Although Casey Anthony's trial is over, the drama surrounding it is far from over. New information from the forensics computer data analyst who testified at the Casey Anthony trial now reveals that he advised the prosecutors during the trial that incorrect evidence was presented at trial on the computer search of the word “chloroform”. Instead of the 84 times that the prosecution alleged the word was searched, the forensics analyst later advised them their data analysis was completely wrong. It was searched only one time and that was to a reference of use in the 1800’s. Her mother testified at trial that she conducted the search. John Bradley offered to fly back to Orlando at his own expense to correct the error at trial which was crucial to the defense but devastating to the prosecutor's case. Bradley, a former police sergeant and now forensic computer data analyzer, analyzed Casey Anthony's computer and came up with data on the word "chloroform". At trial, the proseuction made … [Read more...] about Casey Anthony Prosecutors Withheld Evidence of Her Innocence
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With Casey Anthony released on Sunday to a country full of angry vigilante justice haters fueled by the media frenzy, Nancy Grace and others, what waits for her? Anthony was released in the wee hours of Sunday, July 17 with her attorney, Jose Baez and whisked away to a private jet to parts unknown. Earlier accounts said she was not welcome home by her father which is understandable. But her mother, Cindy Anthony, almost faced her own jail time following her alleged change of story to say she searched for the chloroform and not her daughter. Apparently, the prosecutor was shocked by Casey Anthony’s mother testimony about searching for the word chloroform on her daughter’s computer. Possible new evidence suggests that Mrs. Anthony was at work, logged in on her work computer and not able to be in 2 places at one time. So if that is true, did Casey’s mother lie to protect and help her daughter? Should the prosecutor have charged her with perjury? The prosecutor is somewhat at fault … [Read more...] about Casey Anthony is Released: So What’s Next?
Howie Mandel, TV show host of Deal or No Deal asks the question of his participants “deal or no deal” in their quest to win a $1 million prize by offering them various deals. Our present budget situation and the players involved remind me of Deal or No Deal. Starring as the show host is President Obama. And starring as the players are Congress. In the show, the players in playing for a million dollars are often affected by greed, lack of judgment and lack of common sense which ultimately causes many to lose what little money they could have won. In the present situation, President Obama just wants a deal done but he is not willing to break the bank to get one done. Same is true in the TV show, Howie Mandel tries to encourage the show participants to take a deal but he is not willing to break the “banker” to get the deal done. He always appears as the reasonable one in the show. Ditto for President Obama in the deficit talks. The GOP Congress is greedy, wanting to keep tax cuts … [Read more...] about Deal Or No Deal?
The dynamics of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case have all the elements of race, gender, class and politics, all rolled into one, all too familiar story. The case, an immigrant Muslim African hotel maid allegedly sexually assaulted by the rich and powerful former International Monetary Fund managing director, is in danger of following the path of many less prominent rape and sexual assault cases, where the victim is prosecuted by the system. It is supposed to be the defendant that is prosecuted and not the other way around. But too often, prosecutors decline to vigorously pursue the case and throw rape victims under the bus. Studies show non-white rape victims fare even worse than white women in the U.S. criminal justice system. Rape cases are notoriously difficult to convict without any DNA evidence and only the verbal accusations of a rape victim. They become a credibility battle of he said and she said. And yet even in the Strauss-Kahn case, with DNA evidence, the … [Read more...] about Strauss-Kahn Case: Race, Gender, Class and Politics
In a court of law, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. In the media world, it’s just the other way around, guilty until proven innocent. Today in a court of law, a jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of all felony crimes related to killing her 2 year old daughter, Caylee. The media world and Nancy Grace who dubbed her “Tot Mom” and branded her a killer before, during and after the verdict is neither the judge nor the jury. Did the jury reach a fair verdict based on the evidence in this case? There were enough holes for the jury to see through the prosecution’s case. There was more than enough reasonable doubt to go around. The jury only needed one reasonable doubt and the defense gave them many more doubts based on reason. I, too like Casey Anthony, the prosecutor and the defense attorneys and probably the judge was shocked at the verdict. I thought at best, her lawyers had done a good enough job for a hung jury. That would have meant that at least one … [Read more...] about Casey Anthony Verdict: A Fair and Just Verdict?
While July is only a few days old, some remarkable things already occured in the month of July. I've chosen to highlight 3 memorable July events so far. There will be more to follow as the month progresses. 1964 Civil Rights Act Turns 47 on July 2, 2011 Forty seven years ago on July 2, 1964, President Johnson signed into law the 1964 Civil Rights Act which forbid discrimination against African Americans. It ended unequal voting registration laws, segregation of schools and discrimination in the workplace and in all public facilities. Congress asserted its authority under the commerce clause and the Equal Protection clause of 14th amendment the constitution. Later, the US enacted the teeth and means to enforce the Act. The bill was originally called for by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 in a speech to "giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public—hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments," as well as … [Read more...] about A Weekend to Remember