Nationwide, people have been closely following the Casey Anthony trial. Anthony had been accused of first degree murder, manslaughter, aggravated child abuse and lying to law enforcement. As we now know, she was found not guilty on the first three charges.
Many people were shocked by the verdict as popular opinion and many media outlets portrayed Anthony as being guilty. In a criminal trial, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution, meaning that the accusers must provide adequate evidence to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt.
In this case, much of the evidence that the prosecution had was circumstantial. By legal definition, this means that the evidence provides a basis for inference but does not directly prove the fact. For example, photos of Casey Anthony partying and drinking after Caylee’s disappearance may allow one to infer that she was happy to be free from the responsibilities of motherhood, but it does not directly prove that she felt that way. Many legal analysts believe that jurors were unable to convict Anthony because the medical examiner who studied Caylee’s body was unable to give a cause of death. In the juror’s minds, that may have left reasonable doubt as to whether the child’s death was a premeditated murder or an accident.
This case shows that even in difficult cases, every person has rights and deserves a fair trial. If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime in Maryland, the Bethesda criminal defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can launch an aggressive defense on your behalf and help to ensure your rights are protected. Call us today at 1-866-444-6363 for a free evaluation of your case.