense that the American legal system made a huge mistake in the last public case of obvious murder, OJ Simpson, and the retribution for this will be for Casey to suffer the repercussions of what she’s done.

Danielle Petersen

Dp499240@sju.edu

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