Casey Anthony Should Not Get the Death Penalty

Sheri Reed
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Casey Anthony
Casey Anthony
Are you following the details so far in the Casey Anthony pretrial hearings? In case you were living in a cave back in 2008, Casey Anthony is the 24-year-old mother standing trial for the first-degree murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony -- a story that permeated the news for the six months that Caylee was missing until her body was found and then still continued to make headlines for months after that. It's a shocking story for sure.

Today marked Day 3 of a motion hearing in Orlando, Florida. If convicted of the crime, Casey Anthony could be sentenced to death. What do you think? Should Casey Anthony get the death penalty, if convicted, or would you rather see her serve life in prison?

From all the details and evidence that have been released to the public about this case over the past few years -- from the traces of chloroform found in the Casey's car to Casey's mother's 911 call reporting "it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car" to Caylee's skeletal remains being found very close to her grandparents' home where she lived with her mom and about a thousand other pieces of incriminating evidence -- it's hard to believe that Casey Anthony is anything but guilty of murdering her daughter.

One photo released in the Orange County Sheriff's Office's documents in the case depicts what appears to be a journal entry that belongs to Casey Anthony. It is dated June 21 (Caylee was last seen June 16), but the year is unclear. According to CNN, the entry reads:

I have no regrets, just a bit worried. I just want for everything to work out OK. I completely trust my own judgment and know that I made the right decision. I just hope that the end justifies the means. I just want to know what the future will hold for me. I guess I will soon see.

This is the happiest that I have been in a very long time. I hope that my happiness will continue to grow. I've made new friends that I really like. I've surrounded myself with good people. I am finally happy, let's just hope that it doesn't change.

Happy? Horrible huh?

Assuming Casey is guilty, we may never know what drove this woman, this mother, to commit such a horrendous crime against her own child. Perhaps she was or is mentally ill or felt suffocated or burdened by motherhood. Maybe the intensity of those emotions led her to (insanely) believe murdering her child was her only escape or that murdering Caylee was the only way her daughter would find happiness. Heck, I don't know ... I just can't believe any mother of sane mind could do such a thing.

So what should happen to Casey if she did it? Prison time is supposed to be about rehabilitation, so I guess we should consider whether or not this woman can be rehabilitated even if she never steps out into the light of day again, and I'm afraid I can't answer that question from my place here in front of a computer screen.

It's easy to let emotion charge your feelings in a case like this. In my mother heart, I want to say, "Kill the crazy woman!" like a lot of other people do, but I think more will have to be revealed before my head says the same. After all, this is not a murder-hungry serial killer we're dealing with here, but she is an obviously and seriously disturbed woman who did the unthinkable. However, it's going to take a lot more than this fact to sway me to believe sentencing her to death is the right punishment for her crime.

Do I want to see Casey Anthony walk free, if she killed Caylee? Hell no. Do I want her to die for her crime? I'm just not convinced.

Casey Anthony is scheduled to go on trial May 9.

If found guilty, do you think Casey Anthony should be put to death?

 

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