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UNREASONABLE DOUBT: The Case Against Casey & The System Itself

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“I hate a liar more than I hate a thief – A thief is only after my salary, but a liar is after my reality.” ~50 Cent

NANCY GRACE HAS AS MUCH TACT AS A SLEDGEHAMMER being thrown through a greenhouse. To say her vibe is over-sensationalism on crack is an understatement – She makes the “Aflac Duck” look like Kate Middleton. To her credit however, Nancy was the only one who consistently reported on “The Disappearance of Caylee Anthony” (albeit, ad-nauseam) from day one back in 2008. But ironically, it may have been her lack of grace that initially turned me off and essentially led me to ignore the case for almost 3 years.

Inevitably, I only started paying attention during the last week of the trial… Call me naïve, but based on the overwhelming amount of evidence (both circumstantial and forensic) it seemed to be the text-book definition of an open & shut case.

So let me see if I’ve got this straight: There’s this pregnant 19 year-old teenager who wanted to give up her unborn child for adoption, but her mother stopped her and insisted that she keep it – So, she reluctantly keeps the child, but still keeps “partying” at the same rate as before, even going as far as taking her toddler to “adult parties” late at night. Then, while she’s moving in with her new boyfriend a few years later, she asks her neighbor if she can borrow a shovel and almost instantly, no one sees her kid anymore, but the mom keeps “happily partying” as if everything’s normal while she enters “Hard Body” contests at clubs, gets a “Bella Vita” (“Beautiful Life”) tattoo, and pathologically lies to her friends & family (and later lies to the cops) about her child’s whereabouts for 31 straight days until her own mother calls 911, finally forcing her to admit that her baby’s been “missing” for 31 straight days while even her own mother has to admit to the 911 operator: I found my daughter’s car today and it smells like there’s been a dead body in the damn car!”

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In all seriousness, it completely insults my intelligence whenever I hear someone say: “There just wasn’t enough evidence to convict her…”

(Please…………….)

EVIDENCE TO CONVICT HER (From multiple sources): Traces of chloroform (a chemical that makes people unconscious) were found in Casey Anthony’s car trunk and evidence was found that someone had searched the Internet on her computer for the use of the chemical and how to make it. On November 26, 2008, officials released 700 pages of documents related to the Anthony investigation, which included evidence of Google searches of the terms “neck breaking”, “how to make chloroform”, and “death” on Casey Anthony’s home computer. On February 18, 2009, documents released by the State Attorney’s Office in Florida indicated that the same type of laundry bag, duct tape, and plastic bags discovered at the crime scene were found in the house where Casey and Caylee resided.”

MORE EVIDENCE TO CONVICT HER: “University of Tennessee’s “Body farm” discovered “hair banding,” a phenomenon in which hair roots can form a dark band after death. A hair found in the trunk of the Anthony car exhibited this pattern. Also, air extracted from the trunk of the Anthony car revealed human decomposition and the presence of chloroform. Deputy Jason Forgey, a cadaver dog handler with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, testified that his dog alerted officers that there had been a dead body in the trunk of Anthony’s car. Forensic entomologist Dr. Neal Haskell testified that Caylee Anthony’s body was in the woods (15 houses away from Casey’s house with duct tape over her mouth & nose) since June or early July of 2008. He said the types of bugs (“Coffin Flies”) found at the crime scene indicated the body had been there a long time. Haskell also said bugs found in Casey Anthony’s car trunk showed the toddler’s body was there for a short time before being removed.”

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AND YET, EVEN MORE EVIDENCE TO CONVICT HER: Over 1,000 new pages of documents were released Tuesday in the case against Casey Anthony. They include a statement that an FBI investigator saw an outline of a small body in the fetal position in Casey’s trunk (read FBI document). The FBI says the child’s back, bottom and legs could be seen most clearly. WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer says it adds to the hair and air in the trunk showing evidence of decomposition: “Why is a child’s body gonna be in the trunk of that car dead or alive? It’s significant that the child’s body was in the trunk of that car,” Sheaffer said. NOTE: Dr. Jan Garavaglia, chief medical examiner for Orange and Osceola Counties, ruled that the manner of Caylee’s death was “a homicide” and that the cause of Caylee’s death was “homicide of undetermined means.” Garavaglia said that chloroform could “absolutely” cause a child’s death and insisted that homicide was “the only logical conclusion” in this death.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Casey Anthony’s attorney would like everyone to forget everything they’ve just heard!!!

