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L.A. Times 2013/01/25 22:00:00
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A Florida appellate court has thrown out two of the four convictions of Casey Anthony, the woman who was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter but convicted of lying to detectives seeking to find out what happened to the child. In a 15-page ruling released on Friday, judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals effectively agreed with Anthony’s lawyers that two of the misdemeanor charges should be dropped.

The nation was riveted by the story of Anthony and her daughter Caylee, who was last seen in June 2008. Caylee Anthony was reported missing by her grandmother, Cindy, in mid-July. Casey Anthony, after initially telling investigators that the child had been kidnapped, was charged with first-degree murder in October 2008. Caylee's skeletal remains were found with a blanket inside a trash bag in a wooded area near the family home in December.

After a celebrated trial fueled by cable television reports and social media, a jury on July 5, 2011, acquitted Casey of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child. The jurors found her guilty of the four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. With credit for time served, she was released on July 17, 2011.

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  • BigFig#9 2013/01/26 00:18:52
    Yes
    BigFig#9
    +25
    She's probably 'guilty' but a jury of her peers found that there was not evidence beyond reasonable doubt so unless you're willing to say that the British Bill of Rights and all that has followed after in the West was flawed then you have to say that justice, perhaps imperfect justice, was served here and in the OJ trial and in any other flawed decision. Like democracy, trial by jury is the worst system in the world except for every other system. (Thank-you Winston Chuchill.)

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  • star 2013/01/30 23:26:00
    No
    star
    Doesn't make any difference it has already been done.
  • Patriotic Gentleman 2013/01/30 20:24:02
    No
    Patriotic Gentleman
    +3
    This is how the left defines justice. They constantly talk about being in favor of "social justice", but where is the justice for Caylee? Allowing murderers to go free is supposed to be justice?
    And because of the feminist movement, women no longer get the death penalty which is what this woman deserves, not life.
  • WinterLynn Patriot... 2013/01/30 20:57:26
  • Patriot... WinterLynn 2013/01/30 23:31:28
    Patriotic Gentleman
    Yes! And what difference does it make if the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11 were driven by terrorists, or they just malfunctioned?
    Then Hillary contradicted herself by saying, "We have to catch who did it and find out what happened!" Well, if it makes no difference, why do we have to find out what happened? I hate these people!
  • WinterLynn Patriot... 2013/01/31 21:18:12
  • Patriot... WinterLynn 2013/01/31 23:39:31
    Patriotic Gentleman
    +2
    Time to kick ass!
  • WinterLynn Patriot... 2013/01/31 23:47:18 (edited)
  • malachi.norvell 2013/01/30 17:28:50
    No
    malachi.norvell
    +1
    The courts problems are that they lack a common sense rule, It is funny that people are getting killed just about everyday, and those are hardly if ever talked about, but make it a mass murder or a child being killed and the thing last several years. Worse yet, when the proof is all there in the actions, such as going to a party after removing a dead kid out of the same car your went to the party in.. the courts want to make it a year long or more issue, put the smiling wench in prison and give her the same "lethal dose".
  • Angie 2013/01/30 08:05:17
    No
    Angie
    +2
    She deserves life! Crazy bitch!
  • Mike Angie 2013/01/30 16:53:06
    Mike
    +2
    I'd settle for drowning her in that swamp !
  • Ozymandias 2013/01/30 05:52:40
  • Patriot... Ozymandias 2013/01/30 23:32:29
    Patriotic Gentleman
    +2
    No, the death penalty.
  • Ozymandias Patriot... 2013/01/31 04:40:03
  • Ava Alexander 2013/01/30 05:16:42
    No
    Ava Alexander
    +2
    I would say probably not, but what do I know? I'm not a lawyer or judge, therefore, I don't know the law that well other than to say it sucks a lot sometimes.
  • MQ-American Values Again (AVA) 2013/01/30 03:32:11
    No
    MQ-American Values Again (AVA)
    +2
    The baby killer should be in prison for life!
  • Patriot... MQ-Amer... 2013/01/30 23:32:49
    Patriotic Gentleman
    Why should she get life? Her kid didn't.
  • meshell 2013/01/30 01:24:29
    No
    meshell
    +3
    if that is justice, best you change the laws on this type of thing.. So it seems to be ok to murder your own child, that you'll get away with , BUT FOR GOD SAKES DONT LIE TO THE LAW. WTF happened there. missing child found dead near family home, mother lies about it and it takes the Grandmother to report it , not the loving mum..why was she aquitted????? look at the smug look on the bitches face... " WOOOHOOO I KILLED MY KID N GOT AWAY WITH IT." Serious upgrade of your laws needs to take place real soon..
  • jeffreytilson 2013/01/29 22:20:00
    Yes
    jeffreytilson
    +2
    Its disgusting how the media can try and be the Judge Jury and Executioner of a mom who was in complete shambles when she was charged thank God for Great Public Defenaders itys a Great country to have a right to an attorney in a criminal case free of charge if you cant afford one....if you dont like it move to Iran
  • jujunme jeffrey... 2013/02/01 17:14:01
    jujunme
    What is with you people stating that the media is responsible for what we think?
    we are not a bunch of robots who fall for anything the media puts out. most of us know how to discern facts from media sensation. and the FACTS show Casey was responsible for the death of her daughter, and it's as plain as the nose on your face, the jury got it wrong.it's happened before and it will happen again and why you aren't outraged by that verdict IMO, is mind boggling.
  • Sheila 2013/01/29 19:37:41
    No
    Sheila
    +2
    I do find it amusing that she filed for bankruptcy for mostly the lawyer's bill. HE got justice. She will get hers in the end.
  • patriot mom 2013/01/29 19:31:22
    No
    patriot mom
    +3
    jeez, don't know what is going on in this country anymore.
  • johnnyg 2013/01/29 19:11:44
    Yes
    johnnyg
    +2
    A good laywer should get you off.
  • meshell johnnyg 2013/01/30 01:26:34
    meshell
    +3
    yeah even if you are guilty
  • Mike johnnyg 2013/01/30 16:53:55
    Mike
    +1
    At least a good woman lawyer ! lol
  • ysosa96 2013/01/29 19:04:05
    No
    ysosa96
    +5
    She and OJ both got away with murder. Sad just sad :(
  • Tea in the Harbor 2013/01/29 18:20:14
    Yes
    Tea in the Harbor
    +3
    I wish you'd have offered a neutral option. In the case or the dropped charges, they had no choice. The US Constitution bans double jeapordy and that's exacltly what they were. I think she's probably guilty of murder, but the incompetence of the prosecuter to present a convincing case to the jury is no reason to start ignoring that document.

