Imperfect Justice?: Clark and Geragos

What Went Wrong?
High-profile attorney Mark Geragos, who has defended Michael Jackson and Scott Peterson, and Marcia Clark, lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, weigh in on the Casey Anthony case.

Geragos says Ashton’s team failed to clear George Anthony’s name when the defense accused him of molesting Casey and attempting to cover up Caylee’s alleged drowning. He also says he believes it was a mistake to seek the death penalty in a case like this.

Clark, author of Guilt by Association, says prosecutors clearly proved George was not involved in the toddler’s death and that Casey was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

[AD]“It’s the pretty white girl exception. You can’t get around that. You have a charging decision for death penalty. People come in, they see that girl, and then you have the factual setting,” Geragos says about the case not coming back with a guilty verdict on any of the three felony counts. He also adds that sequestering the jury hurt the case. “When you sequester a jury, what that jury is hearing is not what everybody in your audience or on TV is hearing. They’re hearing just the evidence that’s in that courtroom.”




Ashton says he believes a suicide letter, found about a month-and-a-half after Caylee’s remains were discovered, removed the suspicion against George. “It was impossible not to read that letter and see this genuine pain,” he says.

Sparks fly as the attorneys disagree on the evidence!


Dr. Phil says to Clark, “You think there was no reasonable doubt here. Then why did the jury not convict?”

[AD]“A trial at the end of the day is a popularity contest, and the most popular kid wins,” she responds. “When jurors go into a case, and they decide they like the defendant, for whatever reason that might be, there’s not going to be a way for a prosecutor to convince that there’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Dr. Phil shares a quote by jury foreman, David Angelo, which implies that jurors thought George may have been lying on the stand.




Ashton says the accusations against George affected his case. “Once you accuse someone of being a child molester, even if it’s never proven, that stays.”

“You have the same situation when you accuse the defendant of murder; you’re calling somebody a murderer,” Geragos responds.

“Not the same,” Clark says.

“We do it based on facts,” Ashton responds.

Geragos argues, “They did it based on facts. Here’s a guy who was lying. Here’s a guy who was evasive.”

“Does evasive mean molester?” Ashton responds with a puzzled look.

"How did you miss the read on the jury that bad?"


[AD]While discussing the shocking verdict, Dr. Phil asks Clark about her reaction to Simpson’s murder acquittal. “You never thought you had O.J., did you?” he says.

“Oh, no, but nobody did,” she responds. Clark explains how even before the case went to trial, the District Attorney, Gil Garcetti, said in a meeting with the victims' families that it was very clear the state would not win its case. “The very best possible outcome we can look for here is a hung jury and I cannot even promise you we will find that,” she says Garcetti told them during the meeting.