INTRODUCING: THE JOSE BAEZ STRATEGY FOR DEFENDING CASEY ANTHONY!!!

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1. Say that Caylee accidently drowned (Without any evidence).

2. Throw Casey’s dad under the bus as often as possible and say that he molested Casey when she was a child (Without any evidence).

3. Repeat 1 & 2 (Without ANY evidence).

However, there’s just one small problem with this strategy……………..

THERE’S NO EVIDENCE.

In fact, Baez’s molestation accusation was so baseless that he wasn’t even allowed to mention it in his closing arguments since he never attempted to prove it during the trial – And regarding the suggestion that Caylee died in a drowning accident, there’s a jailhouse videotape with Casey talking to her parents that essentially erases his whole strategy.

2:15 – Casey’s Mom: “Someone just said that Caylee was dead this morning – That she drowned in the pool. That’s the newest story out there…”

2:25 – Casey: “Surprise, surprise…” (The family quietly agrees it’s a false rumor and then later, Casey says she wants her dad more than anyone else.)

4:12 – Casey’s Dad: “Hey listen, I want you to know, you are the boss through this whole thing, OK? Listen, think of you owning this conglomerate, this huge business. Jose is one of your employees, so is the sheriff`s department, so is the FBI, so am I, so is Lee, so is Mom. You know, we`re all working with you. And if for some reason, something is not being said or being done, you can make a change. You`re the one…” (In later clips, both of Casey’s parents continuously press her about where Caylee might be…)

Feel free to call me crazy, but…………………

THIS COMPLETELY BLOWS YOUR ENTIRE DEFENSE OUT OF THE WATER.

(Pun intended.)

Because even if everything Baez claimed was true, “being molested back in 1992” is a pretty weak reason for why your kid is rotting in the trunk of your car while you’re gleefully grinding on lesbians at the club.

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Smoke & mirrors aside, the craziest part is that even Baez admits that Caylee died on Casey’s watch and that she tried to cover it up: “Casey saw George Anthony (her father) holding Caylee in his arms. She immediately grabbed Caylee and began to cry. She asked for her father’s help and shortly thereafter, George did help. It’s at this moment that Casey should have been stronger. Casey should have called 911. Casey should have done the right thing – And that’s what she’s guilty of – Caylee’s death was covered up.” (Jose Baez’s opening statement)

Well damn, if I was the prosecution, I’d be extremely tempted to thank Jose for literally putting the dead body in his own clients hands (which instantly makes her legally responsible for anything that happens to it from that point on) and admitting that she covered it up (LYING TO AUTHORITIES, TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE, TAMPERING WITH A CORPSE & OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE), then I’d ask him if he’d like to join our prosecution team right after I screamed out “25 TO LIFE, BITCH!!!” and rested my whole fucking case.

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But apparently, Florida was able to find the only 12 people in the state who feel like Hitler was just “misunderstood…”

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I was speechless – I couldn’t understand how jurors from Pinellas County (which has a 95% conviction rate according to HLN News) could say the only thing she was guilty of is lying.

Naturally, there were endless reasons & excuses for the verdict being thrown around in the media. The defense team said the prosecution didn’t prove their case while “The State of Florida” said that a “dry-bones case is very difficult to prove…” Meanwhile, most of the jury immediately went into hiding, except for the 2 or 3 who went public and repeatedly said “there just wasn’t enough evidence…”

While I clearly understand “The Burden of Proof” is on “The State” and that elements of “Reasonable Doubt” may have been a factor, I started hearing another possible reason given for Casey Anthony’s acquittal and the intense media attention given to the case from day one…..

A few days after the verdict, I was surprised to hear a white, female news anchor ask a legal analyst: “Was Casey Anthony acquitted because she’s a young, attractive, white female, who the jury was more sympathetic towards?” A few days later, a variation of this same question was directed towards Dr. Drew (in writing) on his talk show: “The issue of race: Did being a young, Caucasian female aid in Casey’s perception of innocence?”

