Casey Anthony Verdict: Not a Shocker

The Casey Anthony trial had acquittal written all over it.  The evidence about internet searches for chloroform was interesting and maybe compelling; her behavior after the “disappearance” was sickening and bizarre  - but it was never going to add up to proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict when the jury knows the consequences are possibly a death sentence.  The defense lawyer seemed competent and engaging but it was not brilliant defense work, just smart – don’t do too much because he had to believe they didn’t have enough proof.  All the stuff in his opening about family abuse and such was strange, but since it was never testified about and could only have hurt his client’s cause and cost him some credibility.  It all likely had no effect on the jury.



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