A Closer Look at the Casey Anthony Saga

A Closer Look at the Casey Anthony Saga

July 6, 2011
Marina Y Sanchez
Freelance Columnist

Everyone is just in shock with the verdict of Casey Anthony. Casey Anthony, who was charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, was found not guilty yesterday in the Orlando court trial.

The media dammed the young woman. However, so did Casey herself.  She went a whole month before reporting her daughter missing. And it wasn’t even Casey who called the police but her mother once she repeatedly questioned Casey on the whereabouts of her granddaughter.  Casey lied repeatedly to the authorities accusing a ficticious nanny of kidnapping her, lying about her  employment saying she worked at Orlando Universal Studios and actually did not. Investigators brought Casey to Universal Studios  and asked her to show them her office. Casey led police around for a while before admitting that she had been fired years before. Charges of fraud, forgery, and petty theft were brought on Casey.

Finally several months later, the remains of Caylee Anthony were found. Duct tape was found on the skull.

Once trial proceedings began, Casey was offered immunity to just give information on what exactly happened to her daughter. She refused.  She was indicted by a grand jury on charges of felony murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of providing false information to police.

Death threats were being made toward Casey’s parents. Casey’s father, George Anthony, was missing and was later found in a hotel threatening suicide.

Before little Caylee was found, her grandparents begged on news stations everywhere their daughter’s innocence and for their granddaughter’s safe return. Casey Anthony’s parents, Cindy and George, appeared on The Today Show. They maintained their belief that Caylee was alive and would be found. Larry Garrison, president of SilverCreek Entertainment, was their spokesman until he resigned, citing that he was leaving due to “the Anthony family’s erratic behavior.”

More than 6,000 pages of evidence released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, including hundreds of instant messages between Casey and ex-boyfriend Tony Rusciano, have been the subject of increased scrutiny by the media for clues and possible motives in the homicide.Rusciano, a rookie Orange County deputy, was fired for lying about his sexual relationship with Casey Anthony.

DNA eventually found Caylee’s hair in the truck of the Casey’s impounded car.  Computer searches were found on her computer for chloroform, neck breaking, and death. Chloroform was also found in the truck of Casey’s car.

Trial began May 24, 2011. The defense, led by Jose Baez, presented its claim that Caylee drowned accidentally in the family’s pool on June 16, 2008, and was found by George Anthony, who then covered up Caylee’s death. Baez also alleged that George Anthony had sexually abused Casey since she was eight years old, and also claimed that Casey’s brother Lee had made sexual advances toward Casey; he was even given a paternity test to see if he was Caylee’s father. However, the defense offered no proof of any sexual abuse of Casey by either George or Lee Anthony; consequently the defense was not allowed to mention claims of sexual abuse in their closing arguments.

In the end, Casey Anthony was acquitted of all murder charges.

No one knows who Caylee’s father is, whether or not Casey was molested by her father or brother, how Caylee died and why it took so long for Casey to come forward about her daughter’s death — and there is a strong possibility we will never know. In a trial with as much media attention as the Anthony trial and in the age of social media, the Casey Anthony case has consumed conversation on Twitter and Facebook throughout its duration. As the jury reached their verdict today, she became the dominant topic of conversation as the prelude to her sentence trended worldwide.

Questions still remain.

Experts are wondering why the following pieces of evidence was not presented to the jury:

1.Did Lee Anthony molest his sister Casey
2.The Gatorade bottle found near the bottle with the syringe filled with chloroform
3.The discussions about giving Caylee up for adoption to her best friend Kiomarie Cruz.
4.The cell phone pings showing what Casey was up to on June 16
5.The fact that when Casey was a kid she and her friends would bury their dead pets in the very same place Caylee was found and attach a heart-shaped sticker.
6.The HUGE fight between Casey and Cindy on June 16
7.The tattoo that Casey got “The beautiful Life”, after Caylee went missing/died
8.Her diary with the poem about how everyone lies and everyone dies etc.

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Next March Down the Aisle

Next March Down the Aisle

June 27, 2011
Marina Y Sanchez
Freelance Columnist

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Happy Father’s Day to Those Who Aren’t Even Fathers

Happy Father’s Day to Those Who Aren’t Even Fathers

June 20,2011
Marina Y Sanchez
Freelance Columnist

In honor of the Father’s Day holiday, I wanna take some time to honor people that deserve all the thanks, praise, and admiration we can possibly give.

I wanna pass on a very inspiring story that I read and moved me very deeply.

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I have.

Happy Father’s Day.


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Why I Like Teen Mom & 16 & Pregnant


Why I Like Teen Mom & 16 & Pregnant

June 15, 2011
Marina Y Sanchez
Freelance Columnist

As you scan through your tv channel, you will notice the array of reality shows that are out there. Shows that are about finding love, different types of jobs, to the lives of rich spoiled house wives.  For the most part, these type of reality shows are purely for entertainment.

I think many people thought that about 16 Pregnant and it’s spin-off Teen Mom. That it was more of sick entertainment. However, I saw one episode I was hooked.

It is entertaining. I am not going to lie.However there is nothing that suggests girls should have babies at a young age.

These young girls with their boyfriends get pregnant still in high school and they have no idea (no idea) what is in store for them.

Some of these young girls are not stable to begin with. One young girl lived with her boyfriend and his parents because her mother was not there for. 

