If there was one legal case that enraged and infuriated mothers everywhere, it was the prosecution of Casey Anthony for the murder of her daughter, Caylee. When we all heard that Anthony had been found “Not Guilty,” the injustice was practically nauseating. It was as if the world took a collective gasp of disbelief, then we all hung our heads in sadness for that poor little girl. Now, new details about the case that can’t do anything to change it’s outcome have come out and brought back all those old, awful feelings.
Anthony’s defense attorney, Jose Baez, has written a book about the case and infamous mother he represented. In that book, we learn that someone in the Anthony household Googled “fool proof suffocation,” on the day that little Caylee Anthony was last seen alive. While the computer could have been used by anyone in the house, it was the device most used by Casey. Also, the browser used for the search was linked to her MySpace page.
Adding this cryptic search to other online activity, such as Casey searching “chloroform,” certainly reinforces what many believe should have been enough evidence to send this mother to jail. After all, the prosecution argued that this poor, innocent child was drugged with chloroform and then suffocated with duct tape. Also, if Casey were proven to be the one who performed the search, it would poke holes in her alibi and put her at home the last time her daughter was seen.
There’s no telling that this information would have changed the outcome of the case. In fact, given that the “chloroform” searches weren’t damning enough, there’s a good chance that it wouldn’t have been enough to tip the scales. Either way, it’s not like the state could charge Anthony all over again.
The case is over. Casey Anthony will never go to jail for the murder of her daughter. She will forever be innocent in the eyes of the law, no matter how many citizens in this country feel differently. These new details are like O.J. Simpson‘s “If I Did It.” They’re salt in the wounds of those who got worked up and emotionally invested in these trials, only to be disappointed by the outcome.
There’s no telling why the prosecution missed the detail about the last “suffocation” search. Like so many other aspects of this case, it’s just another thing we’ll never know. It’s another question that will haunt those who knew little Caylee Anthony, and who still mourn the precious life that was tragically ended too soon.