casey anthony http://michiganradio.org en Michigan lawmakers will discuss 'Caylee's Law' on Wednesday http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-will-discuss-caylees-law-wednesday <p>State lawmakers will discuss legislation tomorrow inspired by the disappearance and death of a Florida toddler.</p><p></p><p>Two year old Caylee Anthony was missing for a month before her mother informed the police. The mother, Casey Anthony, was later acquitted of the child’s 2008 murder, though she was convicted of providing police with false information.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11425 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers will discuss 'Caylee's Law' on Wednesday Michigan Senate passes missing children bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-passes-missing-children-bill <p>A proposal that would require parents to report missing children immediately to authorities was approved by the state Senate today.</p><p>The bill was named &ldquo;Caylee&rsquo;s Law&rdquo; by supporters, in response to the controversial Casey Anthony case in Florida.</p><p>The child&rsquo;s mother waited 31 days before reporting her daughter missing.</p><p>State Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) says he was surprised to learn Michigan does not have an early-reporting law in place for missing children.</p><p><em>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s very important that parents report their children missing in a timely fashion. The outrageous case that drew this to our attention was the one of little Caylee, that the mother didn&rsquo;t report her missing for over 30 days.&quot;</em></p><p>Jones added:</p><p><em>&ldquo;As a former sheriff of Eaton County and 31 years of law enforcement, I don&rsquo;t believe there is any reason for a parent to delay reporting their child missing.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Under the bill, parents or caretakers would have 24 hours to report missing children under the age of 13 or could face up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.</p><p>The bill has been sent to the state House. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:01:02 +0000 Chelsea Hagger 4691 at http://michiganradio.org Casey Anthony Verdict: Rushing to Judgement http://michiganradio.org/post/casey-anthony-verdict-rushing-judgement <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-976302.mp3</p><p>Last night I was filling up my car in western Wayne County, when a woman next to me, a perfect stranger, said &ldquo;Isn&rsquo;t it horrible?&rdquo;&nbsp; I thought she meant the price of gas.</p><p>But no. She meant the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/07/06/137646057/jurors-thinking-in-casey-anthony-trial-starts-to-emerge">verdict in the Casey Anthony trial</a>. &ldquo;Can you believe it?&quot;</p><p>I thought of sincerely telling her that I wasn&rsquo;t surprised at all. Of telling her that what happens during a full-length trial in a courtroom is often far different than what you see on TV.</p><p>Additionally, our system - though not our media - still operate under something called the presumption of innocence. This means, in criminal trials, that your guilt has to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and there seemed to be plenty of that here.</p><p>I also was tempted to suggest that she get a life, and become interested and involved in things that mattered to her family, community and state which she actually could do something about.</p><p>But of course I did none of that, mostly because I didn&#39;t want to get into a fight. So I merely mumbled that I hadn&rsquo;t really followed the trial much, which also happens to be true.</p><p>I haven&rsquo;t followed it, except to the extent that it was unavoidable. I usually watch CNN for a few minutes in the morning, a network which lately seems to be all Casey Anthony, all the time. If you are trying to discover proof that a large country named Russia actually still existed, you&rsquo;d be out of luck here. Wed, 06 Jul 2011 15:23:50 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3165 at http://michiganradio.org Casey Anthony Verdict: Rushing to Judgement