Casey Anthony Death Penalty Case

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“ Even if it is ‘likely’ or ‘probable’ that she committed the murder, she must be acquitted. The standard is proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”(Dershowitz, WSJ)
In 2008, Casey Anthony, mother to 3 year old Caylee Anthony, stepped into the public eye for being suspected of the disappearance of her daughter. Casey’s mother and father, George and Cindy Anthony, questioned their daughter’s ability to be a fit mother. Casey raised her daughter under the same household as her parents. On June 15, 2008, Casey and her parents got into a heated argument resulting in Casey taking her daughter and moving to Tampa, Florida. Each time Cindy Anthony called her daughter, Casey, to check on her granddaughter, Casey’s response was always “Caylee is with her nanny.” The “nanny” was identified as Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. While Caylee was supposed to be under the nanny’s care, Casey was a party girl who went
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Casey was facing charges of first degree murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child, aggravated child abuse and providing false information to government officials. If convicted, Casey would face the death penalty. Baez convinced the jury that Caylee was never missing and that she drowned. Yet everyone still questioned why Casey waited a month to report it. Casey’s defense also stated that George Anthony had found the dead body in the pool and had disposed of it. It was even suggested that maybe this murder was planned by George Anthony. Casey Anthony was famous for her non-expression “poker face” during this trial. The defense team claimed that Casey was sexually abused by both her father and brother and had hid Caylee’s death like she hid her sexual abuse scandal. George Anthony took the stand as the first witness to the trial. He stated that he had never sexually harassed his daughter nor did he have any involvement in Casey’s made-up pool

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