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Jul 4, 201110:22 PM

Justice Didn’t Take a Holiday

    Sitting in court today, I found it ironic and so apropos that the fate of Casey Anthony was delivered into the hands of a jury of her peers on Independence Day. For nearly three years she has been afforded the presumption of innocence while the murder case against her slowly inched through our legal system. She has had the luxury of being ensnared by a judicial system that seeks to ensure a defendant's right to a fair trial.
    It can be such a long process that many of us, me included, feel the victim is often forgotten, or at least minimizedwhile the accused receives every courtesy our Constitution affords him or her. For that, Casey Anthony should thank her lucky stars she had her day in court on American soil. But I have faith that the jury of seven women and five men will not forget Caylee during their deliberations. The little girl will get justice, of that I am certain.
    The jury will find Casey guilty of murder in the first degree, but her life will be spared. In that, Baez will have a victory, for anything less than the death penalty in this case will not be a popular outcome with the public.
    I’m speculating, of course, but aren’t we all at this point? For nearly three years we’ve watched this drama play out in slow motion, with it culminating in a courtroom that at times resembled the Roman Coliseum as one witness after another was thrown to the lions in the defense’s effort to save Casey.
    It was ugly, which may offer an alternative explanation for why justice is blind: She doesn’t want to see what really goes on in a court of law. In his pursuit of the truth, Baez conjured up a conspiracy theory that involved just about anyone who had anything to do with the State’s case against his client. Everyone on the State’s witness list was either a liar or a shady character, or worse when Baez got around to Casey’s father and Roy Kronk.
    There were so many aspects of Casey’s defense that were mishandled, in particular the opening argument by Baez. His claims that George molested Casey as a child and covered up Caylee’s accidental drowning while Kronk somehow, someway was involved in the disposal of the child’s body never went anywhere. Years from now, law schools will use that opening as an example of how NOT to stage a defense in a high-profile murder trial. Baez and company failed Casey from the get-go.The State, meanwhile, brought out more than 300 pieces of evidence that it said linked Casey to the murder of her daughter. The prosecution did a masterful job in presenting a methodical case against Casey, complementing witness accounts of the defendant’s bizarre actions with forensic evidence that pointed to foul play in Caylee’s death.
    Baez was simply outgunned as he attempted to impeach one State witness after another. Could everyone on the State’s side be lying? To hear Baez tell it, yes. Still I will give credit to Baez for never giving up the fight. Right up until his last words on Sunday, he was dedicated to his client. He did a bang-up job in his closing argument. He was well-prepared and, for nearly three hours, presented a cohesive narrative that was compelling, with graphics aiding his attempt to undermine the veracity of key evidence the State presented. He was persuasive in pointing out evidence and witnesses that he felt were suspect and untrustworthy, but I don’t think he was convincing in planting doubt.
    Logic will rule the jury’s deliberations, and it was common sense that prosecutors Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick hammered home in their closing statements while disputing the possibilities that Baez offered. They were masterful and convincing.
    On Monday morning, Ashton rose to the podium to address the jury. "People don't make accidents look like murder," he told them. That was a logical statement, and I believe it stuck with the jury. Drane Burdick followed Ashton, delivering a calmly stated rebuttal closing argument that stood as a strong contrast to Baez’ dramatic -- or desperate, depending on your point of view -- final day before the jury.
    Hers were the last words the jury heard about Casey, and they were damning.
    “Whose life was better without Caylee?” she asked, leaving that question hanging in the courtroom for all to ponder. Meanwhile, on the courtroom monitors flashed side-by-side photographs of Casey pole dancing and of her freckled shoulder with the Bella Vita tattoo.
    And at that moment, Casey Anthony lost her presumption of innocence.
    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 5, 2011 12:58 am
 Posted by  Redrelaxed

Good morning Dave and Everyone,

You must be beat Dave, and awfully grateful that these three long years are coming to a close soon near you. Thank you for your dedication in the justice little Caylee Marie Anthony will finally receive.

If I could ask Baez one question that he would have to answer "truthfully" or be stampeded by wild horses, I would like to know exactly when he knew that Caylee was no longer missing. Was he convinced that Caylee was missing until her remains were found on December 11?

