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
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 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
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.