Casey Anthony: She didn’t do it

The co-author of the new book about the Anthony case lays out the story that never got told.

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In addition, Casey was attacked by the newspapers dedicated to taking down celebrities: The National Enquirer, The Globe, and The Star, and the TV shows with the same slimy approach: Inside Edition, TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, and The Insider.

And so when Casey Anthony was arrested for not being able to tell the cops where her daughter was, every one of these media outlets jumped on board big time. Every day there was a leak from the cops and the prosecution about what she did or said: Casey’s car smelled of death. Casey used chloroform to kill Caylee. Casey partied while Caylee was missing. Casey used duct tape to kill Caylee. Casey had a tattoo during the 30 days she was away from home, and therefore she had to have killed Caylee.

The hatred of Casey Anthony spewed on day after day. The Casey Anthony Reality Show posited that she should not only be found guilty but should die. When a jury found her not guilty of any of the heinous crimes the prosecution, police, and the press had accused her of, that outcome hadn’t been written into their Reality Show script. As a result, the lynch mob that followed the case so religiously and hated her so avowedly determined that the jury was not only wrong but engaged in an evil conspiracy led by defense attorney Jose Baez.

The blogosphere extended its overwhelming hatred to include Baez — a hard-working, brilliant attorney who risked career, family, and home to set her free. The haters feel so strongly about Casey’s guilt that they don’t believe Jose Baez even has the right to publish his side of the story in Presumed Guilty. There’s a blog calling for a boycott of and another group calling for a class action suit against “anyone having anything to do with the book.”

Last week I was on Cape Cod, and when I told women relatives of my wife about our book, they all had the same response: “I don’t care what’s in the book. As far as I’m concerned, she killed her daughter.”

The only problem with the haters’ conclusion is that the vaunted prosecution, lionized in the press every day, couldn’t prove any of their wild assertions. The smell in the trunk turned out to be garbage, not a dead body. Their chloroform evidence was phony. The duct tape evidence wasn’t at all true. It turned out that George Anthony had used duct tape to seal the garbage bags when he buried the family pets. He was also found to have the same duct tape in his possession after it was found at the crime scene. But such evidence didn’t fit into the script of the Casey Anthony Reality Show and was ignored by the police and hence by the press and the public.

In the end the raving prosecutor Jeff Ashton, a seriously wacky man — you’ll have to read Presumed Guilty to see just how wacky — intent on putting Casey to death despite any real evidence that a crime was committed, ended up looking like the bully he is. His book is called Imperfect Justice. It might as well have been called The Shit I Made Up To Get My Mug on Television and Win an Election. The scenario in the first half of this article would have been an important part of the defense’s case — if Jose Baez had felt the need to have it admitted.

So Casey Anthony is free, but she’s a prisoner in her own home. In the end, you have to ask yourself, Where is the justice? And you have to wonder, What’s going to happen to our country now that we’re living in a reality show world?

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