Casey Anthony

I'm a big fan of Casey Anthony.  Well, not so much Casey Anthony the person as much Casey Anthony the trial.  I remember a few weeks before her Florida murder trial started in Summer of 2011 when I found out it existed.  I don't have cable, so I'm sometimes a little behind on sensationalized media activity.  I then spent the bulk of the Summer watching it streaming online.  Despite the country's collective outcry when a criminal defendant was NOT convicted, it was a great victory for the system.  The knee-jerk reaction of what seemed to be everyone who is not an attorney showed why our system works.  Every year I guest lecture to a freshmen class at Rutgers University.  I start by asking for a show of hands for who is familiar with the trial, then who thinks she was guilty, and then who watched at least an hour of the trial.  The hands begin to go down.  I then ask who watched the entire trial only during the portions when the jury was present and then sat in a room with a dozen other people and talked about it for ten hours straight.  There are no hands, my point is made, and we move on.

I can't for the life of me find it on the interwebs anymore, but if you can, watch it.  It has great testimony on everything from trash (I mean garbage), to pigs in a blanket, to imaginary friends.  It also had good technical testimony on DNA, new-fangled human decomposition smell-o-meter technology, and forensic computer analysis.  It was this forensic computer analysis that recently yielded new information pointing toward guilt.  Although initially botched (and the botch buried by the prosecutor's office), the search contained some interesting information about how your computer works, and how what has been done on it can be found and interpreted.  A new search of the Anthony household's hard drive obtained by a public records disclosure reveals that the web browser that Ms. Anthony commonly used had a search about suffocation on it, followed by a visit to Ms. Anthony's Myspace.com page.  Apparently the prosecutor's office never asked for searches that would narrow anything down so tightly, but eventually it was. Click here for further reading.

CRIMINAL

The head of the Criminal Practice group is Jack Hazzard, Esq.