Casey Anthony is currently on trial for the murder of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, in the summer of 2008, as mentioned in previous posts. Casey is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and lying to investigators. The trial has been going on for about a month now and Casey’s defense team is currently presenting its case. The Baltimore Sun ran an interesting article by the Orlando Sentinel’s Anthony Colarossi that discusses the defense team’s strategy and a few moves they might make as they finish presenting their side of the story.
The biggest challenge the defense team has faced is how to explain Casey Anthony’s telling of numerous lies in the days after her daughter was last seen alive. The defense team has said that Casey drowned accidentally in the family pool. They said that Casey’s father found Caylee drowned and blamed her death on Casey, and the two of them then kept the secret from the rest of the family and the police. The defense says that the death of Caylee was just another lie told by Casey who was conditioned to tell lies since she was a young child because she was sexually abused by her father and brother.
Colarossi interviews many forensic psychologists in his piece and did not find one that believed that sexual abuse has been known to lead to extensive lying behavior. An adult who was sexually abused as a child may not admit the abuse, but they wouldn’t necessarily lie about other things, such as where they worked or whether they were employed.
The legal and psychological experts interviewed by Colarossi said that the defense may have to call Anthony to the stand to have her directly tell the jury why she lied and testify to the alleged sexual abuse by her father. Although, because many of the things she has said have been proven to be lies, the jury may not believe her. It is also risky because she will be cross-examined by tough prosecutors. It will be interesting to see how the defense proceeds.
How is truth found in Casey Anthony’s avalanche of lies? (The Baltimore Sun)