Casey Anthony nears her long awaited date with Fate. Tomorrow her case goes to jury
Finally back–what an inconvenient time for a computer to bite the dust! Luckily, I’d backed up the hard drive a month ago, so I didn’t lose much. ————————————————————————————————————————
Prosecutors wrapped up their rebuttal to the defense’s case on Friday. (and what a rebuttal it was!) Without question, Cindy Anthony didn’t do the searches for chloroform and “neck breaking”. She was on her work computer during the time those searches were done. This put the possibility of premeditation firmly back on the table. It means that Cindy Anthony perjured herself on the stand. It also means Cindy thinks, like George, that Casey killed Caylee. Why else would she risk prison by lying under oath? It was a last ditch effort to save her daughter. Is anyone really surprised by her actions? She did what she has always done with Casey–she covers up her mistakes. She enables her. Unfortunately, this time, she didn’t succeed. What Cindy did for Casey doesn’t mean she didn’t love Caylee. It just means she loves Casey, too, unconditionally and desperately. It’s heartbreaking to watch Casey watch her mother. It’s so obvious that she doesn’t reciprocate Cindy’s feelings.
As for George and his lies about River Cruz or whatever her name is, who can really blame him for lying about his affair with her? His wife was sitting in the courtroom. She has been destroyed by her daughter–she didn’t need to be done in by her husband, too. Not saying George should be given a pass for his indiscretion. Shame on him for turning to another woman. Just saying I can see WHY he said what he said on the stand. Whether or not George lied for Cindy or for himself, I’m glad Cindy did not have to suffer the humiliation of a confession from him on national television.
I’ve been vocal in my criticism of Cindy and George Anthony. I’m not proud of that. Over the years, I’ve been flabbergasted and frustrated by their actions and behavior, and have let my exasperation control what came out of my mouth. What I didn’t do was put myself in their shoes. If I had, I would like to think I would have been kinder.
In spite of what I might have said or thought over the last three years, I can honestly say that I never once considered that George Anthony might have had anything to do with the demise of Caylee Anthony. I have at times thought he, and more so, Cindy, have lied in an attempt to put a different spin on the facts that were plainly in front of their faces. Denial is a such a powerful tool of the mind. It’s a self-preservation mechanism that has allowed the Anthonys’ to survive this horror in their lives. I hate to think what depths of despair George, Cindy, and Lee will sink to now that the truth can no longer be denied.
This case will go down in history as one of the most bizarre cases ever tried in the American court system. It is also going to be remembered for another reason. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a family be so completely destroyed in such a public way as the Anthonys. It’s one for the textbooks, and has been brutal to watch no matter what you think of the players. We will all go on with our lives after the verdict is read, but George, Cindy, and Lee Anthony will not. They will live in the hell Casey created for them for the rest of their lives. I think Casey will actually take comfort in that fact. I hate to say it, but Caylee was the lucky one. She’s in heaven.
TODAY, the prosecution did an excellent job with their closing arguments. Jeff Ashton methodically and matter of factly went through what Casey might have done to Caylee, what happened during the 31 days before Caylee’s disappearance was reported to police, and what Casey did after Caylee was reported missing. They gave their theory as to how Caylee was killed and how she ended up tossed in the swampy wooded area behind her grandparents home. Jeff Ashton did this in easy to understand terms and in a relatively short amount of time. He was brilliant, and Casey knew it.
Then the defense put on their closing arguments. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Jose Baez didn’t do all that bad of a job–it was wayyyyy tooooo looonnnngggggg, but still not a terrible job. Ok, at times his arguments were ridiculous (or outrageous as he seemed to be fond of saying) but his passion was undeniable.(And, when you compare today to the amateur job he did putting on his case in the first place, you might even say his closing arguments were great.) He is without a doubt emotionally involved in this case. It’s not just about ambition and money. Don’t misunderstand me here. No question he wants to win for HIMSELF. No question he is using this as a stepping stone to what he perceives to be a wonderful career. But, it has also taken an emotional toll on him. He is vested in Casey. He is doing the best he can, using what little he has, to give Casey the defense she deserves. Unfortunately, if he had put his client’s interests before his own, he would have removed himself. An experienced attorney might have done more. He didn’t do that, so some would say Casey IS getting the defense she deserves.
The prosecution was given a gift when Judge Perry said they can put on their rebuttal of the defense’s closing arguments tomorrow. I was exhausted just watching the attorneys in my easy chair in front of the televison today. Can you imagine how exhausted the jury was? Tomorrow they will be fresh. Tomorrow the prosecution will be fresh. Tomorrow, I have no doubt, the State will seal Casey’s fate.
If you didn’t have a chance to watch today, Jeff Ashton did something extremely juvenile while Baez was in the midst of his closing argument. He’d been doing it off and on ever since Baez took the podium–laughing. Baez finally had enough and did something equally juvenile. He lashed out at Ashton, calling him the “laughing guy.” (Watch it at this LINK) Judge Perry immediately called a recess while he admonished both of them. In the end, Perry said that if either lawyer does anything inappropriate again, that lawyer would be permanently removed from the case.
Casey responded on cue all day, crying into her kleenex when she felt it was appropriate and looking the martyr the rest of the time. Surely the jury must be getting sick of watching her painstakingly wiping the fake tears from her face in slow motion. Today though, she looked as if she finally realized that the party is about over, and there is a very good chance she will be convicted of murder in the first degree. It hit her today that there is a better than even chance she will never see the light of day again whether she gets the needle or not. I think she was also shocked at how close Jeff Ashton was getting to the truth of what really happened in his closing argument.
Tomorrow we will be in the home stretch. The prosecution will finish up with their rebuttal, and the case will be in the jury’s hands. I predict a quick turn around. We won’t have to wait long for a verdict.