His response was so honest, yet so nervous, that I re-winded my DVR three times in order to capture his answer verbatim: “And this is a… uh…. I’ll tell you what…. This is a painful question to even think about and I’ll let each of you decide for yourself whether you think that had a significant role to play here. I’m fearful that it might have contributed… And let’s all give that some real thought. We’re… We’re… Looking… Duuit…. Checking our souls on this one…” (Dr. Drew: 7/18/11And yes, he actually made a noise that sounded like “DUUIT” – And yeah, I tried to spell it.) ;-)

Racial babbling aside, it’s truly rare to witness white people actually admitting to the existence of white privilege…

But are we really checking our souls?

According to the Innocence Project, there have been 273 post-conviction DNA exonerations in United States history. Approximately 70% of the people exonerated by DNA testing were non-white (in a country that is 70% white). The average sentence served by these innocent “convicts” was 13 years, compared with the acquittal & zero years that a Texas jury awarded a white man named Robert Durst (back in 2001) who actually admitted to killing, beheading, and dismembering his neighbor with a knife, two saws and an axe before coldly dumping his body parts in Galveston Bay.

Meanwhile, the same system that let Durst go free, continuously sentences Black men, who didn’t do anything to anyone, to Life and Death….

It happens so often, you almost have to laugh to keep from crying…..

The system is severely broken when it can grant freedom to a white mother who clearly enjoyed covering up her child’s death, while it imprisons a black mother who just wanted to improve her child’s education…

Especially when that system does it repeatedly…..

If you’re Black, the system is literally backwardsYou’re guilty until proven otherwise…

BTW: Anyone thinking “O.J.” is an example of “A Black Man getting away with murder” (And yes, that Negro was clearly guilty), is forgetting a few key things – He was also rich and famous, and yet he still needed a “Black Jury(9 Blacks, 1 Hispanic & 2 Whites) with Johnny Cochran (and “The Dream Team”) defending him in front of an Asian judge – And THEN, he got away with murder.

Meanwhile, all Casey Anthony needed was to be white…

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…And even her own lawyer admitted that if the victim and the defendant were not white, we never would have even heard of the victim, and the defendant would be just another no-name criminal on death row.

But at the end of the day, this case was about an innocent little girl who was better off not knowing about our society’s superficial fixation on race, class and social status. Before she died, Caylee was gradually becoming a great swimmer thanks to the patient attention of her loving grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony. She liked Winnie The Pooh, Spiderman, and that big, purple dinosaur named Barney. She loved to dance, color in her coloring books, play dress up, and unlike most toddlers, she even loved eating green beans – Although her favorite book “Suppertime for Frieda Fuzzypaws” might have slightly influenced her diet.

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It’s a story about a finicky kitten who only wants to eat cookies for dinner, but her parents won’t give it to her until after she eats her supper – A healthy meal that included macaroni and green beans – And even though the book was recommended for kids twice her age, two year old Caylee still learned the lesson well.

Caylee Marie Anthony was a pure soul who didn’t deserve to be born to a heartless mother who cared more about her own happiness at the club, than the precious life of her child. Caylee should be here with us right now – She should be enjoying her summer, running through water sprinklers in her backyard, laughing at Sponge Bob Square Pants, and playing with her stuffed animals…..

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But instead, she’s gone forever.

I guess happy endings are for animated movies and Hallmark cards, but if there’s anything to be gained from losing Caylee, it’s that the proposed law named after her (“Caylee’s Law”) will be modified and strengthened so that no one else can “ignore their missing child” for an unreasonable period of time without facing JUSTICE.

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“I didn’t want to involve a bunch of people that maybe didn’t know the situation. The biggest mistake was not calling the cops right off the bat, but the worst thing is that I’ve done this to my daughter…” ~Casey Anthony (2008)

~Chase Swayze

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11 comments

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  1. This is such a HUGE problem. The Black Community can protect itself by developing a more aggressive INTERNAL focus of control. We have to be more aware and educated about how the system can work AGAINST us and stop placing too much faith in how it can work FOR us, because clearly, it doesn’t.

  2. Haha. That’s one of my fav clips of Louis CK. Brilliant….I’m pretty sure my blood pressure went bananas just reading this. I was STUNNED…absolutely stunned & sick to my stomach when I watched what I *thought* was a no brainer verdict.Seriously WTF? Grabbing this girl by the throat would bring me the same pleasure as sipping on some Goose cranberry juice amongst good friends.

