Friday, December 5, 2008

No Death Penalty for Casey Anthony

Today, the State Attorney's office announced that they are taking the death penalty off the table in their case against Casey Anthony.

"This afternoon, after consideration of the law and unique facts applicable to the above case, the State filed its notice that it is not in the best interest of the people of the State of Florida to pursue the death penalty as a potential sentence. Therefore, the State of Florida will not be seeking the death penalty against defendant Casey Anthony."

The fact that there is no body nor manner of death makes the first degree murder case one with the possibility of life without parole if the jury comes back with a conviction on the highest charges.

This decision by the State Attorney's office means that it is likely that Jose Baez will lead the defense team in the case. It looks like the trial will be an interesting one after all the months of over-the-top publicity and over-the-top behavior by Casey's family.

The pretrial hearing is set for Thursday, December 11.

Check back with Trials and Tribulations for more information as it becomes available.

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donchais said...

Well, watching the bumbling Baez as lead attorney should provide high entertainment value!

Anonymous said...

I thought Baez wasn't a "death penalty" lawyer, that's why he got another attorney as the "lead" for this trial?? Am I mistaken??
Thanks donchais for posting all this stuff about Caylee!!

ritanita said...


If the state had continued with the death penalty, Baez couldn't have been the lead attorney. Since the DP is off the table, the case is all his!