Last, or maybe penultimate witness for the prosecution is the defendant’s mother, Cindy Anthony. What a precious, subtle message to the jury: even the defendant’s own mother wants you to convict her.
From the CNN Blog:
She [Cindy]became emotional as prosecutors showed her a photo of 2-year-old Caylee wearing a t-shirt with the words “Big trouble comes in small packages” on it. She said the first time she ever saw that shirt was during her deposition, but testimony by crime scene investigators has indicated that letters from those words were found at the scene with Caylee’s remains…Cindy was asked about canvas laundry bags found in the home that were similar to one found with Caylee’s remains in December 2008. She also said that a Winnie the Pooh blanket discovered with the remains was similar to one belonging to Caylee that she had not seen since May 2008.
It shows how comparatively easy it is for the prosecution to get a conviction.
The prosecution is going to rest its case-in-chief without explicitly filling in any missing pieces of the six month period between the time they say the victim died and the time the remains were found. They have established – if you credit George Anthony’s testimony, which should be a really big ‘if’ – when she was last seen alive. Then they have established that the victim’s body was perhaps in the back yard of the Anthony home, and then in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car. And then of course where it was found.
And that’s it. Unless their final witness addresses some of that interim period.
All the potential questions that surround this sequence of events are left unanswered by any direct proof. How could the dead body have been in the back yard of the Anthony home for any period of time without all of the Anthonys becoming aware of it? Who moved the body from the back yard to the trunk? Who moved it from the trunk to the place it was found? When? Indeed, how did the victim even die?