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Dumbfounded, With Prejudice

    "But I have faith that the jury of seven women and five men will not forget Caylee during their deliberations. The little girl will get justice, of that I am certain."
    - From "Justice Didn't Take a Holiday," my blog on July Fourth

    When Cheney Mason joined Casey Anthony's defense team in March of 2010, he proclaimed that the day would come when "we will walk out of here with Casey in arm." He was that confident she would be acquitted.
    Yeah, right, was the collective reaction to his comment.
    The jury Tuesday made a liar out of all of us who doubted him.

  • On the count of murder in the first degree: NOT GUILTY
  • On the count of aggravated manslaughter: NOT GUILTY
  • On the count of aggravated child abuse: NOT GUILTY

    Casey was found guilty of four counts of lying to law enforcement officers. Considering she has already spent three years in jail, she could be given credit for time served when Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. announces her sentence on Thursday. That could mean Casey will walk out of the Orange County Courthouse just as Mason predicted, skipping like Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion down the Yellow Brick Road.
    How could I have been so wrong about the outcome of this trial?
    For nearly seven weeks I sat in the same courtroom as the jurors, yet I now think I must have been watching a completely different trial than them. Was my mind made up about Casey and unable to accept any evidence suggesting she didn'’t kill Caylee? Was I just too close to the whole rotten saga, having followed it almost from the start, to consider that the evidence against her was not strong enough to yield a conviction?
    I can only guess that the jury felt that the State failed to prove Casey killed her child. There was no smoking gun, just a lot of bullet shells and smoke. Maybe they accepted that Caylee’s death was a homicide, but found reasonable doubt that her mother committed it with premeditation.
    In hindsight, the State gambled with the murder one charge, possibly raising the bar too high to win a case based on circumstantial evidence. Yes, the evidence was downright compelling and convincing to you and me and thousands of others who have followed this case, but we weren'’t on the jury.
    In the end, 12 jurors sat in judgment of Casey. They were the only ones who had any say in this matter. What you and I thought and felt about Casey was of no concern to them, and rightfully so. Our system of justice should never be influenced by popular opinion.
    Casey is a liar, but she is not a murderer, so sayeth the jury.
    How she can be one and not the other given the bizarre circumstances of this case I will never know.
    Caylee died a horrible death, and that is all I know for sure about her anymore. About anything else to do with her and her mother I am clueless, so sayeth the jury.







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Jul 5, 2011 08:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This says it all.

Jul 5, 2011 08:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


I've been looking forward to reading your thoughts on the verdict. You are a master of restraint ... or of thinking objectively. Or both.

I am so bothered and baffled by the outcome of this trial. I just cannot understand it no matter how I try. I find myself wondering if there are some strange psychological reasons why jurors in such a high publicity trial would come up with a verdict that so few agree with. I just cannot believe that they truly don't believe she did it.

It seems as though this trial became a game, similar to the way the OJ trial became a game. Even with a lousy hand the liars won and truth lost.

Jul 5, 2011 08:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Baez got just what he wanted. His client was acquitted, and right now he might be the most famous lawyer in the US.

But at what cost? Casey Anthony is a marked woman. She's infamous - a scarlet M for murderer emblazoned on her forehead. A jury of Pinellas County residents acquitted her, but she has been convicted in the court of public opinion.

Casey will have to sell her story, or her body (see Amy Fisher for an example of how THAT goes) to live. She has no job, is a convicted felon, and owes the IRS tens of thousands of dollars. And she may be homeless - will she be welcome back with her parents after that trial? She will have to change her name and move to the Yukon to live a normal life.

Jul 5, 2011 08:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'm sorry for having my comment show up three times. It seemed as though I didn't manage to post it and kept trying.

