Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Failure of Common Sense

As is most others, I am still trying to wrap my mind around this verdict.

Details that I have learned today:

Juror #3 spoke to ABC. Here are portions of the article from
Jennifer Ford, or juror No. 3, says the jurors were "sick to their stomachs" after voting to not convict Anthony in connection with the death of her daughter.

Ford, a 32-year-old nursing student, told ABC News in an exclusive interview that she didn't think there was enough evidence to convict Anthony.

"I did not say she was innocent," Ford told ABC. "I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be."
The jury's jaw dropping not guilty verdict shocked court observers, but it was also a difficult moment for the panel, Ford said in an exclusive interview with ABC News. No one from the jury was willing to come out and talk to the media in the hours after the verdict.

"Everyone wonders why we didn't speak to the media right away," Ford said. "It was because we were sick to our stomach to get that verdict. We were crying and not just the women. It was emotional and we weren't ready. We wanted to do it with integrity and not contribute to the sensationalism of the trial."

Instead of murder, Casey Anthony, 25, was found guilty of four counts of lying to law enforcement and could be released from jail as early as Thursday.

Ford praised the jurors.

"They picked a great bunch of people, such high integrity. And there was high morale," she said. "We all joked. We are like a big group of cousins."

Casey Anthony Prosecutor: 'All Came Down to Cause of Death'

Earlier today, the prosecutor and an alternate juror agreed on why the jury had refused to convict Anthony: They couldn't prove how little Caylee Anthony died.

"It all came down to the evidence," said Florida state attorney Jeff Ashton on "The View." "I think ultimately it all came down to -- at least from what the one alternate said -- it came down to the cause of death."

Prosecution was hampered by the fact that Caylee Anthony's body wasn't discovered until six months after she disappeared. She was found lying in a swampy, wooded area. Her body was so badly decomposed that the autopsy could not determine a cause of death and stated only that she was a victim of homicide by undetermined means.

"I don't think it was the lack of DNA" connecting Casey Anthony to her daughter's death that undermined the case, Ashton said. "It was the cause of death."

Ashton said that he and his team felt they put on a good case.

"We were pretty shocked" at the verdict, he said. "We put on everything that an investigation, a really thorough investigation over three years, produced. That's the way it goes. I think I mouthed 'Wow' five times."

One of the most powerful pieces of evidence, he said, was the photo of Caylee's decomposed skull with the pieces of duct tape where her mouth and nose would have been.

"What I've said all along is if a jury looks at that photograph and doesn't see it the way I do and doesn't know how she died, then so be it," Ashton said. "I wouldn't have been involved in this case if I didn't think she did it."

I have also read that the "escape plan" is for Casey to go home with Mason & his wife.

I can not understand how if you knew/felt that she was guilty you would find her not guilty. Why not be a hung jury? Did they not think about that a not guilty verdict means that there could be no retrial?
A lack of cause of death?!?! Based upon the evidence it was obviously either chloroform or suffocation by duct tape.

I am listening to this juror speak & it is almost as if they did not feel they could choose anything but death. I can't help but cry. This juror seems so detached.

LDB said her greatest fear was the jury not using their common sense. That is exactly what happened. This juror just stated, don't be mad at the jurors, be mad at the prosecution for not doing their job.
A + B = C

Skull + Duct tape over mouth = murder

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