Right. Pretty ridiculous, I know. I wouldn’t presume, except that one of the reasons that I started blogging about this is that all the saturation coverage, even though I didn’t really see that much of it before the trial, was so obviously one-sided it seemed like someone should say something. For the love of God.
And now the verdict is in. And here, already, are the “trial consultants” with their take, and the well paid “analysts” with theirs. And yes there are lots of things to talk and speculate about and the prosecution over-reached and all that.
So before the relentless spin machine on the whys and wherefores of the verdict go unanswered I thought I’d put up a little something, just as food for thought in the midst of all the bloviating from mainstream pundits, and make a point I’m sure no one else will make.
It boils down to one thing, in my view. The case is won or lost in the closing arguments. Baez was just extremely effective, he believed in his case and he was sincere. And critically, and somewhat amazingly, he succeeded in turning the tables in the credibility contest. He appeared to be honest and earnest, and he made the prosecutors look like overbearing and shallow assholes who trafficked in slogans, like “100% of accidental deaths are reported” and “two words: pathological liar”. Baez was a hell of a lot more likeable, and without a trace of theatricality or phoniness, so when he came up with a pithy phrase like “They’re trying to make you hate her because she’s a lying slut, appealing to your anger and emotion.”, it didn’t sound like sloganeering. It sounded like he really meant it.
Baez was a like a philosopher, or a priest. The prosecutors were like sophists.
And from what I read about them, he also got this remarkable victory from a jury that was naturally inclined towards the prosecution.
Now, you probably need a winnable case to win, and this was a winnable case. But for a criminal defendant, it is still extremely difficult to win even a case that is winnable. But if you start with a winnable case and you fight hard and close strong and believe in what you are doing you have a good chance. And that’s what Baez did.
The outcome is all about the lawyer, and Casey Anthony had a very good one.