Caylee and the Slaughter of Innocents

I sat in disbelief as I heard the jury’s verdict read today declaring that Casey Anthony was not guilty of the death of her 2-year old daughter, Caylee, who was dumped by the side of the road like garbage only to be found months later.  I was stunned but no more stunned than when I heard the jury’s verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial in 1995.  No one will convince me that Caylee was killed by anyone other than her mother.

That being said, I have to acknowledge that our Constitution is the foundation of our society, and, like it or not, once you put a life into the hands of a jury, we have to accept its decision.  The jury in Casey’s trial today would not speak to the press and I’m guessing they’ll wait until they’ve retained some sort of representation before they provide their “valuable” insight into their verdict.  I’m a cynic by nature so I don’t expect to hear much from the jury until the book deals are signed.  (I could be wrong.)

When I listened to Casey’s attorney, Jose Baez, speak after the verdict, he was, thankfully and surprisingly, not inappropriately exuberant like the rest of his team– after all a 2-year old child is still dead — but was reflective about the decision and the death penalty and said the following:

“I think that this case is a perfect example of why the death penalty does not work and why we all need to stop and look and think twice about a country that decides to kill its own citizens. … It’s disgusting and I think, if this case gets any attention, it should focus on that issue, that we need to stop trying to kill our own people.”

His words rang true with me, not in relation to the death penalty, but in relation to the killing of the unborn in this country.  I see no practical difference between the killing of 2-year old Caylee and the 53 million+ other children that have been killed and discarded like garbage since 1973.

A lot has been written lately about when unborn babies experience pain.  Legislatures are using the “pain factor” to ban abortions based on the pain an unborn baby will likely feel during the procedure.

While any effort to stop abortion is a good thing, pain should not even be a consideration.  If abortion is wrong, it’s wrong under any circumstances.  Period.

Fellow blogger, Bob Edwards, wrote an article entitled “As Long as It Doesn’t Hurt” on his blog,The Layoff Letters, brilliantly showing how ridiculous the notion that “pain” should be a factor in deciding whether or not to abort a baby.  Unintentionally, Bob eerily foreshadowed a not guilty verdict by suggesting that because, by using chloroform, Casey painlessly killed Caylee, the fact that Caylee didn’t suffer should somehow mitigate the actions of her mother.

Bob summed up the absurdity of it all by writing, “killing the baby in the womb is alright … as long as it doesn’t feel any pain” and asked the ultimate question, “what of the pain in the Creator’s heart as we slaughter ‘his’ children?”

Often we hear people opposed to abortion except in the case of rape, incest or when the mother’s health is in danger.  I find these arbitrary exceptions as nebulous as the “pain factor.”

In the case of rape or incest, how does killing an innocent right the wrong?  The life affirming stories of children conceived in rape show that no one should have the choice or opportunity to kill an innocent victim of a crime.

What loving mother would not give her own life to save her child’s?

In a lawsuit in Indiana, Planned Parenthood tried to block a law which required women be told before an abortion that “human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.”  I applaud U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt who rejected PP’s request and stated in legalese that “the language crafted by the legislature in this provision supports a finding that the mandated statement refers exclusively to a growing organism that is a member of the Homo sapiens species.”  In plain English: life begins at fertilization.

I’ve never met a pregnant woman who’s had an ultrasound and hasn’t proudly showed everyone the picture of her squiggly little baby.  I’ve always said, “If someone wants a baby, it’s a baby; if they don’t want a baby, it’s not a baby.”

And anyone who thinks it’s her body and she should be able to do what she likes with it, I say, “It’s not your body.  It may be your uterus, but there’s a separate little baby inside it” and he or she should have a say in whether to live or die.

With millions of people wanting to adopt, every child should be given the opportunity to be wanted and to become a part of a loving family.  Sadly, the 53 million+ innocents who’ve been murdered by abortion were not given that opportunity.

I can accept today’s jury’s verdict, but the outrage from the public right now is deafening.  I just wish we could hear the same amount of anger when it comes to the slaughter of all the innocents that have been killed since 1973.  To paraphrase Mr. Baez, “we all need to stop and look and think twice about a country that [allows the killing] of its own citizens.”

