As I sit here seething, watching the coverage of the Verdict in the Casey Anthony trial come in, the words ring over and over in my ears: Not Guilty. Not Guilty. Not Guilty. And as I mentioned earlier on facebook, my task for this afternoon was to write a blog post about what happens to Casey Anthony if she is found Not Guilty. Little did I know that that would be the real question of the day. So let’s talk about it. What now? Casey has been found Not Guilty of murder. Her only charges of lying to the police will likely garner her the maximum of one year per charge, making the most she would serve as 4 years in jail. Of note, she has already been in jail over 3 years, so including time served, Casey will likely be out of prison in time to use the summer discounts at Disney. Although she will have no Caylee to take with her. Casey gets a do-over. She gets to start again. She gets to press the reboot button on her life. So where does she go? Does she go to the last home she knew, Cindy & George Anthony’s house? The home of the mother who faces 15 years for lying about performing chloroform searches. The home of the father who she accused of putting his genitals in her mouth before she went to school each morning. Does she go live with her brother Lee? The brother who she accused of staring at her in the middle of the night and attempting to molest her? Does she return to the beds of Tony Lazarro, Ricardo Morales, Jesse Grund, or the countless other men who she laid up with prior to and during the death and search for Caylee?
My dad tells me “Baby, you can always come home” but I’m not so sure that George Anthony would feel the same way. I think we will see Cindy take Casey back and George Anthony leave the home. Perhaps back to River Cruise (because she looks like the woman who will take a man back who denied her under oath in front of a TV audience of millions). I digress. Where does Casey go? Can she ever find a “home” again? My advice to Casey, move to L.A and follow in the footsteps of the Long-Island Lolita Amy Fisher and make a living in adult films. Change your name. Marry a man who likes to have a good time and spend your book money on a brand new life.
It is what it is: We cannot be mad at the prosecution for this case. The evidence WAS WHAT IT WAS. And it was circumstantial. I am annoyed at the people I see arguing that the prosecution didn’t do their jobs and didn’t prove their case. I have tons of friends who are prosecutors who do the same job daily and they have to play the hand of cards they are dealt. That is exactly what Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick did. They put their heart and souls into making lemonade out of the lemons they were given. 349 exhibits introduced by the State and none directly linking Casey to the cause and manner of death
of that big brown eyed baby girl. We shouldn’t be shocked about this outcome. We know in our guts why the jury came back with this verdict. Our hearts however won’t let us believe it. There was not enough evidence for a jury to be convinced “beyond all reasonable doubt” that Casey did it. If the standard was different, we would have a different outcome. But it too is what it is. We all had doubt—reasonable and Unreasonable! Come on! Was she in the pool or not? If she was chloroformed where did it happen? Why isn’t there DNA on the duct tape? What’s up with that heart shaped sticker? There just wasn’t enough evidence,
direct or circumstantial, to get the jurors to—watch this—use their anger and disgust for Casey to convict her. Oh don’t look surprised. Yes it’s against the law. Yes the judge always instructs the jury that they cannot use their emotion in rendering a verdict. But get real.
Perhaps had the police listened to Roy Kronk in August when he first found the body, the remains would have been less decomposed, allowing for more forensic evidence to be recovered, giving the jury more ammunition to render a guilty verdict. They needed more. That is understandable. There wasn’t more to give!
THIS IS NOT THE OJ TRIAL: Judge Ito could never be Judge Perry (read tomorrow for Perryisms that came out of the trial). And everytime someone compares Jose Baez to Johnny Cochran, Thurgood Marshall rolls over in his grave.
I’m not going to touch the issue of whether or not OJ was guilty. That’s clearly a debate for the ages. But I remember the racial divide that was created with the verdict in the OJ trial. White America was enraged that OJ “got away” with murder—whether or not the glove fit. Black America was elated that the justice system that had for so long prosecuted (and persecuted) Blacks had finally worked for one of its own. Well guess what? This case is NOT about race! It is about a self-absorbed, possibly sociapathic woman who aided in the death and/or coverup of a 2 year old child. Her child. I’m reading facebook posts and bloggers talk about “If Casey were Black”. And what if she was? Might she have been under the jail? Yes she may have. But had this jury been chosen from Orlando, where the
murder occurred, she also may have been getting fitted for her prison blues as we speak. Race had nothing to do with it. Two of the jurors were Black. And both gave resounding YES answers when asked if they had voted “Not Guilty”. Let’s not use this tragedy to cause another tear in the fiber of our country. Because not even George Anthony’s duct tape will be able to fix that.
Not Guilty does not mean innocent. We know that. Casey Anthony is clearly not innocent. Many, including me, will always feel in our guts that Casey knows exactly how Caylee died and she will live with it everyday of her life. Soon she will be done, with the troubles of this world. And then her real trouble will begin. Bella Vita baby.
Kisses and Justice in Heaven for Caylee.