Last week came shocking news that a major piece of evidence in the Casey Anthony case maybe have somehow been left out of the trial. Today comes the answer as to why it was never brought up -- police overlooked it.
An Orlando TV station was reporting the overlooked evidence -- a computer search for the term "Fool-proof suffication," which though spelled wrong brings up some pretty strong images of intent. It was done from her home on the last day Caylee Anthony was seen alive. Criminal defense attorney, Jose Baez, wrote about this overlooked evidence in his book after the case, but today police confirmed it. Orange County sheriff's Capt. Angelo Nieves said their computer investigator who was on the case simply overlooked the search. Talk about a HUGE mistake.
Though in his book Baez indicated it was Casey's father, George, who likely performed the search, WKMG has reported that it was done on a computer used primarily by Casey. According to ABC, the person who searched "fool-proof suffication" then clicked on an article about suicide. That was followed by activity on MySpace, which Casey did use. Her father did not.
The big question, of course, is would this information have made any difference if they had presented it in the trial? Prosecutor Jeff Ashton told the station, "it's just a shame we didn't have it. This certainly would have put the accidental death claim in serious question."
I'm not an expert in the case, and I'm not sure that it would have made any difference, as other seemingly incriminating computer searches didn't. But it's heartbreaking to think that it could have made a difference. That it could have brought justice for little Caylee ... IF justice was deserved.
The fact is that while this is a bombshell of sorts, it's pretty inconsequential in the scheme of things. It won't change things now. Casey Anthony was acquitted. We put our faith in our judicial system, and that's what our jury believed was the right thing to do based on the evidence they had at the time. It's just too bad they didn't have ALL of the evidence at the time.
Do you think this piece of evidence would have affected the outcome of the trail?
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