Atlanta Faith and Family Examiner will leave the reporting of the aspects of this trial on the blow by blow accounts and legal ramifications to the AP reporters and those in actual attendance to the court proceedings. See link below
But this story is so compelling and sad because this is not only the death of a child – but this scenario is played out day after day in the lives of so many families throughout Atlanta and the United States today.
A young single mother, pregnant out of wedlock, does not want the responsibility of raising the child; but loves them from a playmate aspect; but expecting the parents to care for the real needs of their child/children.
There is hardly a day here in Atlanta that you will not read in the AJC (or other Atlanta news media) where some child has been abused, killed by neglect, or murdered because of irresponsibility of a parent. So many times these children are killed by boyfriends of the mother.
The remedy of this is prevention? There cannot be enough programs for young women which would prevent such decisions. Decisions of seeking love, romance, and the party life over the welfare of their child/children. Look at the Susan Smith trial in SC, and so many others, where the mother will sacrifice the life of the child for the romantic interest in her life.
The answer to this is simple. Raise us a child in the nurture and admonition of God when they are young and when they are older they will not depart from it.
Far too many parents today are still playing the role of teenagers themselves. The night life, the party life, and the need to be entertained all the time comes directly from the examples of the parents. Oh, heaven forbid that our school children should believe in God; that they are taught to lie is wrong, that murder is wrong, that sex outside of marriage is wrong. That cannot be tolerated; but look at the results of not teaching this in the schools; but teaching them to actually rebel against such teachings.
It is obvious that the defense has had its hands tied from the very beginning. Will Jose Baez now drop Miss Anthony in the grease as far as the actual death of her child in order to save her from death row?
The first part of the summation by the prosecution has ended. They will have additional time at the end of the defense’s summation. The defense team is still at the podium and will return after the lunch break.
The question now (as they break for lunch) is Jose Baez convinced that Casey in fact was the one who took the life of little Caylee?
And their sole hope now is to prevent her from receiving the death penalty by bringing up her past, her erratic behavior, and the fact that since no one knows for sure how she died, that it was an accident.
His hopes that he will at least impress on the jury that she does not deserve to die. Does he hope to take attention away from Casey by using the blame game? If you cannot face up to your actions and responsibilities; but are caught in your lies, the only thing left to do is blame someone else for your actions and mistakes.
Her attorney even went so far as to call her names such as “slut” while trying to offset what Jeff Ashton has said about her lifestyle. However, it is not clear at any time that Mr. Ashton said that about her. Was that a word that should have been used by someone who is defending a client?
It seems so many times Mr. Baez actually added fuel to the fire by his remarks that brought more harm to her case than ease.
At this point, it seems all he is doing is adding credence to the prosecution’s case; but with the hope of dismissing that it was premeditated; but was an accident.
But dollars to doughnuts, he will not offer any explanation as to how this child died; because he stated that it was a mystery and possibly no one would ever know how she died; and from that no one could prove that Casey did it.
However, in his opening statement he said she died in the family swimming pool. He has certainly by passed that in his case and the opening for the defense.
What we see here is an inexperienced attorney doing a summation against a seasoned prosecutor who had done this many times.
I don’t think anyone wants to see Miss Anthony receive the death penalty. However, only a few wanted Carla Faye Tucker to die by lethal injection in Texas either. She was involved in a heinous murder. She later confessed. Turned her spiritual life around and had won the hearts of many all across America and even a plea from the Pope.
But the law was the law; and the law must be carried out in order for the law to be meaningful. Personally, it is my prayer that she will come clean, confess to what she has done, put herself on the mercy of the court; and perhaps have some kind of life in prison until her natural death.
It seems that Mr. Ashton is taking all the facts and testimony of the trial and weaving it into a simple believable story of what happened to this precious little child. While the burden of proof lies solely with the prosecution, it seems at this point – Mr. Baez is not really helping his client.
It is suspected that two other more experienced attorneys will take the remainder of their time – each was given four hours – to try and confuse the jury enough so that reasonable doubt can be established and base their verdict on that.
We can only go back in our minds to the O. J. Simpson trial when Johnny Cochran did the famous demonstration and said, “It is doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” Will there be another moment like that in this trial? Will Baez pull a rabbit out of the hat at the last moment?
Will he use tricks and mirrors to suggest that since no one knows the method of death; that it was in fact an accident? That Miss Anthony panicked in the face of what she had done; and as true to her personality felt she could not deal with the truth or lies that previously came flowing out of her mouth in abundance? A lie always had to be covered up with one of two things – the truth or another lie.
Will the prosecution say, “If you take all the testimony into consideration along with all the un-refuted facts like no one was with Caylee but Casey, that the child is dead, that the mother covered it up for 31 days; and went on with her party life even though she knew her child was in fact dead?
The facts are that since the drowning theory was submitted and it could only have come from Casey, does that not tell you her actions, whereabouts, and party life were in fact after knowing that her baby was dead and thrown in the swamp? And what about that tattoo? Why is it that she only shows emotion when it is about her and not about her child?
If in fact, she later confessed to the attorney that it was a swimming pool accident; why at that time did they not take this information to the police and face the consequences of that child neglect (and disposable of the body) rather than go through this long court case? If she confessed to what really happened, there would have been no need for a long trial to try and say that she did what she did because of her childhood. What did that have to do with her drowning – if the drowning was an accident?
If the defense is in anyway successful in placing any blame on George, does that take away any blame from Casey regarding her role in the death of the child?
Kyle Hightower, Associated Press reporter explains the first half of this case at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/03/casey-anthony-trial-prose_n_889412.html?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%7C217821
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You may wish to refer to this author’s article on how lying is the basis of all sin; and how lying was the basis of this child losing her little young life. http://joltleft.com/faith-family-in-atlanta/family-crisis-the-casey-anthony-family-s-sex-lies-and-duct-tape
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Both sides, the prosecution and the defense, has had almost three years to prepare their cases; and it all boils down to what the jury believes; and what they think the verdict should be; and what the penalty should be.