Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Casey Anthony Charges That Could Have Stuck

Attorney Scott Henson over at the blog Grits For Breakfast had an interesting post about a discussion of the Casey Anthony murder trial at a forum for prosecuting attorneys.

But the truth is there are plenty of things Anthony could have been charged with already under Texas state law if the crime had occurred here. Instead, in the Anthony case prosecutors thought it more important to grab headlines and "send a message" by charging things they couldn't prove in court instead of settling for convictions for crimes a jury might accept. Let's assume for a moment, along with the rest of the country, that Casey Anthony really is guilty of something. Sans concrete evidence of capital murder, the question is guilty of what?

Hit the link to read Scott's entire post. Scott has a quote in there from Martin Peterson that I think explains in a nutshell why the Florida case failed when it overreached.

All in all, an interesting exercise.


  1. Correction: I'm actually not a lawyer, fwiw. :)

    Thanks for the link, nonetheless.

  2. Scott, Sorry about that. For some reason I had it stuck in my head you were an attorney. Thanks for all your hard work on criminal justice issues here in Texas.


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