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Good for the defense attorney in the Casey Anthony case

July 5, 2011 - Andrea Johnson
If I had become a lawyer, I'd have been a defense attorney and Nancy Grace would be gnashing her teeth at my antics.

That's the conclusion I draw after hearing the "not guilty" verdict in the Casey Anthony case. I admire the smoke screen her defense attorneys threw up that must have so confused the jury that they voted "not guilty" after just 11 hours of deliberation. I would have voted "not guilty" too because I don't think there was enough evidence to convict Casey Anthony in the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

Did Casey Anthony kill Caylee three years ago and dispose of the body? Or did Casey panic after the little girl drowned in the family pool and ask her father to help cover up a tragic accident for some unknown reason? Darned if I know or if anyone will ever know the complete truth. Both the prosecution and the defense seem to agree on the fact that Casey Anthony told a number of lies after the girl disappeared and that she behaved strangely. Casey Anthony was convicted on four counts of lying to law enforcement officers. But that doesn't add up to murder.

What the prosecution doesn't seem to have had is anything other than circumstantial evidence. I honestly don't know what the truth was here, but I do know that I'd rather see 10 guilty women go free than one innocent woman convicted, especially when the death penalty, which I find abhorrent and am vehemently opposed to, is a possibility.

Casey Anthony's lawyer is quoted as saying that he will be able to tell his daughter tonight that he saved a life today. He's right. He did. His daughter should be very proud.

It will be up to Casey Anthony what she does with that life that has been saved. I hope she will make good use of it.


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