It might be possible that because this was an extremely high profile case, the prosecution decided to go for the jugular, i.e. they were going for BLOOD, and lots of it! – they thought they would go for the maximum charges because they were sure to get one of them. In addition, they only filed a handful of charges dealing with lying to authorities because they did not want to submit a 200 lb. document. I am joking about the weight in a way to say they did not want the public to see hundreds of charges submitted against the defendant.
All that was fine, considering they would be successful in receiving a guilty verdict from the jury on one of the first three charges.
There were many, many charges they could have submitted as well dealing with either child abuse and/or charges related to child neglect – but they didn’t.
In addition, this morning in court, Assistant D. A. , Linda Burdick, said that the four charges of lying were just a portion of what they could have submitted to the court – to that, I say, “Oh, well, Linda”.
I equate this to a high school student applying for only THREE colleges – all very prestigious, but not also applying to a group of second tier colleges as well because the student feels his/her grades and scores are SURE to result in being selected to one of the top three. In effect the student is rolling the dice but is confident that AT LEAST one of the first three will accept the student.
They stacked the deck – they put all their bets on the first three horses – forgetting that there were seven or eight other horses they could have bet on.
People are outside the courthouse raising all kinds of havoc, yelling “How can she walk for what she did?”
Well, ask Kenny Rodgers (The Gambler) aka Jeff Ashton to explain how he gambled with taxpayer money the way he did.
He is the one who rode in on the white horse and threw all the taxpayer money on WIN, PLACE, and SHOW. In fact, he felt he didn’t need to even waste money on PLACE and SHOW because he knew a horse named “First Degree Murder” was going to win.
The bottom line is this: Jeff Ashton, or his boss, the D. A., chose to make their bets the way they did. They probably felt that if they also had a handful of lesser, but still serious charges, that the jury might jump on one of them INSTEAD of the “DEATH PENALTY” charges.
Another example, if you take your family out to a nice steakhouse restaurant, your younger kids will find the chicken nuggets and the fried chicken if they are shown the kids menu but if you only show the “adult” menu, they will choose a nicer entrée.
Now that all the smoke is beginning to clear, people should be asking “Hey Mr. District Attorney, why did you GAMBLE with our taxpayer dollars and why did this defendant, who we feel is at least guilty of lesser, but still felony charges, escape all serious charges and is going to walk out of jail next week? Why?
I know it is not politically correct to find fault with anyone riding in on a white horse, but c’mon, there is enough blame to go around in this case.
I know that Florida is known for its racetracks but I never thought the highest purse was bet by the D.A. in the Casey Anthony Pari-mutual Race of the Century.