Thirty-three days after the trial began, it’s finally ended.
That’s just slightly longer than the thirty days it took for Casey Anthony to finally admit that her 2-year old daughter Caylee was missing, and that’s only because her mother reported to the police that she smelled something like a “dead body” coming from the trunk of her car.
Thirty days of living a normal life, visiting friends, smiling for pictures at parties and even having the phrase “Bella Vita” (“Beautiful Life” in Italian) tattooed on her body, while most mothers would be going crazy trying to find their child.
Beautiful life for whom, I wonder?
Thirty days of lies and deceit, from lying about where she worked, to where little Caylee actually was, to making up stories about people she barely knew, to stories about people who never even existed in the first place to the police… the only thing the jury could actually convict her guilty of.
Even during the trial, the lies just didn’t end, going so far as to claim that Caylee not only drowned in the family pool, but that her father covered it up to make it look like she was abducted and murdered, which is absurd, since she would’ve gotten in far less trouble for a genuine accident to begin with.
The “not guilty” verdicts of the most serious charges were bad enough, but the insult to injury came from Casey Anthony’s defense team, especially from J. Cheney Mason, a lawyer who once claimed that he was going to “walk out of the courtroom arm-in-arm with Casey” and seems to have a reputation for arrogance and an attitude problem to boot. After the verdict, he smugly proclaimed to the press that:
“Well I hope this is a lesson for those of you who have indulged in media assassination for three years. Bias, prejudice, and incompetent talking heads saying what would be and how to be. I am disgusted by some of the lawyers that have done this. And I can tell you that my colleagues from coast to coast and border to border have condemned this whole process of lawyers getting on television and talking about cases that they don’t know a damn thing about and don’t have the experience to back up their words or the law to do it. Now you’ve learned a lesson.”
He also threatened that “we’ll be talking to them again”… meaning those who actually expressed an opinion on the case.
Excuse us for having an opinion, Mr. Mason.
Jose Baez was slightly less offensive, proclaiming that Casey did not murder Caylee, though he did launch into some senseless, unrelated drivel about how this case “proves that the death penalty doesn’t work”.
He never explained exactly how.
I’d like to remind the two gentlemen that it was the prosecution that failed to prove Casey Anthony guilty… the defense did not prove her innocent beyond a reasonable doubt.
So… what’s next for Casey Anthony?
As of this writing, it is speculated that since the maximum penalty she could get for giving false information to law enforcement is 4 years, and that she has already served 3, she could be given credit for time served and released in one year at worst, or even as soon as this weekend at best; well… best for her, anyway.
According to one lawyer, she is done with this case. Even if new evidence were to emerge, she cannot be tried again under the “double jeopardy” clause, unless like the O.J. Simpson case, there is a civil suit brought against her, but this is unlikely as the only ones who could really do so is her own family, and they’ve proven that even with all of her lies and wild accusations against them, they tend to circle the wagons around her.
When she is released from prison, what will she do?
Can she even get a job, considering her notoriety? What reasonable employer would want to hire her, and even if they’re forced to, who would want to work with her?
Babysitting is obviously out of the question.
Where could she live without the entire neighborhood knowing about it… or does she intend to spend the rest of her life in her parents’ house, living off of them and possibly even collecting welfare?
Could she even leave the house to go shopping without being accosted by a hostile public?
Even the notorious O.J. Simpson, before his second arrest and incarceration, at least had his fame as an athletic super star who had his sports-obsessed sycophants, as well as most of the black population, who saw him as one who “scored one against the white establishment” to support him.
This isn’t the case with Casey Anthony, who is equally reviled by all demographics.
A few years back, I heard a story about how the Russians treated prisoners that they really didn’t like…
Rather than jailing a prisoner, they would instead have him live in a home in the local neighborhood. They would then hang a sign outside the home, with the man’s name and a description of what he was sentenced for.
Then they would just let the general public deal with him. The prisoner typically didn’t last very long.
I can’t verify how true this tale is; I’m sure there are plenty of “Russian Justice” tales out there that have been wildly exaggerated or even made up completely, but I kind of like this one.
I can imagine a similar scenario for Casey Anthony… and a sign wouldn’t even be necessary.
I predict that the time will come when Ms. Anthony will actually come to miss her isolated cell with ’round the clock protection from the other inmates.
Make no mistake… Casey’s in for a rough time.
Casey Anthony Acquitted of Killing Young Daughter: Kyle Hightower, Associated Press, 07/05/2011
Casey Anthony Lawyer Lashes Out at ‘Media Assassins’ and ‘Incompetent Talking Heads’: (with video) Fox News Website, 07/05/2011