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Casey Anthony’s life is now (finally) in the hands of the Jury

July 4, 2011

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

Jeff Ashton gave the jury an easy to understand explanation of what 1st degree murder means:

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.

Judge Perry read the instructions to the jurors and then it was over. 

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?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. one4truth permalink
    July 4, 2011 11:25 pm

    I hope, no, I pray, you are right regarding the verdict. I believe LBD put forth an incredible case for felony murder and JA did a great job explaining the law aspect to jurors. Let’s hope this jury is not another O.J. jury, but rather sees logic as did the Scott Peterson jury………. even without overwhelming physical evidence.

  2. sophie permalink
    July 4, 2011 11:57 pm

    I applauded Linda Drane Burdick this morning. She hit on all the points I’d been thinking about myself. One thing I don’t recall being mentioned during this trial: the weather on June 16, 2008. I wondered about this, since it was hurricane season and checked. It seems there was rain and thunderstorms in Orlando, Florida on June 16, 2008.

    Was it a habit of the Anthony’s to go swimming in thunderstorms? Was a thunderstorm something Caylee would have ventured outside in? I don’t recall anywhere in the defense’s theory that George Anthony went out into a THUNDERSTORM and found Caylee floating in the pool.

    I wonder if the native Floridians sitting on the jury have wondered aboutt the weather conditions that day as well.

  3. itsamysterytome permalink*
    July 5, 2011 7:02 am


    Don’t get me started on the OJ trial. I watched that trial and there was no way that man was innocent. The guy wrote a book about how he would have done it, “IF” he had killed them. for pete’s sake! Casey Anthony is not a beloved sports figure. She doesn’t evoke a warm fuzzy when you look at her. I’m betting the jury will convict her.

  4. itsamysterytome permalink*
    July 5, 2011 7:04 am


    What a good point! I don’t think I”ve heard anyone speak of the weather on the day of the 16th of June either, but I’m willing to bet that the prosecution thought of it. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the jury thinks of it and asks about it.

  5. mae permalink
    July 6, 2011 8:05 pm

    Casey Anthony is a stupid good for nothing jerk who is getting away for first degree murder. If I were in the jury i’d sentence her to death. she basicly got away with KILLING HER OWN DAUGHTER even though she is getting away with that everyone who has seen this is gonna try to attack her. She is saying lie after lie she wont be able to live with that guilt.

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