The jury is currently hearing the closing arguments of the prosecution and defense lawyers in the Casey Anthony trial and, based on everything I have heard, she will be, and should be, found guilty. I shall be brief in giving some of the reasons why.
First and foremost, Casey Anthony should be, and will be, found guilty because she IS guilty. The physical evidence damns her in every way, regardless of the facile attempts of her lawyer to discredit it. Even if it did not, no parent, not even the most callous, disinterested parent, would go out partying in the days after their child goes missing if they were innocent. Casey did this and had pictures taken while she was “letting her hair down”. This was not only sickening beyond belief to me, but also displayed a level of solipsism and detachment that marks her as a truly evil person.
Next were her lies. Casey Anthony lied so many times to her family and the authorities that I will be surprised if she will ever be able to get clear in her head which story she told, to whom and when. I have little doubt that she remembers the truth, for surely the murder of an innocent child could never be forgotten, but it is doubtful that she would ever be able to fully reconstruct the web of deceit she has spun, even if her life depended upon it. Each time a lie was discovered she created a new one; this is truly a sign of how horrendous an excuse for a human she really is.
Finally, for the sake of brevity in this short piece, I also believe she will be convicted of the top count because of her lawyer. We all remember the promise he made in his opening statement that Casey was abused at the hands of her father and brother. The greatest failing of her lawyer, on top of courtroom antics and an apparent lack of knowledge of many laws and procedural rules, was that he never delivered on this promise; he never even came close. That will damn both lawyer and client----I have always stuck by what I was taught years ago: it is good to have the jury like you, although you should not waste too much effort on it, however, you must spare no effort to prevent the jury disliking you.
Baez called a grieving, one time suicidal grandfather a child molester and then produced NO evidence to support that contention. This is fatal to the case. The jury will not like him and will like his client even less, for they will surely know where this hate filled allegation was concocted: in the mind of the woman who would not know truth if it slapped her in the face and said “hello, I’m the truth”.
There are many reasons why Casey Anthony should, and I stick my neck out here saying, and will be found guilty of first degree murder—these are just a few. I hope that the jury is quick in finding her guilty and then moving onto the sentencing phase. Unlike many, I want to see her receive life in prison, in the general population, rather than death. I say this, not because I am some handwringing opponent of the death penalty, but because I know how child murderers are treated in general population of the prison system and I think that would truly be a fate worse than death; one she richly deserves.