Casey Anthony was on trial for First Degree murder. Unless you have been under a rock for the past 3 years, you’re well aware of who Casey Anthony is. She was accused of murdering her two year old daughter Caylee, in 2008.
Today, a jury of her “peers,” in an Orlando, FL, courtroom, found the 25 year old Anthony NOT GUILTY of First Degree murder. A murder which left medical examiners with question marks and no answers as to how precisely the two year old died, when she was found bound and gagged with duct tape, six months after her demise.
This case has been the most publicized murder trial since The Juice got loose in late ’94, and was acquitted in late ’95. Popular opinion leaned toward the prosecution in both cases, yet the evidence presented against the defendants wasn’t enough to get the job done. In fact, if you watched either or both trials, toss evidence out the window. Beyond evidence, it came down to what attorneys do best–expertly define, or redefine the law.
It’s a difficult thing sitting on a jury and convicting someone of murder. Especially with an understanding that your verdict may also result in the murder of another. Regardless of it being state-sponsored, that’s what it is: State sanctioned murder–the death penalty. Even if you think someone committed murder, and you vehemently despise murderers, it doesn’t mean that you’d be cool with them lying down on the lethal injection table and taking one for the betterment of society. Yet another instance in which the U.S. Justice system is incredibly flawed.
For Ms. Anthony, she was found guilty on four (4) counts of lying to investigators, and she will be sentenced for up to a year on each count. This will happen Thursday. This may be the most interesting aspect of this trial–Casey Anthony’s sentencing. Certainly, the maximum penalty of four years compares in no way to what would be offered if convicted of murder, but it will allow us a slice of insight into the mind of the judge.
It’s a hot topic, people. Sound off. What do you think about the whole of it? I think sociopaths nationwide realize that they’re still one-step ahead of the justice system.