Jury Finds Casey Anthony Not Guilty of Caylee’s Murder
A Florida jury acquitted Casey Anthony of all charges that she murdered or caused the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. The jury convicted her only of several charges of lying to law enforcement. She’ll be sentenced later this week on those charges.
- Prosecution failed to prove Casey killed Caylee beyond a reasonable doubt
- Jury clung to the presumption of evidence when media, public bailed
- Double Jeopardy prevents Casey from being retried for Caylee’s death
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Anthony Acquitted in the Only Court that Counts
It’s over and out for prosecutors. If someone’s to be held legally responsible for Caylee’s murder, it won’t be her mother. The Double Jeopardy Clause of the Constitution prohibits any retrial of her for this crime under any circumstances.
This includes the unlikely situation that some new evidence suggests Casey killed her daughter. The known circumstantial evidence of Casey’s guilt was not enough to convict her beyond a reasonable doubt. The jury honored Anthony’s presumption of innocence, perhaps even more than the public and the media. It’s their judgment that ensures Casey will never be tried again for this crime.
You may recall another infamous crime that did play out in two prosecutions. Most of the Los Angeles police officers who beat Rodney King were acquitted in state court of any crime against him. Two were later convicted in federal court of violating his civil rights. This is one exception to the prohibition against Double Jeopardy, where a crime may involve offenses under state and federal laws.
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