“Casey Anthony’s dating Profile on OKCUPID, WOW!!”

Casey wastes no time in getting back in the dating scene. She had a profile set up on OKCUPID right out of JAIL, nice!!!! I’m sure there are a few inmates that would love to date her and could use her crime skill. She is a go-getter obviously. Hey Casey, be careful you may get set up on one of your dates.

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Via: Funny or Die

What Country are we in Again?!? 15-Year-Old Girl Faces Life in Prison for a Miscarriage! :: Why Conservatives Are Criminalizing Pregnant Women

So I guess it’s perfectly fine for Casey Anthony to murder her living daughter and walk free? You’re not hearing about this on the national news, check this story out, courtesy of The Guardian:

The creeping criminalization of pregnant women is a new front in the culture wars over abortion.

Rennie Gibbs is accused of murder, but the crime she is alleged to have committed does not sound like an ordinary killing. Yet she faces life in prison in Mississippi over the death of her unborn child.

Gibbs became pregnant aged 15, but lost the baby in December 2006 in a stillbirth when she was 36 weeks into the pregnancy. When prosecutors discovered that she had a cocaine habit – though there is no evidence that drug abuse had anything to do with the baby’s death – they charged her with the “depraved-heart murder” of her child, which carries a mandatory life sentence.

Gibbs is the first woman in Mississippi to be charged with murder relating to the loss of her unborn baby. But her case is by no means isolated. Across the US more and more prosecutions are being brought that seek to turn pregnant women into criminals.

“Women are being stripped of their constitutional personhood and subjected to truly cruel laws,” said Lynn Paltrow of the campaignNational Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW). “It’s turning pregnant women into a different class of person and removing them of their rights.”

Bei Bei Shuai, 34, has spent the past three months in a prison cell in Indianapolis charged with murdering her baby. On December 23rd she tried to commit suicide by taking rat poison after her boyfriend abandoned her.

Shuai was rushed to hospital and survived, but she was 33 weeks pregnant and her baby, to whom she gave birth a week after the suicide attempt and whom she called Angel, died after four days. In March Shuai was charged with murder and attempted foeticide and she has been in custody since without the offer of bail.

In Alabama at least 40 cases have been brought under the state’s “chemical endangerment” law. Introduced in 2006, the statute was designed to protect children whose parents were cooking methamphetamine in the home and thus putting their children at risk from inhaling the fumes.

Amanda Kimbrough is one of the women who have been ensnared as a result of the law being applied in a wholly different way. During her pregnancy her fetus was diagnosed with possible Down’s syndrome and doctors suggested she consider a termination, which Kimbrough declined as she is not in favour of abortion.

The baby was delivered by caesarean section prematurely in April 2008 and died 19 minutes after birth.

Six months later Kimbrough was arrested at home and charged with “chemical endangerment” of her unborn child on the grounds that she had taken drugs during the pregnancy – a claim she has denied.

“That shocked me, it really did,” Kimbrough said. “I had lost a child, that was enough.”

She now awaits an appeal ruling from the higher courts in Alabama, which if she loses will see her begin a 10-year sentence behind bars. “I’m just living one day at a time, looking after my three other kids,” she said. “They say I’m a criminal, how do I answer that? I’m a good mother.”

 Women’s rights campaigners see the creeping criminalization of pregnant women as a new front in the culture wars over abortion, in which conservative prosecutors are chipping away at hard-won freedoms by stretching protection laws to include foetuses, in some cases from the day of conception. In Gibbs’ case defence lawyers have argued before Mississippi’s highest court that her prosecution makes no sense. Under Mississippi law it is a crime for any person except the mother to try to cause an abortion.

“If it’s not a crime for a mother to intentionally end her pregnancy, how can it be a crime for her to do it unintentionally, whether by taking drugs or smoking or whatever it is,” Robert McDuff, a civil rights lawyer asked the state supreme court.

McDuff told the Guardian that he hoped the Gibbs prosecution was an isolated example.

“I hope it’s not a trend that’s going to catch on. To charge a woman with murder because of something she did during pregnancy is really unprecedented and quite extreme.”

