Casey Anthony verdict one year later
Legal panel looks back at case
- Duration 5:30
- Date Jul 5, 2012
Legal panel looks back at case
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-- to the charge of first degree murder.
Verdict as to count one we the jury find the defendant not guilty so say we all -- it at Orlando Orange County Florida.
-- -- it day of July 2011.
Signed fourth person.
That was one year ago today Casey Anthony found not guilty of murdering her two year old daughter Caylee.
And indecision that truly shocked the country and now -- a new book.
Her former lawyer says he originally thought she should take a plea deal offered before the trial even happened they came to believe her story.
That her little girl's death was an accidents.
I'm disturbed that when a person is found not guilty in a court of law.
And justice has been served the justices and respected.
And I am powerless.
To sit back and just watch how all of this happened so if injustice can happen to Casey opening it can happen anyway.
Here is that burns a former prosecutor Jennifer -- she's a criminal defense attorney in one of the questions -- asking today's new what did you -- really friend in this case do you think.
We learn what Jose Baez said that you know.
If you found not guilty can never truly recover.
And that's something we could all suffer -- Is that the big take away from this trial time I think that he makes at that point that there has to be respect for justice that has to -- respect for our system and doesn't she she did earn an acquittal but at the same time what we have learned is that -- how wildly unpredictable.
And -- I agree with Baez had I been her defense attorney.
And they offered that thirteen your plea deal I would have been begging her to take it.
Because despite the fact of the prosecution's case have holes there was plenty to convict her dad wouldn't let you take away well what -- you learn here well we learned the press.
Should -- shouldn't be swinging for the fences and committing to a theory that they can't prove notice I didn't say.
That didn't happen they couldn't prove it now interestingly enough I'll defend the prosecutors in the sense that.
The body had decomposed -- over a long period of time and they felt that.
The defendant and those around her were responsible for that so why should they benefit and therefore we're gonna go for murder.
But if I were sitting in a prosecutorial conference room with my supervisors -- I would say look.
We can't prove murder.
She obviously administered chloroform which is felony child abuse and the child died which is felony murder and -- -- because I see you shaking.
A felony murder was in the jury instructions okay but they didn't understand lesser included offense it's.
So it's it's about strategy that's -- I think that the big take -- but we're finding out what really happened -- little Caylee.
Now Jose Baez had this is saying is that -- that we need to talk about.
Whether an actual murder Kurt he's seems to have doubts about that and he says that's where the focus should have been it never was there.
-- is that she was not forthcoming -- -- that she has information that she had some causal connection to the step whether it was.
Accidental -- they've always claimed it was accidental in fact I believe diet seven his opening statement.
She she drowned in a pool of course they never proved that up so there are questions but at this point in the game.
I take it seriously think we're gonna have to just be comfortable with the fact that we're not -- know what happened acutely.
Well -- have to be comfortable with it seems like nobody seems to be a little girl on the screen -- -- -- -- so much -- and we just want to get some answers in the who's who's out for justice for her.
Look quite convert to the table is the ability to from the government -- Sherlock Holmes what happened I've been doing this one -- seven years and in my opinion basically.
I mean doctor -- -- -- usually you know refer to specific expertise said Doug.
I've never seen a case in forty years or somebody administered core from to kill somebody intentionally OK the -- it's an infant you can.
Suffocate the job and by the way all of the panic -- the -- in the covering up his consistent with an accident by the way because -- your cold hearted murderer.
If you -- simply drive to some dumpster.
They think she did it actually she administered chloroform with the cabinet that I wasn't there the child then died in an accident that's still a crime.
A serious -- The N and that get me very well be the case again is -- -- to -- to speculate as I am.
But the same time it it's important understand I think that she was a lucky lady.
Ninety can got -- ten this -- would have come back guilty in a case like this and I happen to believe if she was a man or even a woman of color.
She what have been found guilty because I believe the jury had a hard time wrapping their head around at this -- Looking at young woman with this beautiful child and had the capacity.
To do something so eating your experience and that in the case yes factor absolutely this is this evidence would have convicted nine out of ten people if they didn't look like -- Think that's an excellent point and that the fact of the matter is said -- and you have to fronted for -- discuss this tremendous subliminal -- -- And to work off that point had this been.
Somebody from very very low -- -- society -- -- wouldn't have been on television wouldn't have been covered.
And there is a subliminal bias and there's lots of books on the and so forth by law professors and their right but the fact of the matter is.
This jury was badly confused they thought it was murder.
Or nothing when the legal reality isn't it should've been explained more simply it it's either murder but it can also be what's.
About lesser but when -- act of service could gonna carriage and do you think anyone else will be brought to trial -- -- that.
Now I don't have them now he gets older.
And sad case not a base do little girl and she's and she's dead -- and it changes that.
I -- -- Jennifer nice to take a look at this and one year later and try to seek -- is there anything can we take away anything from us.
And assuming -- obesity a long time to come.