Joe Negron: 'Caylee's Law' Review Won’t Second-Guess Jury
Bills that seek to create a law that would have allowed an Orlando mother to be punished for failing to timely report her daughter missing, and who was later found dead, will be reviewed based on need, not emotion.
Nor will the committee play Monday morning quarterback of the prosecutor who initially charged Casey Anthony with child neglect, only to decide not to include that charge when presenting the case to the jury.
On Monday, members of the Senate Select Committee on Protecting Florida's Children, charged with determining if there is a need to craft legislation, expressed plans to use caution when advancing any of the five bills that have been proposed in the wake of Anthonys not-guilty verdict this summer.
In my view, the committee is not here to second-guess the jury, said Committee Chairman Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart.
Under the bills now before the Senate and House, each dubbed a "Caylee's Law" for Anthonys 2-year-old daughter, parents and guardians would face a felony charge for failing to call police when a child goes missing.
Caylee was reported missing July 15, 2008, after a series of events prompted her grandmother, Cindy Anthony, to track down her daughter, who was at her boyfriend's Orange County apartment. Caylee was nowhere to be found.
Casey Anthony then told her mother the story she later repeated to law enforcement and maintained until her trial: Caylee was taken by a babysitter named Zenaida one month earlier.
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