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How Casey Anthony Dodged the Death Penalty

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Why won't the prosecution seek the death penalty in the Casey Anthony case?

Most people following the tragic story of the beautiful toddler named Caylee blame her mother Casey for her horrific death. And many would like to see her pay for her crime with the ultimate punishment.

Prosecutors, at least at this time, are not seeking the death penalty -- even though Anthony's case meets the criteria -- because, as they say, it is not in the best interest of their case to do so. But a whopping 78% of respondents to a local Orlando-area TV station poll disagree. Not a surprise. Emotions run high when an innocent little girl is found dead in the woods, mouth covered in duct tape and left in a trash bag.

Rather than public opinion, the prosecution must weigh their options based on the outcome of a trail -- particularly the penalty phase.

Could a jury or Anthony's peers be decide to end her life? Attorney Robin Sax, a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, doesn't think so. "The overriding reason the prosecution has not put the death penalty on the table," believes Sax, "is that Casey Anthony doesn't fit the standard profile of murderer." It's true, the young and pretty Casey Anthony isn't anyone's idea of a cold-blooded killer. Men in particular might find it difficult to judge the diminutive Anthony.

Another consideration, says Sax, is the prosecution can't seem overzealous to the jury. "It's a psychological tactic", says Sax."They want to appear as not being out for blood. It's as if their saying to the jurors 'See? We're fair.'"

Judge Jeanne Pirro believes the prosecution is ditching the death penalty because a jury would believe, for a woman who loves to party and thinks she's smarter than the rest of the world, the ultimate penalty is not death. "She's young," says Pirro, "making her live with Caylee's death for 60 or 70 years would be the real punishment." You can see Judge Pirro on lay down the law daily at 3:00 on the CW.

Do you think the prosecution should seek the death penalty?

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luckygirl March 4, 2009, 5:41 PM

I disagree with Judge Jeanne Pirro as it takes someone with a conscience to sit in jail for the next 60 years and ‘think’ about what they did. They won’t. She won’t. People like her will never ‘get it’ and will continue to be the ‘victim’ as long as there is an audience.

An innocent child is dead. Someone will pay for the crime. Whether it’s the Death Penalty of not, she will be taken care of. However, not once will she believe what she did was a bad thing. Her mind is not equipped to ‘miss’ her daughter.

I read something today about psychopaths and that is this:
A child asks their dad for a drink of water in the middle of the night. The dad replies, “Well, I’m not thirsty so go back to bed.”

That is how Casey Anthony thinks.

denise March 4, 2009, 5:48 PM

I think that the ultimate punishment for Casey should be wallpapering her cell with pictures of Caylee and playing the video of her singing “You are my Sunshine” over and over and over……for 50-60 years……a fitting end for the “feeling no guilt whatsoever” party girl.

MrRealist March 4, 2009, 5:53 PM

The people shouldnt have to pay for this piece of garbage to live in a cell for 50 years ! Sax is dillusional, Casey absolutely fits the profile of a cold-blooded calculated murderer.
This was a pre-mediated act by a sane person whom continues to cover it up and lie. What else do you need - strap her in already, I’d be glad to pull the lever.

Amy Jenista March 4, 2009, 6:02 PM

I had agreed with Judge Pirro, but felt that it should be put back on the table as a bargaining tool to get the true story of what happened, in exchange for life without parole instead of death. I don’t want her to get the death penalty, either. I want her to spend the rest of her life away from her partying friends, stuck in a cell with her Cheetos and radio.

Amy  March 4, 2009, 6:04 PM

Hey, Denise. I think if someone made me listen to “You are my Sunshine” repeatedly for 50 years, I would beg for the death penalty myself ;)

This case has disgusted me from the beginning.

stonermoog March 4, 2009, 6:14 PM

my greatest worry is that if the death penalty is put on the table the jury will not do it. if they know that’s the only option upon sentencing i worry they might be leery of finding her guilty.
also, i think death is too good for casey. i want her to sit, lonely and miserable, with no party to anticipate and no joy to look forward to, for as long as she lives, in jail. i hope that she winds up in general population and that her experience is violent, miserable and brutish. and i hope it lasts a long, long time.

Debra March 4, 2009, 6:24 PM

My understanding is if the jury says life without payroll, the judge can over ride and sentence to death. I believe that spending your life in prison and have to think about it for the rest of her life may be more of a punishment-remember she will be put in population-do not believe she will survive that.

Antoinette March 4, 2009, 8:12 PM

Luckygirl you’re so right. Whether she sits on death row for 20 years or so until her death or lives out her entire life in prison, she will NEVER tell the truth and as long as her naive family and others believe in her and support her that’s how it will remain.

Karin in Orlando March 4, 2009, 8:57 PM

Just in case you think it will cost a lot of money for Casey to rot in jail for the rest of her life you might like to know that it costs far more money for the state to pursue the death penalty because of the cost of the appeals process. Unless of course she didn’t file an appeal but that’s highly improbable. It is far cheaper to leave someone incarcerated than to put them to death.

Just sayin.

liz March 4, 2009, 10:23 PM

For those of you saying that life in prison is too expensive to keep casey there for life, The death penalty is far more expensive than life in prison; which is why a lot of states that are almost bankrupt are thinking of stopping the death penalty just to save money. Anyway, death is an easy way out. Sociopath or not, its a horrible punishment to sit in your cell the rest of your life. it is probobly going to be even worse for casey since she is so selfish and will hate to become forgotten, ugly, and unable to go out with her friends and men.

