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    Will Casey's Age Impact the Outcome Of her Trial and Sentencing?

    I'm new to this thread and have been lurking around and reading as much as I can. After Casey was indicted, I became concerned that some jury members (especially women) may have a problem sentencing her to life because of her age. I don't even know if there has even been a young woman put to death close to Casey's age.

    This may concern an jury member (and there is always one of those on the jury) who feels she is guilty but does not have 100% (body) proof that she did this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchvixen View Post
    I'm new to this thread and have been lurking around and reading as much as I can. After Casey was indicted, I became concerned that some jury members (especially women) may have a problem sentencing her to life because of her age. I don't even know if there has even been a young woman put to death close to Casey's age.

    This may concern an jury member (and there is always one of those on the jury) who feels she is guilty but does not have 100% (body) proof that she did this.
    I would be inclined to agree with you except for one thing. KC's own words in taped calls are going to wipe a lot of that sympathy out. IMO she is not a sympathetic character.
    I think she has painted herself as such a monster that it is going to overshadow her age. Actually,the fact that she never broke down and truly had outward concern for Caylee is going to overshadow everything.

    jmho of course.

    ETA: I am opposed to the death penalty so I wouldn't be able to put her to death anyway..but that is why I would never be allowed to serve on that jury.

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    Some stats here:

    http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/dpusa.htm

    The youngest inmate is Devin Thompson (DOB: 05-15-85), sentenced to death in Alabama in October 2005 at the age of 19 years, and as of 01-01-06 was 20 years, 07 months old.

    I don't think she'll cop for the DP in any case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchvixen View Post
    I'm new to this thread and have been lurking around and reading as much as I can. After Casey was indicted, I became concerned that some jury members (especially women) may have a problem sentencing her to life because of her age. I don't even know if there has even been a young woman put to death close to Casey's age.

    This may concern an jury member (and there is always one of those on the jury) who feels she is guilty but does not have 100% (body) proof that she did this.
    This is my thoughts on this..

    I was on a murder trial about 10 years ago

    During jury selection the judge asks each and every juror if they have a problem with the possible sentence and if they feel they cannot be fair and impartial or find a defendent guilty because of age, race, sex, etc. In fact, the judge tells each juror that they CAN'T consider what the possible sentence could be in their deliberations of guilt/non guilt in the crime.

    They are questioned pretty thoroughly (voir dire) (sp?) by the Judge, Prosecutors and Defense Attorney and weed out who they feel would have a problem

    Now if it's a death penalty case, the case is done in 2 parts - first the guilt phase, then the consideration of death penalty phase - so one really has nothing to do with the other. I'm probably not explaining it too well
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    I think the age of the victim will have more impact on the jurors, than the age of the killer.

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    Yes. She's over 18 years old and will be treated like any other adult. There is no mitigation for "youth." The legislatures made that cut. No soft juvie treatment here. Let's go the other way. Caylee was only 2 years old and fully relied on her mommy to keep her safe. Caylee lost about 98 years of life. She never got to live her life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBean View Post
    I would be inclined to agree with you except for one thing. KC's own words in taped calls are going to wipe a lot of that sympathy out. IMO she is not a sympathetic character.
    I think she has painted herself as such a monster that it is going to overshadow her age. Actually,the fact that she never broke down and truly had outward concern for Caylee is going to overshadow everything.

    jmho of course.

    ETA: I am opposed to the death penalty so I wouldn't be able to put her to death anyway..but that is why I would never be allowed to serve on that jury.
    What JBean said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis396 View Post
    I think the age of the victim will have more impact on the jurors, than the age of the killer.
    You are right! The age of the victim is listed as an aggravating factor in the statutes handed down by the Legislature of the State of Florida. The jury has to follow the statutes. If they find the victim is under 12 years old, that's an aggravating factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBean View Post
    I would be inclined to agree with you except for one thing. KC's own words in taped calls are going to wipe a lot of that sympathy out. IMO she is not a sympathetic character.
    I think she has painted herself as such a monster that it is going to overshadow her age. Actually,the fact that she never broke down and truly had outward concern for Caylee is going to overshadow everything.

    jmho of course.

    ETA: I am opposed to the death penalty so I wouldn't be able to put her to death anyway..but that is why I would never be allowed to serve on that jury.
    Bean,
    I agree completely. No sympathy and the words chosen will definitely play against her. Her careless and reckless lifestyle will also be a huge factor.

    I could not be a jury member either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Themis View Post
    You are right! The age of the victim is listed as an aggravating factor in the statutes handed down by the Legislature of the State of Florida. The jury has to follow the statutes. If they find the victim is under 12 years old, that's an aggravating factor.
    Caylee would be defenseless against Casey imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis396 View Post
    I think the age of the victim will have more impact on the jurors, than the age of the killer.
    Oh good point.

    But i think a young mother could be extremely sympathetic to a jury. But the minute "Huge Waste" is heard from KC's own mouth..well that takes care of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBean View Post
    Oh good point.

    But i think a young mother could be extremely sympathetic to a jury. But the minute "Huge Waste" is heard from KC's own mouth..well that takes care of that.
    I agree most young mothers could be sympathetic, just not this young "mother" (hate even giving her that title!), not with her actions and her lack of emotion during and after her daughter went missing.

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    Welcome frenchvixen!

    In this particular case, I think Casey's behavior has revealed her to be a monster, devoid of empathy and concerned only for herself. I can't see a jury being persuaded by Casey's youth in the face of the heinous crime she's committed. The jury will be sympathetic to the victim, a helpless baby.

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    If they find out exactly how Caylee died then i'd be more confident in the DP being handed down.

    I doubt that they/we will though.

    MOO

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    And what about that MySpace post of hers that said "Apparently I threatened to kill someone last night. GOOD TIMES."

    Wow.

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