  3. Angelina J. Aug 1st 2011

    I actually live in Florida…about 45 min. from where all of this happened. As soon as her “disappearance” was reported it was on the news non-stop. You can’t help but to feel connected to the family, in no way do you begin to blame, question or doubt what they’re saying. You hope that this time around it will end with a scared little girl being found and not a body. When her story started falling apart—no baby sitter existed, lying about where she worked, pictures of her partying—all that sympathy went out the window and there was NO doubt in my mind that she did it. She pretty much left step-by step instructions on her computer on HOW she did it. At the end of the day race did play a part on how this case was handled, not ALL of it was based but most. I was on the Orange County Missing Persons web-site and I scrolled down and saw an 11 yr. old little girl that has been missing for about 2 weeks from our area, I haven’t hear not 1 thing about it on the news–She looked hispanic. I know that if it had be a white little girl her picture would have been on every channel you turned to. It’s SO unfortunate that this is the world we live in, we have come far BUT there is still a long way to go. Til’ then if you’re Hispanic, African American, Asian okay, okay– NOT White, keep your butt out of Jail…chances are you might end up doing a Bear’s Jail sentence 0_o (That story was crazy!)

    I really enjoyed it, thank you for sharing Chase! This is why I found your butt on FB after I deleted my MySpace. Glad you joined us as we watch the grass grow…with sunglasses on : )

  4. I’m watching the bear attack video and all I can say is how retarded can white people be.

  5. Ashley Aug 2nd 2011

    The only statement/question I have is: …and you didn’t go to law school because…?

    This whole situation offends my sensibilities. I guess the jury didn’t realize that CSI is just a show, and real life murder mysteries don’t get solved in an hour.

    I think the biggest shame in the world is that I was not at all surprised at the verdict. Never should a system be so flawed, that one becomes accustomed to it’s injustice.

    Casey Anthony killed an innocent baby girl, but not just that- her OWN flesh and blood. My question is HOW?! I almost slapped a little boy for stealing one of my 5 year old nephew’s fries at McDonald’s once.

    I am a firm believer in karma AKA what goes around, comes around AKA “whatsoever a man soweth, that he shall also reap”. What ever it’s called, there is DEFINITELY an energy that balances out the universe. That being said, Casey Anthony is going to get what is coming to her, even if it’s not a prison sentence.

  6. Candice Aug 2nd 2011

    “It happens so often, you almost have to laugh to keep from crying……” Pretty.damn.much. GREAT read, I didn’t pay that much attention to all the details of the case and I had no idea about some of the evidence found. Earlier I saw a story about a Black woman who has pulled the same stunt (child missing, lying about where she’s been)…I’m sure her fate will be much different. And it should be if she’s guilty but I’m sure it will take the jury an hour to convict with little evidence. :):)

    One day I hope we will have the same rights. It will probably be 500 years from now, but one day, maybe… Anyway, glad I took the time to read it, really put some things into perspective.

  7. Cristina Aug 4th 2011

    Thank you for this perfectly written blog! You nailed it on the head! I really enjoyed reading it and will pass it along :)

    Justice for Caylee and all murdered children !

  8. When this verdict came out, I was being introduced to staff at a new job. In one office, a white staff member was sitting at her computer with her mouth in a “draw drop” position. She then stated, “I can’t believe she got off”. I immediately knew who she was talking about, yet I was still shocked at the verdict! Once again, Chase, you have created an excellent blog.

  9. She’s got such a smirk on her face I want to smack her. She’s too calculated. She looks like she knows what she’s doing. Does aonyne know where Casey Anthony’s boyfriend Tony was on 6/15 or 6/18? Why wasn’t he at the club with her? or was he? And How do we know Tony didn’t steal the gas cans and drive off with Caylee to dump her somewhere? Or sell her? Maybe Casey is telling all that she knows, but not telling what she doesn’t know. I think the grandparents are telling all they know, and are freaked out, and scared, and probably did think at first that the daughter did something and now they have hope that they are wrong, but don’t know what to believe, and are probably putting on a front on TV so that if Casey catches wind, she’ll think they believe in her and that it’s whoever this Nanny, Babysitter is. And how is it that grandma has NO IDEA who the babysitter is? Has she never dropped her off there? And why would the kid need a babysitter if grandma and grandpa were home??? or even Tony? SOMETHING JUST DOESNT ADD UP.

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