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American Justice: Casey Anthony Murder Trial of Daughter Caylee Anthony -> Not Guilty: A Case Study

Updated on August 12, 2019
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ME has spent most of his retirement from service to the United States studying, thinking, and writing about the country he served.


Once Upon A Time.

NOT that many years ago, as a crow flies, another jury, and another defense counsel in another State was being vilified by an outraged public for an even more outrageous NOT GUILTY verdict heard around the world. The case was even more of a slam-dunk murder than the one just completed in Orange County, Florida, the Casey Anthony murder trial for the defendants were witnessed my many to have killed their victims unlike this modern day case where nobody witnessed the death of Caylee Anthony. Yet, just as unbelievably, the jury made up of the peers of the victims, not even peers of the defendants, found the men innocent of the crimes of which they were accused.

Justice certainly went wrong in this historical case. The people wanted the heads of the defense council. the jury, and the judges, let alone the defendants; they wanted vigilante justice now, just like some want the same kind of justice in Florida today. Many called for the death of John Adams, who, in 1770, a few years before becoming deeply involved in making the United States a reality and 27 years before becoming the second President of the United States, successfully defended seven of the nine soldiers accused of murdering five Bostonians on March 5, 1770 known as the Boson Massacre to the absolute horror of the good citizens of what would later become America. Of the two who were not acquitted of self-defense, they were found guilty and sentenced to having their thumbs branded in open court. The leader of the British troops, Captain Preston, was one of the seven found innocent by the Massachusetts jury as well. In a final note, on a deathbed confession, one of the participants in the mob that confronted the British soldiers that day in March corroborated the British story that they had been threatened by the Boston mob.


What Went Wrong (nothing really)

AFTER roughly eight hours of deliberation, a very short time considering the gravity of the charges and the complexity of the case, the jury returned with what America, or at least this writer, thought was going to be a slam dunk guilty verdict. Boy were we surprised, and many, outraged, although I am not one of them.

I presume every one knows by now that Casey Anthony was found Not Guilty of any of the charges regarding the death of Caylee, her daughter; she was only found guilty of lying to the police. Let me establish that I do think Casey Anthony killed Caylee Anthony, but I don't necessarily believe she murdered her child with malice aforethought. I also think that the prosecution provided enough circumstantial evidence to prove that beyond a reasonable doubt. Having said that, it is clear the jury of 12 reasonable men and woman did have a reasonable doubt; they did not appear to quibble about or debate about it either; they came to that conclusion rather quickly, it seems. The rapidity of their decision, plus that of one of the alternates, puts my conclusion in some doubt.

Do I believe those on the jury think that Casey didn't kill Caylee? No, it is simply not logical to me that anyone else could have done it, so. I am forced to think they think she killed Caylee. But, what they obviously believe, and what they should be applauded for and not condemned for is that the State did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt the elements required by the State of Florida to find Casey guilty of murder or any of the lesser charges. There may have been a preponderance of the evidence but there was still reasonable doubt in ALL twelve minds of the jurors, ALL twelve, without hesitation; this was a slam dunk finding of the State not proving its case as required by law. This was a slam dunk case of the American legal system working as the founders had hoped it would work.


Caylee's Death Goes Unaswered

YES, it does, and that is a real shame; or does it? I am not so sure that Caylee hasn't received justice as so many have claimed she hasn't because her mother was not found guilty of her death. I might argue that her death has been answered in that her plight has been brought to the attention of the world. The fact there has been no formal pronouncement of guilt by the system seems rather pointless to me and rather childish of those who insist on it; the world knows who is responsible and more important, Casey, unless she is a sociopath, knows the world is aware of her callousness. Caylee's death is vindicated by the fact that Casey has to publicly live with the knowledge that wherever she goes, people will look at her and see her as the mother who partied on her daughters grave; that is what the world will be thinking of her. These self-righteous people claiming that Caylee hasn't received "Justice" haven't a clue as to what they are talking about.

What they also don't have a clue about is what the American system of justice really is about. They would rather see a justice system that would have let Joseph Abbitt, Kenneth Adams, Gilbert Alajandro, ... , Ted Bradford, ... , Albert Johnson, ... , Larry Youngblood, and 266 other innocentmen and women die than ensure each have a fair trial and appeal. Each of these innocent people would have been put to death if it weren't for the extraordinary efforts of Innocence Project. Many were convicted on flimsier evidence than presented in the Casey Anthony trial; many others were convicted on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct; all were strongly opposed by prosecutors and the legal system. I have personally talked to people, my father being one, bless his departed soul, that believe it is justified for the State to kill a few innocent American citizens by mistake in order to keep more guilty ones off the streets! He never could understand why I was a Progressive (he called me a damn Liberal) What is worse, he wasn't all that Conservative either, well, he didn't go to church anyway.

Since 1981, when Ronald Reagan took office, it has become harder and harder for people convicted of capital crimes to get appeals heard. It is so bad today, that having non-DNA proof of your innocence that was not brought up at your original trial is not sufficient grounds for a retrial, thank you Conservative Supreme Court!

Please Give Your Opinion, It Is Always Important

Do you think the Jury made the correct choice regarding whether the Prosecution PROVED Casey Anothony's Guilt on the Main Charges beyond a Reasonable Doubt?

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© 2011 Scott Belford


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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the reply My Estoric. Theres to much black white going on and not of the grey areas covered. Absolutely disgusting, (as said) they really want to re do that case so that the little girl get the justice she deserves and the mother just wants locking up for a very long time so she can fully understand the consequences of her irresponsiblities towards her daughter. To add to I think the parents knew more than they let on , the girl had them wrapped round her little finger ! Most bizarre ! x

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      Scott Belford 

      7 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Watertiger, and welcome to Hubpages. Sometimes what seems like a miscarriage of justice is just proof that our system works as intended. Yes, everybody knows that Casey Anthony has some serious responsibility in the death of her daughter, and yes, she no doubt deserves to be punished beyond any guilt she may or may not feel.

