Senator Linda Gray: "I Think [Casey Anthony's] Guilty." Plans to Push for "Caylee's Law" in Arizona
Turns out, a lot of people seem to think Casey Anthony got off easy when she was acquitted of charges that she murdered her daughter, Caylee, earlier this month. State Senator Linda Gray is amongst them.
"I think [Anthony's] guilty. I think she had something to do with the death of her child," Gray tells New Times.
In response, Gray says she plans to push for "Caylee's Law" in Arizona, a law that would make it a felony for a parent to not report their child missing within 24 hours of his or her disappearance.
"Even if Florida had this law [at the time of Caylee's disappearance] it wouldn't have made a difference," Gray concedes.
In other words, Caylee Anthony would still be dead, even with a law like the one proposed in place. However, the difference, Gray says, is the punishment Anthony would have receieved for not reporting her daughter missing for 31 days would have been far more severe than the one to which she was sentenced.
While acquitted of the murder and child abuse charges, Casey Anthony was found guilty of four counts of lying to police and given the maximum sentence for each crime -- a year in jail -- to be served consecutively. However, because of time served and good behavior, Anthony was released from jail over the weekend and, according to ABC News' rumor department, might be in Prescott hiding out. She might still be in jail -- rather than a free woman -- if the law Gray proposes were already in place.
The bill Gray would propose would make exceptions for older kids, runaways, or cases of divorced parents not bringing the child back in time.
Gray says she hasn't spoken much with other legislators about her proposal, but says she's received over 1,000 emails from constituents about it, which she says is rare for a single issue.
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