After Casey Anthony found not guilty of murder, defense attorney speaks out against death penalty

07/05/11 Seán Kinane
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This afternoon in an Orlando courtroom a Pinellas County jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering her 2-year old daughter. She was found guilty on four counts of lying to investigators. If Anthony had been found guilty of first-degree murder, she could have faced the death penalty. After the verdict, Anthony’s lead defense attorney Jose Baez said he was pleased with the verdict and spoke out strongly against state murder.

"I think that this case is a perfect example of why the death penalty does not work. And why we all need to stop and look and think twice about a country that decides to kill its own citizens. Murder is not right no matter who does it, whether it’s a ritual killing or someone becoming a victim in a drive-by shooting. It’s disgusting. And I think that if this case gets any attention, it should focus on that issue: that we need to stop trying to kill our people. The best feeling that I have today is I know that I can go home and my daughter will ask me, ‘what did you do today?’ and I can say I saved a life."

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