Error in Anthony Trial

Assertions by the prosecution that Casey Anthony conducted extensive computer searches on the word “chloroform” were based on inaccurate data, a software designer who testified at the trial said Monday.

The designer, John Bradley, said Ms. Anthony had visited what the prosecution said was a crucial Web site only once, not 84 times, as prosecutors had asserted. He came to that conclusion after redesigning his software, and immediately alerted prosecutors and the police about the mistake, he said.

The finding of 84 visits was used repeatedly during the trial to suggest that Ms. Anthony had planned to murder her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, who was found dead in 2008. Ms. Anthony, who could have faced the death penalty, was acquitted of the killing on July 5.

Oh, this is beautiful. The government’s computer “expert” fucked up, realized he fucked up, changed his conclusions, had the courage to tell the government, and the government did what exactly with that information? Absolutely nothing. Did they correct the record? Nope. Did they give the revised findings to the defense as required by law under Brady v. Maryland? Hell no.

What disgusts me is the win-at-any-cost mindset that many prosecutors have. They think they’re doing God’s work, so they believe that anything they do, even cutting a few legal corners and telling little white lies, is perfectly fine since it’s all for the greater good. What crap. The government didn’t follow the law here, and when those who are supposed to uphold the law choose instead to ignore it for the sake of convenience or expediency then the damage is felt through the entire system of justice and not merely confined by the four corners of the particular case that they subvert. Shame on them

Let’s remember that Casey Anthony faced the death penalty here. If she wasn’t acquitted at trial, she would certainly have been given a new trial because of this misconduct.

Now wait for the civil suit by Anthony and the multimillion dollar settlement . . .

Report in the Times here.

 

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