In Florida, the Sheriff’s department made a mistake that may have cost them the conviction of Casey Anthony.
According to reports, someone in the Anthony home did a Google search for “fool-proof” suffocation methods on the day that Calee Anthony was last seen alive. Orange Country Sheriff’s Department Captain Angelo Nieves stated on Sunday the office’s computer investigator had simply missed the search that was done on June 16, 2008.
During the trial, Attorney’s argued that Casey Anthony had helped her father, George Anthony, cover up the girl’s drowning in the family pool. Casey Anthony was acquitted of the murder of her 2 year-old daughter Calee Anthony in 2011.
Sheriff’s investigators pulled 17 vague entries from the computer’s Internet Explorer browser, but did not check Mozilla Firefox. More than 1,200 entries, including the suffocation search, went completely overlooked. Firefox was the browser that was primarily used by Casey Anthony, and the browser also later recorded activity on myspace.com. The social networking site was not used by George Anthony.
A computer expert for Anthony’s defense team found the search before the trial and her lead attorney, Jose Baez, first mentioned the search in his book about the case. It was suggested by the defense team that it was George Anthony who conducted the search after Caylee drowned because he wanted to kill himself.
Not knowing about the computer search, prosecutors had argued Caylee was poisoned with chloroform and then suffocated by duct tape placed over her mouth and nose, a method similar to the suicide method clicked on as a result of the search. Prosecutors also presented evidence that someone had searched online for how to make chloroform, but Anthony’s mother, Cindy, claimed that she had made the searches by mistake while looking up information about chlorophyll.
Baez, who is no longer representing Anthony claimed that the defense team was shocked when the prosecutor’s failed to mention the Firefox search history.
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton stated:
“It’s just a shame we didn’t have it. This certainly would have put the accidental death claim in serious question.”
It should be noted that the Florida Sheriff’s Office did not consult the FBI or the FDLE for help with searching the computer in the Anthony case. This mistake is one that investigators have learned from.
Would having the extra evidence from the search engines have changed the verdict for Casey Anthony? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below!