Canadians' Version (Somewhat) of Casey Anthony

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Canadians' Version (Somewhat) of Casey Anthony

Post by eva on Sun Oct 25, 2009 11:30 am

Quebec woman faces up to 25 years in jail for killing her 3 children
at 17:36 on October 24, 2009, EDT.

SAGUENAY, Que. - A Quebec mother, who was accused of the premeditated murder of her three young children last New Year's Eve, was found guilty Saturday by a jury.

"After four days of deliberation, the jury finally delivered its unanimous verdict," Isabelle Boudreault, a Saguenay-based journalist who's been following the trial, told The Canadian Press.

"Cathie Gauthier is guilty of the first-degree murder of her children."

Boudreault said the 35-year-old broke into tears and collapsed when the verdict was pronounced.

"She slumped down and she had a hard time getting up," Boudreault said. "The court guards had to help her."

Gauthier faces life imprisonment and could serve 25 years before becoming eligible for parole.

The bodies of Gauthier's three children and her husband Marc Laliberte were found in the family home Jan. 1.

The children - Joelle, 12, Marc-Ange, 7, and Louis-Philippe, 4 - were poisoned by a mix of Gravol and a mild tranquilizer.

Defence lawyer Dominic Bouchard said he was disappointed by the ruling and will ask for a new trial.

"It's clear we're going to appeal," he told media Saturday. "(Gauthier) is devastated. It's a very severe verdict."

But crown prosecutor Sonia Rouleau says she believes it was the right verdict given the circumstances of the case.

"I think justice was served," she said.

Bouchard said he would base the appeal on the instructions given by Quebec Superior Court Justice Jean-Claude Beaulieu to the jury and evidence presented before the court that he feels should have been rejected by the judge.

Beaulieu noted in his instructions to the jury that Gauthier bought the drugs used to kill her children.

He also referred the jury to letters Gauthier had written by hand to family and friends that said the family would be dead by the time they read them.

Gauthier said she suffered from dissociation when she was writing the letters, which she said were dictated by her husband.

Bouchard also said he would have liked the jury to have been given the option of delivering a verdict of involuntary manslaughter.

Instead, the jury faced three choices: first-degree murder, second-degree murder or acquittal.

Bouchard cited further concerns some jury members may have heard about a suicide attempt by Gauthier last May, which could have influenced its decision.

The publication ban on the suicide attempt was lifted last week after the jury was sequestered.

The trial lasted nine days.

Bouchard blamed Laliberte for the killings while Rouleau said the couple had planned the murders as part of a pact.

Rouleau said the children all had their arms crossed when they were found last January in a bed in the family residence in Saguenay, about 250 kilometres north of Quebec City.

On Thursday, the jury sent a note to requesting audiotapes of some two days of testimony, including that of Gauthier, her best friend and two psychiatrists.

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Post by Piper on Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:40 pm

I'm glad they found her guilty of murder in the first degree. And the defense attorney declares "It's a very severe verdict"!! Why sure it is, Bozo, she deliberately murdered her own babies!

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Post by Booklover on Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:16 pm

Anyone who kills a child should automatically receive the Death Penalty. They chose to take a child's life. Therefore, they should pay for it by losing their own. Mad Evil or Very Mad

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