The Truth About Justice ---Caylee's Justice Never Came

Caylee Anthony was born on August 9, 2005 died June 16, 2008.

She would be 11 years old today....how sad that she was denied the opportunity to go to school, have sleepovers with her friends, go to movies, to the beach, and all of the myriad of other experiences young children have as they make their way.

He said, She said??

Some are skeptical about anything that some tv stations air....the video provided that Casey admits she killed Caylee and hid the body. Just for your consideration...

There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience.

It supersedes all others.

— Ghandi

My baby grandson

I cannot imagine our lives if his life had been stolen from us ...my now four year old grandson was 29months old here...close to Caylee's age when she  vanished.
I cannot imagine our lives if his life had been stolen from us ...my now four year old grandson was 29months old here...close to Caylee's age when she vanished. | Source

Loaded title I suppose.

This article is written purely from my viewpoint No surveys, no scientific research, no interviews, just by observation are the assumptions made in this article.

Over time, I have learned that the words ‘justice for all’ in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag means that maybe the promise implied in that pledge often is not the reality.

The intent is there . We intend for everyone to be treated in a fair and equitable manner. But the fact is that often does not happen.

You can think of occasions that you know of in your personal life where something unjust has happened. Likewise you can cite cases that have made headlines where justice was not the end result at least in your opinion.

The justice system is not perfect.. It does have some flaws.


I would be remiss if I miss the opportunity to add: Each opportunity I have to Pledge our flag, I do so proudly, feeling blessed, and eager to announce to the world that I am proud to be an American and believe that we do make an effort to insure justice and equality to all.

That does not mean that I blindly and emotionally accept every decision that is made by our judicial system It means that I need to be alert and aware and that I should speak up when glaring miscarriages of justice occur.

We are so blessed that we can speak up...one of our most treasured freedoms.


Meet Little Caylee...gone too soon

Caylee Marie Anthony would be 9 years old on August 9, 2014. She should be choosing her favorite backpack and the school supplies she will need. Shopping for new shoes and new clothes should be underway.

She would be entering third or fourth grade.

She will not be. She died in 2008 under what have been termed loosely 'mysterious' circumstances and NO ONE has been held accountable for her death.

It happened here


And for me, there is one case that stands out in my mind. Probably it does because it happened here in Florida and for years we, the public, lived this case.

It involved a precious little girl, her sexy, cute Mom, her grandparents, and a whole slew of attorneys and a couple of Judges…Judge Perry being the most colorful of the judges.

And the public who swarmed around the courthouse like flies on a hot, sultry summer day never seemed to get their fill.

The tension in the air surrounding this case reminded me of the tension in the courtroom painted so vividly in To Kill a Mockingbird.


Where was Caylee?

It began in 2008…in the summer. Breaking news came on with a report that a little girl had been missing for a month. The report was made by her Grandmother, Cindy Anthony.

The precious child’s name was Caylee Anthony. Her Mom’s name is Casey Anthony. Grandpa’s name is George Anthony.

From the beginning almost nothing about this case that was discovered was kept from the public.

Whether that is good or bad, it is how it was.

The case dragged on with every sordid detail that could be dragged up about this young woman being played out in front of our eyes.

We learned one thing about Casey early on. That she was a prolific liar. That is not my opinion. That was proven as the case unfolded. There would really be no disagreement with that remark.

Telling lies does not you a murderer make but the stories that she told did not add up.

The Defense's Spin...

Early in court proceedings, the Lawyer for the defense, Jose Baez gave a new spin to the story. His theory was that George Anthony, Casey's father, and Casey had found Caylee drowned in the family pool and covered it up.

Thus, by doing so, opening the window, which ultimately was unable to be completely dismissed, closed and forgotten and leaving the possiblility for reasonable doubt to creep in.



What was true?


To make a very long, convoluted story very short:

Casey told everyone that Caylee, the two year old, precious little girl, had been missing for 30 days and she had been trying to find her. Finally her Mother reported to police that the child was missing and maybe kidnapped.

That is when Zenaida Gonzales, stranger to Casey, was dragged into the case. Casey pulled her name out of a hat and said she was the nanny who took Caylee. Not so. That poor woman never knew either of them and her life has been a roller coaster ride ever since.

Eventually Casey was arrested and then the circus became more of a circus. I do not mean to belittle anyone or any thing in this case when it is referred to as a circus but it was beyond belief.