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • chief98110

    I like the focus of your article. Non stop media coverage of the Anthony case has left me numb. Ultimately people who do evil will have to answer to a higher court and absolute truth. Lastly,
    this case and it’s outrage will shortly be replaced by another act of evil. That evil act will be justified because the person didn’t have a little puppy when they were growing up or some equally lame defense.
    That excuse, like abortion, will be examined by a higher court and a higher truth.

  • Shirl

    Casey is clearly responsible for the death of her daughter Caylee. She was the one responsible for her care and admitted (lied) about her drowning in the pool. This was all the proof I needed since she knew all along the baby was dead, letting everyone continue to search for her. The jury was not operating on common sense. Seems to me they were all just in a hurry to get back to their selfish little lives and to heck with justice for Caylee. Caylee was betrayed by her mother and never had a chance. What a travesty!

  • Elaine

    I need to read or listen to the instructions again. I do not remember the Judge saying if you do not know how she died then you cannot prove murder. If he did do that then why would the case go before the jury because he would have already made the decision for them. Do you know exactly what he said?

  • Nancye

    People have been convicted on circumstantial evidence, of which there was plenty, so why couldn’t the jury see it. For Casey not to have reported Caylee missing for THIRTY days would be enough for me. And lying to her mother where she and Caylee were – “We’re in Tampa, we’re in Jacksonville, we’re here, we’re there, Zanny has her……” Geeeeezzzz Then her remains are found with duck tape where her mouth and nose would have been. Accident? She drowned? With tape on her mouth? Hardly!!!

    I think the jury was a bunch of PC wimps! They didn’t have the courage to convict her. Shame on them! Orlando doesn’t want Casey and neither does any other city or state.

  • Roger Ward

    O J’s jury had plenty of evidence as to his guilt; they chose jury nullification, probably for racial reasons.

    Casey Anthony’s jury did not have overwhelming evidence of the cause of Caylee’s death …. or incontravertible evidence that Casey was responsible for Caylee’s murder.

    The two cases sound different, right? But they’re not, in that both O J and Casey are guity of murder and they both got away with it. You know it and I know it and every fair-minded person knows it. They’re guilty!!

    Maybe we need to have all criminal cases decided by a judge, or a panel of them. Although there are causes of concern with such a system, there is just too much potential for error with the present jury system, as has just been proved, once again.

    I don’t get the equivalency you state between Caylee’s murder and abortion. The matters are related …. but not interchangeable.

  • Nancye

    I heard today that Casey will be moving to Houston, Texas after she’s released. I also heard that there are signs in restaurants in Orlando saying, “Juors not welcome”. Casey better be careful who she murders in Texas, because those folks don’t fool around with murderers there.

  • Tom

    Ron has it right. The evidence did not show Casey was guilty. The prosecution do not know how Caylee died so they could not prove a murder took place. You may “assume” that Caylee was murdered and that Casey did it, but an assumption is clearly short of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
    Leona, no one has to convince you that Casey did not murder Caylee. It is the prosecution responsibility to prove to a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a murder was committed and that Casey did it.
    Robin, you are right. We cannot know how another person feels. We are individuals and should not judge others to be guilty because they did not react the way we think they should. Cynthia Sommer was convicted because the jury did think she acted properly after the death of her husband. She was granted a second trial and the state declined to try her a second time because they did not have any evidence other than her behavior. The scientific evidence, presented by the state, was proved to be contaminated by the state’s lab.
    Frank, your statements that the juries “are composed of semi-literate idiots” is based, I suspect, on emotion and not proof. It is ironic that comparisons are made between the O. J. Simpson trial and Casey Anthony’s trial. O J’s verdict of not guilty was decided on emotions and not the sufficiency of the evidence. Casey’s verdict of not guilty was decided on insufficient evidence and not on emotions.
    I am not saying that Casey is innocent, just that the prosecution did not prove her guilty.

  • Konrad Lau

    Thank you, Leona.
    Well said and well reasoned.
    I agree wholeheartedly.

    One question to be asked of Baez: If we do eliminate the heartless, criminal murderers, rapists and torturers painlessly, why would that be unacceptable?





