Casey Anthony Case Causes Local Politician To Propose New Law
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The verdict in the Casey Anthony trial outraged many people as much as the crime.
“I believe she’s guilty of killing her little girl,” says Rita Tatco. “She doesn’t seem to have any remorse.”
Instead of a lifetime behind bars, Anthony will spend only a few more days in jail, after she was found not guilty of killing her daughter Caylee, 2, but guilty of lying to police.
“I don’t understand how they don’t know what happened to this baby yet,” says Randi Grauman.
“I don’t think they should have let her off,” echoes Elam Murdock. “You killed your daughter, plain and simple.”
Oren Liebermann reports…
But Pennsylvania State Senator Larry Farnese, (D) Philadelphia, says Casey Anthony was guilty of another crime: failing to report her daughter missing for 31 days.
“Regardless of what you feel about the jury’s verdict,” says Farnese, “I think most people would find the mother’s conduct after the disappearance of her child reprehensible.”
He’s introducing a bill, called Caylee’s Law, that would make it a felony to conceal the death of a child, punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. And it would be a misdemeanor to fail to report a child’s death.
“This kind of conduct in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will not be tolerated,” Farnese says.
The Senator also says he would like to see this bill passed nationally. He says it may not have saved Caylee, but it would have kept Casey Anthony in prison for years.
Reported by Oren Liebermann, CBS3