Almost nothing that happened was shielded from the public eye.

Casey was in and out of jail, the Anthonys were assaulted, in a manner of speaking, on a daily basis by the media and by Lucy Lookers who drove up and down the streets of their once quiet Orlando neighborhood, night and day, 24/7.

The case went to trial on May 24 of 2011 and the reason I remember that date is that it is my daughter’s birth date.

The trial was painful to watch as Casey accused her father of abusing her as a child (which by the way we do not know if that is true or not as she did not know how to tell the truth).

Casey clearly enjoyed the attention (my opinion) being focused on her. If you review the tapes of the trial you can decide for yourself if I am mistaken. (It certainly will not be the first or last time I am mistaken.)

As I watched the videos of her in jail when she visited with her family, something was just off, out of kilter: the focus was about Casey. She spoke very little about wanting to be out to help find Caylee. Most of the dialogue was about Casey and how miserable and unhappy she was ...“O, woe is me.”


Little Caylee Singing "You are My Sunshine"

'You're not concerned with the law, Members of the Jury,' I told them, 'you are concerned with justice.'

( Horace Rumpole [John Mortimer, "Rumpole à la Carte," The Third Rumpole Omnibus)

The Verdict...

The case was tried.

Waiting for the verdict was agony.

When the verdicts were read, my heart ached and it still does.

The jury got it wrong but they erred on the side of caution because it was a death penalty case.

Here were the results:

“-Count 1: First-Degree Murder - Not Guilty
-Count 2: Aggravated Child Abuse - Not Guilty
-Count 3: Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child - Not Guilty
-Counts 4, 5, 6 and 7: Providing False Information to Law Enforcement - Guilty (two convictions were thrown out in January 2013)”

She was not found guilty of any charges relating to the death of that precious child.

She walked free.

You would need to read the court transcripts as well as know the backstory in order to decide if you feel as I do about this case.

Clearly I did not see her commit the act. No one did. And that is the sad reality.

It is unlikely that anyone will ever pay for this crime against a baby child.


She walked free. She w a l k e d free. I could not wrap my head around that tact.


O, I have tried to not feel angst when I see her face or her stories about her. But this is one case that has been difficult to let go of. Casey is alive. Her precious child is not.



Let her song live on....

The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.

— Lois McMaster Bujold

Trying to find solace...a place of calm

Walking along the shores of the ocean, my soul was seeking calm after this trail ended.
Walking along the shores of the ocean, my soul was seeking calm after this trail ended. | Source

Unanswered Questions Still Remain

Recently I read an article about Casey stating that she is a prisoner even today. She cannot go out in public for fear of danger to her life. And for me, that is a kind of justice. Perhaps I am wrong.

And if someone else is proven to have committed this crime, I will apologize and admit that I was mistaken.

Until that time, I know that justice has not been served.

There is so much I have not told in this article. Please research on your own

Several books have been written about this case. One of the lawyers who participated in Casey's defense is publishing a book ….it contains information “never before known to us” or some such verbiage. Isn’t that always the way?



Living with What the Results of Our Actions

One lesson learned from this case is that if you are sexy and cute, you may just get away with murder.

Did the prosecution make mistakes? I think the one thing they should not have done is try it as a death penalty case. That was a game changer.


As I reflected on the quote from Gandhi I realize that the bottom line is this: Casey has to face herself each day. She has to face her demons---each day in the mirror--those that we know nothing of.

The resolution of that part of this case is now between Casey and God.

Each one of us has to live with the results of our actions...and sometimes that may be very uncomfortable and unpleasant.

Hopefully one day ‘justice for all’ will mean just that.

Polling in 2011

According to polling conducted by the Huffington post, 50% of those polled believed Casey was guilty of murder in the death of Caylee Marie.

These results were published in July of 2011 and updated in September of the same year.

Public sentiment especially in Orlando but by no means limited to that area was directed in a negative manner toward Casey Anothony. For many that sentiment remains today.

Tomorrow August 9th would be Caylee's ninth birthday as was mentioned above.

Perhaps we should pause for a moment and blow some bubbles in her memory...setting them to float happily in the wind...I will and I will be saying..."These are for you...you are gone, Caylee, but we will not forget you."

