Joy Behar asks Casey Anthony attorney if she believed Caylee drowned
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On July 13, 2011, HLN show host Joy Behar spoke with one of the defense attorneys who sat with Casey Anthony throughout her murder trial: Dorothy Clay Sims. Addressing the statements made by lead defense attorney Jose Baez on May 24, 2011, Joy Behar asked Sims if she believed that Caylee drowned. Casey Anthony faced seven counts stemming from the June 2008 death and disappearance of her two-year-old daughter Caylee including four counts of lying to law authorities as well as aggravated manslaughter of a child, aggravated child abuse and first degree murder. The prosecution stated that Casey Anthony murdered Caylee in cold blood with chloroform and duct tape. The defense stated that on June 16, 2008, Caylee Anthony drowned in her family’s swimming pool. On July 5, 2011, a jury of Casey Anthony’s peers found her guilty on four counts of lying to law enforcement officers but returned a not guilty verdict on charges of manslaughter, murder and child abuse.
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Joy Behar asked Dorothy Clay Sims, “Do you really believe the whole story that Jose Baez presented in the beginning? Do you believe that Caylee drowned? That George found her, that George disposed of the body, that Roy Kronk moved the body, that George molested her? All of those things that he brought up, do you believe those things?”
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Dorothy Clay Sims didn’t answer with a yes or no statement but rather addressed the not guilty verdict and the job the prosecution had during the trial. “I think there were a number of things — well, if you look at the testimony that took place, you look at the photographs of the child going in — going up the ladder, you see the child with her hand — you see Caylee with her hand on the door. She loved to swim.
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“I think there was compelling evidence, compelling evidence that Casey did not murder her child. The burden was not on the defense ,” she continued.
“The burden was on the state to prove that she had motive. I don`t think they did that. I don`t think that they were able to do that, and that`s why that jury came back with a not guilty verdict. That was their responsibility, and they were not able to do that.”
Joy Behar then asked Dorothy Clay Sims about the role that George Anthony played in the defense strategy. She questioned Sims about the defense’s opening statements that George Anthony had molested Casey Anthony, knew Caylee had drowned and helped cover it up.
Dorothy Clay Sims explained, “I think when a lawyer gives an opening statement, what that lawyer does is he explains to the jury what he believes the evidence will show. No lawyer can predict what`s going to be said, what the responses are.”
She continued, “I think that the jury did struggle, from what I understand from watching some of the television shows, some of the jurors, when they discussed the evidence they struggled with George`s testimony and his responses to things and the way in which he answered the questions.
Joy Behar interjected saying that the defense made it appear as if George Anthony was on trial. Dorothy Clay Sims replied, “I think that the defense`s job is to hold the state to the burden that they have. They have that burden, the defense doesn`t have a burden, and if there are weaknesses in the state`s case — and there were a lot of weaknesses. “