For the past few weeks – six weeks to be precise, Casey Anthony has been on trial for the murder of her two year old toddler, Caylee Anthony. The evidence against her, in my opinion, was daunting. First, her daughter was missing for 31 days before she contacted the police. Secondly, there was a strong smell of death in the trunk of her car (where her daughter, Caylee, was believed to have decomposed). Thirdly, there were several searches on her home computer for “chloroform” (which prosecutors alleged she used to make her daughter unconscious) and many other words, but naturally, the defense had an excuse for everything.
According to her defense attorneys, the child drowned in a pool, and was found by Casey Anthony’s father who panicked and hid her body. When Casey Anothony finally did contact the cops, she lied to them about the wherabouts of her missing daughter. She told them that she had left her child with the babysitter who had now disappeared. It turned out that no such babysitter existed. On lying to federal officers, her attorneys said that she had obviously made some bad decisions in her life. On being emotionless throughout the entire ordeal, her attorneys said it was the emotional and sexual child abuse that made her the way she is. What abuse??? On the chloroform that was searched for, the attorneys said that it was in fact Cindy Anthony (Casey’s mom) who mistakenly did the searches when she was actually searching for “Chlorophyll.”
I don’t know about real life, but in court – the American courts, at least – the burden of proof lies on the prosecutors, not the defense. The prosecutors are obligated to prove that Casey Anthony murdered her toddler. The defense’s job is to discredit the prosecutors, and obviously, they did. While we (and the rest of the world) watched the trial on television, we had already made up our minds: of course, she’s guilty. She may not have murdered Caylee with her hands, but she surely knows something about why and how she died. What kind of mother waits 31 days before reporting her two year old missing? It’s not like there could be any other plausible explanation for a missing two year old, other than the fact that she’s simply missing.
The prosecutors apparently did not do a good-enough job to convince the jury (made up of 12 women and 7 men) of Casey’s guilt. If I were the jury, I would have convicted Casey — based on two things: (1) She did not report her daughter missing until 31 days after the fact, and (2) When she finally did report her daughter missing, she gave the police false information about her whereabouts.
If Casey were a Nigerian (or in Nigeria) and got this not-guilty verdict, it would have been for at least one of the following reasons (1) She knows people that know people. She knows the movers and shakers, sometimes known as the law makers (not followers, of course) or (2) She is a winsh. It’s just that simple. Now, she may be an American, and in America, but I maintain that Casey Anthony is a winsh! How else did she do it? But I seek solace in the hope that some day, she will end up in jail again, just like O. J. Simpson, and the people will visit her with the vengeance and regret of today’s verdict. That said, she was convicted with misdemeanors of lying to federal officers, and may serve a maximum of four years in prison, but since she has already spent 2.5 years in jail, she will only be required to spend 1.5 years – that is if she even gets the maximum sentence.
Although she barely showed any kind of emotion during the six-week trial – apart from the random laughter that made the Judge question her sanity – Casey definitely showed emotion when she was acquitted of the guilt of killing her daughter. I wonder at what point, if any, she thought to herself, “Who, then, is responsible for killing my daughter?” Oh. Of course, she didn’t think it. She knows the answer. She probably thought, “Whew! That was close.”
The video of the verdict being read.
Food for thought: I know most of us are disappointed and angry about this verdict, but what is the difference between Casey Anthony killing her two year old toddler and other women aborting their babies?