Baez made a dreadful error by shifting the burden of proof to Casey in his opening statement. I think he might have had a slim chance if he had just stuck to poking holes in the States case. He conjured up such a fantastic tale that not many of us could quite get our arms around it. There are some though that believe.

I saw a family interviewed on the telly who were driving around Orlando with a "Casey is Innocent Ashton!" splashed in big white painted letters on their Dodge Caravan.

Ashton, Burdick and Mr. George were stellar in their pursuit for justice for Caylee Marie.

Any jury with an ounce of common sense that had to sit and watch Casey Anthony's arrogant indifference toward her dead child over this past six weeks, combined with the States evidence/testimony are not logical if they come to any other conclusion other than guilty of murder one.

Personally I don't care if they give her the needle or lock her up until she's drooling and in a walker.

How long will we wait Dave? Any speculation about this?

Take care of yourself my friend.

IMO
*~Red

Jul 5, 2011 01:59 am
 Posted by  LYNNEPOO

Great article Dave...hate this waiting...just saw Tim Miller being interviewed, still feel bad for the way this guy was treated.. wonder if this was the only search he has walked off of.. He was saying Baez told him not to talk to Casey.. mom with a missing child ? hope everyone behaves however the verdict comes back ! our system isn't perfect, but it is the best one out there !

Jul 5, 2011 05:18 am
 Posted by  Tiffany (Australia)

This has brightened my day. Thanks Dave!

Jul 5, 2011 07:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thanks, Dave. We await the jury's decision. Everyone with faith, keep the jury in prayer.

Jul 5, 2011 07:32 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I belive Casey Anthony is a sociopath and the family has been in denial for decades. They coddled, humored and enabled her throughout her life - to keep the "peace". I believe Lee Anthony knew his sister was mentally ill and probably displayed "disbelief" and genuine concern upon learning that she was pregnant. He probably voiced his concern to his parents eliciting a "stay out of it" response from Cindy. In my opinion the family is also liable in the death of Caylee. It is unbelievable that Casey and Caylee were living under the same roof with Cindy - and Cindy didnt know who was watching the kid or when.....if and when they ever got paid......wouldn't you be concerned? This family knows in their heart that their daughter is a sociopath and they could have also anticipated the risk to the child.

Jul 5, 2011 09:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Awesome!

Thanks Dave - for all the days and nights you have spent on this case... for Caylee - Justice!

Sara Jane - IN Parent

Jul 5, 2011 09:35 am
 Posted by  Judy B.

To Redrelaxed and Dave: Ditto

Jul 5, 2011 09:41 am
 Posted by  Mary Jo

Dave, great article! Thank you so much for following this case for the past three years and for being in the court room each day and writing about it for all of us. It is truly appreciated. I hope once this is all said and done that you can take some time for yourself to relax and enjoy.

Baez made a very big mistake in his opening statement saying what he did and he wasn't able to prove most of what he said during the trial. I think he did a good job during his closing statements, but they seemed to go on forever. He kept saying the same thing, but in a million different ways. It was starting to get old very fast. The same when Mason got up. It was like he kept repeating the same thing in different ways. I hope this jury will remember his opening statements and what he promised them and failed to deliver.

Jeff Ashton did an awesome job with his closing statements. He went through everything that they promised in OS and let the jury know what the defense failed to prove. He was passionate in his delivery.

Linda Drane Burdick did an amazing job in her closing statements. I think she surprised some people because they didn't think she was passionate enough or that her voice stayed the same and they thought she was hard to listen to. I never thought that. I liked how meticulous she was whenever she spoke and thought her delivery was great.I thought the ending to her closing statement was wonderful and I am sure it gave the jury something to think about. Did anyone notice the color of paper that Linda Drane Burdick used for her notes? It was purple which was Caylee's favorite color.

Dave, thanks again for all that you have done for us!

Jul 5, 2011 09:51 am
 Posted by  memyselfandI

Casey soon will be pole dancing with the girls at Lowell's Correctional Institution.

Jul 5, 2011 10:39 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Let's not be glib.

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Dave Knechel has been blogging about the Casey Anthony case since late 2008, drawing readers from all over the world. Best known as “Marinade Dave,” a nickname he got when he made marinades and also blogged about marinade recipes, Knechel is on assignment to blog about the case exclusively for orlandomagazine.com as Anthony goes to trial for first-degree murder. His posts will appear regularly on this site.

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