  • Ron

    A lot of people may be convinced that Casey Anthony killed Caylee but that does not rise to the level of proof required to convict a person of murder. I will always trust a jury verdict more than a public trial by the media.. I will never criticize jury verdicts. The jurors sat through all of the testimony and viewed all of the exhibits and heard the Judge’s instructions. This was a death penalty case so they were death penalty qualified by the DA. I am not disappointed that the jurors did not explain the verdict. They did not owe us an explanation of their reasoning. I am pretty sure Casey Anthony may be guilty. That is not sufficient for a guilty verdict. I am constantly reminded how bright and thoughtful the founders were. In watching the hysteria, I am thankful the founder provided for trial by jury.

    • Lacee

      Hi Ron,
      I tend to agree and that is why our founding fathers did something else that I think we often forget about when we watch a trial from outside the courtroom. Our founding fathers kept the tradition of having the witness swear on a Bible. This is not so the witness will be intimidated into telling the truth- because obviously not everyone in a/on trial believes in God. I believe it was those Judeo/Christian founders who felt the only way to insure justice was delivered was to insure God was officially a witness in the trial. The oath is a willing call to God, by the witness, that they are telling Him/everyone the truth; hense asking for His official presence. For all the believers out there who are so sick about this, take heart, and don’t puke. I don’t think that is something God takes lightly. My only fear, is that in the meantime, more people are hurt or murdered because they know that if all they have to do to get an aquittal is constantly throw curve balls at the authorities and if their lawyer can throw enough technicalities at the jury, the jury will be so confused they have to look to the judge and lawyers for constant instruction. Worse, all they have to do is buy a jury/judge with promises of fame and fortune. Uh, hello-#1 this is Florida we’re talking about and #2 the lawyers don’t have to swear on a Bible. Me thinks they lie a little bit. This total confusion of the jury is no doubt what happened on Tuesday and during the O.J. Simpson case.

    • Teddi

      Although it is extremely disturbing that Casey Anthony was not convicted, I agree with your analysis. We were not in the court room to hear all of the evidence and go through the process the jury did. If the prosecution could not provide enough evidence for them to find her guilty, that is the way our judicial system is supposed to work. Even though I do not want to see Casey go free (as I believe she is guilty), the level of proof must be there to proceed with a conviction.

  • Frank

    Keir is right. American education is in ruins, and so the justice system is as badly broken as everything else. It boggles my mind that a twerp like Baez can make destroy people’s characters in open court with no proof, let alone use language that would have landed him in contempt or worse not that long ago. And by the time counsel & their “jury consultants” are done, juries in high profile cases especially are composed of semi-literate idiots without the first glimmering of the meaning of proof, reasonable doubt, or probability. So a murderess walks free, and we have every bottom-feeding defense lawyer in the country telling us how wonderful the system is, plus geniuses like Sean Hannity telling us it’s unpatriotic to think otherwise.

  • Elizabeth

    Leona, you have just written what I have been thinking all along. So much being made of this case, and rightly so, but the irony is – what about those millions and millions of people that are not here today, killed by their own mothers in the womb. This is a far greater outrage with greater repercussions than this case will ever be. Yet people in this society have become blind to their own selfishness and cruelty. Casey Anthony is guilty of murdering her daughter, yes, but are we focusing our outrage on this one person for the guilt of a nation murdering it’s children? We live in a very sick society that thinks it is ok to murder a person before they have a name, but once it can walk and talk on its own, then it is murder??? No, any killing of a human being at any stage is MURDER. Thank you for writing this piece. I hope and pray that it will get the attention it deserves.

  • fedupwidit

    she was as guilty as hell, who else would have done this to this 2 yr. old? Why was’nt she running around frantically trying to find her daughter instead of partying hearty and then lying her sorry ass off to the police…sad day in America all I have to say..I am truly sick about this….If we are the last ones seen with a murder victim watch what happens to “us” let them find the blood of 2 murder victims in our Ford Bronco, we are gonna ride the lightening, unless we have 10 million dollars to hire a “dream team”

  • robin in fl

    and i quote you: “Often we hear people opposed to abortion except in the case of rape, incest or when the mother’s health is in danger. I find these arbitrary exceptions as nebulous as the “pain factor.”

