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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 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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