Saturday, April 11, 2009

Can Casey Anthony have a fair trial?

Accidentally released with new discovery in the Casey Anthony case is an audio file that details Lt. Tammy Uncer describing in detail how Casey Anthony responded to the news that a child’s body was found on Dec. 11, 2008. Though the audiotape is appealing to the general public, including devoted fans of CNN’s Headline News shows with Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell, many wonder if the accidental release might hurt the prosecution’s case.

In what might be the most publicized case in all of American history, the Casey Anthony trial has been unfolding before the public’s eye since the first day that Cindy Anthony called 911 and reported Caylee Anthony missing. The question remains as to whether this publicity and download of enormous amounts of videos, photos, and state evidence won’t backfire and give the defense an edge in the case. The thought of finding a jury selection that is unfamiliar with the Casey Anthony case is slim to none, and this might be a first for the U.S. court system. This just might be the first case in American history to unfold on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube and might even reshape the way court cases are handled.
Though many in the public have already decided that Casey Anthony is guilty, the question remains as to whether every American citizen is innocent until proven guilty, and if that is still the case, is Casey Anthony getting fair representation? Additionally, if she is to go before a jury of her peers who will hear her case without a preconceived notion of guilt, will that truly be possible? With all of the media coverage and public outcry against Casey Anthony will a jury be willing to listen to the facts of the case, presented by both the prosecution and the defense, and weigh them according to logic and reason, without letting one year’s of media coverage cause emotions to cloud judgment?
A great injustice has been served towards Caylee Anthony. Her skeletonized remains were discarded revealing a killing that we will never truly understand. There were many blunders made along the way, especially the delay in finding her body through the inept handling of 911 phone calls and police investigations. Due to the level of decomposition, an exact cause of death will never be determined. However, what might be an even greater injustice to Caylee Anthony would be the possibility of a mistrial, due to the state releasing vast amounts of evidence without the express permission of the court.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Maker of Caylee Anthony doll, Michael Vick chew toys sued


The Florida Attorney General has sued the creator of the Caylee Anthony Sunshine doll and Michael Vick chew toys. Both products were created by Showbiz Promotions, under the guidance of the company’s president, Jamie Salcedo.
Due to public outcry, Jamie Salcedo had stated that the company would stop all sales of the doll in January 2009. Though this was the company’s official statement, if you had visited their website, cayleedoll.com, you would have found the Caylee Anthony doll for sale along with other items such as tee-shirts and bracelets that all carried Caylee Anthony’s name or image.
After being contacted by Brad Conway, attorney for Cindy and George Anthony, Casey Anthony’s parents and grandparents to Caylee Anthony, the doll was pulled from the website, and as of March 19, 2009 Caylee Anthony tee-shirts and bracelets were also removed from the website, however, that move didn’t end troubles for Showbiz Promotions. Today, April 9, 2009 the Florida Attorney General, Bill McCollum, filed a suit against Showbiz Productions.
When Showbiz Promotions first announced sale of the Caylee Anthony doll, Jamie Salcedo stated to the media, even speaking to Nancy Grace of HLN, that proceeds from the doll would be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Attorney General reports that very little was contributed to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and calls the practices of Showbiz Promotions, and its founder, Jaimie Salcedo deceptive and unfair.
Likewise, the proceeds of the Michael Vick chew toy were supposed to be donated to local animal shelters. Very little contributions were ever made, and it is estimated that only $10.00 were donated to the NCMEC and nothing was contributed to local animal shelters. The Florida Attorney General is seeking $10,000 in civil penalties.
Nancy Grace interviews James Salcedo of Showbiz Promotions regarding sales and charitable contributions for the Caylee Anthony Doll.