The fury over the verdict in Casey Anthony’s murder trial is certainly understandable. Anthony’s conduct was not merely suspect but criminal. She lied to the police, as she lied to every one else. Worse still, she left her child to rot for over a month while she kept the death a secret.
The prosecution tried to go beyond these facts. They tried to depict Casey Anthony as a party girl, which may be true, but then tried to convince the jury that the defendant had murdered her child so that she could go unimpeded in her life as a party girl. This bill of goods the jury did not buy.
At trial, the prosecution showed the jury a picture of the corpse’s head with duct tape on it. The prosecution then superimposed over that picture a photo of the living child with her smiling mother. By introducing the superimposed photos, the prosecution sought to prejudice the jury against Anthony. But none of this constituted evidence.
The prosecution did not prove its case. It did not prove that the child was murdered, or even how the child died. The coroner opined that the death was a murder, but the coroner merely rushed to conclusions without the necessary underlying facts. For no scientific evidence was introduced.
The outcome of this case leaves us without closure. The matter of this child’s death and possible murder is left unresolved. But in light of the evidence presented, the jury’s verdict was appropriate.