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Closing Statements- The Casey Anthony Trial

Whew is anyone else exhausted after all that?  I cannot even begin to imagine how the jury feels.  I can space off during 8 hours of class and the only person I hurt is myself.  A woman’s life is in their hands.  That’s a lot of pressure.

As always, there’s a split screen so we can see Casey’s face during every single second.  Save for the few times they cut to George or Cindy.  I noticed Cindy has gotten the hang of keeping right behind the person in front of her so we can’t see her expressions.


It’s no secret that George and Baez dislike each other.   George had an angry face going on while Baez was doing his never ending closing.  Just because you are allowed four hours does not mean you should spend four hours talking.  The prosecution did a little over two hours I believe.  Two and a half probably.  The average attention span is getting shorter and shorter.  Baez didn’t spend much time making sense.  He just sort of got really mad and called thinks junk science and fantasy forensics and the cops this and George that.  He had the nerve to bring up Lee being DNA tested in a way that really made it sound like there was still a possiblity that he was Caylee’s dad during the trial and then said Lee was the only one telling the truth on the stand.  I wish I’d counted how many times Baez said “impeachment.”

Baez said that George threw Casey under the bus and what father would take the stand against his daughter.  Ummm…I don’t think George, Lee or Cindy offered to take the stand.  They couldn’t refuse.  They all have to answer questions when they are in court.  I agree that both parents have gone back and forth with their support for Casey.  I have no idea if they visit her, write her or have supported her during the trial.  I can tell you they certainly aren’t dressing her because she was wearing the same shirt she wore on Friday.

But I understand Baez needs a big bad and if Casey isn’t it, George is.  And he certainly spent a lot of time pushing that.  George bad, Casey good.  It didn’t take four hours to get to that point.  He put up charts and what not.  I couldn’t really read most of what was up there and I’m guessing neither could the jury.   Pictures of Caylee climbing up the ladder of the pool.  Pointing out the Cindy wasn’t really holding her so that proves Caylee could have climbed up the ladder.

But here’s my thing about that.  If she had on no shoes and no socks that proves that she drowned, in Baez’s words, why wasn’t she in her bathing suit?  At almost three, she’s got to be in the phase of wanting to pick out her clothes.  She would know the routine of putting on her suit and even possibly looking for her floaties.  At least, that’s my opinion.

Baez made a big deal about the lacking of discoloration on the skull.  Most of the time, he was contradicting himself.  Suffocation always has discoloration but not always, sometimes it doesn’t.  Well alright then.  I don’t think the person who examined her skull needed to cut the whole thing open.  There’s magnification software and equipment these days and unless they were looking inside her bones and inside the bone of her skull, there wasn’t much of a need to cut it.  But Baez made a giant deal about that.  Only…he slipped and said, “wouldn’t you expect a medical examiner come and tell you about medicine?”  This was the point that I realized that he was going off of his own thoughts.  A medical examiner examines dead people.  Dead people don’t need medication.  Toxicology experts handle that.

He made fun of George’s suicide attempt.  I read the note and I’m going to do a post specifically about that probably while the jury deliberates but making fun of any mental health breakdown is just impolite.  It’s cruel.  It’s like pulling someone’s hair on the playground.  No matter what the motivation, George was held under a psychiatric hold which means he was a threat to himself.   That’s serious and you shouldn’t make fun of that.

He talks about how great Casey was as a mother.  But I kinda feel like if Casey was such a great mother, why were there no child locks?  She could just go into the backyard where a pool was?  A pool she loved?   Baez made a big deal about how Casey had to catch Caylee from running to the pool but she doesn’t take any precautions to make sure Caylee didn’t go into the pool alone.  More contradictions.

The one chart I could read was all the made up people.  Casey’s imaginary friends.  Why was there no psychiatric specialist?  No psychiatrist, no psychologist explaining why Casey makes up people.  If she has so many issues that she’s making people up, why didn’t Baez prove that?  They weren’t fake, they were delusions and I felt like that should have been objected and stricken since it wasn’t proven medically.

Then there was the laughing guy issue.  There isn’t supposed to be any show of emotion and gestures or laughing but this guy was laughing when Baez was all in a huff and then Baez was all “yeah this laughing guy” and the Judge was all “damn it people!”  Second to the jury, the judge has to be ready for this trial to be over.  He’s had to deal with these lawyers acting like children for months now.

Honestly, I cannot get beyond this ugly yellow shirt.  Why not a nice sweater set?  Something that makes her look motherly.  If I remember right, she was crying during the part when Baez talked about how everyone said she was a good mother.  Andrea Yates, Susan Smith, Darlie Routier…I think friends and family of those women could at some point say they were good mothers too.  But didn’t some of Casey’s friends say she was tired of not being able to party and called Caylee a little snot?