RMX March 4, 2009, 10:36 PM

Jail is NO punishment for Casey.With sex,drugs and other behind the scenes behaviour,behind bars,she’s gonna have it easy because that’s her lifestyle to begin with.Plus women prisons have colored chairs and colored walls akin to a childcare center,a relaxed setting.I can see Casey making girlfriends behind bars;she’ll get used to prison life.
Now put the girl in a men’s prison,grey walls,harsh zombie flourescent lighting and she’d be dead set on suicide on the first day.I’d have closure if she were released to the angry public.Oh and Death would going too easy on her.

Becky March 5, 2009, 10:37 AM

The death penalty for Casey would be the easy way out.”Life” is everyday 24/7 for the rest of her life!She has already declined physically and it’s only been months. She has lost her sexy slender build from Twinkies instead of drugs. Her skin tone is no longer sun kissed, instead pale and aging.Her hair is no longer stylish,wait until the gray begins to come in.Casey always relied on her looks and lies to open doors. No longer, her gig is up.Now she is literally stuck in the hell she created and deserves.”Hell on Earth”.Thankfully in Florida, a LIFE SENTENCE is a LIFE SENTENCE.

Robin Sax March 5, 2009, 12:31 PM

I agree that TotMom deserves the death penalty but would hate to see her walk completely if the defense is successful in their attempts at jury nullification. While her actions were (in my opinion) were calculated and deliberate, my belief as to the reasoning behind Orlando’s prosecutor’s decision NOT to seek that death penalty is that they are concerned that she doesn’t fit SOCIETY’s view and profile of a killer.

stacy March 5, 2009, 2:07 PM

I agree with lucky girl… Casey won’t feel any kind of remorse for what she’s done if she had to sit behind bars for 700 years!!
But I do think that sitting in a jail cell unable to talk on the phone, text messsage, use a computer or the internet, watch tv, shop with other peoples money, and most of all PARTY!! will be a great punishment for the next 70 years.
It could go either way in my opinion, if she’s put to death, great… her scum will be off the earth… if not, she’ll suffer plenty.

Tme March 5, 2009, 4:00 PM

The defense case will spin more complex “stories” to provide a smoke screen for the truth to confuse the public and the potential jury pool..they will be monitoring the blogs and news sources to identify which theories and statements that they make produce what responses. Casey has lied and lied, LeeLee, Sin-dee, and JoJo are ploys to the scheme…no one escapes except Caylee…look at how the defense set that laptop with a video screen in front of Lee at the Cindy show to communicate with CMA, CMA on her lawyers laptop…do they think we are stupid??? And all the time until October will be filled with these “side stories” and “poor little Casey” tidbits..disgusting…it’s all a game..I hope she gets LIFE/ no parole

Tx Mom March 5, 2009, 6:17 PM

Death penalty would be cheaper if they cut way back on the number of appeals and just used a bullet. Not that I think it will be necessary in this case. If they put her in General Pop, I don’t think she’ll last long anyway.

emgee March 5, 2009, 8:15 PM

the stupid skank! Yes she sure looks like crap after 4 months in ajil…imagine what she will look like by the time October rolls around…I just hope that she sits her skanky azz in jail for the rest of her life…death is too good for her..let her rot and get into general pop where they hate bay killers…how much u wanna bet she ends up knocked up again?

Sally March 5, 2009, 10:32 PM

Good news. After all the public outrage, the state may re-consider the death penalty, which they can do up until the time of trial. If she was a black man the state wouldn’t have hesitated in seeking the death penalty. The only reason they aren’t is that she is white, female and looks sexy in a pushup bra and mini skirt. Caylee died a terrifying death and Caylee’s executor doesn’t have a right to live. I hope the state puts the death penalty back on the table and they execute Casey quickly. Otherwise, she will become a jailhouse celebrity and we will be hearing about her getting pregnant by a guard and all the men who are sending her money and proposing to her. I think she has adjusted to prison life. She refuses to see her family. All of her friends have dropped her and her ex boyfriends are working with the prosecution to get her convicted.

stocirpa March 8, 2009, 6:45 PM

I believe that Casey Anthony, if found guilty of murder, deserves the exact same sentence she deliberately and cruelly bestowed upon her innocent two-year-old daughter Caylee. By this I mean: (1)Casey should be given a strong dose of Chloroform; (2)silver duct tape should then be run across her face and mouth from one ear to the other, with a bright red heart sticker affixed to the center of the duct tape. (3)Casey’s body and a few of her sex toys should then be wrapped together in a soft blanket; (4)Casey’s blanketed body should then be double wrapped in plastic trash bags and dumped into a double-handled canvas tote container; (5)this container should then be stashed into the trunk of a car for a minimum of two days; and(6)this container should then be dumped into a nearby swampy and woodsy area such as Jay Blanchard Park. At the end of six months, a proper memorial can then be posted in this area stating, “Here lies the remains of Casey Anthony, a mother who was convicted of murdering her innocent and defenseless two-year old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony, on June 16, 2008. May God have mercy on her soul!

Anonymous March 9, 2009, 9:57 PM

It’s a shame we have no justice in this country..otherwise she’d already be dead, instead she will be writing books, having movies made about her, people will remember her like they do all notorious killers,how many heroic people are remembered (who is Lenny Scutnick)..the murderers want to be remembered and they are…they should be killed and forgotten like the scum they are!

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