Dr. Barry K. Logan, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science at Arcadia University and Executive Director of the Center for Forensic Science Research & Education, will present “Scientific Evidence in the Casey Anthony Trial: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?” on Saturday, April 21, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Everybody thinks they know that the jury got it wrong in the Casey Anthony homicide trial in Orlando in 2011. The circumstantial evidence against this young mother—failure to report her child missing for 31 days, partying while her daughter was missing, lying to police, a fictitious nanny who allegedly took the child—was strong, and suggested she had a role in her daughter’s disappearance and death. But what exactly happened to Caylee Anthony? Was her death an accidental drowning followed by panic and an ill-advised cover up as Casey Anthony’s lawyers claimed, or a premeditated homicide by suffocation and chloroform as the State described? The State relied heavily on scientific evidence related to decomposition of the child’s body in the trunk of her mother’s car to show that she was involved in an elaborate plot to hide and dispose of her daughter’s remains and destroy evidence of a traumatic death.
Logan was retained by the defense team to review the scientific testing done by the state’s experts and uncovered some surprising limitations of the way the testing was performed, ultimately testifying that it did not meet even basic standards for forensic science. The presentation will review the scientific evidence and its many limitations that led the jury to its surprising, but justified, not guilty verdict.