But when all is said and done, what we think doesn’t matter.  How we put together evidence and how we come to our conclusions and opinions means nothing.  How the jury does that is what matters.  With 90 witnesses and an entire day of closing and whatever goes on tomorrow, they have to take all that back into a room and as one unit, 12 minds have to come together and decide whether or not Casey is guilty, what she is guilty of and what to do about it.

I would like to see her found guilty of first degree murder.  As much as the accidental drowning theory is shiny, adding in the computer searches…it just doesn’t fly for me.  I can believe a three year old woke up early or Casey slept in and Caylee was like, you know what, I’m gonna go swim.  Kids want.  Kids hate waiting.  But when someone looks up how to make chloroform EIGHTY-FOUR TIMES, I just can’t believe anything was an accident.  When Casey partied for 31 days and hung out with her boyfriend without being upset that night, I cannot believe any good mother would not grieve for her child.  No matter what the cause of death.

But my gut feeling says they’ll come back with second degree murder.  I can’t really explain why.  Hopefully by this time next week, we won’t all be sitting around wondering and we’ll have the jury’s answer.


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The Casey Anthony Trial

Isn’t it weird that one little case is getting so much attention?  Take a step back and look at it for what it is.  It’s a mother who killed her little girl.  In many cases, that doesn’t even make the national news.  When was the last time you saw a blurb in the newspaper that turned into the trial of the century?  I fully blame Nancy (Dis)Grace for this one.  And boy, I bet she’s eating up all the fame and fortune that came from a little girl being murdered.  I think she’s a fat, drunk cunt but that’s not the point of this story.

Once upon a time, Casey Anthony gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Caylee Anthony.  Who knows if Casey just wanted a little doll to play with or if her parents encouraged her to keep Caylee but there she was, a mother before she could even legally drink.  Not even three years later, little Caylee was dead.

Adjusting to being a parent has to be tough.  Adjusting to your parents becoming grandparents is something not a lot of people talk about.  These are the people who yelled at you to pick up your things, grounded you, took away your keys and all the other things good parents do.  And then they turn around and spoil the crap out of your kids.  That can be confusing.  And I’m sure more often than not, parents have to deal with feelings of jealousy.  Thoughts about why they couldn’t act like that with you.  The truth is that parents have to be 100% responsible for their children and that payoff is being able to spoil their grandkids.  They don’t have to ground them, worry about their grades or boys or dances or dates.  They can fill them up with candy and ice cream and toys and send them back home to their parents.  That’s the cycle of life.

But when a woman becomes a parent before her frontal lobe fully develops, they might not be able to comprehend that this is life and you just have to raise your kids the best you can and then karma will come and give them children of their own three times worse and you’ll get to do all the fun things your parents did with your kids.  I really think that Casey was jealous of Caylee.  Especially when it came to Cindy.  It’s fully documented that Cindy and Casey had a very rough relationship.  You have to wonder how many knock down drag out fights they had.  And how many times George had to play referee.  Poor George.  He probably wanted a normal wife and a normal daughter and what he got was Cindy and Casey not being able to be adults.  Not even when Casey became a mother herself.

There’s been a lot of rumors.  Lee and George were DNA tested to see if either was Caylee’s father so that shows how serious the police were taking a lot of those rumors.  No stone unturned and all that jazz, I suppose.  Rumor has it that Casey wanted to give Caylee up for adoption.  A plan that I think should have been seen through.  Not only because Casey was so young but because her home life was not stable.  If Cindy had been an adult herself instead of a cat-fighting teenager like her daughter, she could have stepped back and seen that motherhood this early would not suit Casey.  I wonder if the chance to do it all over enticed her to encourage Casey to keep Caylee.  Rumor has it that Casey searched for someone to take Caylee which shows how serious she was not to be a mother.  Or at least serious enough to research her options.  Serious enough to hide her pregnancy in the earlier months.  It’s one thing to get pregnant while single and young but she wasn’t 15.  She was 20.  If she felt like she had to hide it from her parents, I feel like that speaks bounds to their relationship.

Casey kept Caylee and you’d think that Cindy would have been helpful and happy but, you guessed it, rumor has it that she talked a lot of taking custody.  I’m guessing she dreamed of Caylee being the perfect daughter, the daughter that Casey would never be.  Instead of helping her own daughter grow out of her wild ways, she used that opportunity to push Casey away further.  People ask about the parents of killers all the time.  Are they responsible?  Yes, I think that they, in some part, are.  Some might not be directly responsible but some really truly are.  Casey didn’t grow up to steal checks and cars and murder her daughter because she had a happy home life.  You didn’t hear, “but…she was such a good girl.”  We heard, “well…she stole checks and money from her family and friends…”  Like mother, like daughter.