None of these kids understand that their feelings for their partner will change. They will eventually spilt up. And their good intentions of starting a family go out the door. When a young couple gets pregnant, the truth is the sole responsibility of the baby falls on the mother.


And most of these young dads cave under the pressure of having a baby whether it’s getting a job, the responsibility of a baby, or even just handling the emotions of their girl friends.  

These young girls cry, ball, and beg to go home when they are in labor. You don’t realize it but when you are old enough and responsible enough to have a baby, even child-birth becomes part of the process. I am not saying it isn’t painful but its part of the journey and the memories.

Reality doesn’t hit until the baby is finally home. Reality doesn’t hit until there is no time for sleep, school work or even hanging with friends. It all becomes replaced by one single baby .

I think this show displays this beautifully. It is raw, tough, and you see the ugly. You see the struggle, the pain, and even the sadness.

These kids struggle with just trying to graduate, with just trying to buy pampers, with working, with just being tired. And by themselves alone.

This clip tears me up.


So in reality, this show should be a warning. It should teach girls not make these type of decisions that they are not ready for. It breaks my heart when I see these girls and boys in these situations. And there is not an episode that I am not moved to tears.

This is a serious problem and there needs to be awareness of young girls choices. Abstinence needs to be taught and encouraged. Parents need to step in and ask and be available to talk.  Only then can people see that this isn’t promoting teen pregnancy but bringing awareness to a real issue.

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Family of a Vet

Family of a Vet

June 10, 2011
Marina Y Sanchez
Freelance Columnist

I have a good friend who is participating in a non-profit organization dedicated to Veterans and families of Veterans in assisting them transitioning back to a life after combat.  The wives of these soldiers put their voices together to tell a story of  lives behind the lines.

These Vets face a new challenge against PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), TBI (traumatic brain injury) and other difficulties and combat related injuries.

The website states, “We are all in this life together and as we all share similarities, we also know that each individual has their own battle. Together, we want to make a difference and help to make transitions and understanding as smooth as possible for each of you that turn to our organization.”

If you or someone you know would benefit from this website, I encourage you to visit the FamilyOfaVet.com website.

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Polticians Who “Thought” They Knew It All

Polticians Who “Thought” They Knew It All

June 8, 2011
Marina Y Sanchez
Freelance Columnist

With all the media surrounding Democrat Anthony Weiner, you would wonder why politicians feel they can get away with scandal.

Despite his initial claim that his Twitter account had been hacked, Rep. Anthony Weiner

has admitted to tweeting lewd photos of himself to women he met online. The congressman also said he had inappropriate online relationships with at least six women. Of course, he’s not the first politician to change his story when faced with the truth.

Of course it’s not the first time!

Let’s take a quick down memory lane to remind you … to stop you from lying and getting everything blown up in your face the next day!

Former Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign announced his resignation last month amid a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. Why?

 It’s all due to his admission of an extramarital affair that turned into something of a saga, with his aides accusing the husband of his former mistress of trying to weasel money from the once-rising GOP star.

It was also reported that Ensign’s parents paid his mistress close to $100,000 in severance.

Next on the list is Eric Massa. The former Democratic U.S. congressman  blamed his resignation on declining health amid sexual misconduct allegations.

What sexual misconduct? Massa first said his resignation was for health reasons. He took the blame for using “salty language.” Then he shifted his story  suggesting  that he was being forced out of Congress as part of a “setup” involving the White House. Eventually it became clear. Massa had been under investigation for allegations he groped multiple male staffers in “a pattern of … physical harassment,” according to a Washington Post report.

Finally, Good Ole Bill Clinton. He was our President for goodness sake. Clinton became the second president to be impeached when he was accused of lying about an affair with an intern during a sexual harassment lawsuit. After denying, evidence proved otherwise.

There are so many examples to be referenced. Yet the question remains. Why are these political leaders lying? If they get caught doing anything inappropiate, they need to just own up too. They just look fools when the truth comes out. Because folks, it always comes out.

However, lets not stop there. You don’t have to lie. No, you don’t even have to go there! Why? Simply by not cheating on your spouse and respecting other people. It’s as simple as that. Save your self from the humiliation and don’t do anything bad at all.

It’s bad enough that these politicians wanna get up on a podium and tell us how to live our lives when they don’t even follow the basic fundamentals themselves.


If you’re in the public eye, wouldn’t that make sense?


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We Can Never Thank Teachers Enough

We Can Never Thank Teachers Enough

June 3 2011
Marina Sanchez
Freelance Columnist

We say almost daily how we appreciate teachers. We remember the ones that touched us in our school days and cherish the ones in our teachers’ lives.

However, when one goes above and beyond all with just the very concern of her students in mind, you begin to wonder that perhaps knowing a teacher is truly a wonderful gift.

As I have made you aware, many areas in Mexico are under civil war. Rural areas, suburban areas, are all no stranger to the sounds of gun fire.

On May 27, 2011, a gun battle between police and drug dealers (I believe) began right near a school. The children in the school clearly could hear the shots being fired. In one kinder class, the teacher took action. She had all her small children lay face down and calmly instructed them to lay there.

When you could no longer ignore the gun shots, she began to sing a Barney song to them to distract them. The children were scared and she sang even louder than the gun shots.


To all teachers who have and continuously put their children first. I thank you. You truly embody the human spirit.



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