I began following the Casey Anthony trial just a few weeks ago. I watched the witnesses speak, closing arguments, but mostly, observed the demeanor of Casey - the half smiles, moving her lips in disagreement with the Prosecutor, and of course, her absolute joy during the reading of the Verdict. Like many folks, I was stunned!
I believe her parents and brother are also victims; aren't all families "victims" when someone is accused of murder, or imprisoned for felonies? There is a deep grieving and emotional battle within every single person connected to the individual in prison and Casey has already been locked up for three years, in solitary confinement. Her habitual lying from "day one" to everyone involved, including law officers, does not allow me to have much compassion for the state she found herself in, but my heart went out to the parents and brother. As one attorney noted, "She has sucked everyone into her web of lies" and those lies grew, with time, to accusations against her father and brother to the extent that if I were her parent, I would have walked out immediately after the verdict, too, as by now I would have been convinced that she is the ONLY person responsible for the death of young Caylee. I agree with the Prosecutors that no one in their right mind would make an "accident" appear to be a murder and hiding the body in a swamp surely is evidence of foul play.
Getting back to the parents, Casey destroyed the life a her child and in the process, destroyed the lives of her parents and brother. Everyone eventually lied, but lying about having a mistress has nothing to do with what happened to Caylee. The mother lying to "save" Casey is understandable, if she feared her daughter would receive the death penalty. Neither parent ever stated Casey was a horrible daughter; their tears were real, as the wept for Caylee and the situation their family were in, all due to the lying of Casey. If they were not dysfunctional, they are now and probably will be for a long time. If the parents divorce, it would not surprise me - distrust is difficult to overcome.
This morning, I received an Email from Red State and I believe it is the best commentary on the murder of young Caylee. I planned to place it on the article Fishygirl has just posted, but it would not have allowed me space to post my own opinion, plus the article. While I do not agree with the entire article, as I am convinced the family are also victims of Casey, I do agree with the "bottom line" of the author, so, here it is: