Casey Anthony Was Likely Never Going To Get The Death Penalty Anyway

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jul. 10, 2011

The jury in the Casey Anthony found Casey Anthony to be “not guilty” in the three major counts of first degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse, but after the verdict was read, outrage ensued. People that have been following the case for a month, and others who have been following the story since 2008 expressed their frustrations that Anthony was going to walk. However, according to a reporter, even if she was found guilty and was given the death sentence, that didn’t necessarily mean that she was actually get executed. This is according to Mike Thomas of the Orlando Sentinel, who weeks back gave an explosive and eye-opening report that suggested that even if Anthony did make it to death row, there would have been approximately 400 other inmates in front of her who would have been executed before here. The catch? Due to the costs of the death penalty to the tax payers in Florida, the last time someone got the death penalty was nearly a year-and-a-half ago.

The story was released by Thomas weeks before the verdict was revealed, but he said that “If she ever [did] make it to death row and [she would get] in line behind the 399 inmates already there,” Thomas writes, “she would [have been] killed sometime in the 23rd century. Our last execution was 16 months ago. Since then, we have added 11 more.”

“The Palm Beach Post calculated in 2000 that the death penalty cost Florida $51 million a year, or about $24 million per execution. I hate to point out the obvious, but this isn’t working,” Thomas says. He added, “New Jersey eliminated its death penalty in 2007 after spending more than $250 million on death-penalty trials since the early 1980s and executing nobody.”

Instead, Thomas insists that if Anthony was found guilty and was given the death penalty, she probably would have been long dead of natural causes before she ever got put “next in line” to be executed. Sure, others would have insisted that since Anthony is probably by far the most nationally known figure that she should have been fast tracked to the front of the line, but that is just not how it works. And now, she will roam free next weekend.