Morning Poll: Does Arizona Need "Caylee's Law?"

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State Senator Linda Gray told New Times yesterday that she plans to introduce a version of "Caylee's Law" into the Arizona Legislature.

The proposed law is in response to the light sentence Casey Anthony received after getting acquitted of charges that she murdered her daughter, Caylee.

Because of the general national consensus that the jury got it wrong and Anthony killed the 2-year-old girl, similar laws are being proposed across the country.

Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to police -- all misdemeanors -- and given the maximum, one-year sentence for each count. But with time served and good behavior, Anthony was released from jail on Sunday.

Anthony didn't report Caylee missing for 31 days. The law Gray plans to propose would make it a felony for a parent to not report their child missing within 24 hours of his or her disappearance.

Gray concedes that "even if Florida had this law [at the time of Caylee's disappearance] it wouldn't have made a difference," but it would have given prosecutors another serious crime with which to charge Anthony, and the possibility of more jail time than the three-plus years she spent locked up while awaiting trial.

The law's become a bit of a hot topic -- some say it's a waste of time, and "stems from fruitless outrage at a freakish event." Others argue it could prevent future tragedy, or at least create an incentive to report children missing as soon as possible, which could have aided in the retrieval of valuable forensic evidence that was lost with time in the Anthony case.

We want to know what you think: does Arizona need "Caylee's Law?"



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Cayleeslawaz
Cayleeslawaz

Caylee's Law ArizonaMedia Urgent - Update Caylee's Law AZ and Why AZ Lawmakers Failing:The excuses coming from our representatives are pathetic not looking at facts; they rather tell you why they cannot do something. We are tired of all the prolonging games and excuse’s our lawmakers, have made when it comes to our children. We say, “Cut the BS!”Several known cases that have occurred which authorities drag their feet because they felt child ran-away or too much time pass before more action was taken. In these cases the child was a teenager and found dead. It should not matter the age of a child to report missing, especially when time is of the Essence for a missing child.Many states’ version of Caylee’s Law differs on reporting a missing child. Some states feel those children 13 under or 12 under be reported missing within 24 hours. Children older be reported missing by 48 to 72 hours. This is a travesty! Lawmakers are playing with children’s lives, by wasting time; whenever a child is missing time is of the essence. We want our Arizona State Lawmakers have a bolder and constitutional version of Caylee’s Law.A bolder version would need parents to report within 24 hours of realizing their child or a child under their care is missing. Additionally, parents or legal guardians would be required to contact law enforcement within one hour of discovering their child had died. Those failing to do so would face criminal charges.What Arizona Version of Caylee’s Law Should Be:“Anyone who deals with children, their care, parent, guardian; in the custody of, or treatment, are require to report any child missing in a 24 hour period, as well as within one hour of discovering possible abuse, harm, violence or death. Those failing to do so would face class 6 felony.”July 2011, I had an hour-long conversation with Arizona Senator Linda Gray and made it clear concerns we have, regarding the version of Caylee’s Law they were discussing. That version of Caylee’s Law isn’t strict enough and leaves out teenage minors, a law should be written that encompasses all minors. In our discussion, she made clear, that she would send us a copy of the bill and meet with us. We reached out Arizona Senator Linda Gray, and she never got back to us, nor did she send us a copy of the bill.It seems that Arizona Senator Linda Gray feels that teenagers are possible runaways, and children older than who are older than 7; and children of divorced parents, who have one parent not bring back the children from a visit not important enough to report missing within 24 hours? What is wrong with this picture? In recent discussions with various national authorities, parents of missing and murder children, as well as known child advocate Marc Klaas, Mark Lunsford and Missing and Exploited Children they would disagree with not promptly reporting any missing, abuse, and death of any child.Several known cases that have occurred, in which too much time pass before more action was taken. In these cases the child was found dead. It should not matter the age of a child to report missing, especially when time is of the essence, it could mean life or death for a missing child. Several legislators are pushing House Bill 2018, a so-called version Caylee’s Law, that doesn’t have the teeth it needs to function well, is not inclusive of children older than the age of 7 years. House Bill 2018 does not even deal with issues of not reporting a death of child. It is far from what the original intent of Caylee’s Law is and doesn’t address what we need to protect and speak on the behalf of a child, whose parent /guardian is negligent in care and reporting on an incident that either resulted in a child being missing or death. Thus far, what has passed in the AZ House is inadequate and we hope that AZ Senators will give a Nay to House Bill 2018, and opt for a stronger version of Caylee’s Law.Sincerely, Mark Palmer Child Advocate

Skwolf
Skwolf

The majority of people accross this county think it IS necessary & I totally agree.  Come on Arizona let's not be last AGAIN...

Mari Rose
Mari Rose

Not only does Arizona not need Caylee's Law, it doesn't need Linda Gray either.

guest
guest

Bad idea. Just what we need is another law. The focus of all of the angst here should be with the prosecution. They couldn't have done a worse job if Andy and Lisa were running the show. Oh wait, maybe they could have...

Not surprised
Not surprised

Linda Gray, please drop this and don't use this issue for political grandstanding.

Caylee's law being in effect wouldn't have changed the outcome.  A bunch of other laws already available to prosecutors for other charges didn't get applied to this case.

The PROSECUTOR(S) could have brought other charges (manslaughter, murder2) but the PROSECUTOR(S) chose not too. 

Coz
Coz

Just another feel good law by another jerkoff politician.As if criminals care about the laws to begin with.I know politicians sure don't, after all, they are above the laws they write.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

There are too many laws now, so many that they don't even know what they have .   Laws on top of laws.    It's ridiculous.

Roro
Roro

I saw a statement about the "Caylee's Law" that was proposed by a Florida Republican. He maintained that if such a law had been effect when Caylee disappeared, they could have given her mother 15 years in prison even though found "not guilty" of causing her death. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Let's not waste time with yet another law that hasn't been needed for hundreds of years. How stupid is it to put into place another law to be broken?

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer

Who needs the rule of law when you have popular opinion?

Our founding fathers would shoot us on sight for even considering such nonsense.

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