To quote from the 1970 Stevie Wonder hit, the Casey Anthony trial is Signed, Sealed and Delivered. To many people the trial represented a huge miscarriage of justice. Where is the justice for Caylee Anthony? There is none, is the simple answer. She is nothing more than a statistic, a very sad statistic.

Meanwhile, it seems as if Caylee Anthony has become a money making industry. Civil law suits are flying around like dead leaves in the wind, it is as if everyone connected with the case has an ax to grind. But what is to be gained by suing Casey Anthony? In my mind, not much other than bragging rights. She has no money, well at least none that we are aware of, so beating her in court is somewhat of a hollow victory.

I am sure that some of these suits stemmed from the belief that she would do some million dollar interview, but she has not. One also has to bear in mind that the longer she waits, the colder the story becomes and the less it is worth. By now the Casey Anthony exclusive is worth a ‘Deluxe dinner for one’ and the local Panda Moon Chinese takeaway ($10, gratuity not included).

There are more lucrative pathways open in the quest to become become a modern day alchemist, of turning Casey into gold.

Book writing seems to one such avenue. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton has been a very busy boy lately pushing his book Imperfect Justice.

I hover on the fringes of the book world and know a fair amount about how it works. Books contain words, and words have to be written. You can’t bang out a 140,000 word manuscript in a weekend. Yet Jeff Ashton must have achieved this feat to account for the fast time to the book store.

This begs the question, when did this project start? When was the contract signed? Was he penning the book before and during the trial? If he was, then I see a bit of a potential ethics issue.

The ethics question also arises in his comments about evidence that remains under seal. Is it ethical to share, even in broad terms, the contents of that evidence?

These are questions that are worth pondering.

In fact while you are in ponder mode, there is something that bothers me. In the trial itself, Jeff Ashton made a very big deal out of Casey’s lifestyle, yet omitted to explore a very key ancillary piece of the puzzle. There was a concerted effort to pin the wrap on Jessie Grund. Not even the most whacked out internet arm chair quarterback bought into the story. But to me it would have been maybe the most damning evidence of all. Particularly in the light of Jose Baez’s opening statement.

So lets move on, how about George and Cindy Anthony? To the best of my knowledge they are both still gainfully unemployed and enjoying life in the house on Suburban Drive. So who is picking up the tab? Electricity bills need to be paid, car insurance needs to be paid, food needs to be in the refrigerator, and Bank Of America probably would like the occasional ‘gift’ towards the mortgage.

How about Casey Anthony? She has no job, yet she has bodyguards. So where is that money coming from?

Caylee is dead, yet Caylee appears to be the unwilling benefactor for a bunch of relatives. So who is the ‘money bags’, who is providing for these people?

I played in this quagmire a couple of years ago, and I am loath to jump back into that swamp. But there is someone paying the bills, so who are they, and why?

Simon Barrett

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