Casey Anthony trial, June 23, 2011: Cindy Anthony testifies for the defense
Today came out of left field for me. I thought George and Cindy finally stared reality in the face, and are now in court every day to truly find “the truth no matter what it is.” Today’s testimony came on the heels of the Anthonys’ attorney, Mark Lippman, telling a news reporter, Gary Tuchman, that George and Cindy don’t think their daughter is innocent. So why wouldn’t I think they had finally seen the light. Didn’t George and Cindy (for the most part) testify honestly when the prosecution put them on the stand? Lippman has since tried to retract his statement, saying it was taken out of context, and we all saw what Cindy did today. Just goes to show you can never predict what a person is thinking or saying.
Today, Cindy Anthony looked Linda Drane Burdick directly in the eyes, and said SHE was the one who did the searches for chloroform on the family computer, not Casey. In fact, she testified–under oath—that her work records must be incorrect because she was home at the time the searches were made–NOT at the office. If that weren’t enough, she went on to testify that the stains in the trunk of the car were actually there when they purchased it. Were the stains in the form of a small child in the fetal position? That question wasn’t asked.
My first reaction to today’s testimony was surprise, (I know, I’m naive), and my second was anger. But, after reflecting on it for a few hours, my third reaction is, who am I to judge Cindy Anthony? She and I actually have a lot in common. She is a mother. I am a mother. She is a grandmother. I am a grandmother. My little grandson just turned 3 making him close to the age Caylee was when she died. I believe Cindy loves her daughter in pretty much the same way I love my sons. I believe she adored her granddaughter just as I adore my grandson. I would like to say that’s where the similarities end, because I hope I would never try to protect my son in the way Cindy is attempting to protect Casey if I believed he killed my grandson. I would like to think my desire for justice for my grandchild would trump my desire to save my son from suffering the consequences of his actions. But the truth is, I will most likely never be in the position Cindy is in, and I would venture to say none of you will be either. So, I honestly don’t know if I would be tempted to lie to save my child. I can think I know, but unless I’ve walked in those awful shoes, I can’t be sure. Can you?
In the end, what Cindy, (or George, or Lee) does isn’t going to matter much other than to themselves. They will have to live with the choices they make. I believe justice for Caylee is coming no matter what they do on the stand. The evidence is overwhelming, and Casey will pay for what she did–maybe not with her life, but she will spend the majority, if not all the rest of her life in prison. The Anthony family will be spending the rest of their lives in prison, too— a different kind of prison but a prison none the less, thanks to Casey.