Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack
What would be your reasoning?
Do they have televised trials up there?
I have never heard of a televised trial in Canada. The laws state that no investigative information can be released about a case prior to trial, so murdertainment cannot happen. The closest Canada ever came to being sucked into murdertainment was in the case of Ryan Jenkins and Jasmine Fiore. He was the son of a respected Calgary architect and he got involved with a gold digger in California after appearing on Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire. The whirlwind relationship was filled with jealousy and insanity until he murdered her in a rage and fled to Canada. Nasty Grace was on TV every night creating a frenzy amongst viewers - even going to far as to contact a well known Calgary lawyer and having him comment during her show. Jenkins committed suicide in a dingy motel in BC and the case was closed.
One big difference I see between crime in Canada V the US is that when, for example, a murder occurs, there is some coverage about tracking a suspect. After an arrest, nothing more is said until trial. That gives everyone a chance to carry on with their lives and wait for a verdict. In the US, some murders are sensationalized by the talking heads who essentially track down everyone remotely connected with the case, and then decide on the guilt of the suspect. All investigative information and propaganda is discussed on TV, making jury selection next to impossible. The media frenzy sucks people into a type of mob mentality where logic and common sense are permanently suspended. By the time there is a trial, emotions are high and mobs gather outside the courthouse. In the case of Casey Anthony, I think she should fear for her life because everyone in the US has guns, emotions surrounding the case are very high and some crazy person may decide to deliver their own form of justice. I think she will have to hide for a very long time.
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny
That's not necessarily what the jury thought. They simply didn't believe that there was enough evidence to believe without a reasonable doubt. Nowhere does it say that the jury believed any of what you say.
The jury had doubt about the evidence. That much we know. That doesn't mean the prosecution case was weak, or that the same evidence presented in any other situation would have resulted in a not guilty verdict. What it means is that when given the two theories to consider: drowning, duct tape, swamp or deliberate murder, they chose the drowning, duct tape, swamp theory even though there was no evidence to support the theory.
Quote: Originally Posted by bluebyrd35
With no DNA on the duct tape, and no witnesses to the actual killing accidental or otherwise, as well as the allowance of all kinds of outrageous speculation on the part of the defense, right up to the final summation was bad enough. The prosecution on the other hand, had to stick to the facts , doesn't make the jury dumb.
The duct tape was attached to the hair and skull. After sitting in a swamp for 5 months, how much DNA would one expect to find on duct tape? In my opinion, none. However, the tape was attached to the hair, which does have DNA.
Any jury that believes that a former police officer is going to stage an accidental drowning to appear as a murder has watched too much fantasy TV.
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack
I wonder who would make that decision based on cost. I understand it is only speculation.
But whatever the case... she walks on Thursday. I am sure of it.
I did not think of that but I wouldn't doubt that at all.
The state of Florida was paying for the dream team and witnesses for Anthony. Because of the media frenzy, Baez was able to make the argument that a fair trial was going to be difficult and therefore he needed unlimited funds to defend her. He flew in a low number count DNA expert from the Netherlands to testify that this particular type of DNA analysis is possible ... and implied that since it's possible, the state should have been able to find tiny bits of DNA on the duct tape. The fact is that there was no skin left on the skeletonized body, so why would anyone expect there to be LNC DNA on the swampy duct tape? A Canadian expert was also flown in to testify. The cost of the trial was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars excluding the cost for the judge and prosecution.
She definitely walks on Thursday and, if her defence team is smart, they'll whisk her out of the country until the dust settles. I wonder which countries would be happy to have a felon visit ... somewhere in South America, perhaps.