Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Casey Anthony and the Question of the Day

So as you likely heard by now, comely Casey Anthony was acquitted yesterday in the death of her daughter Caylee. I must admit that the verdicts surprised me. I figured that she’d be convicted on behavioral evidence (based on the wild photos of her getting her freak on at a Florida nightclub days after the death of her daughter) the same way that sociopath Scott Peterson was.
Anyway, trying to handicap this outcome reminded me of why I should stick to political prognosticating.
However, Casey was convicted of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement officials. Each charge could carry an additional year in jail. But many experts seem to think that Casey may be freed from jail as early as Thursday because she’s already served about three years behind bars.
This leads me to an intriguing question…
So, if convicted, could robocallers Paul Schurick and Julius Henson wind up serving more time behind bars than Casey Anthony did? 
If convicted, Schurick is facing a hypothetical 22 years in jail; Henson is facing 17 years.  No one – including me – believes that these guys will serve anything approaching that amount of time. Nor should they, IMHO.  Indeed, I think it is debatable whether justice is served by sending them to jail for a stunt which, reputation-wise, has already tarnished both of them.
But the outcome of the Anthony affair reminds you of how subjective the application of justice can be across different states and situations.  So juxtaposing the two possible outcomes becomes an enticing intellectual exercise.
It’s kind of funny, too. 


  1. No one got time for the flyers in Prince George's County in 1998 against Ellen, in 2002 against KKT and so why should Schurick and Henson get time now? Unlikely to happen. Plus Billy Murphy is a damn good defense attorney.

  2. It is never a good idea to compare sentences for totally different crimes. It will only depress you.

  3. Not depressed, just stating the obvious.