I have long considered starting a segment on here called the “WTF Files.” And after Tuesday’s Casey Anthony not-guilty verdict, I guess now is as good a time as any. As a parent, it’s hard not to have strong feelings about what happened to little Caylee Anthony. Prosecutors say that Caylee was murdered by her mother, Casey. Defense attorneys say that Caylee accidentally drowned and that Casey and her father panicked, and disposed of the body. But in between that are about one million things that don’t add up.
I’m not looking to regurgitate the prosecution or defense’s case. I’m just honing in on a few things that don’t add up to me. You have a gap of about 30 days where Casey Anthony was proven to have been hanging out and partying; with absolutely no mention whatsoever of her daughter, who was missing at the time. You have a nanny and a suitor who Casey contended that her daughter was with. But both of them were proven to not exist and Casey’s defense now says they were her “imaginary friends.” You have random boyfriends, a mystery father to the child and allegations of sexual abuse within the Anthony family itself. Part of Casey’s defense was that she was unable to deal with the pain of her daughter’s drowning as a result of her own father abusing her (a charge which he has denied). And you have a whole lot of circumstantial evidence, such as people identifying an “odor” of “human decomposition” coming from Casey Anthony’s car trunk. Further, you have experts saying that Caylee’s body was found with duct tape over her mouth and that the tape had heart stickers on it (similar to ones found in Casey’s house). Then you have Casey getting a sudden “beautiful life” tattoo. You have more experts saying that Casey’s computer contained Internet searches for things such as “neck breaking” and “chloroform.” And the car’s trunk also had inexplicably high levels of chloroform and a hair that was tested to have come from a female member of the Anthony family with a “death band” - meaning it showed signs of decomposition. All of the females it could’ve been from were alive (the only person not accounted for was Caylee).
So let’s jump ahead… After the trial (a.k.a. circus) of the century, Casey was found not guilty of first-degree murder, not guilty of aggravated manslaughter of a child and not guilty of aggravated child abuse. But she was convicted of lying to the police. Her sentence was four years in prison, but with time already served, she’ll be released within one month.
What I don’t understand is this… While there might not be “scientific” evidence that proves that Casey actually killed her daughter, you certainly have evidence that she acted awry during the above-mentioned timeline. So I find myself asking why she wasn’t charged with additional crimes pertaining to her behavior and deceit. Why did the prosecution keep trying to settle the case early on - that’s never a good sign that they want to go to trial. And why wasn’t the jury moved by any of the evidence that was entered (you can familiarize yourself with Tuesday event’s here). I mean, at a minimum, Casey admitted that her daughter drowned and she covered it up. But apparently that’s only worth a charge of lying to the police these days. And why would you cover up an accident by making it look like a murder?
The defense is saying justice was served because Casey didn’t kill her daughter. But many others, including me, are saying this is a travesty to the justice system simply because “some” of the technical aspects of the case couldn’t be proven. And the question still remains…for the months before Caylee’s death, where was she when Casey said she was with the “nanny?”