yet another smelly day in Denmark for casey anthony’s defense
It is very difficult to watch the Anthony family media clips. It is infuriating to see their blase’ air – how they seem to be totally out of touch – as though the focus should be on thier suffering! Frankly, if we saw them suffer the loss of Caylee, surely everyone and anyone would continue to feel for them, feel the pain of thier horrific loss.
Today, after having seen George Anthony being interviewed (prior to his scheduled deposition) by Orlando’s local media, and seeing his oddly apologetic air, I am reminded once again of the stench in Denmark, the rotten air, the putrid state of affairs, and the glib disregard for truth that has become the defense in this case. In front of the State Attorney’s office today, decked in golfing duds (plaid shorts, pastel shirt, looking tan), George Anthony spoke volumes in regards to what and who he stands for, and it’s not Caylee. Clearly we see it is no longer about Caylee, which makes it impossible to sympathize with him, or Cindy, or Lee.
According to my favorite Orlando attorney, and WFTV Legal Analyst Bill Sheaffer, this week’s depositions were a strategic prosecutorial move to secure critical testimony in advance of the trial – lock it in, so to speak – to ensure that, come their time to testify during the case in chief, if the Anthony’s attempt to change or alter their testimony in deference to sympathy for Casey, their credibility will be all but shattered. And more importantly, it will only add to the destruction of Casey’s credibility.
If, during the criminal trial, the Anthony’s dare to deviate from what they’ve said this week in depositions, or should they try to change their story to help Casey, the state can request that the Judge declare the witness “hostile” (to the state). And this will simply turn the tables, forcing their direct testimony, allowing the state to “lead” the witness to get to at the truth. ( Truth? Now, there’s a concept.)
Sheaffer tells us that, should any of the Anthony’s attempt to change their testimony, or should they attempt coy or manipulative responses on the stand, the judge can declare them “hostile to the state’s conviction” (Sheaffer, 11/05/09, WFTV). Therefore, taking these depositions, according to Sheaffer, was a very smart and strategic move on behalf of the State Attorney’s Office, as the state will be better equipped to handle the wayfaring testimony of this rambling fan-damily, should they be declared hostile.
Furthermore, when the Anthony’s do take the stand, they will have to account for all the mistruths, all the deception, and all the “opinions” they’ve spouted since day one.
It goes without saying that the Anthony’s would have been well served, during this week of depositions, to come clean with the truth as they know it. However, only time will tell if they were forthcoming as this week’s depo testimony will likely be held until trial (unless either side orders a copy of the transcript), and not become public record.
If and when, during the criminal trial, an Anthony family member is declared hostile, he or she will not be allowed to go on-and-on-and-on as they did in the civil depositions. This means, we won’t see the gum chewing, or the cursing; there will be no tearing off and throwing of a microphone, no refusing to answer, no incessant or inappropriate giggling. Nope. Not in a criminal courtroom, thank you very much.