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Will Casey Anthony Get The Death Penalty?

Submitted by on July 5, 2011 – 8:13 amOne Comment

Pathological liar and a bad one, at that. Bad mother. Manipulative daughter. Fraudulent friend. Party girl. All of these labels define defendant Casey Anthony perfectly. Will jurors add murderer to that list this week?

After over a month of evidence, testimony, objections, motions, and opening and closing statements, the jury will finally have a chance to put an end to this very dark and public chapter in the lives of all the members of the Anthony family. Of course, most of the damage is done and will leave a mark. The Anthonys have been placed in the extremely discomforting position of wanting little Caylee Anthony‘s killer brought to justice while not wanting to see Casey, her mother in prison for life—or worse.

Making matters worse, Casey has gone to great lengths to attempt to blame her family for the death of her daughter. In an earlier blog, the defense’s theory was outlined. Basically, Casey alleged, via her attorney Jose Baez, that her father, George Anthony, sexually abused her when she was a child—which taught her to lie to deal with her problems and set the stage for Caylee’s death. He also alleged that Caylee had died by accidental drowning, and that George knew this and tried to hide it.

During closing statements, Baez alleged (for the very first time) that Cindy Anthony, Casey’s mother, had left the ladder down to the family pool and Caylee opened the door and sneaked up to the pool unbeknownst to anyone else in the family, and drowned. This is so different from anything which had been heard in court, it seems obvious Casey’s defense team is grasping at straws, doing whatever they can to try to provide the jury with reasonable doubt.

Jurors deliberated all day during the Fourth of July and will go on until they have a unanimous decision or are declared a hung jury. Many people seem to think Casey Anthony will walk. Others think she’ll get life in prison, and others still think she will receive or at least that she deserves the death penalty. The evidence, while circumstantial, points to her as the main culprit. Does that mean that she committed murder? If you were on the jury, what would you decide?

At this point, there is nothing left to do but await the jury’s verdict in what has been the Trial of The Century so far.

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