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CASEY ANTHONY: Disturbing case results in O.J.-like verdict

Letter by Bambi Lin Litchman, Tacoma on July 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm with 28 Comments »
July 6, 2011 4:36 pm

As an attorney and former mental health professional, I found the Casey Anthony case disturbingly compelling. Casey partied for a month after her toddler Caylee died. She obtained a tattoo, “Bella Vita” (beautiful life), and insisted Caylee was kidnapped by a fictitious nanny named Zanaida Gonzalez. A real-life Zanaida Gonzalez has just served Anthony with a defamation suit.

Casey’s attorney, Jose Baez, in a stunning opening statement, suddenly claimed Caylee accidentally drowned. He then accused Casey’s father and brother of molesting Casey. He argued Casey’s partying (and lying) resulted from being abused, yet provided no evidence.

The judge later ruled that since there was no evidence of abuse, Baez was barred from addressing the abuse issue in closing. By then, however, Baez had essentially put Casey’s father on trial while Casey remained silent throughout. Did the jury realize opening statements do not constitute evidence?

Pundits debated whether Casey would take the stand, yet an attorney may not put a client on the stand if he/she knows the client is going to lie. Casey does nothing but lie, as documented on tape.

The jury returned an O.J.-like verdict. Comparisons are warranted. Casey’s manipulative behavior, intense narcissism, pathological lying and festive partying behavior after Caylee’s death are red flags for sociopathy.

Years ago, in my graduate psychology program, my clinical psych professor stated someday we would find that sociopaths are simply wired up differently from the rest of us. If Casey isn’t a sociopath, she has provided an impeccable impersonation.

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  1. WarmNfuzziOne says:

    One huge similarity-the prosecutors in both cases were totally lame. They weren’t ready and they didn’t bring their A game, which at best, was everyone else’s C game.

    One big difference-the OJ jury members revealed themselves to be rather limited in intelligence, they didn’t understand what little the prosecutors brought forward as evidence.

    A kid in community collge teamed up with law clerk more focused on coaching a softball team could beat the prosecution case and evidence against Casey Anthony. Defense Attorneys dream of such situations.

  2. ValleyTarts says:

    She like OJ was tried by a jury of her peers, morons.

    They had clearly been discussing the case in the jury room during the trial (against all rules) as they knew the deliberation time was minimal. The reason we know that is that they all showed up in their best duds immediately upon the start of deliberation.

    Kind of gave it away.

    As I said, morons.

  3. Waiting for the next Litchman letter to drop.

    So if Caylee was taken care of at Planned Parenthood a few years earlier, there wouldn’t be an issue?

    Just asking.

  4. TSkidmore says:

    Proves only that our so-called “justice system” is based on who can pay to get the best liars to represent them. Like so many of our 18th Century institutions established to handle 18th Century problems the courts like the U.S. Senate have to be reformed if we are to survive as a country.

    We should go to the French Court System where the person on trial is considered guilty – the judge is the prosecutor – and the defense has to prove the person innocent to a professional instead of the bunch of losers picked for a jury as is done now.

  5. LarryFine says:

    I didn’t really follow it much. The jury ruled. Many folks now-a-days have no sense of obligation or responsibility (we’ve cultivated generations…) Her partying after the ‘fact’ (what ever the truth really is) could be more indicitive of the faults of society than her own guilt…

  6. After all is said and done and the commentators run out of things to say, the jury has spoken. That’s the way our justice system works. All that needs to be said on this issue has been said.

  7. xx98411 says:

    “The jury returned an O.J.-like verdict. Comparisons are warranted. Casey’s manipulative behavior, intense narcissism, pathological lying and festive partying behavior after Caylee’s death are red flags for sociopathy.”

    Soooo, Bambi… based on what you have heard about the case, is Casey Anthony guilty of Murder in the 1st Degree?

    You have made a great case for Casey being a douche… a slimball… a great partier… selfish… self-centered… part of a dysfunctional family… but again is she guilty of murder?

  8. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Casey Anthony created the environment that resulted in her childs death – that’s manslaughter at a minimum to a jury with a live brain!! She could have been lying to everyone just for kicks – not that she was guilty of anything – DUUUH??!

  9. How did Caylee die? I think you have to know this information before you can find somebody guilty of murder and bring a case to court. Reasonable doubt. Everything else is circumstantial- no matter how absurdly it appears to point towards guilt. There is no proof that a murder took place, except the body was able to decompose and she lied, the prosecution had nothing.

  10. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Once again Larry says it right. Most Americans do not have the courage to sentence another according to the established laws and customs of our great country. They are too weak. They think about themselves, the guilty party, and not of society or the victim.

  11. harleyrider1 says:

    Words and presentation are at issue here.

    In Scotland they do not conclude not guilty, but “not proven”. The prosecutors here did not prove their case. Period. While we think Casey killed her own child, we can’t prove it. We can’t say where; we can’t offer a motive; we really don’t know a lot about the time-frame – we can’t say when.

    Maybe the judge could have vacated the verdict had he believed that it was proved beyond a reasonsable doubt – I’m not sure what state law is there. If you want to be frustrated, be frustrated with the prosecution. Remember the words “not proven”.

    As for the morons on the jury that are now selling their interviews or getting their 15-min of fame, they simply have no class. Their upbringing and how they act in this world reflects the person judged by them. There’s nothing to be proud of here. There were no heroic acts.

  12. commoncents says:

    Don’t blame the prosecutors…This case was lost at voir doire. Take a look at the jury pool. DUI convictions, assault convictions, a juror saying she could not judge…Now think about this the next time you get a jury summons and feel that you’re too busy. If you’re not going to do it then who is? People like this jury….The prosecutor can only eliminate so many of the prospective jurors.

