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Casey Anthony Case Prompts Legislative Proposals In Pennsylvania Senate

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The first of what are likely to be numerous bills resulting from the sensational Florida murder case that ended this week is already being worked up in the Pennsylvania Senate.

After such intensive news coverage of a case, it’s almost inevitable that the legislative hopper will soon be filled with bills is response. St. Joseph’s University political analyst Dr. Randall Miller says, while some will view that cynically, the case of little Caylee Anthony points out some legitimate potential flaws in the law.

“Motives might actually be mixed anyway, in terms of ‘gee, I want to do this because it’ll be good for me, but I also want to do this because it’s a good thing to do.’”

Legislation is already in the works in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In the Pennsylvania Senate, Philadelphia Democrat Larry Farnese is preparing a bill that would increase penalties for concealing the death of a child and would create the offense of failing to report a missing child.

A spokesman for the Senate majority leader agrees that there likely to be numerous bills resulting from this case and says they will be carefully reviewed.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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  • Southeasterner

    More laws is NOT the answer. Someone who murders a person isn’t going to report them missing because the law says they have to. think about that.
    As far as eveidence. To convict you do NOT need the following:

    A motive, why they did it, doesn’t matter. People kill for no reason and are convicted.A method. How they did it. Doesn’t matter. Killers are convicted even when no body is found, so there was no way to tell.

    At the least, Casey knows what happened. At worst, she committed murder.

    Why didn’t neighbors notice the child is missing. People are private these days, yes, but when a neighbor’s child isn’t seen for a few weeks, you start to wonder. Dugard is another example.

    If this law were in place, maybe Casey gets a few more years. A good thing, but still doesn’t resolve the primary problem.

    PA already has laws regarding the reporting of a death, etc. so more laws aren’t the answer.
    What about changing our legal system to include professional jurors??? Just a thought.

  • Stephanie Kennedy

    It just baffles me that this woman is walking out of the prison that shoud keep her in prison for years to come. Now granted there wasn’t enough evidence to convict her. But what about the fact she didn’t report her chld missing for thirty days. So you are saying to mer that that is okay. I think not!!!! When are we going to protect our children a whole lot better than these laws do now. We seem to have more laws on the books that protect animals than we do foro ur children. This picture is all wrong. It just makes me sick to my stomach, whhen you here these cases. But it is what uunconstitutional to make females under 21 take manditory birth control so that things like this and worst don’t happen. Get it togehter law makers and really do the job that us tax payers elected you to do.

  • michellefrommadison

    As far as the death threats:
    State of Florida needs to arm all the Anthony’s including the non-killer Casey, then just have the state pick up all the bodies of those who trespass against them. Simple solution.

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