Could Casey Anthony be tried and convicted or is she totally free because of the Double Jeopardy law?
Casey Anthony will never serve time for first degree murder, manslaughter or aggravated child abuse after the jury acquitted her of those charges. This even applies if she were ever to fess up to the crime or if new evidence implied otherwise. And no prosecutor can do anything about it. Seriously?
Double jeopardy means no retrial for the same crime – and exceptions are rare, especially for a case like Casey’s. HollywoodLife talked to a few experts in law to find out more.
Raoul Felder, former prosecutor, helped put the law in perspective with a well-known joke: “A guy drops a hat at the scene of a murder. He says, ‘I don’t know whose hat it is.’ He’s acquitted and then asks for his hat back.”
Criminal justice consultant George Christie told us that with this law in tow, Casey could essentially walk out on the steps of the courthouse tomorrow and confess to the murder — and there wouldn’t be much anybody could do. He also said there are ways to attempt to bring her to justice, but the state could never come back on her again. “She’s been found not guilty in a state court of murder. There have been instances where they’ve come back federally and charged people in different manners, constructing their indictment so they can process them.” But these cases are extremely rare and limited.
Even with limitations, though, we can never say never. “We won’t see Casey Anthony back in court on any type of murder charges that have any finality like a death sentence,” George said. “But I’ve heard some people talking about a possible civil suit by the parents.” He thinks it would be a catastrophe if the parents were to go against their daughter; it would open up way too many types of allegations. “I don’t see it happening, but that’s the only way it could ever come back again.”
She may be innocent in the courtroom, but that’s not the case out in the public, where many are convinced of her guilt. With all the media coverage and hype about this trial, you could say she’s been condemned in the outside world. Watch out Casey, it’s probably going to be rough waters out there.
George thinks people should set their emotions aside, though, and put faith in the jury system. “They heard all the evidence and reached a decision. That’s the system we have established in this country, and it’s the best in the world.” And Raoul agrees: “They could never make a jury believe the crime she was indicted for; she was a loving mother. They never showed a motive. You have to show motive in a murder case.”
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