proves acquisition of chloroform since someone cannot possess something without acquiring it in some manner;the mode of acquisition is irrelevant once possession has been proven, as it was here.The defense could easily have refuted Vass/Wise’s quantitative test for chloroform by doing a quantitative testof their own. They did not do this because if they had done that, they would have gotten the same results that Vass& Wise did, and that would have meant they would have to concede that there were high levels of chloroform inthe trunk instead of attacking this evidence presented by the prosecution; it would not have been in their bestinterests to validate the Vass/Wise test with their own test. Dr. Rickenbach, a chemist who works with the FBI,testified that he did a
test of the carpet sample; this test is different from the
test done byVass and Wise did in that Rickenbach's test only looks for the mere presence of compounds rather than their levels.
5. 31 DAYS
- No one goes for 31 days without reporting an accident, especially where their own child is concerned.The defense's theory that any of the Anthonys would be afraid that they would go to jail if they reported it is bogus.Cases of where a child dies in a pool accident are not charged or prosecuted unless there is evidence of grossnegligence, usually the parent(s) being high on alcohol or drugs. George would know this; he was a cop. Peoplereport accidents, not murders, and if someone fails to report an "accident" it is, categorically, a murder. Themurderer does not get to benefit by being successful at hiding a dead body long enough such that the bodybecomes a skeleton and a cause of death cannot be determined. Simply not calling and reporting an accident showsthat the person involved is trying to hide something regarding the circumstances of the death. Murderers knowthat the passage of time and exposure to the elements destroys evidence, and that's why Casey Anthony kept thebody hidden as long as possible by lying to those trying to locate Caylee. Murderers also try to prolong the bodybeing hidden in order to give themselves more time for freedom since they know that once the body is found, theywill come under intense scrutiny by the authorities.
6. 1/2 A MILE
- Caylee's body was discovered in a wooded area a half a mile from where Casey lived. The fact thatCasey first reported the car smelled on 6/25 and the car being abandoned on 6/26 or 6/27 because it ran out of gasshows that Casey had no other place to put the body, so she put it in a place she had easy access to, knew well andcould conceal the body. She was familiar with this area, and it was close by. In addition, she had no gas to drive anysignificant distance away from Orlando to dispose of it. It is also important to note that Caylee's remains werefound in this trash dump wrapped in a Winnie-the-Pooh blanket and packed in a laundry bag from that came fromthe Anthony home.
7. THE DUCT TAPE
- As Dr.G said, there is no reason for duct tape to be on any dead body. The only possible reasonfor duct tape being on a dead body is to bind that person. The tape was over the face, but the prosecution hasfailed to prove exactly where it was. All of the forensic pathologists, including Dr. Spitz, agreed that the tape was onCaylee's face. If there had been nostril or mouth impressions on the tape, there would be a much better case of where that tape was; there were none. Given that there is no evidence that the tape was over both the nose andthe mouth, the doubt must go to the defendant since it has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt of wherethe tape actually was on the face. Given two or more possibilities with equal probabilities, the jury must find for thedefendant. What the duct tape amounts to is a bad fact for Casey since it was on the body and proves that therewas something unusual going on.
8. THE LIES
- Casey lied to her parents from 6/16/08 to 7/15/08 about the whereabouts of Caylee. After 7/15/08,she continually lied to her parents, the police, and everyone else who was trying to find Caylee. The lies were acover up for the fact that she killed the child; it happens in just about every murder case, and this one is nodifferent. All murderers know that the longer they can keep the body of their victims hidden, the better it is forthem. All of her lies from 6/16/08 prove beyond any doubt consciousness of guilt. Casey isn't guilty because shelied; she lied because she's guilty.