Trishapat (a.k.a. anonymous)

Jul 5, 2011 08:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I am just as baffled. And so discouraged by our justice system. See, I know of a case here in Va where a new born, 5 DAY old baby was killed on her first night home from the hospital. She was just 4 months younger then Caylee. Her grandmother plead guilty and got only 3 years. And my daughter Mary was born April 2005. Both of these babies are my daughter's age. How can you kill a little child and get so little punishment? I really don't get this Dave...

Jul 5, 2011 08:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anonymous at 9:56 pm was me Dave. Verna from fb. Sorry.

Jul 5, 2011 08:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I blame the State's Attorney for overcharging Casey.

Had the lead charge been second-degree murder or manslaughter, the jury might have had an easier time convicting. (Yet the jury also opted not to convict of any of those offenses even though they were given the choice on the verdict form.) By turning this into a capital case, when no cause of death was known, the SA unnecessarily ratcheted up the stakes.

Ashton's behavior at trial didn't help. An attorney of his caliber and experience should have known better not to act sarcastically and even laugh at opposing counsel during a capital murder trial. Juries do the weirdest things, and it could well be that Ashton's behavior turned them off. OK, Baez did some of the same things, but he wasn't the one with the burden of proof.

I hand it to Baez for pulling victory from the jaws of defeat. He made some very elementary mistakes during the trial and came across as a bumbling fool...until the closing arguments, when he really shone with good use of demonstrative evidence. And so he's cut his check now for the rest of his career. He was also quite classy at the news conference - unlike Cheney Mason, who came across as a jerk, as he usually does.

Yes, I'm a lawyer - had nothing better to do on the Fourth of July weekend than watch a criminal trial. :)

Jul 5, 2011 09:17 pm
 Posted by  Tiffany (Australia)

Hi Dave

A verdict is impossible to predict. I haven't been reading your work since the start of this case on account of your ability to make predictions. You captured my attention and won my respect with your style of writing, use of active voice for reader ease, lack of spin and so many other attributes that define a fine writer. I always look forward to reading what you write. Speaking of which, what will you write about next?

Jul 5, 2011 09:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, " When Cheney Mason joined Casey Anthony's defense team in March of 2008, he proclaimed that the day would come when "we will walk out of here with Casey "in arm." He was that confident she would be acquitted."

Apparently he changed his tune at that point cause he was whistling something else here:

Jul 5, 2011 10:20 pm
 Posted by  NancyB

I am heartbroken...I am stunned that this jury discarded all the lesser charged options and basically have set this psychopath free. I am disgusted that Baez had the utter arrogance today to publicly declare that this was justice for Caylee. Did the jury have no understanding of the definition of reasonable doubt? Did they think any doubt was equivalent? I'm appalled and just gobsmacked at our justice system that allowed Baez to trash so many people and tell the jury blatant lies and fool them into thinking it is evidence.

What disturbs me most is that we tolerate lying in our justice system. This jury had to sort through a mass of lies rather than weighing the truth. Lying to LE about the whereabouts of a 2 1/2 year old child should have a penalty of 5 years on each count, not one. Perjury in court needs to be prosecuted but rarely if ever does that happen.

Baez only performed well if you believe that the rights of one citizen (Casey Anthony) take precedence over the rights of many others (her dad, Roy Kronk, Vasco Thompson, multiple police and FBI personnel--all smeared and lied about-- and, of course, Caylee). That was never the intent of the justice system and raising reasonable doubt is not justification for it. That we have allowed this to become acceptable is our bad. To characterize this vile type of practice as 'doing a good job' is simply not accurate, IMO.

Will Casey next be appearing with all of her DT on all of the TV shows? Will she get her own Reality Show or just a 2 million dollar book deal?

The perversion of our justice system is more complete today.

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Dave Knechel has been blogging about the Casey Anthony case since late 2008, drawing readers from all over the world. Best known as “Marinade Dave,” a nickname he got when he made marinades and also blogged about marinade recipes, Knechel is on assignment to blog about the case exclusively for as Anthony goes to trial for first-degree murder. His posts will appear regularly on this site.

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