Burden of Proof

This week, I decided to follow the Casey Anthony trial.  I rarely watch these trials since it equates to watching grass grow in my opinion.  However, I must admit that this trial is really interesting.  The pace is achingly slow and pedantic.  The last televised trial I watched was O. J. Simpson which was highly entertaining, but lacked justice.  This trial is different.  There is no playing to the camera nor jitters due to the camera.  Television or video cameras in the courtroom is fairly common now whereas in 1995, this was a fairly new phenomenon.

Judge Belvin Perry has maintained absolute control over the courtroom and there are no surprises.  He is also a timely person;  if he says there will be a 45 minute recess, then it is 45 minutes almost exactly.  Right now, the trial is at a halftime status with the prosecution having rested and the defense automatically asking for a judgment of acquittal due to lack of proof.   Judge Perry reviewed all the reasons why this trial will not be acquitted. But the crux of this trial depends on whether the state has provided sufficient proof.

Unlike Matlock or Perry Mason, there will be no sobbing admission of guilt at this trial.  Caylee’s grandparents will never truly know what happened that precipitated such an absolute change in their lives.  However, the defense has presented their case and done a good job of it.  They have rebutted without directly addressing the claims of the defense attorneys while drawing a noose around Casey.  It is almost as if they were diagramming a timeline using dotted lines.  Those lines arrow directly to Caylee’s mother and no one else.

It should be interesting to see how the defense tries to erase each of these dotted lines in the jurys’ minds.  In sports talk, there is an old saying that the best defense is a great offense.  In this case, the defense must overcome the overwhelming amount of circumstantial evidence that ties Miss Anthony to the crime of murder.  Only time will tell and possibly it wasn’t her that killed little Caylee, but right now that’s hard to believe.


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One Response to Burden of Proof

  1. Leo says:

    That is a great analysis of the trial. Did the prosecutors seem to make a convincing argument?

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