Matt Towery

There will be many efforts to place blame on the jurors. One person interviewed after the verdict said that people from Pinellas County are not as technologically advanced as those in the Orlando area. That is sheer lunacy. Others will blame various actions by Judge Belvin Perry. In my opinion, Perry is one of the first judges I have seen to handle such a controversial murder case without trying to insert himself into the case or become a star as a result of doing his job. He was topnotch in the trial.

Based on televised reports, there is apparently plenty of dislike for lead defense counsel Jose Baez. While he may have made mistakes, his strategy appeared to work. He advanced as an alternative explanation for the crime the notion that the child drowned in a pool and that the Anthony family then worked to cover up the incident -- as opposed to a premeditated act of cold-blooded murder by a mother.

At the same time, I have nothing but praise for the prosecution. Their arguments were strong as they could have been under the circumstances. I have to agree with famed TV legal pundit Nancy Grace when she said that the devil was dancing following this verdict.

But I also have to say that the judicial system did not fall apart. Rather, it was stretched to its greatest limit when a jury of Casey Anthony's peers could not find beyond a reasonable doubt what they probably suspected in their hearts.


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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