On the Casey Anthony judge

Judge Belvin Perry was the presiding judge for the Casey Anthony trial 2 years ago. He recently had this to say:

Judge Belvin Perry told NBC’s “Today” show that he thought there was sufficient evidence for a conviction on a first-degree murder charge, even though much of the evidence was circumstantial.

Anthony was acquitted almost two years ago of killing her daughter, Caylee, following a trial that attracted worldwide attention. She was convicted of making false statements to police and got credit for time served.

When he read the jury’s verdict, Belvin said he felt “surprise, shock, disbelief” and read it twice.

“I just wanted to be sure I was reading what I was reading,” Perry said.

Alright, that sounds fair enough. He has insight into the law and he knows what he’s talking about. At least, that’s what I thought until I read this:

Perry also said he thought prosecutors were better attorneys than Baez, who the judge described as “personable.” All the defense had to do was create reasonable doubt, which they did, he said.

Now, I’m not some fancy lawyer-type, but the last time I checked, if there is reasonable doubt, then, by definition, there was not sufficient evidence for a conviction. I’m pretty sure that’s how this whole criminal justice thing works.

Why I am happy Casey Anthony was found not guilty

I told myself I wouldn’t get involved in this Casey Anthony business. And I was pretty successful for quite some time. It wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that I knew she was on trial for killing her daughter. And even then it was an accident for me to find that out. But I told myself no!, no more! (Chew on that punctuation.) The only reason the national media cares is because she’s young, pretty, and white. Far more horrible trials happen all the time and they don’t get a tenth of the coverage. Goodness forbid Anthony was wealthy, too. But then the deluge of Facebook status updates actually got me interested. I’m a little embarrassed.

What caught my eye was an update that questioned why people should be upset about this. After all, the case was almost all circumstantial. Take a look at the evidence. Sure, this blog is hardly a court of law, but from what the general public can know, that looks like a weak case. The prosecution couldn’t even discern the way in which Caylee died. We can all convict the mother in our minds, but the evidence just wasn’t there.

But that isn’t why I’m happy she was found not guilty. I’m pleased with the verdict because she didn’t take the stand. As I always say, don’t talk to the cops. That includes talking on the stand – unless advised by a lawyer. Anthony and her legal team recognized that the prosecution was weak, so it wasn’t necessary to defend herself personally.

On the other hand, I am also pleased with the counts on which she was found guilty. In each case she talked to the police. If she was dumb enough to do that, especially with such transparent lies, she deserved to be found guilty. The jury made the right decision because Anthony made the wrong ones.