I wonder George’s role in all this.  He and Cindy were set to divorce before Caylee went missing.  I wonder how this ex-cop ended up in a motel room, ready to take his life.  It wasn’t Cindy in that room.  It wasn’t Lee.  It wasn’t Casey.  It was George.   Did he want a divorce because he couldn’t stand all the fighting?  Here was this amazing little girl who was brought into their lives and they still couldn’t stop and get along.  Knowing that his little granddaughter would never come home may have proved too much for him.  As it would anyone.  No one wants to think their own flesh and blood could kill.  But I equally hold him responsible for Casey.  He was a cop so he fully knew what the world could be like.  I’m not saying cops have special powers to hold their family together but he had to have seen the signs that Casey wasn’t okay.   That adding the stress of being a mother probably wasn’t the best idea.

I think had someone cared enough to speak up, Caylee might be alive today.  Then again, hindsight is a real bitch.

The question remains, what really happed to Caylee?

Let’s break it down.

I watched George’s FBI interview and they are a complete contrast to Cindy’s interviews.  Immediately, Cindy starts to play the FBI against the local police.  Despite the local police begging her to listen to them, to help them, to give them information and paperwork.  Cindy went into the police interview almost combative in her mannerisms.   She was very clearly not willing to give them answers.  It was very much a power struggle.  The cop with the bald spot (forgive me bald spot cop, I do not know your name) took her hand many times, trying to connect with her, to get her to listen and she would almost play this game we played as kids.  Who can put their hand on top the most.   While George came in and gave detailed answers.  Cindy said a lot of “well you know, they did normal routine stuff.”  Every almost three year old has a different routine.  It probably would have helped to go into detail.  She woke up happy/sad/mad/glad.  She wore her pjs to breakfast and then she got dressed.  What exactly went on during those days?  Even the smallest detail could help.  Yet Cindy spent most of her time saying “well you guys didn’t come out and you guys won’t listen and are you looking for a dead Caylee or a live Caylee?”  I came out of those videos thinking that Cindy knows more than she’s letting on.  I think Casey said something or did something.

Cindy is asked about Zanny and she never once mentions that Caylee never recognized the name Zanny.  George is very open about noticing that Caylee never responded to questions like “How was Zanny?”  Or other “friends” that Casey claimed they were with.  But he noticed that Caylee always knew her Uncle Lee and his fiancée.  That’s not just something a cop would notice.  That’s something any grandparent who spent all their time with this kid would notice.  And how could Casey afford a nanny when she couldn’t even buy gas?  How is it that this little girl spent a year and a half with someone but no one ever met Zanny?  Was that the thing that Cindy figured out?

Cindy also claims to not even know Caylee’s dad’s name.  She thinks it’s Eric but doesn’t know the last name.  Later on, she says something like well if I’m even remembering his name right, it might not even be Eric.  Really?  My aunt knows my cousin’s son’s father’s name and his entire history.   Implausible.

Cindy also won’t give up her credit card information after being asked.  Her reasoning was that she looked at it and nothing looked weird.  Yet in the same interview, she’s saying how the police aren’t helping.  How can they help with little information? But of course she’s more than happy to tell the media that she knows who did it and when people find out, they’ll see Casey is innocent.  Really?  Then where’s Caylee?

George is different in his interviews.  But there’s a few things that make me wonder.  Not wonder that he was involved but wonder what kind of person he was.  He got caught up in one of those email scams.  He gambled.  He got $60k in workers comp and spent $40k on what?  Jelly beans and stickers?  It took two years for his knee to get better when it takes most people months.  I haven’t had a total knee replacement but I’ve had knee surgery and as bad as it was, I’m wondering why it took him TWO years.  Even though he’s open about giving information, some of the things he says towards the end really show that he was doubting his daughter on so many levels.  So much so that he followed her once.

