In Orlando, Florida, police moved in to arrest Casey Anthony after she switched cars on a highway, which police feared was an attempt to flee. She was charged shortly after an indictment was issued by the grand jury. What is most striking in the case is that her own father appears ready to testify against her. If he appears at trial, it would be very hard to wipe away the impact on the jury regardless of how talented the defense counsel may be.
Anthony was charged with seven counts, including capital murder, for the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter Caylee.
Her car switch could be excused as an effort to avoid media, but it may prove the least of her worries. Her conduct shortly before and after Caylee’s disappearance is likely to get into the trial, including (after Caylee’s disappearance) partying, going to nightclubs, entering “hot-body” contests and rarely mentioning Caylee with friends. Worse yet, she has contradictions in her police statements and a record. (After being arrested child neglect charges and bonded, she was rearrested on bad check and theft charges). Police also have reports of cadaver dogs picking up the scent of death in the trunk of a car Anthony drove and in her parents’ backyard. And they there is the dad. A father as a prosecution witness is a dream for any prosecutor and a nightmare for any defense counsel. The only good thing for Casey is that he does not appear to have much in terms of direct evidence to offer. However, the lack of content would likely be lost on a jury watching a father testify against his own daughter.
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