Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Today is the day we finally morn for little Caylee. We are all venting, and shocked by the verdict of  NOT GUILTY in the Casey Amthony case. She was only convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators and police The system failed to give the little girl justice. Little Caylee had relied on her mother and grandparents to keep her safe. Like all loved ones, she was entitled to a final resting place with prayers and comfort from friends and relatives who loved her. Not to be dumped into a swamp like a piece of garbage. She also relied on our court system and laws to protect her and all of us.

So what happened here? The prosecutor presented their case way before the trial. They painted a horrid picture of her mother Casey. They showed elaborate evidence proving Casey’s need for freedom from motherhood. Or did she just want freedom for a one night stand, chloroforming Caylee just to keep her asleep safely in her bed. After all, she did go on the Internet to learn more about it making sure it could be safe. But the child must have cried. Afraid to chloroform her more, she probably covered her little mouth with tape. Perhaps the little tot had a cold and could not breath out of her nose. (giving Casey the benefit of the doubt) although the prosecutor claimed differently. But there was no proof of this.

Did she really want to kill her daughter? The circumstantial evidence was clear. Her investigating on the Internet of Chloroform and to learn how to break a neck. To not report her child missing for 31 days and her death. Casey partied happily while Caylee's body was decomposing, as the pictures of her dancing revealed on TV. But lastly, to have a tattoo saying Bella Vita (beautiful life) Your child is dead, you are supposed to morn, so you buy a tattoo to say Bella Vita? None of these actions were ever refuted. They were all true. Yet Casey goes free. There was little evidence of the smell of death and the little girls hair in the trunk.

Years ago, circumstantial evidence has put many people in prisons and death row. Today we have forensic scientific technology which is supposed to protect the innocent. So let’s think about it for a minute. Doesn’t it also protect the guilty?

Casey was not smart enough to plan her defense. Her father was a law enforcement officer who knew that if a body is decomposed for a certain amount of time, no evidence would be found. He probably advised Casey to lie and stall as long as possible for a certain amount of time until all evidence would be gone. Claiming her father abused her was probably absurd just to rectify Casey’s wild irresponsible actions.

Attorney Jose Baez, Casey’s attorney was an average lawyer, not a high profile one as OJ Simpson's. It seemed he would have a difficult time defending Casey. However, the case was very simple. Anyone could have done the job. When the prosecutor gave the evidence of the chloroform searching on the web and the drinking partying, etc., Baez created doubt and gave a different reason of Caylee’s death by dying in the the swimming pool. He created loads of doubt.  Was there proof of that? NO

In my humble opinion there were more evidence of searching for chloroform than Caylee dying in the pool. Baez could have mentioned other causes of death however all he needed was to divert attention away from Casey, and her wild lifestyle and to focus on other scenarios that caused doubt. The judge made it absolutely clear. If there was any doubt what so ever you must find her NOT GUILTY.

Since there were no witnesses, finger prints, DNA or any concrete proof, the jury had no other option but to find her NOT GUILTY of murder. I feel sorry for them as they have to face the public each day. Even Jeff Ashton, lead prosecutor announced he would be retiring end of the week after 30 years as a prosecutor. What does this tell us?

And, Casey, although smiling and happy now, will be in exile for the rest of her life. She will be scorned and alone with little hope of a good life. Her conscience will get the best of her some day She will get rich on TV appearances, book projects and movie deals. But for the rest of her life she will be living in hell.

In honor of Caylee, we should enforce a new Caylee's law making it mandatory to report a missing child. Today the law says that after 48 hours a parent can report a missing child or person but there is no law that makes it a crime not to report a missing child immediately. Perhaps if there were such a law, we would have found Caylee’s body enough time to produce proper evidence.

Note: Only law enforcement agencies can request activation of a Missing Child Alert. If you would like to report a missing person, please contact your local police department or sheriff’s office first, then contact MEPIC at 1-888-FL MISSING (356-4774).

“Suzanne’s Law” amends Section 3701 (a) of the Crime Control Act of 1990 so that there is no waiting period before law enforcement agency initiates an investigation of a missing person under the age of twenty one and reports the missing person to the National Crime Information Center of the Department of Justice.

“Suzanne’s Law” is named after Suzanne Lyall, a student at State University of New York at Albany, who has been missing since 1998

Now we need a law making it a crime not to report a missing child or person.  Please comment as a petition to make this a law


Marlene said...

hi iris. just read your column, and after listening to the television commentators i thought she would be convicted for sure. but after listening to the trial, two
biggies stand out, and i agree with the jury verdict based on them. number 1, while we know she was last with caylee, no proof was offered that she "murdered"
her. number 2, no proof was offered that linked her to the disposing of the body. as the public, we have imaginations that tend to run wild based on the television people that cover these stories for rating and sensationalism. its not that i believe she is innocent, but the state did not prove the connection of
numbers 1 and 2. perhaps if they indicted her on lesser charges they would have prevailed. but you cannot send anyone to death based on a "feeling" or a
"maybe". and one more fact: ashton was set to retire and asked to postpone it and take the casey anthony case and go out with a "bang". all this just
reinforces my feeling to "eat dessert first". no one is promised anything in life.

Anonymous said...

Please god get,this,law,passed. Because with the body they could have performed an autopsy to prove the cause of,death. It may,have been a very different verdict had that been the case. It,is beyond a crime that a parent can go,with,their child,missing for that long and have no consequences.... Insane. Legal system sucks and needs to tighten up. But I,guess I am not surprised, because if OJ got off anyone could.....sick but unfortunately the truth about our screwd up legal system.

Anonymous said...

Casey, a single mother living at home with her parents. No job.

She either left home because something happened to Caylee or she ran away from home.

If she ren away from home she was ill prepared to properly care for caylee. She either was trying to do the best she could and she did something stupid where caylee was the victim or she murdered her.

If the reason she left home is because something happened she is on the run.

But for either reason she has to do what is necessary to survive. To get someone to take care of her, a place to stay. Food to eat.
That may have been a reason for party life. Go where meeting people happens. It is called survival. She can't go home!

In either case she does not want to tell her parents what happened to Caylee. Hence lie and lie.

The smell from the car. Not everyone around the car smelled it.
But let's assume it was a decomposition smell. This actually supports accidental death. She didn't know what to do with her. It was not planned out. Or is she stupid.

The fault lies with the states attorney. Maybe for political reasons he went with charges hard to substantiate. Anything less he loses an election. The jury worked with what they were given. They did not have an option to reduce the charges to something else.

I watched the closing arguments. The state screwed up. Tests that should have been performed were not. Left a lot of room for doubt.