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Moms Talk: Casey Anthony

A nation is stunned as we collectively wonder -- did our legal system fail?

As the verdict of "not guilty" was announced yesterday in the case of Casey Anthony, who was on trial for the death of her child, Caylee, many of us were shocked that while there was no concrete evidence that the mother killed the child, the limited evidence there was seemed to point to guilt. 

Through much debate in the hours that followed, there were those standing strong that the legal system worked as it was intended, and those who felt the evidence proved that Anthony should have been kept off the streets for decades to come. 

What do you think? Do you agree with the verdict?

Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:03 PM
From almost the begining of this trial, it was pretty evident that there wasn't suffieicent evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, yet the nation watched in hopes, that this woman would be found guilty. Probably because as with the case, from the very begining, it was evident that this family was a "carnival of dysfunctionality" in the words of former fiance to Casey Anthony. From 31 days late to calling authorities on the missing child, to the proven made up stories of babysitters and jobs, the biggest question remains, "what is this family hiding?"
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:05 PM
It would seem with computer searches on Cholorform, and "How to break a neck", the admitted stuffing of this 2 yr olds body, and dumping of the remains would answer that question: the family is hiding a murder.
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:06 PM
But our legal system stands strong with innocent until PROVEN guilty. A shadowed reminder of the OJ Simpson trial, "If the glove don't fit, you have to acquit."
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:08 PM
But in both cases, every person watching, praying, following these cases from begining to end, knows these people are guilty. Casey Anthony lied so much, her former fiance said it was important to remember that "the lies just didn't start with the death of Caylee" but several years before that. "I personally think this family was dysfunctional," he said. And if this court case proved anything, it was that exactly.
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:12 PM
A normal parents reaction to losing a child would be overwhelming grief, sorrow, depression, those early photos of Casey Anthony smiling and dancing at clubs, changing stories to authorities, to family and to visits while she was in jail, lye after lye, something just isn't right with woman, and I keep asking myself, if she didn't kill Caylee, what happened? Did she really drown?
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:16 PM
And as I've repeated to my friends, what kind of person thinks its a better alternative to an accidental drowning, to claim the child was kidnapped? Leading police on a wild goose chase, wasting their time and tax payers money, having the public terrified that someone is out there that is kidnapping children?
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:18 PM
The mother of Casey Anthony was caught on stand lying, Casey was lucky to have not taken the stand because I believe if she was on stand she would've blown the whole case.
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:23 PM
This is a woman who actually led the police thru the gates of Orlando Studios, through a building, down a corridor before finally turning to them and admitting, "I don't work here." Her mother recounted numerous people, "friends" Casey claimed, that the mother found to be fictional.
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:26 PM
The father of Caylee has never been admitted to. My problem with letting this woman walk, is that now she will have the chance to mother again. She will walk our streets, be in contact with the public, that includes children, its terrifying.
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Casey made up entire stories such as an ex boyfriend of hers having a son, Zachary, that never existed. Talked to her mom about plans to meet up with said ex boyfriends mother and son, Zach, to take holiday photos, ALL A LIE. Friends that she claimed existed, diagnosed with cancer, deaths in car accident, marriages, all made up stories. But we suddenly believe her account of what "really" happened to her daughter, drowning in a pool?
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:35 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/casey_anthony_trial/casey-anthony-trial-mother-caylees-imaginary-friends/story?id=13988365
Tina DeBord July 06, 2011 at 05:36 PM
I agree with the verdict based on the charges and the evidence. But I believe Casey had a hand in her daughter's death. It makes me sick to think of the freedom she'll now have and the money she'll likely make off of her story. And it makes me sad that there's no justice for Caylee.
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:43 PM
I guess I understand people believe there wasn't sufficient evidence to convict, I guess the more I research the trial, the more I think about everything, I think there was sufficient evidence. Was there a eye witness? No. Is there proof she drown? No. Is there proof shes dead? Yes. Was she found with duck tape over her mouth? Yes. Was there evidence she was in the trunk of her mothers car? Yes. Did her defense team claim she bagged the body and dumped it? Yes. The only "idea" her defense claimed to change the story of murder to an accident is some story of a drowning from a woman who has been proven repeatedly to be a pathological liar. For me, there was more evidence she did it than that she didn't.
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:46 PM
In four years this woman will walk the Earth free. Young enough to mother again, no therapy to change the obviously sick mind of this woman, no serious enough charges to stop her from doing this again. Not even a charge against neglect, becasue in Florida, once the child is dead, a charge of neglect no longer exists- even though she neglected to even report the child missing or drown for 31 days. How do we let this monster free?
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:54 PM
In the legal system, rules are bent often enough to help murderers, and rapist go free. But we know. Even the attorneys know when someone is truly guilty. I believe the jurors even had to know. in my opinion, the legal system could have bent enough without "sufficent evidence" to put this woman away. What would have been strong enough evidence to convict? A finger print? An eye witness? How often are these present?
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Was it not enough to know she admittedly bagged and dumped the body? That she with held truth from law officials all the way up until her trial? That she lied to authorities creating crime scenes? I just don't understand how these major issues are argued away to let her go free.
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 06:03 PM
In the end, we hope Kharma will prevail. Whatever happened, truthfully, will come back to her. As parents, please watch your children, and know who you are trusting to watch them. Just last week I sat at the beach with my kids watching a woman in her late teens, early 20's babysititng 6 kids all under 6-7 yrs of age. The youngest, a child no more than 1, playing in the water as the sitter walked 20 feet away, with her back turned, talking to others, playing in the sand with the older kids. The 1 yr old kept falling in the water, crawling, slurping up water. Two of the other kids, roughly 3-4 yrs climbed on wet, slimy jagged rocks another 30 feet away while the sitter began texting on her phone. All I could think was, "Would the parents be ok with this kind of supervision of their kids they are paying for?" What if the baby drown? What if one of the preschoolers smacked their head on the rock and became brain damaged? The parents would never know the neglect they were paying for their kids.
Tina DeBord July 06, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Unfortunately, the charge--first degree murder--didn't fit the evidence. There wasn't sufficient evidence that the crime was premeditated. There was sufficient evidence that she bagged the body and kept in her car. But I do believe there's a possibility that Caylee drowned in the pool. A different charge may have gotten her convicted.
Lindsay Leppek July 06, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Isn't Internet searches prior to the child's death a sign of premeditation? I know it's not a strong case but based on that evidence I believe she was brought up on the charges she was.
Janet Halley July 08, 2011 at 11:13 AM
There is a higher court she will have to answer to. She may make a ton of money, but will she ever be able to live with herself? I beleive with all my heart, she (and she alone) did this. To blame the parents is 100% wrong.
Tina DeBord July 08, 2011 at 09:38 PM
There is reasonalbe doubt that Casey made the searches. Or, rather, there isn't concrete proof that Casey made the searches. Like I said, I believe she is guilty. And I am appalled that she will walk free and profit from her horrific actions. But I also understand how the jury came to its decision based on the evidence, testimony, and the cases of both sides. At this point, I'd say we need to examine our legal system to determine why it failed to convict a murderer.

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