Former U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey and legal expert Susan Filan explain how Casey Anthony seemed to ‘get away with murder’ — and why she’s most likely a free lady, despite being charged for withholding information from law officials.
The world is still in shock from Casey Anthony‘s much-anticipated verdict July 5. While the masses believed the 25-year-old mother to be guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, the Florida jury acquitted her, finding her guilty only for giving false information to law enforcement regarding the case. Although Casey could be sentenced to a maximum of four years in prison for her crimes, two legal experts tell HollyBaby.com they doubt she’ll spend much more time behind bars — if any at all!
“The judge may hammer her. He could conceivable put her in there for four years,” former U.S. Attorney and author of Spinning the Law: Trying Cases in the Court of Public Opinion Kendall Coffey says, adding, “However, [he very well may decide] the time she’s served is already sufficient for the crimes for which she she was convicted.”
“It’s likely the time Casey spent behind bars could count toward time served, meaning she could get jail credit for that time,” she explains.
Not only will Casey most likely walk away with little to no prison time, but experts understand why — and how — the jury made its shocking decision after only two days of deliberations.
“The verdict is shocking, it’s just stunning,” Filan says. “What it means is this jury didn’t buy one single thing from the prosecution. The jury disbelieved the state’s case entirely and rejected ALL the evidence put before them. In essence saying, ‘We don’t believe you’. It wasn’t we don’t believe you a little, it was we don’t believe you at ALL! Their verdict was unanimous…it means they were sequestered…they will probably be shocked when they realize that the whole world believes Casey is guilty.”
Coffey believes the defense’s closing arguments — which highlighted gaps in the prosecutions forensic and circumstantial evidence — encouraged the jury to “embrace the reasonable doubt standard.” Plus, he says the motive for premeditated murder was “virtually non-existent,” making the final decision to acquit Casey “a tribute to the independence of juries in our justice system.”
He explains, “It doesn’t matter what the talking heads predicted, the jury reaches its own decisions. Despite the frustration of many of what’s seen as getting away with murder, it’s a reminder about how well a jury protects us all by the decisions that can be made by the government.”
Kirstin Benson, with additional reporting by Sandra Clark
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