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Post by FystyAngel on Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:11 pm

States proposing a new law for the missing
Monday, July 11, 2011


Most people can't wait to report that their loved one is missing, but, surprisingly, in some cases some missing persons don't get reported right away. For example, Caylee Anthony.

Now New Jersey lawmakers want to make sure that everyone is reported and are proposing a new law that would require parents to report a missing child within 24 hours.

New Jersey is not the only state that wants to introduce a new law, Florida, New York and Texas want to, as well.

This sudden interests seems to deem from the Casey Anthony's trial last week, where Casey Anthony was acquitted for charges of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, that she did not report her missing for one month, but later said she died accidentally.

The new law called "Caylee's Law" would make it a felony to not report a death or to disturb the body

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Post by FystyAngel on Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:45 pm

N.J. lawmakers push Caylee's Law to aid missing kids
Monday, July 11, 2011
Last updated: Monday July 11, 2011, 6:43 PM


NORTH BERGEN — New Jersey became one more than a dozen states Monday to consider a bill — inspired by the Casey Anthony trial — that would criminalize the failure to report a missing child.

Sen. Nicholas Sacco, D-North Bergen, the bill’s primary sponsor, said it could help investigators and, when a child has been abused, create stiffer penalties against the adults responsible.

“Unfortunately it often takes a tragedy before we find a flaw in the current law,” Sacco said at a North Bergen press conference. “If, in Florida, there had been a conviction of Casey Anthony, we would not have had this press conference, and the missing component of the law would still be missing.”

The bill would require parents or guardians to report missing children within 24 hours or face up to 18 months in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. That part of the bill would apply to parents of children 13 years old or younger.

It would also impose felony charges for failing to report a death “in a timely manner” or disturbing evidence of a death, currently a misdemeanor.

At least 16 states, including Florida, New York and Texas, have introduced similar legislation, calling it “Caylee’s Law,” in honor of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony.

Many of the proposed bills appear to have been spurred by the hundreds of thousands of signatures collected on a viral on-line petition calling for federal legislation to prevent future cases like the one against Caylee’s mother, a Florida woman whose murder trial and acquittal last week captivated and outraged much of the nation.

But critics have said such legislation is a knee-jerk reaction that could result in charges against grieving parents while failing to prevent actual abuse: Parents trying to cover up the murders of their children are not likely to report them missing.

Mark Denbeaux, a defense attorney and Seton Hall Law School professor, said the real problem with the Casey Anthony case was sloppy prosecution. The impulse to pass a new law is misguided, he said.

“It’s just anger,” Denbeaux said. “It’s not examined. It’s not thoughtful. It’s just sort of a petty anger that’s not thoughtful and solves no real problem.”

Sacco said, however, that the bill would be subject to Senate hearings and committee suggestions to ensure that it addresses every potential pitfall.

He was supported by Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio, who said the bill was long overdue.

“It’s a practical piece of legislation,” DeFazio said. “It puts the responsibility where it belongs, with the parents and guardians of young children.”

Caylee Anthony had been gone for 31 days in 2008 before she was reported missing, and her decomposed body was discovered only months after that.

Casey Anthony was convicted of lying to investigators, but the jury determined they could not convict her of murder because there was no physical evidence linking her to the crime.

“If the child had been reported in a timely fashion, chances are much better the body would have been discovered in a timely fashion, and investigators would have been able to identify the cause of death,” DeFazio said.

The prosecutor, along with Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, D-Secaucus, and North Bergen Police Chief William Galvin, flanked Sacco during the press conference. Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli has also advised Sacco on the legislation, Sacco said.

Molinelli did not return an e-mail requesting comment.

The Senate bill will be coupled with an identical Assembly bill, to be sponsored by Assemblyman John Wisniewski, D-Sayreville, Sacco said. He said he expected the Senate bill to move forward this fall.

E-mail: akin@northjersey.com

http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/politics/071111_NJ_lawmakers_push_Caylees_Law_to_aid_missing_kids.html

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Post by FystyAngel on Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:46 pm

I MUST say that I am VERY PROUD of MY State!

NEW JERSEY!!!

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Post by sitemama on Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:52 pm

Parents trying to cover up the murders of their children are not likely to report them missing.

If this law had been in place at the time of Bozo's opening, and he said Casey knew Caylee was already dead on June 16th, she would have at least been sent to prison for 18 additional months and fined $10,000.

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Post by Justice4all on Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:09 pm

It's sad that a law has to be made to compel parents to report a child missing in a timely manner. Before Casey Anthony, it would've never occurred to anybody that such a law was necessary.

I think any parent who doesn't report a child missing right away is probably covering up a murder. At least with this law, if they manage to be rewarded because they hid the body long enough for a cause of death to not be determined, they can still be charged with something.

Versions of this law have been introduced in several states. For this law to be effective, every version needs to include a provision that makes it a crime to not report an accidental death. Without this provision, I think the jury would've found Casey Anthony not guilty of failing to report Caylee missing in 24 hours. Their simple-minded reasoning would've been that Caylee's death was accidental and Casey knew about it, so therefore Caylee was never missing.
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Post by Estee on Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:39 am

I signed the petition and received an E-mail from Congressman Bill Young...These signatures do count so be sure and sign the petition...
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Post by Piper on Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:13 am

You are so right, J4A.......they would've concluded the accident meant not missing, therefore NOT GUILTY. If a parent/guardian doesn't report a child missing, in my own mind the child has been murdered at that person's hands.
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Post by BeFound on Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:43 am

Let's remember too, that Casey really NEVER reported little Caylee missing, it was her mother.

I like the idea of the law, yet it just seems like common sense that you can prosecute someone accordingly when a child not reported missing. There was no excuse for not sentencing Casey with this because of the evidence. It is clearly neglect (and then some).

The jury here was clearly out to lunch.
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Post by Piper on Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:08 pm

Post: George Anthony backs 'Caylee's law' in Florida


Jul 13, 2011


A petition drive to get state governments to adopt "Caylee's law" has already secured more than 1.1 million signatures, and now has one more supporter: Caylee's grandfather, George Anthony, the father of the woman acquitted of killing the 2-year-old girl, The Washington Post's blogPost reports.

In blogPost, Melissa Bell reports that George Anthony says he is investigating the legislation and hopes to help get it passed in Florida. Anthony tells blogPost that passage of the bill would keep "the memory of my granddaughter going."

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http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/07/post-george-anthony-backs-caylees-law-in-florida/1
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Post by Piper on Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:14 pm

Maybe he'll file a wrongful death suit against his daughter next........ affraid
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Post by kellikat on Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:17 pm

Three versions of Caylee's Law have been introduced for legislation in my state (Illinois) this week. Maybe this tragedy/travesty will cause laws to be passed that won't let this happen again.
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