Casey Anthony is charged with murdering her 2 year old daughter and dumping the child in a vacant lot near her grandparents’ home in Orlando, Florida. Anthony lied about a Hispanic babysitter having the child, and she was photographed partying in the days after the child’s disappearance.
The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty and I say: RIGHT ON! If ever there were a case begging for the death penalty, it is the callous murder of a toddler by its mother.
In death penalty cases, jurors are asked to weigh aggravating circumstances that make a crime especially heinous against mitigating factors that favor mercy. Someone would have to dig long and deep to find motivation for mercy in this case. The prosecutor’s office points to aggravating circumstances that qualify for the death penalty:
* Death occurred during aggravated child abuse.
* It was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel
* It was committed in a “cold, calculated and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification.”
* The child was under 12, and the mother “stood in a position of familial or custodial authority” over her.
In Florida, a prosecutor only needs to raise one of 15 possible aggravating factors to support their decision to seek the death penalty.
The upshot is this: if Casey Anthony is convicted, she will face the death penalty.
I am 250% behind the death penalty. Why? Because I believe that there are conditions under which one forfeits one’s freedom and life, and murdering an innocent child in cold blood to (I suspect) free up one’s party life qualifies for that. In my opinion, without the death penalty, we demonstrate a lack of respect for human life.
The financial source for Casey’s ability to pay fancy lawyers is largely the money she received from ABC News for the licensing of photos and videos. Sickening.
Let me dispense with tone of the supposed “gotcha” arguments about the death penalty: how can I be against abortion on demand but for the death penalty? Easy. One is the murdering of an innocent; the other is the killing of a guilty party. Murder is the killing of an innocent. Killing may be necessary when it’s in defense of one’s country or one’s person. Murder eliminates the life of someone who is innocent….like little Caylee.