Computer mistake with chloroform searches in Casey Anthony case; what it means
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It was the key piece of evidence the prosecution had in their largely circumstantial case against acquitted mother Casey Anthony: the chloroform searches. They were also used to vilify Casey Anthony’s mother, Cindy, as she testified that she searched the word “chloroform” on her computer. The prosecution stated that the word “chloroform” had been searched 84 times and computer expert John Bradley stood on the stand and testified that their software program called CacheBack showed the work had been searched 84 times. The testimony y was crucial as it was how the prosecution showed that Casey Anthony had premeditated the murder of her daughter, Caylee, in March 2008; three months before she disappeared. The only problem was that the word had been searched one time and not 84.
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So what does this mistake mean? Maybe not much now that Casey Anthony has been acquitted of first degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse. It would have made a great deal, however, if Casey Anthony had been found guilty of murder. So much so, it could have been grounds for a mistrial.
It must also ask whether or not the admission of this mistake will have any impact on how the public views Cindy Anthony. The public has often held mixed reactions to the Anthonys in general with some expressing extreme anger towards them while others sympathize with them as grandparents who have endured more than many families could ever imagine. Most would agree that the Anthonys lives have been a nightmare for the past three years.
What do you think about the revelation that there was a software error and that the search had only been conducted one time?
Click the video player to the left for a report by Today regarding the issue.