On July 5, 2011, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first degree murder in the death of her daughter Caylee Marie Anthony, at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida . The only charges she received were 4 charges of false information to a law enforcement officer, all misdemeanor charges. The sentence for this was 4 years in prison, $4,000 fine for four counts of falsifying police reports. Since she had been in jail since October 14, 2008 and she was given time off for good behavior, she was released from jail on, July 17, 2011. She walked out of the jail booking center with her attorney, Jose Baez, at about 12:10 a.m. Escorted by an armed contingent of law enforcement officers.
I believe it is time for Florida to make some changes to its Jury Reform rules. I believe making changes could help jurors with issues they have about the cases and in return it will also help jurors be more informed when it comes to making a verdict. I would like to propose a two part rule as part of a comprehensive Jury rules package for Florida's criminal and civil trial proceedings.
Some States have already implemented similar, but not exactly the same rules into their Jury Reform, and I feel that Florida could benefit ultimately from these changes.
Here is my proposed Jury Reform rule for the State of Florida called CAYLEE'S RULE, in honor of Caylee Marie Anthony.
Jurors, including alternates, are permitted to discuss the evidence among themselves in the jury room during recesses from the trial when all are present, as long as they reserve judgment about the outcome of the case until deliberations commence. The court shall remind jurors not to discuss the case with anyone other than fellow jurors during the trial.
Jurors can ask questions of witnesses during the trial. Once all Attorneys have finished their cross-examintion of a witnesss, then jurors will have an opportunity to quesition the witness to clarify any of the testimony they have given.