Well, the Orlando Florida mother, Casey Anthony, who is currently standing trial for the murder of her two year old daughter, is now in the hands of a jury. Her fate is to be determined. Here are my thoughts on this.
The prosecution started the day off with their rebuttal to the defense’s closing arguments. But, not before the defense entered a statement to the judge about the state perhaps turning their rebuttal into a second closing statement. The judge informed Jose Baez that if he had an objection, he could object during the prosecution’s rebuttal. Of course, they did object a few times during the rebuttal, but mostly in vain.
The prosecution ended their rebuttal with showing photos of Casey Anthony partying in a local nightclub. They also made it clear that there was no grief over her daughter’s death shown by the defendant. A taped phone call was played of Casey Anthony literally cussing out her mother, during a jail phone call. The prosecution did get across it’s point of their view that Casey was only worried about Casey and noone else, certainly not little Caylee.
Judge Belvin Perry Jr. read his instructions to the jury. He also announced that the courthouse would be in lock down after the jury was sent to deliberate. No persons would be let in after. The judge seems to be relieved to finally get to the deliberation phase of this trial and who can blame him? He started off this case with humor, but I think the past week has been quite draining and trying for all involved. The judge, the attorneys, the jury, reporters, the defendant, the defendant’s family and even spectators. What a trial. The case is sad and emotional, for sure. People all have their own views of how this verdict will turn out, but none of us really know. Some are expecting a deliberation of three days and some guess it might be a bit longer. We all know that this jury is more than ready to go home, you can bet.
The jury started their deliberation around noon on July 4, 2011. Ironically, on Independence day. I am sure that Casey is hoping for her independence and freedom. The prosecution is hoping for a murder one conviction. The defense surely wants an acquittal, but also, they want to save their client’s life. I feel a verdict of guilty on the counts of lying to police is coming for sure. The rest is a guess for many. I feel there should be punishment for not reporting her child dead or missing. That is horrible and very hard to comprehend by many.
There is always a possibility of a hung jury. I don’t think the prosecution wants to have to try this case over again. That would be a nightmare. It has cost Florida taxpayers millions and cost many folks years of their lives. I am hoping the jury can render a wise and just verdict. The jury is into their fifth hour of deliberation, as I write this article and many news channels are on verdict watch, including Headline news. Now, we all wait and see. Hoping for justice for Caylee. And Casey.