So what’s really going on with these parents?  I think George would rather find a get rich quick, easy peasy solution to his problems.  I think he was probably the guy who pretended to work hard but never really did much.  He could talk a good game but could never really come through.  I think he married a wife that was domineering and emasculating.  Notice that during the FBI interviews, he never once says Cindy.  He says “my wife.”  He never says Casey.  He says “my daughter.”  Even when it comes to Caylee, the reason they are all there.  He says “little girl.”  I think that says a lot about how he feels about his family.  Either he disconnected himself or they disconnected him.  I think Cindy found control in life by controlling her family.  George talks about the time they found Jesse, Casey and Caylee in bed.  Any normal person would say awwwww and take a picture of this adorable, soon-to-be family.  I have friends with kids and I can tell you none of them can get in a sexy mood when there’s a toddler in the bed.  Everyone was clothed so it just was probably this sweet moment.  They probably were picturing many nights of them being together and happy.  Instead, George wants to throw Jesse out of the house and Cindy gets all pissed off and says this is her house and they have to follow her rules because they aren’t married yet.  If they’d been naked or half naked or looked like they’d been naked, sure.  But how messed up does a family have to be to turn something like that into pure hate?  Again, that speaks bounds right?

Let’s move on…to Casey herself.  This is a young woman who couldn’t even finish high school.  She got a job at Universal and then lied about not working there.  She got pregnant very young.  She had no idea who the father was.  She claimed it was Jesse and the poor guy was devastated when he found out Caylee wasn’t his.  Imagine how he felt later on when the Anthony family accused him of taking Caylee.  There’s been a ton of speculation on who her father was.  I just think it’s sad that this little girl never got to meet her dad.  And I feel bad for all the men Casey tried to pin it on.  Here’s another rumor has it….Casey herself was the reason Lee had to be DNA tested.  One thing you can say for Casey is that the girl can spin a web of lies.  Even when she’s exposed, she’s got back ups.  Back up lies.  Made up people.  I mean, the police showed Cindy a list of people that Casey talked about and none were real.  That’s just not normal.  Most people who lie make up simple and easy lies.  Casey went all out.   She went as far as taking the police to Universal, knowing full well that she didn’t work there anymore.  That is pretty darn bold.  It’s one thing to sit in a room and lie.  It’s another to keep that lie alive.

And she’s keeping those lies alive during her trial.  Her lawyer, no doubt the set up for an appeal that he was incompetent during trial, came out swinging.  He said George and Lee molested Casey.  But it didn’t stop there.  He claims Caylee died during a tragic pool accident on Cindy and George’s watch.  Of course that doesn’t explain the duct tape over her head.  Or the decomposing material and chloroform from the trunk of Casey’s car.   He’s banking on the fact that all he needs is ONE juror to believe his bullshit.  At least one juror to hold out on giving his client death.  And because poor, sweet Caylee was found six months later, there was no clear cause of death.  You can rule out stabbing and gun shot or shot gun wounds.  You can rule out any sort of physical trauma because there hasn’t been reports of bone trauma.  I do have questions about toxicology.  Was there tests run?  Was there anything to test?  I know they brought in Kathy Reichs but I haven’t seen if she’ll testify.  She’s good.  If there’s something there, I feel like she would have found out.  But I also feel like she was on the defense’s side and that doesn’t bode well with me.

What causes death that doesn’t leave bone trauma?  Drowning, poisoning and suffocation.  Strangulation could be on that list since Caylee was so young and her bones were most likely more like rubber than hard bone so I think it’s plausible that she could be strangled and not have her hyoid broken because children’s are flexible.  Considering Casey’s internet searches, the most plausible theory is that Casey didn’t have anyone to watch Caylee and mixed up some homemade chloroform to give her a little nap so she could just be a carefree young adult.  Caylee could have od’d on it.  She could have had a bad reaction to it and thrown up and choked and died.  Casey could have poisoned her on accident.

But here’s another theory…for those that are still with me on this very long post, what if Zanny was really code for Xanax?  It’s been suggested.  George was showing some concern that Casey wasn’t telling the truth.  Cindy just acts off the wall ridiculous.  That chloroform search wasn’t done on her personal laptop.  It was done on the home computer.  Shared family computer.  I wonder if Cindy or George or Lee started noticing that Caylee was acting different and wanted to see if Casey was drugging her.  And I wonder if they looked at the search history and found those interesting searches.  I kinda feel like Cindy knows a lot more simply because no normal grandmother acts like that.  She acts like SHE’S being accused.

Really, I hate saying this but the only person who will ever know what happened that day, whatever day it was that Caylee died, is Casey.  She’s got a lot of issues so from here until the end of her life, however that may go, we will never, EVER know the full truth on what happened to Caylee Marie Anthony on the day she left this world.  All we do know is that a country stood by, waiting for answers to where she was.  And they mourned for her when they found her bones.  Caylee will always be America’s adorable tiny star.

I’m sure over the coming weeks of the trial, I’ll have more tids and bits to add in here.  But for now, I think people might find comfort in the suggestion that Adam Walsh and Samantha Runnion and Caylee Anthony are laughing and giggling and playing some silly games that kids play, wherever their spirits may be.  Our little angels that were taken way too soon.

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