Originally Posted by stonedstooge
Is Florida a state you can only try a person on one charge, such as if they go for 2nd degree and don't get it, he's innocent: or one of those states a person can be convicted of a lesser offense even though charged with something higher?
Lessor charges were allowed for the jury to decide in the Casey Anthony case. But only the one's stated, I believe. I know two of those charges were manslaughter and aggravated child abuse were listed. They didn't have enough evidence for those either.....the prosecution focused on how the toddler died where they didn't have enough evidence for how she even died. What they had was impeached and most of it was circumstantial. I think they could have gotten her convicted for some level of child abuse such as negligence, since she was responsible for the toddler. I don't remember if these were listed though.