      However, the theory behind the American legal system essentially derives from the belief that the defendant must be protected from an abusive government and populus for that was the history Americans were trying to get away from. Consequently, once the prosecution has decided on the charges they are going to try the defendant on, they have the burden to prove each of the elements of the charge or charges "beyond a reasonable doubt."

      In the Anthony case, it would seem the prosecution picked the wrong set of charges to bring Casey to trial on. They simply couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt all of the elements of murder and the jurors took their job seriously and wouldn't fake a verdict. Yes, I feel badly for Caylee as well.

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      7 years ago

      OMG !!!!! I watched this documentary last night and cannot believe that Caylee mum was not prosecuted for neglect and death of her child. Anyone with an ounze of common sense would have found her guilty of something. I always thought that the American Justice System dealt with this. FACTs that cannot be denied that Casey Anthony was last to see her daughter this was according to Caseys parents. Casey was the one responsible for the childs where abouts and when the police asked who was taking care of Caylee. She said that a nanny was looking after her. When investigated it turned out that there was no nanny. Lie upon lie , she said she had a job at a school. Even having the detectives come to school to turn round and say she didn't have a job really!! These were not little white lies but had major significance in the decision of finding Casey Anthony quilty of least severe child neglect !! The Halo' effect seems to be one of the decidng factors of letting Casey off scott free. Terrible miscarriage of justice and a little girl badly let down, :( poor little Caylee may you rest in peace xx

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      Scott Belford 

      8 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Thanks Onusonus. I must admit, I am perplexed as well. I tell my wife that if I had been on the jury, I may have not been able to find for 1st degree murder, but I sure as heck would have found for one of the lessers. The difference of course, is I heard a lot more than what the jury heard and I didn't hear what they discussed amongst themselves.

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      8 years ago from America

      Interesting article, I now know where you are coming from. I still stand more with what meteetse said, and believe whole heartedly that this is exactly what the jury did.

      That kid's whole face was taped shut, they found reminents of chloriform in the trunk of her car and the body was disposed of in a swamp, and the defence was trying to pin it on her father, and it was quite convienient that she for the first time ever in her life decided to come out and say that she was abused, as if that had any bearing on the case.

      Don't count me among the number of those who would be willing to sacrifice innocent lives for the greater good, my question is, is it possible for a third party to have come in and done all of this to some random child, and have a distraught mother act the way that she did? Not a chance in hell dude.

      Good article none the less.

      I see your point about murder beyond a reasonable doubt, but I still think that the evidence in this case should have provided just that.

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      Scott Belford 

      8 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Thanks for your comment meteetse. I really wonder how much of the defenses story the jury even listened to. I got the impression, not much.

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      8 years ago from Foxboro ma.

      Jeff Ashton said on closing, the defense wants you to suspend your common sense, and invite you on a trip down the rabbit hole where anything is posable. Well Jurors, You all took that journey and if and when you came out you left all common sense behind.

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      Scott Belford 

      8 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Thank you Jo. I haven't seen you for a while, I appreciate you still reading some of what I have to write. Like you and for the same reasons, I didn't watch much of the media coverage although I am a CNN junkie myself; I have since added POTUS on Sirius/XM. I did watch a bit of the trial, however.

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      Jo Miller 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      Well written and informative hub, as usual. My knowledge of this case, however, is limited because I found the media coverage of it excessive and nauseating--similar to the OJ Simpson trial. I watch the News Hour on PBS most evenings , and, to my knowledge, this story was never considered newsworthy enough for coverage on that program. Likewise I never saw the OJ Simpson trial covered until the verdict was given. Then the coverage involved discussions of the difference in the reaction of the races. That was interesting.

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      Charles Hilton 

      8 years ago

      So true, My Esoteric. The wording of that clause is unfortunately vague. I sometimes wish we would draft a new Constitution that reflects current reality instead of the agrarian mindset for which it was drafted. The culture that gave birth to our current document is as different from ours as would be an alien culture on another planet and we need a more streamlined document that reflects present day realities.

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      Scott Belford 

      8 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Thanks again, Charles. I think you have a good idea regarding the Twelve Angry Men. There is so much American's, let alone our youth, do not understand about WHY eight of the first ten Amendments were so closely tied to individual rights and five of those dealt with legal rights of one sort or another.

      Just a side note on a totally different subject, other than it has to do with the Constitution. I heard today talk on CNN about President Obama using Article IV of the XIV Amendment to by-pass Congress and direct that the public debt be paid. Apparently that has been brought up at the White House and both Democratic and Republican circles. I took a quick look at it and as much as I wish he could use it, I don't see a chance in hell how they could twist or turn it to justify using that clause, which basically says the "The validity of the public debt ... shall not be questioned.", to justify directing the Treasury Dept to pay the debt. OK, so, who is questioning it? It doesn't, unforunately, say a darn thing about having to pay it, lol.

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      Charles Hilton 

      8 years ago

      Great hub! Interesting that I should stumble upon this as I am currently reading the book by Angela Y. Davis, "Are Prisons Obsolete?"

      Americans are misguided on many things, especially crime and punishment. As one blogger pointed-out on another website, Americans have a punitive mindset. They think justice has only one component: punishment. And I personally believe that tendency is a sad legacy of America's Puritan roots with its contemporary offshoot; the Religious Right.

      As a corrective, I think every high-schooler in America should be required to watch the original black-and-white version of Twelve Angry Men with Henry of the greatest movies ever made.


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