By Casey Anthony’s mother, Kathleen O’Brien, in an interview with ABC News, the case for a new trial has finally been made, and the case against Casey Anthony is becoming clearer.
O’Brien’s son Casey Anthony was the subject of a highly publicized, long-running trial in the early 2000s, when prosecutors charged Anthony with the murder of her daughter, Caylee Anthony, at her home in New York City.
In 2015, a jury convicted Anthony of first-degree murder and two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
O’Brian was among the lawyers who argued against a new jury trial, arguing that the state’s evidence was insufficient to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The state’s attorney for the Western District of New York, David Levy, was forced to retire after the verdict.
But a new prosecution, led by a prominent defense attorney, is still under way.
Anthony’s mother Kathleen O, who is now the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement that the Anthony case should never have been dismissed, adding that the court’s ruling on the appeal is “a victory for justice.”
“Casey Anthony was wrongly convicted and incarcerated for years, which is why it is critical that the government be held accountable for the devastating loss she suffered and the harm she caused,” she said.
“This decision was made because prosecutors believed they had exhausted all of the legal options available to them, and they believed they were justified in doing so.”
In an interview, O’Briens mother said that the decision to pursue a new case is “in the best interest of justice.”
She said that she believes Casey Anthony should be released from prison immediately.
She said, “I don’t believe there’s a better person to help raise Casey Anthony than her mom.”
The court ruling on Wednesday will likely be appealed, and O’Brendons attorney, Jeffrey Weiss, told ABC News that he’s considering taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court.ABC News’ Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.