The Casey Anthony trial is getting underway Tuesday in Florida, and over the course of the next few weeks, we will hear the evidence on both sides. We will be forced to ask the question: did the young mother kill her toddler because she wanted to go out partying or did someone else do it?
But for many of us, that answer came months ago.
In the court of public opinion, Anthony has been tried and convicted. The evidence is overwhelming. There were traces of chloroform found in Casey's car. Casey's mother called 911 to report on her daughter's car and said, "It smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car." Caylee was missing for 31 days prior to it being reported and Casey was seen in photos out partying and living it up while her daughter was gone. The babysitter she claimed to have left Caylee with never even existed.
It's pretty hard to believe that there is any way Anthony will be found innocent. Consider this:
Last month, the Orange County Sheriff's Office's documents revealed something Casey Anthony wrote on 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.
Little Caylee Anthony was 2 when she was last seen June 16, 2008. Six months later, the little girl's skeletal remains were found in the woods about a quarter of a mile from the home of her grandparents where she had lived with her mother.
Besides capital murder, Casey faces six other charges, including aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and providing false information to authorities. If she is convicted by jurors, a panel that consists of seven women, five men, and five alternates, she could face the death penalty.
Now obviously, Casey is innocent until proven guilty and all that, but it feels like this trial is just a formality. It's impossible to argue that she doesn't deserve one because, of course, she does. Everyone deserves a trial. But some cases -- Scott Peterson, Lori Hacking, etc. -- are just so obvious, the trial almost seems superfluous.
Casey Anthony almost definitely killed her child. Does she deserve the death penalty for that? It's hard to say. But sometimes if it barks like a dog, it's a dog. Unless there is some shocking new evidence the defense has up their sleeve, this trial that begins Tuesday, May 24 is over before it starts.
What happens to Casey Anthony remains to be seen, but in the meantime, she will be found guilty. Anything different would be a shock.
Yes, there is the possibility that she could be innocent, but at this point, it seems awfully low. Fair or not, the Casey Anthony trial will almost undoubtedly end the way most of us expect it to.
Do you think she will be found guilty?