Looking ahead to the next obstacle for Judge Belvin Perry will be selecting a proper county to choose Casey Anthony’s peers. I have no idea how this is done. I do know that there are hired panels who study this field because in high profile cases such as this one, the alternate city is always crucial for the Defense Team but as you would have guess, that’s not going to happen in this case.
Having no knowledge as to the proper criteria’s in which to make the best decision, I’ve substituted with my own idea of what factors would be important to me.
I chose population of the city crossed with the population of the entire county for comparison because Orlando is small but is in a larger metropolitan area.
Because I couldn’t find the amount of registered voters, I subtracted the percentage population of “under 18” from the “population of entire county” to get an estimate of the amount of registered voters. From there I can estimate what county would have the greater jury pool which I think would be good idea for this case considering the massive amount of press coverage. The percentage of “persons over 65” can give you an idea of the age of the possible juror. The larger the percentage of this age can tell me if the jury will consist of several older individuals. This could be a problem for Anthony because she’ll need a very compelling reason for not reporting Caylee missing for 31 days, something an older person might not understand. I’m using the percentage of “women” to indicate how many male or females may be on the panel. Looking at most percentages, I would say it’s 50/50, which would be very good for a jury. I actually think that women would be more sympathetic to Anthony than men but this is only my opinion.
The percentages of the race could play a part but not likely, in my opinion although I do think because of the negative press coverage towards defense attorney Jose Baez, there could be a few sympathetic Hispanics who may not want him to lose and therefore vote not guilty.

Source:
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12/12073.html

“Orlando is the Model City”
Here are some demographics of Orlando: It’s my understanding that the alternate site should resemble Orlando.

Orlando-population: 228,765
County: Orange
Population of entire county = 1,086,480
Persons under 18 years old, percent 2009: 21.9%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent 2009: 17.2 %
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.8%
White persons, percent, 2009: 79.4%
Black persons, percent, 2009: 16.1%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009: 21.5 %
Approximate Number of Registered Voters: 902,796

These are the comparable cities I chose:

Tampa-Population: 336,264
County: Hillsborough
Population of entire county = 1,195,317
Persons under 18 years old, percent 2009: 24.5%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent 2009: 11.8%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.7%
White persons, percent, 2009: 77.3%
Black persons, percent, 2009: 16.9%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009: 23.4%
Approximate Number of Registered Voters: 896,488

St. Petersburg-Population: 253,369
County: Pinellas
Population of entire county = 909,013
Persons under 18 years old, percent 2009: 18.3%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent 2009: 21.0%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 51.9%
White persons, percent, 2009: 84.5%
Black persons, percent, 2009: 10.5%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009: 7.4%
Approximate Number of Registered Voters: 745391

Fort Lauderdale: 179,971
County: Broward
Population of entire county = 1,766,476
Persons under 18 years old, percent 2009: 23.1%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent 2009: 14.0%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 51.3%
White persons, percent, 2009: 68.6%
Black persons, percent, 2009: 25.9%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009: 24.6%
Approximate Number of Registered Voters: 1,360,186

Tallahassee: 176,429
County: Leon
Population of entire county = 265,714
Persons under 18 years old, percent 2009: 19.6%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent 2009: 9.2%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 52.2%
White persons, percent, 2009: 63.5%
Black persons, percent, 2009: 32.0%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009: 4.7%
Approximate Number of Registered Voters: 212,571

Other Information:

Here are 5 urbanized areas reaching over 500,000. Orlando is included.

POPULATION >500,000
• Miami Urbanized Area – 4,919,036 (Miami-Ft. Lauderdale- Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area)

• Tampa – St. Petersburg Urbanized Area – 2,062,339 (Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area

• Orlando Urbanized Area – 1,157,431 (Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area)

• Jacksonville Urbanized Area – 882,295 (Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area)
• Sarasota – Bradenton Urbanized Area – 559,229 (Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area and Punta Gorda, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area)

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FYI: I have chosen Fort Lauderdale, Broward County because I think it comes closest to the demographics of Orlando, Orange County.

 

*Please feel free to vote but remember you should only vote once.

TIA

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