Casey Anthony Back In Court To Determine Possible Death Penalty
May 10, 2010
Florida (ChattahBox) – Casey Anthony is back in court for a hearing that will determine whether or not she could face the death penalty if she is found guilty of the murder of her toddler daughter, Caylee.
There are three points that the defense team are hoping to argue for: the removal of the death penalty from the possible consequences of a guilty verdict, moving the trial to an area of Florida that hasn’t seen as much media publicity in the case, and the removal of photos and evidence that labels Anthony as an irresponsible party girl.
“The media has used multiple photos of Miss Anthony in order to vilify her and portray her as a ‘party girl’ whose lifestyle somehow indicates responsibility for her daughter’s death,” the defense said of the photos, two of which were taken after Caylee’s disappearance.
Her attorneys have long since maintained that the images showing Casey drinking and dancing with friends have become matters of unfair gossip since the case was opened.
They are also hoping to keep a call from Cindy Anthony, Caylee’s grandmother. In the 911 call, Cindy hysterically reports the toddler missing, and screams that the family car, which prosecutors believe was used to transport the girl’s body, “smelled like a corpse”.
The defense calls this hearsay, but the prosecution is pushing for the call to be allowed under an ‘excited utterance’ clause.