He pointed out that anti-abortion groups were trying to amend the Mississippi constitution by setting up a state referendum, or ballot initiative, that would widen the definition of a person under the state’s bill of rights to include a fetus from the day of conception.

 Some 70 organisations across America have come together to file testimonies, known as amicus briefs, in support of Gibbs that protest against her treatment on several levels. One says that to treat “as a murderer a girl who has experienced a stillbirth serves only to increase her suffering”.

 Another, from a group of psychologists, laments the misunderstanding of addiction that lies behind the indictment. Gibbs did not take cocaine because she had a “depraved heart” or to “harm the fetus but to satisfy an acute psychological and physical need for that particular substance”, says the brief.

Perhaps the most persuasive argument put forward in the amicus briefs is that if such prosecutions were designed to protect the unborn child, then they would be utterly counter-productive:

“Prosecuting women and girls for continuing [a pregnancy] to term despite a drug addiction encourages them to terminate wanted pregnancies to avoid criminal penalties.”

The state could not have intended this result when it adopted the homicide statute.

 Paltrow sees what is happening to Gibbs as a small taste of what would be unleashed were the constitutional right to an abortion ever overturned.

“In Mississippi the use of the murder statute is creating a whole new legal standard that makes women accountable for the outcome of their pregnancies and threatens them with life imprisonment for murder.”

From protection to punishment

 At least 38 of the 50 states across America have introduced fetal homicide laws that were intended to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from violent attacks by third parties – usually abusive male partners – but are increasingly being turned by renegade prosecutors against the women themselves.

 South Carolina was one of the first states to introduce such a foetal homicide law. National Advocates for Pregnant Women has found only one case of a South Carolina man who assaulted a pregnant woman having been charged under its terms, and his conviction was eventually overturned. Yet the group estimates there have been up to 300 women arrested for their actions during pregnancy.

 In other states laws designed to protect children against the damaging effects of drugs have similarly been twisted to punish childbearers.

[Whether you agree or disagree with abortion rights, this post’s intent is to give you something to think about.  Despite the constitutional rights one might have, these law makers, in this case conservative republicans, preach protecting the constitution but of course until there’s something in it they disagree with.  If politicians we elect into office can change the rules as they choose, what’s next?]

:: JR§

Casey Anthony Not Guilty of Murder & Other Charges in Daughters Death

Via: CNN.com

After less than 11 hours of deliberation, a jury Tuesday found Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder and the other most serious charges against her in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter.

But the jury convicted her on four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers.

As the verdict was read, Casey Anthony cried from her seat in the courtroom, breathing deeply as she looked forward. She then hugged her defense attorney Jose Baez and other members of her defense team.

Her father, George Anthony, meanwhile, showed no visible reaction from his seat in the back of the courtroom.

Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. set sentencing at 9 a.m. Thursday for Casey Anthony. She faces up to a year in jail on each of the charges of lying to police.

All 12 jurors in the case declined to speak to the media, court spokeswoman Karen Levey told reporters. “They are just not interested,” she said, adding their response was an “unequivocal no.” Perry has barred the release of their names at this point, Levey said.

However, one of the five alternate jurors in the case told HLN his opinion on the jury’s decision.

“I agree with their verdict wholeheartedly,” said alternate juror Russell Huekler, who sat through the trial but did not participate in the jury’s deliberations.

“The prosecution did not prove their case,” he said. “The big question that was not answered: How did Caylee die?”

That uncertainty was also expressed in a statement released by an attorney for Casey Anthony’s family.

“While the family may never know what happened to Caylee Marie Anthony, they now have closure for this chapter of their life,” said a statement issued on behalf of Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony, and her brother, Lee Anthony, by their attorney, Mark Lippman. “They will now begin the long process of rebuilding their lives.”

“There are no winners in this case,” Baez told reporters after the verdict. “Caylee has passed on far, far too soon.” He said his motivation for the last three years has been seeking justice for Caylee as well as Casey Anthony.

“Casey did not murder Caylee,” he said. “It’s that simple. And today, our system of justice has not dishonored her memory by a false conviction.”

Another defense attorney, J. Cheney Mason, said he hopes the verdict “is a lesson to those of you having indulged in media assassination for three years.”
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