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Op-Ed: Casey Anthony trial – a sense of desperation

By Alexander Baron     Jun 1, 2011 in Crime
A report on the ongoing trial of Casey Anthony for the murder of her young daughter, with some comment about the defence strategy.
Although there is a long way to go in this trial, there is already a hint of desperation in the strategy being pursued by the defence. Yesterday’s hearing – June 1 – saw Anthony’s attorney attempting to impeach a police witness on the grounds that he had used the name Dick Tracy and had written inappropriately about the case on a blog,
Yuri Melich was the first detective to question Anthony about the disappearance of her daughter Caylee, and therefore the first police officer to be told a pack of (now admitted) lies by the woman referred to deprecatingly by one lady TV presenter as Tot Mum.
Yesterday, much of the Orlando Sentinel newspaper's live feed consisted of a blank screen due to protracted legal argument. If Jose Baez thought he was going to bamboozle the judge, he picked on the wrong pigeon. Belvin Perry Junior may have the appearance of being easy going, even avuncular, but this slightly overweight graduate of the prestigious Tuskegee University is one sharp cookie, and definitely US Supreme Court material. More than once he has forestalled objections by citing obscure case law. Nor can Baez have done his client any favours by attempting to blame Melich for his client’s blatantly lying to the police.
The earlier comparisons made with the infamous O.J. Simpson double murder trial are beginning to look increasingly valid, and ominous. Simpson’s legal team managed to secure an undeserved acquittal partly because of their ludicrous playing of the race card and partly because they were able to impugn the evidence of Detective Mark Fuhrman, who was shown to have committed minor and irrelevant acts of perjury.
Race is not an issue in this case, nor is there any real suggestion that the police acted dishonestly. On top of that, there is absolutely nothing in either Anthony’s background or her behaviour that allows her to be portrayed as an underdog or a victim of oppression. This is a young woman who came from a fairly comfortable middle class background with loving parents who took good care of her and doted on her daughter, their granddaughter.
The consensus of legal pundits appears to be that owing to her throwing her father "under the bus”, Anthony will have no alternative but to take the stand after the State rests its case, and having told so many lies, it remains to be seen if the jury will believe a word she says. The longer this case goes on the more it is beginning to look as though the jury will have only one question to decide, and that is not is Casey Anthony guilty or not guilty of murder, but does she deserve to die for her crime?
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