Closing Arguments in Casey Anthony Trial
Update: I think the defense caught a break when the Judge recessed the trial after the defense closing until tomorrow, forcing the prosecutors to wait to give their closing rebuttal. Now the jury gets to go home and consider the arguments of both sides equally, without the prosecution having the advantage of two bites at the apple. Even though they aren't supposed to, some may make up their minds today, and any leaning towards the defense, may be listening with a closed mind by the time the rebuttal comes tomorrow. The prosecutor's laughing during the defense closing may have backfired big time. Also, isn't it a bit disrespectful for the Court to hold trial on the 4th of July?
If you liked the old days of Court TV, tune in to Headline News where Vinnie Politan, Jean Casarez and Janie Velez-Mitchell are dissecting the closing arguments in the Casey Anthony trial. It's not quite like the old Court TV, it's more like Court TV on speed, with a surreal intensity. Every word is enunciated with such emphasis and varied tone inflection, you see their lips form every word. It's more like listening to sports announcers at the Superbowl than legal analysts, as they continue to hype this so-called "trial of the century." They keep talking about the passion of the prosecutor in closing, but when they play clips, in comparison to them, he's sounds like he's speaking in a monotone. Put another way, the old Court TV was like watching a golf match, while this is like watching an Xtreme Sports or snowboarding competition. [More...]
The prosecution gave its initial closing this morning, and the defense then began its argument. The defense will continue after lunch, and the state will then give its rebuttal argument. The prosecution gets two shots (and the last word) because it has the burden of proof.
I still haven't figured out why this particular case or trial or any of its participants has captured the fancy of so many people. Nor have I followed it. So far, it seems like a case where the state hasn't even proven a murder occurred. If a guilty verdict is returned and it moves into a death penalty phase for sentencing, I may start following it.
You can also watch the actual court proceedings live (without the spin) online here.
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