We can be her voice...a voice that speaks out for those who leave the planet under
'mysterious circumstances' and no one is brought to justice for the crime.

The truth about justice...

The truth about justice is that it is a goal, an aim, a desired end result. Like a goal, aim, or desired end result, justice is not always the 'justice' we wished to see. Sometimes we are left feeling it did not come at all.

Despite that fact, our justice system is what we have. It is what determines many times our fate.

Is it safe to say that most of the time (superlatives can get us in trouble) it does work well?

That is a personal decision we must consider and make efforts to correct flaws that we see.

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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

AuFait I appreciate your in depth discussion....justice is a tricky one is it not? I guess for me just knowing who it was that took her life, for really and true, would be justice in my mind.

Vengeance, revenge, no they are not what I was looking for.

But knowing that someone was found responsible and accountable would be in order.

Angels are on the way...a lot has been going on with illness in my family...but every day is a brand new day and a gift. I just cannot come and visit here as often as I like.

I hope all is good with you and yours.

And yes, Angels are definitely watching over us. Know they are headed back to you. ps


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Au fait 15 months ago from North Texas

I wonder exactly what justice is. Getting even by any means only changes the person getting even into the same kind of person they're getting even with. Noting will bring a person back who has passed on. Nothing will put things back the way they were before an horrendous event happened. How can getting even truly make a person feel better about the horrible way a loved one was taken from them?

No, we can't ignore when these terrible things happen, and we must separate violent people from the rest of society for everyone's safety and well being.

But how can anything bring closure to the loss of a loved one as the result of a horrible act by another person? After the so-called justice is meted out, that loved one is still gone forever and what they may have endured as a result can never be changed. Nothing can remove that last horrible experience they had as their life ended.

Very difficult not to return hate and ugliness toward someone who has done something unspeakable to another, especially if the victim is a child. Yet when we do deliver justice (retribution) we lower ourselves to there level through our government's actions. We turn around and do the same thing or as close to the same thing as we can to them, that they have done to our dear one. In so doing we are no better.

I understand the desire to get even, believe me. I have always said if anyone were to hurt my little girl, they should pray harder than they ever have in their lives that the police arrive before I do.

But in the end, what exactly is justice? How does it make the situation better?

Yes, I've noticed you have been missing around here for a while and I wondered what had become of you. I think you mentioned something a while back about moving, and that is always a huge job. I've moved so many times over the years, 8 time across the country and many times across one town or another.

Whatever you've been doing, I hope all is well with you and your family. Hugs for you too, and I hope the angels have been faithfully watching over you and those you love.


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

There definitely was a much better end to this story. So heartbreaking that little Caylee never got to give to the world what she had to offer.

Thank you poetryman for stopping by

Angels are winging their way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Absolutely 100% agree...yes, we do know, yes, we do. And it sickened me...I had to let go of it as it made me physically ill that she hypnotized those into letting her walk. How sad that the precious child never had a chance.

I lived and breathed this case as well and thought I would pass out when the verdict was read!!!!

Our justice system does work, sometimes....should I say, most of the time??? I am not sure.

But I still mourn for the family and the loss of this baby girl.

Thank you for this well expressed comment....Angels are winging their way to you this evening ps


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poetryman6969 18 months ago

I was living in Florida back then. It was difficult to believe the mother got away with this but a lot of strange things happen in Florida. What seemed really odd to me is that I would bet a lot of people would adopt that little girl and take her off her mother's hands. The mother partied with the wrong people. If she had partied with lawyers they would have told her how to give up the little girl for adoption and make a profit.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Patricia.....I will try to be brief, but it won't be easy. From Day One, I lived & breathed this case. I do this for each and every "High-Profile" case. My motivation is simple. My entire life, background, career, studies & PASSIONS, lay firmly & near-obsessively in human behavior science and our Justice System.

You are more than likely correct by stating, "We may never know." In terms of actual PROOF---Confession----clear cut DNA evidence with witnesses and videos.......all quite literally and highly IMPROBABLE.

However Patricia, We really DO know, don't we. Yes, that's a rhetorical question. We KNOW. If the 50% statistic you report is an accurate, current reality......the other 50% consists of Ostriches, individuals in complete denial, those who simply cannot bring themselves to believe such an egregious crime, very simple-minded persons with a low-level I.Q. and/or ability for logic & reason.

