Casey Anthony Trial: Jurors Wanted 'More'
New York Daily News via YellowBrix
July 06, 2011
ORLANDO, FL – She would have been convicted on “CSI.”
The evidence to convict Casey Anthony in the tragic death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, was there.
More than enough to convict, everyone thought – everyone but the 12 jurors who had the only votes that counted.
But this isn’t TV, and the real world was shocked Tuesday when a Florida jury came back with a not guilty verdict on first-degree murder and manslaughter charges against Anthony.
Sitting there sobbing at her luck, she must have thought she was imagining things. She’s good at imagining things, like having a big job at Universal Studios in Orlando or having a nanny named Zanny – a name plucked right out of Dr. Seuss – who Casey told cops had kidnapped her daughter.
Then, she said – or imagined – Caylee drowned.
Counter this nonsense with forensic evidence.
A veteran FBI specialist on hair samples, Karen Korsberg Lowe, testified a 9-inch strand of light brown hair found in Casey Anthony’s trunk not only matched DNA in the Anthony family, but also matched hairs pulled from Caylee’s brush.
What’s more, Lowe said the hair showed dark “postmortem root banding.” In plain English: It came from a dead person.
Prosecutors went to scientist Arpad Vass, of the prestigious Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. This guy is so good he can analyze air. He found “overwhelming” evidence in the trunk’s atmosphere that a decomposed body had been in it. He also found “shockingly high” levels of chloroform in the trunk.
The Florida jury wasn’t satisfied with that reality.
They also weren’t satisfied with evidence that someone used Casey Anthony’s computer to search the Internet for instructions on how to make chloroform.
Prosecutors charged Casey Anthony chloroformed little Caylee, and then put duct tape over her daughter’s mouth and nose to suffocate her. It was an unusual type of duct tape, and matched a rare brand found in the Anthony family garage.
On “CSI,” Casey Anthony would have been a goner – locked up forever or dead with a hot shot.
But these days jurors seem to want more. The jurors who acquitted the so-called Rape Cops said they wanted to see some DNA. Before DNA, the jails were full of rapists, but now we want DNA.
There was plenty of DNA against Casey Anthony, but the jurors seemed to want more evidence, like a date of death, a time of death, a murder location and maybe even a stronger motive than wanting to be a party girl instead of a mom.
None of the jurors wanted to talk Tuesday – and why should they, when there is money to be made, an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 from the tabloids or networks that disguise their checkbook journalism as licensing fees.
I guess we’ll have to wait until then to find out why more than enough evidence just wasn’t good enough.