    I'd like to see her in prison, but not so bad that I think defying the constitution makes any sense.
  • Sheila Tea in ... 2013/01/29 19:39:23
    Sheila
    +3
    I wish you'd have offered a neutral option.
    We dont agree on much but we sure do on that!! LA Times never gives an "undecided" or "other" option.
  • meshell Tea in ... 2013/01/30 01:45:49
    meshell
    +2
    you need to abolish this double jeapordy law.. how many have been aquitted just t turn around and admit to doing it??? cant retry them after they have been aquitted... its ridicelous..in Australia we have the double jeapordy laws but in 2006 New South Wales parliment passed legislation abolishing the rule against Double Jeapordy in cases where fresh and compelling evidence of guilt were found. In NSW retrials of serious cases with a minimum of 20yr sentence is now more possible, whether of not the original trial proceeded the 2006 reform.
  • Mike meshell 2013/01/30 16:56:35
    Mike
    Well, let's see if she can be extradited from FL to NSW then ! lol
  • meshell Mike 2013/01/30 20:33:07
    meshell
    +1
    no bugger that , you can keep it.
  • Tea in ... meshell 2013/01/30 17:14:40
    Tea in the Harbor
    +2
    I think that sounds like a good thing to look at, but in this case she was convicted of the same crime twice under different statutes. I don't think we want to make it possible for them to convict people over and over for the same act. If that were possible a prosecutor could go on a vendetta against anyone they chose who had been convicted of a crime that hadn't run past it's statute of limitations.

    I think the prosecutor in this case let the press coverage rush him to charge her before the evidence was developed and if he did he should be fired. It's also possible that the jury did have all of the evidence (A lot more than any of us had) and it showed that she didn't do it. My opinion is that she's guilty, but it isn't as well informed as the opinions of the jurors. It's dangerous to assume we know everything from what our lazy press chooses to print.
  • meshell Tea in ... 2013/01/30 20:34:58
    meshell
    +2
    Ha, The press really doesn't help any t times.
  • Mike Tea in ... 2013/01/30 16:54:47
    Mike
    Well , Alex Trebek still plays it ! lol
  • susan 2013/01/29 12:55:53
    No
    susan
    +5
    Everyone involved from the police to the prosecutors, should hang their heads in shame! A child is dead. Everything points to the mother, she clearly lied. It happens, when the quily have a better defense team the the prosecution. It is sad and is in no way justice.
  • rbeas susan 2013/01/29 16:42:40
    rbeas
    +3
    Understand your feelings, but your feeling do not matter in a court of law.
  • Ticker 2013/01/29 06:25:23
    Yes
    Ticker
    +4
    She was tried and acquitted. With all the media coverage it's very hard to have a fair and impartial trial anymore. Before they even went through selection the jurors probably already knew about the case. Luckily, public opinion isn't enough to convict someone in America. If it were she'd be in a cell alongside Zimmerman and Michael Jackson's corpse.
  • meshell Ticker 2013/01/30 01:47:51
    meshell
    +3
    yes she was tried and aquitted, and lucky her most possibly got away with the murder of her own child.. for that the dog should be shot dead.
  • Ticker meshell 2013/01/30 19:51:03
    Ticker
    +2
    for the POSSIBILITY she got away with murder??
  • Ocelot III 2013/01/29 06:16:20
    No
    Ocelot III
    +7
    The fact of the matter is: THERE IS STILL A DEAD TWO-YEAR OLD!!!! Are you serious? It's completely obvious that she did it! Damn that double-jeopardy! She should have been put to death or at the very least, life in prison! She murdered here two-year old daughter!!!!!
  • rbeas Ocelot III 2013/01/29 16:43:43
    rbeas
    +2
    Really? On what evidence do you convict her?
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