  13. commoncents says:

    harley – most homicide convictions are circumstantial in nature. By saying they couldn’t convict because they couldn’t offer a motive, tell when, where or anything else you are effectively saying Gary Ridgway shouldn’t have been convicted either. After all…the evidence that nailed him was paint specks – however, they already thought via DNA evidence that he had intercourse with his victims. Paint specks simply concluded beyond any doubt that he had. Still didn’t prove that he actually strangled them. However, the chain of circumstantial evidence with Ridgway convicted him…and it should have convicted her too.

  14. Language does matter. Great point here harleyrider. Not proven.

  15. sue1234 says:

    As a lawyer and mental health professional, you sure seem to be driven by your emotions. You should know people can react to stress in seemingly inappropriate behavior.

    The prosecutor failed to win because they did not put forth a good argument that convinced the jury Casey was guilty.

  16. sue1234 says:

    As a lawyer and mental health professional, you sure seem to be driven by your emotions. You should know people can react to stress in seemingly inappropriate ways.

    The prosecutor failed to win because they did not put forth a good argument that convinced the jury Casey was guilty.

  17. Apparently, there are legally only 4 manners of death in Florida. Homicide, suicide, accidental death and natural causes. The prosecutors going in knew they didn’t have evidence of manner of death. They only had skeletal remains to work with. Remains that were conclusively proven to have been tampered with.

    There are numerous causes of death e.g. heart attack, drowning, suffocation, trauma etc. The prosecution had a theory – no dna evidence -just a theory. They threw 100% of their “premeditiation” charges and asked for capital punishment based on a theory of suffocation by duct tape (unusual Henckel branded tape and labelled on non-sticky side belonging to George Anthony, the grandfather to which all family members and anyone else visiting the home had access to).

    The prosecution over-reached and lawyers familiar with how difficult it is to convict for a capital offence (at least those lawyers able to separate the facts from the titillating surrounding emotionalism lathered up by talking heads for their corporate news masters, and those able to stick to the legal facts and NOT the side show) knew the prosecution was out on a limb. But these legal talking heads were shouted down by the likes of Nancy Dis-Grace etc. .

    I don’t know if justice was done but there was a fair trial and the system prevails regardless of whether we like the outcome or not, whether all our questions were answered or not; whether the defendant was popular or unpopular, a liar does not make a mother a killer. A party girl does not make a young single mother a killer. There was absolutely no evidence of her being anything other than a loving young single mom. No pediatrician reports of unexplained bruises etc.
    We DO know that accidental drowning is the leading cause of preventable death of young children in Florida.
    And apparently there are no laws requiring fencing around pools. In fact, on the day the child is supposed to have died the ladder was up according to the grandmother, the french door which separated the child who was completely capable of climbing that ladder -t hat french door was left open so the dog could go poop in the yard.
    So why hide an accidental drowning?
    Was that unanswered question enough proof beyond a reasonable doubt to put this pathological liar in the electric chair? I dont’ know. And the prosecution never answered that question.
    Why would you not have pediatricians’ reports for an almost 3 year old c hild?
    Why would a nurse working for Gentiva not make her pregnant partying daughter get regular medical /ob-gyn checkups? We all have kids – when we take them in for shots and vaccinations drs. always check the whole body of the child to ensure normal development.
    WHat is One reason children are rarely taken to doctors?
    Why was no pediatrician called by either side to testify?
    How does incest happen with a mother in the house?
    So many unanswered questions and so many people so sure this child suffocated her baby and willing to see her in the electric chair.
    How many grandpas would commit suicide over the death of their grandchild ?
    How many brothers sob over not being invited to a baby shower.
    Something is not right with the family and Casey is a product of that family.

  18. Murigen says:

    I commend the jury for voting on the evidence they were presented with and not on public or prosecutorial pressure. There wasn’t enough evidence.

  19. Gosh it’s fun to pretend to be a jury memeber with the media providing all your ‘evidence’ so you can judge others isn’t it?

  20. Her partying after the ‘fact’ (what ever the truth really is) could be more indicitive of the faults of society than her own guilt…

    Funny Jimm…..I’m a “liberal” yet I think I come down much more on the side of individual responsibility on this one this than you.

  21. xtp…the jury is starting to talk. They say there wasn’t enough to convict. They know more than you or I. I’ll take their word, where others seem to think THEY know better.

    Oh and I sat on a jury that the prosecutor obviously thought was a slam dunk conviction, only it wasn’t.

  22. Harley,
    Good point about Scotland. Not Proven is the third possibility along wing Guilty and Not Guilty.

    Comnoncents,
    “DUI convictions, assault convictions. . ,” sure sound to me like a jury of her peers.

    Both sides have a limited number of challenges without cause, but are not limited in the number of challenges for cause.

    beerBoy,
    Different people handle grief in different ways. Her partying could her of coping.

  23. beerBoy says:

    xring – yep……but Jimmm blames society…..I don’t judge the response, but it is the individual – not society – that had the response.

  24. LarryFine says:

    … kooky that you would miss the sarcasm aspect… LOL.
    And as your buddy the snail would say… ‘bla,bla,bla… you tailgater… bla bla I haven’t posted in x-hrs yet you… bla bla bla….

  25. beerBoy says:

    … kooky that you would miss the sarcasm aspect… LOL.

    Odd that you would find joy in discovering that you weren’t clear in your attempt to communicate……do you enjoy it when you have to explain the punchline to your jokes too?

  26. LarryFine says:

    … funny coming from you.

  27. beerBoy says:

    See?…..I didn’t have to explain it for you to get the joke.

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