    In the case of rape or incest, how does killing an innocent right the wrong? The life affirming stories of children conceived in rape show that no one should have the choice or opportunity to kill an innocent victim of a crime.

    What loving mother would not give her own life to save her child’s?”

    what loving mother would not give her own life?? umm well casey anthony for one..

    as far as ANYONE telling me that i must,or i am wrong and have to carry a child inside me that i have because i was raped i would look at them and ask if they had just lost their F’n mind!!!!..why would i need a daily reminder of a cruel and violent crime inflicted on me that i had no choice in???how could anyone that never had a crime of violence even try and tell me that was the right thing for me to do with MY body???..well i’m sure many would try and i would guess most that would do that are ones that have NO idea what a crime like that is like!!!as far as all the ‘life afirming stories’ of children concieved in rape goes..well perhaps there are some,BUT i know of a LOT that that was FAR from the case senerio..NOTHING ‘life afirming’ about stories i saw…just plain SAD!perhaps in a perfect world of raibows and unicorns all would be good..but last i checked ….this AIN”T a perfect world.!

    oh yea,casey anthony is/was guilty as hell..makes me sick knowing she got away with it..and waited till the child was 2 1/2 yrs old to kill her like she did…but as she told her friends and family ,she didn’t want the baby before it was even born…hhmmmmm..perhaps an abortion would have been in order,,,i’m sure that 2 1/2 year old child she killed felt worse pain then a 6 week old fetus may have….yep,some people should NOT be mothers..nuff said!

    • lindainind

      Judy, I was a victim of rape when I was 18 years old. I had nightmares occasionally about it for probably a year or so. (My husband could testify to this.) I didn’t become pregnant but if I had, it would not have been right to kill a kid just because it’s MOTHER was abused. Talk about selfishness of women…. It’s NEVER right to kill an innocent human being because it’s mother was abused! If I had gotten pregnant from my rape, and if I’d have had an abortion, I would now be looking back and forward for THE REST OF MY LIFE that I DID SOMETHING WRONG…THAT I MURDERED MY UNBORN CHILD because I was selfish! There would ALWAYS be someone missing at my Thanksgiving table…. I was not the guilty party in my rape…THE RAPIST WAS. But if I’d aborted a child from this rape, I would then be guilty of murdering my own child… Then I would be more guilty than the man who raped me…. He only abused me and I got over the rape. I’d not ‘get over’ the fact I’d killed my own baby….

      • robin in fl

        i never understood people that could walk up to another person in a time of crisis and say to them,”i know just how your feeling”…no you don’t..and to assume you do so is just wrong,it makes it about YOU while not trying to understand it’s about how THEY are feeling at that particular time…we all do not feel or recover or want the same thing..what may be right for one person is wrong for another,but to tell a person what is best for them in certain sittuations when only THEY know how they are feeling at that particular time i would not even try and understand how one would do that.perhaps if we all were exactly alike that would make sense..but we are not.
        one may look at many children born and abused and sometimes even killed into homes they were not wanted and ask yourself..was it a good life they were born into???..i think not.

  • Keir

    There is obviously something seriously wrong with the American jury system. Twenty years ago it was clear that the average juror was too ignorant to understand basic scientific evidence (corrupt DNA does not make it likelier to transform into the main suspect’s DNA). America’s education system has, during my lifetime, been criticised to the point that the NY Times pays writers to laud the virtues of the fascist Chinese system where a population of 1.4 billion has two universities known abroad, and where corruption is so rampant universities abroad refuse to acknowledge the qualifications gained from nearly all. Clearly ignorant people such as Bush and Palin are held up to be the best that a population of 300 million could hope for to represent them in these most challenging times. In the past this intelligence deficit was seen as threatening the country’s future scientists, economists, doctors… now it seems that it is affecting the very idea of justice itself. A dystopia if ever there was one.

    • J.L.T.

      Proverbs chapter 1:
      29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

      30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.

      31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

      32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

      33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.