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The Case against Casey Anthony- A Kerfuffle of Shoddy Science, Police Work and Lies

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The minute the overly eminent Dr. Spitz for the defense, probably the most renowned foresic patholigist in the world, testified that the validity of the autopsy and the proclamations of the Orange County Florida Chief Medical Examiner was 'shoddy', the case of the State of Florida's prosecution against Casey Anthony for murder was finished!

Not only that, "I think the duct tape was a later event, not an early event," Dr. Werner Spitz told the jury. He added that it was introduced "after decomposition."  This very duct tape 'evidence' was at the heart of the state's case, completely disputed by the world's best authority on such subject.

Spitz himself said that if he had been allowed into the autopsy room, as he requested, there would have been no "kerfuffle" about the results. . . Why refuse? It was very suspicious as to the motives of investigators.

The use of  'kerfuffle' in this context is a needless confusion of facts, because all of the proper protocols of scientific inquiry had not been fulfilled. . .

There are so many other instances of 'questionable science' in this 'shoddy' case the prosecution chose to put on, that to make a premeditated first degree murder charge could not longer pass the laugh test.  There were questionable and scientifically unagreed upon 'air' analysis, etc, etc.  I dont think anyone who watched this trial day to this day wants to delve further into these absurdities.  Obviously like the jury, we were annoyed, intelligence insulted and simply bored as to the quandry of 'results'- take your pick!  The jury certainly took theirs. 

Then, there are the actions of the police and sherriffs office.  They failed to investigate basic things per the matter before them.  They did this early on and did not correct their positions when the evidence they had collected was wanting or contradicted.  It was handled from the beginning as a murder case against Casey Anthony by the Orange County Sherriff's Office.  No other explanation interested them.

Now, we know that records of the Anthony family were never investigated properly, not even those of the person who 'discovered' the body.  He had an obviously questionable history and participation in the discovery of Caylee Anthony's body, let alone others of interest. . .What's with that?  Plainly, this was shoddy work by local investigators, even that of FBI labs. . .

The jury only heard evidence from the State of Florida in this regard that the prosecution 'wanted' them to hear.  There was a mound in conflict.

Next come the outright lies on the witness stand, both of the Anthony family and others, in direct contravention of police statements (to which Casey Anthony has been convicted) and previous depositions?  We could go on and on.

There is so much reasonable doubt here, it is palpable.

Any person on the jury of Casey Anthony would have had no choice but to find the verdict that they did- NOT GUILTY!

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A native of California, Timothy F. Newkirk is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. Among many other endeavors, he has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor and is a longtime political activist. He continues to advocate for (more...)
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