Personally, I haven't a single doubt that even Jose Baez & his defense team are fully aware that Casey is the responsible party. They did their jobs quite well. Of course they had the "help" from Prosecution whose craziness made them insist on the Death Penalty. You are correct there too, Patricia! Damn them!

THIS is actually the hard core truth. Nothing more, nothing less. Casey SHOULD be a "prisoner." The fact is she is not. Despite her whining and self-pity.....as you say so well......SHE WALKED FREE.

To close my comment, I will just present my firm, unmoving theory. It is my opinion that in Casey's habit of carting Caylee here & there with her as she traipsed and tramped around with men, friends & partying.....it was clearly stated numerous times and PROVEN that Casey often drugged Caylee with Rx. "Xanax"....a controlled barbituate, pronounced: ZAN-EX" ("Zanny" the Nanny) Often she would leave Caylee asleep (drugged---out cold) in her car as she socialized.

One night she gave Caylee TOO MUCH and it simply & quietly stopped that baby's little heart. Casey went absolutely crazy in panic & fear.....disposed of (dumped) the body.........and the rest is the History we all know as the Casey Anthony Case.

Be that as it may, Patricia....thousands upon thousands of people like you and me will mourn not only the precious life lost, but the void of Justice. We only know in our hearts. Unfortunately our hearts never enter a court of law......UP++++ pinned & tweeted& HP shared


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O absolutely. That is one reason I oppose the death penalty. It was just a travesty of justice....I watched as this played out ...I lived so close to it...I think that makes one more involved in a case. Caylee became our little girl.

Our justice system is not infallible and in many cases it does work, well.

However this is one time when someone walked who should not have and it saddens me. The flip side is to it is that she is essentially a prisoner because of her actions. Thank you Sherry for stopping to comment. Obviously this is one topic that is very close to my heart. Angels are winging their way to you this wee hour of the morning ps


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Sherry Hewins 18 months ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

It used to be that people were lynched based upon public opinion. Sure, a lot of times the crowd was right in their assumptions, but I'm sure there were plenty of times they were wrong.

I am glad that, in this day and age, most people get a real trial through the legal system. The case must be proven, by the evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt.

The system is not infallible. A cloud of suspicion does hang over this mother's head, and perhaps the public perception is correct. Still, I would rather a killer walk free than that an innocent person be unjustly convicted of such a crime.


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Peggy W 18 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

Sadly as others have mentioned, this type of crime happens again and again. The circumstances may vary but a small child has no defense against a deranged bad intentioned adult. Justice will come and as you noted, it may be in the next life if not this one...but it surely will come! At least those children will no longer suffer and are enjoying a heavenly realm in which to thrive and live.

This hub must have been a hard one to write. Hope that your week over there in Florida is filled with sunshine and pleasant thoughts. Sending blessings your way!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Brakel2 My heart still aches. It just was such a travesty of justice. That precious child is with the Angels ...her killer walks free.

Angels are on the way to you and to the families of all who have lost loved ones and no answers have been found. ps


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi PStraubie - I remember this case and all the confusion. When you have a mother who lies, how can the truth come out? It still should have been solved. Thank you for devoting a hub for this innocent little girl. You told all you knew, and that was so kind of you to share these details. A friend's daughter went missing, and that was never solved. I feel sorry for the children, as they are innocent victims. Angels are sent your way, as I know you send angels to us. Sharing hub. Blessings, Audrey


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes, living there is Orlando must have made it even more difficult for you. I was living in Ocala then and we heard every detail every day. I am sure you were bombarded even more by all of the news.

I am a grandparent too and at that time had taught school 36 years ...so kids are my 'heart.' It is horrid enough to read of the death of an adult but the death of a little one strikes a chord with all of us, I think.

I tried to let go of this but each time I see Caylee's Mom's name in the paper I get fired up again. It should not have happened. Sunshine625

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

O Nell...I wish it were not so. I wish we would never have to read of another case like this , ever.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Cheryl

How sad.

I have to remain hopeful that justice does come more often that not. I have to believe that.

It did not come in this case nor in some others but I do believe that in most cases it does come.

What goes around comes around though...I do believe that. So while Casey is not in a literal prison, she is still imprisoned.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting...for caring enough to read about this little precious child. It is just so sad...all of these years later. Deal for a Living


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes Peggy. It is a horrid situation.. Casey has made her own prison that is part of the karma.

And her little one will be forever remembered as that precious one who left us too soon.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Living just a few miles from the Anthony home, Caylee still remains in my memory. We will most likely never know what happened to that sweet child, but who ever did bring harm and death to her should never be happy again. They should remain a prisoner in their life. I do believe in forgiveness when remorse is expressed, yet there is no remorse from any member of that family. As a grandparent, I would normally be more sympathetic, but I have no sympathy for them. Maybe one day...but I doubt it.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Unbelievable! what a sad case, and yes this happens over here in England all the time, poor little thing, somebody knows something, that's what I always say, and hopefully the truth will out, nell


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

O I will always proud to be an American. Being deviant is not exclusive to our country.


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Author Cheryl 2 years ago

This is the whole issue with high profile cases. They are always found innocent. If you look at all the high profile cases from OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, Trayvon Martin and so on they get too much media attention to ever be found guilty. Even if they are all killers they will one day be blessed with a beautiful thing called KARMA. I can't always be proud to be an American when we have such deviant people living in our world.


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

I knew when I saw the title that this was going to be a difficult and emotional read, but it was well worth it. Thanks for bringing attention back to the case of Caylee.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I well remember all of the media buzz around that trial and details like Casey's trunk of her vehicle smelling from decomposition of something or someone. So sad! She certainly never acted like a concerned or grieving parent looking for her child. That is my take on the subject. She will get justice in the next life! Sharing this with HP followers.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Chitrangada

Thank you for stopping by.

It is so sad. that precious little baby gone so soon and at the hand of someone yet unidentified but it will take a long time to convince me it was not her very own Mother.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

This is such a sad story but you have expressed so well.

Nothing should happen to these little angels. Sometimes its difficult to explain the legal system.

Voted up and God bless!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

There is just too much happening to our little ones, world wide. I am a very positive person and try to see the good in situations but there is NO good in abuse and neglect and even murder of our little one.

Angels are on the way to those who are in harms way and to you also. Nadine

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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

I know Pamela ...it was such a surprise to so many of us on the day the verdict was read. I could understand to a point that she was not found guilty of murder but she was found NOT accountable for any type of child neglect, abuse, endangerment, nothing.

O, my, I am trying to let go of this but so far have not been successful.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

It is indeed, Bill. And while I am so frustrated by the results in this case I refuse to believe that it is the general rule.

So nice to see you stop by...I miss visiting with you all as often as I should and would like to....you know we get caught up in other endeavors....

Many Angels are on the way to you and your loved ones....how are the chicks? ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right, Eric. It was frustrating then and remains so today. It is just so sad that a child's life can be taken, any life for that matter, and no one is ever called to pay for what they did.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Sweet Little Faith

It was a horrendous time..for everyone. And still the person who took that precious child away lives on. It breaks my heart.

Angels are on the way to you...I hope all is good with you and yours...I think of you often, my friend. ps


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

It's always tragic to read about cases like Caylee. We have so many horrific deaths happening among young children in South Africa. I just hope that there is a bigger picture beyond our reality for these young souls. It's good that writers like you keep questioning these cases. Keep up the good work.


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DrBill-WmL-Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

Thank you for sharing your feeling.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Words like justice are wonderful in the abstract, but finding them in reality is a bit of a major task. This is a very sad story indeed. I have actually heard of this case....what I fear, PS, is that this happens daily across this country. I don't know how we stop it from happening. I fear we can't.

hugs and blessings coming your way

bill


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

It was difficult to believe that Casey was innocent for me. I know the jury has to weigh the facts, and I also think it was probably not a first degree murder. This was a horrible tragedy for sure.

Our court system is not always right, but we also have innocent people in jail who are now being freed due to DNA testing, which was not available when they were tried. On today's news there is a picture of another darling little girl that was found murdered. Absolutely heart breaking.

Interesting hub. God bless.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very Interesting and frustrating.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi sweet friend,

This is a heartrending post and a powerful one here. It pains me to know that no one watched out for that precious angel of a child, Casey.

I have zero tolerance for anyone who would harm a child. I truly believe Casey was taken away by the angels to heaven and remembers nothing of her ordeal, and that those who think they got away with it here on earth, they will get their final judgment for the Lord God.

I am glad to see you writing again and always with such a thought-provoking piece.

Up and more and away

Sending angels your way always

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