Casey Anthony may have seen her slim chances of an acquittal in the first-degree murder of her daughter, Caylee, fade away as new information was released inÂ a 500-page report made publicÂ this week by the Florida State Attorney’s Office.Â Within its pages held damning testimony, detective summations, and documentation, including hundreds of jailhouse letters, that not only pointed to Casey Anthony drugging her child when she went out to party but perhaps to having knowledge of details of the circumstances of the remains that only members of law enforcementÂ and the medical examiner would have known.Â
The Caylee Anthony case has galvanized America since news broke that a grandmother had called police about her missing granddaughter in July 2009.Â The 911 call sparked an investigation that ultimately saw Caylee’s mother, Casey, in jail, charged with first-degree murder.Â Two months later, an Orange County public utilities worker found the remains of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, not a quarter of a mile from her grandparents’ homeÂ where she once lived with her mother.Â Shortly afterward, prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty.Â And since then, Casey Anthony’s defense team has been fighting a mountain of ever-growing circumstantial evidence that indirectly and directly seems to implicate their client.Â
The recently released evidence included jailhouse letters and testimony by two inmates at the Orange County Jail where Casey Anthony has been incarcerated since October 2008.Â Both inmates attest that Casey Anthony told them that she had drugged Caylee (she also referred to the drugs as “stuff” in at least one jailhouse letter) on occasion to get her to sleep when she wanted to go out and party.Â A detective’s summation indicated that Casey Anthony used antihistamines and sometimes chloroform to put Caylee to sleep.
The chloroform information is particularly useful to prosecutors in that they found traces of chloroform in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car.Â Authorities also found chloroform in a syringe near the remains when they were discovered.
It is that discovery of the remains that may get the prosecution their conviction.Â Robyn Adams, in jail for 10 years on drug charges, said that Casey Anthony told her that Caylee Anthony had been found wrapped in a blanket inside a garbage bag.Â At the time of this supposedÂ description of her daughter’s remains, the circumstances weren’t public knowledge.Â
As one detective noted in the report, “Casey Anthony had knowledge of items only the suspect â€¦ law enforcement â€¦ and the medical examiner knew.”
And a conviction will lead to pursuing the death penalty phase of the trial.Â
Still, it is the defense team’s job to provide the best defense possible.Â Their job now is to discredit the witnesses, the entire report, all the rest of the vast amounts of circumstantial evidence amassed against Casey Anthony.Â Arguing the inadmissibility of pieces of evidence can only help their client, considering that a break in the chain of evidence or in the logical progression of the prosecution’s case undermines thier argument.Â The defenseÂ must also do their best toÂ discredit the work of the various law enforcement agenciesÂ involved in the investigation.Â They must do this to help bolster any alternative theories they present, injecting reasonable doubt as to Casey Anthony’s guilt.Â
But whatÂ was the defense’s reaction to the report?Â They suggest that Robyn Adams had ulterior motives when she befriended Casey Anthony.Â “It is obvious â€¦ (the) only goal in corresponding with Casey Anthony was to create leverage to get out of prison early.”
The question then must be asked:Â Does the goal of the inmate devalue her testimony, even though it has been corroborated?
“The letters…” the defense team contends,Â “…clearly demonstrate Casey’s unconditional love for her daughter, Caylee.”
Perhaps.Â But that unconditional love allegedly had loopholes when it came to party time…