Casey Anthony’s life is now (finally) in the hands of the Jury
This morning started with Jeff Ashton as he methodically checked off every argument (outrageous or otherwise) the defense put forth in their closing arguments. He did it brilliantly. I won’t go into great detail here other than to say, IMO, he removed George as a suspect of anything. He clearly demonstrated that the skull and body parts of little Caylee had been in the woods for months, that Roy Kronk was an embellisher of the truth, but not a confiscator of the body or a planter of the body. He showed how the duct tape was clearly attached to the skull and why there was no DNA on it. He stated “People don’t make accidents look like murder.” He showed that law enforcement didn’t tamper with evidence, and they certainly were looking for a missing Caylee at first. They also gave Casey every opportunity to say it was an accident. He tied Casey only to the death of Caylee. He did a great job.
If you missed closing arguments you will find them at this LINK
1. Pre-meditated murder: When a person kills another human being pursuant to a pre-planned act or scheme.
2. Felony murder: When a person kills another human being while engaged in the commission, or attempted commission, of the following statutorily enumerated felonies, regardless of whether they intended to kill anybody.
(for our purposes I’m only going to name one felony, though there are 17 others.)
AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE. Aggravated child abuse is defined as: 1)Committing an aggravated battery on a child. 2)Willfully torturing, maliciously punishing, or willfully and unlawfully caging a child. 3)Knowingly or willfully abusing a child and in so doing causing great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to the child.
So, what this means is, if Casey taped Caylee’s mouth to keep her quiet, and she accidentally died, or if Casey chloroformed Caylee so that she could go party with her friends, and Caylee accidentally died, then that’s 1st degree felony murder, and she can still get the death penalty. Accident or on purpose, it’s still punishable by DEATH or life in prison.
Next up was Linda Drane Burdick. I’m telling you, Jeff Ashton was great, but Linda Drane Burdick was simply brilliant. If you missed her you can see it at the link in the first paragraph of this post.
I’m only going to mention the last part of her rebuttal. She could have skipped everything else and jumped right to it and still been just as effective. It was that good.
LDB: At the end of this case all you have to do is ask yourself this simple question. “Who’s life was better without Caylee? Was Cindy Anthony’s life better? (she plays the 911 tape where Cindy was hysterical) Was George’s life better? Mr. Ashton went over what George Anthony’s life was like as a result of losing his beloved granddaughter. Who’s life was better? That’s the only question you need to answer in considering why Caylee Marie Anthony was left on the side of the rode dead.
LDB then put up a split screen picture showing Casey partying her brains out at Fusion while Caylee was “missing” on one side of the frame and a picture of Casey’s shoulder displaying her tat,”The beautiful life”, on the other.
*(These are separate photos I found on the internet . Not the split screen photo the prosecution showed.)
LDB: There’s your answer.
It doesn’t get any better than that. Bravo Ms. Burdick.
Verdict watch has began. I’m predicting that if the jury comes back in the next 48 hours, she will be convicted of 1st degree murder. Later than that, and I think it’s off the table. Am I wrong?