Well, maybe not the whole world. Just most of it.
Shortly after the verdict was read, lightning struck a makeshift memorial for Caylee. Does this mean someone in a very high place is unhappy with the verdict? Many think that's exactly what it means.
This young woman has been called the most hated person in the world--now that Osama bin Laden is dead. She's been kept isolated from other prisoners during her three years of incarceration--and with good reason. Even in prison, child killers don't fare well. What's that you say? She was found not guilty? Might I point out that one of the jurors who acquitted her said, and I quote, "Not guilty doesn't mean innocent."
No, it doesn't. And while I'm expressing my personal opinions here, in this case it's an opinion shared by most people interviewed on TV and radio and just about everyone I know personally. As St. Louis radio personality Cornbread put it, one does not have to be Columbo to connect the dots in this case.
Consider: party girl Casey didn't report Caylee missing for a month. In that month, she was caught on video and in photographs, smiling, laughing, shopping, partying. She got a tattoo: "Life is Beautiful" (in Italian). I would have been going nuts if my child were missing. Collin's thirty-two and I still occasionally threaten to put a tracking device on him!
But Casey's child was missing and her life was beautiful? She looked guilty as hell, carefree and unconcerned...while her baby's small body was rotting somewhere, not even permitted a decent burial by her selfish mother. I wonder what Caylee was thinking in her final moments on this earth? I wonder if Casey ever thinks about it?
Somehow, I doubt it.
My initial response to her arrest was: no surprise. She couldn't have been more obvious if she had that tattooed on her forehead. They'd put her away. She qualified for the death penalty, which most of us believed would be the outcome. Some felt life in prison without parole would be the better option. Let her live with what she did for the rest of her unnatural life. But would a woman without conscience really be living with it? The only suffering this girl would likely do would be in thinking about all the fun she'd be missing. Today's Dr. Nancy Snyderman calls her a sociopath. That may be the kindest description that will ever be made of her.
Enter legal ringmaster Jose Baez--and yes, he was a ringmaster. This trial was less a legal procedure than a three-ring circus, with Mr. Baez throwing out one ridiculous idea after another like a circus juggler: Casey was sexually abused by her father and was afraid of him (yet she, an adult, was still living in his home)...Caylee accidentally drowned in the family's pool and her father arranged a cover-up (the man's a former policeman and he didn't immediately call 911?)...Cindy Anthony, not Casey, was doing all of those internet searches on chloroform because she was looking for chlorophyll (except she wasn't even at home when the searches were conducted). Maybe they should have stuck with the faux nanny story. Oh, wait a minute...the police had already proven that was a lie. Can't use that one, have to come up with something new.
Again, this is just my personal opinion, but I believe the defense's whole case was created with the full cooperation of the Anthony family. I suspect her father knew he was going to be accused of incest and her mother was prepared in advance to claim she was the one doing the internet searches. Dad would be outraged, Mom would be apologetic. They were prepared to do whatever was necessary to get Casey acquitted.
Reasonable doubt...cast suspicion on all of them and no one gets convicted. As I've been telling Collin for years, our judicial system is a bad joke. Civil suits are won by whoever has the deepest pockets. Criminal cases are won with a few creative lies.
Now, Casey will be free to do whatever she wishes...and she will likely profit from it. Book deals, movie deals...ethics and morals mean nothing where the opportunity to make big money exists. It's all about the bottom line for publishers and moviemakers.
Speaking of that all-important bottom line, was financial gain the objective for the juror who has already hired a publicist and agreed to do interviews...for a price? Think about this: if Casey had been convicted, there would have been interest in the jurors, sure. But if they let her off, there would be--and was--a media frenzy.
I, for one, will not buy any books or see any movies from which Casey, the Anthony family, their legal team or any member of that jury will profit...and I ask all of you to boycott them as well. In fact, I suggest that a law be proposed that would prohibit jurors from profiting from trials on which they serve.
Now, there's some confusion as to when Casey Anthony will actually be released. This morning on Today, OJ Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark suggested this might be deliberate in order to protect Casey Anthony from an outraged community.
I wonder why they feel she needs to be protected? She was found not guilty, after all....