I said this same exact thing to my helper in my home today. I said if she had been black or mexican or a man, she would have gotten the DP but because she is a pretty young white woman she gets off. Its really sickening.
Tell that to OJ.
Casey Anthony "probably" had a part in Caylee's death, but we do NOT convict people on "probably's". The prosecutor has the burden of proof. They could NOT prove that Casey did what they think she did.
The DA got greedy. Rather than try Casey for what they COULD prove, they went for the big one. The jurors had no choice but to follow the letter of the law, no matter what they felt or thought. There was no PROOF that Casey murdered her child.
The jury did a good job. I followed the case, and I was extremely disappointed in what the prosecutors presented. The defense did not really even need to provide reasonable doubt - if a juror was truly open minded and followed the law, they could not have convicted even if the defense had presented no case. The DA did not have any evidence.
They had evidence of a dead child.
They had evidence of a liar mom.
They had evidence of flakey grandparents.
But they did not have anything to tie all of these together. They couldn't even say HOW or WHEN the child had been killed or died. How could anyone convict, much less sentence to life or death, when they could not even prove the child was murdered?
Sorry this is so long, but I am just as passionate about this case as the rest of you, and have followed it from the very beginning. I am very disappointed that Casey will not be punished as she should, but the DA stretched too far, and lost everything.
A negligent homicide charge would likely have resulted in a conviction, and they could have added in enough other charges to make Casey a middle-aged (and hopefully wiser) woman before she ever got out.
It's a shame, but it's not because she is white or young or any other superficial reason.