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March 7, 2010


follow the money, orange county

by Andrea O'Connell

So, Casey Anthony is indigent now?

Caylee’s gravy train has run dry, and so soon, too?  Or are the networks finally now seeing a clearer picture in HD-TV – realizing that to purchase Caylee photos, videos or other mementos, spells Trouble with a capital T for them?

I can’t imagine media outlets want to have their brand tainted by helping Casey Anthony.  One would think, as evidenced by the fact that the entire family is broke, it’s because the networks are not entertaining any purchase options with them?!   Oh, but surely a book or movie deal is in the works for the Anthony’s?

According to Bill Sheaffer, if the defense benefits from such third party funds, they will owe and have to pay back the taxpayers of Orange County, even if the proceeds occur after the fact.

Orange County will have to be very diligent in keeping their proverbial noses to the ground to sniff out this money trail.  Orange County: put your collective Blood Hound costumes on and follow every last cent to ensure not a dime is wasted!

In the the film “All the President’s Men”, the character Deep Throat tells Bob Woodward to “follow the money” with regards to the shenanigans in the Watergate break-in.  There’s no doubt that the media, and other journalists / writers, will be looking closely at the money paid out to date, as it’s been a topic of great debate and much concern.  How did Casey Anthony, who had not worked for a few years, pay for a lawyer?  She met Baez, that’s how.  His limited experience speaks volumes…

The scuttle-butt from various sources indicate that Casey has used proceeds from the sale of Caylee memorabilia to pay approximately $111, 000 total in attorney related costs.  Baez has been paid approximately $89,000 to date, say sources.  And, $22,000 has been doled out to Attorney Lyon, for her costs only, as she’s working pro bono to on this case.

Did Linda Baden and Todd Macaluso get a bit of that $89.000?  Or were they not paid?  How will the famed Henry Lee be paid?  Is Dr. Lee going to work for free?  As for Attorney Macaluso whose cries of “she’s innocent” were sickening, well, he is under investigation for ethics violations in California and cannot practice law at this time, so he’ll not be back.  (In my opinion, he was only escaping to Florida to get far from his troubles in California, using the Sunshine state to get a bit of free publicity, too.)

According to WFTV legal eagle, Bill Sheaffer, the judge will undoubtedly agree to the indigent status.  However, if the Orange county taxpayers are footing the bill, the case should move along with more speed. Incidentally, Sheaffer believes the tab for the taxpayers will be in the neighborhood of $100,000.  Now, it seems to me that $100,000 is a very low figure for all the costs that could potentially arise – travel, hotels, witnesses, depo’s, independent lab testing, and so on.  I was thinking more in the range of one million to cover.  But, it’s only me dreamin’ without knowing for certain, and since it’s Bill Sheaffer’s making this prediction, he’d know, so that’s likely to be quite on the money (pun intended).

There appears to be pros and cons to this taxpayer arrangement, however, the largest negative being the cost to Florida Orange County, and the positive being that the defense will have to work more out in sunshine, turned toward the sun now, and work faster, too.

Chances are, according to Bill Shaeffer, the court will want a full disclosure at all times on expenditures.

Without appearing too glib, may I just remind Orange County...get your Blood Hound groove on and follow that money!

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Hal Boedeker

WKMJ Click Orlando

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. sophie
    Mar 7 2010

    Oh that Casey Anthony, always mooching off someone else. Some things never change.

    • Andrea
      Mar 7 2010

      Ohhh, Sophie! Ain’t that the truth! I just bet Orange County will be glad to get this travesty over and done with! Boy, I sure hope, if orange county foots the bill, they also give the case a big leg up (or a swift kick in the behind) and get it kick-started started sooner rather than later…

      Take care, Sophie!

  2. Mar 7 2010

    Hi Andrea and Sophie, Andrea i like that swift kick in the behind part, lol. I say give that twit two choices, represent herself, or get a public defender. She is an Anthony, not a Rockefella.

    I always love your post and i would like to be sitting on that pretty white bridge looking at the water.

  3. Andrea
    Mar 7 2010

    Hey Hey Knight Owl!! LOL! I’m glad you like that swift kick!! ( I meant to say ARSE, but I was trying to be genteel don’t ya’ know!)

    I got the giggles from “she’s an Anthony, not a Rockafella” hahahaha!

    But, the Anthony’s they all act like Rock-a-fella’s – Perhaps it was the evening at the Ritz that made them realize they should be living like the manor born!

    I love that pretty white bridge, too…. I would love to know where that is… looks like New England….

    We have a busy week coming up with the DNA evidence coming out Wednesday, and we’ll have to see if they’ll have a hearing on the motion for her indigent status, or if the judge will just approve it without a hearing.

    Bill Shaeffer thinks the Judge will likely grant it. It will be interesting…. it will change how Baez operates…. he’ll have to be less secretive, thankfully!

  4. Mar 8 2010

    Hi Andrea, Your too funny. just go ahead and say Arse, i will approve that word for you. Yes the Anthony’s have definitely begun to think they are Royalty. Too many crabpuffs perhaps? I think J.S. will grant snothead her indigence and allow Baez to stay on the case. Surely he will not grant the rest of the dream/scream team as well to stay on with tapayer’s of Florida getting stuck with the bill but who knows in this case. We all know she should have had a public defender from day one but getting Bozo/Baez is poetic justice for her. I guess there were just not enough pictures and home videos of Caylee to keep the money coming in for the long haul. It is horrific how Caylee has been used and vilified in life as well as in death, but there is a reckoning day ahead and all the guilty will pay the piper. yes it will be intersting to see all the new DNA evidence coming out next week. always nice to chat with you. see ya again soon.

  5. Andrea
    Mar 9 2010

    Hey Knight Owl….

    Well it burns my arse! LOL, I said it…LOL..the crab puffs were terrible… Someone here mentioned the fact that they had to have known that Caylee had passed already otherwise, how could they even swallow???

    The consensus that I’m reading is that the indigent status is likely to be granted, she was indigent the day she was arrested but for the money she had stolen, so she could have had a public defender, but that was probably not good enough for the princess with the pea brain… she had to pick the worst lawyer in the history of the law….

    It’s laughable. And today, I read that Baez wants to throw out Cindy’s 911 call! Fat chance that’s getting thrown out, it’s extremely pertinent, IMO! He’d also like to get the statements by Cindy and George to LE thrown out… again, big fat chance, but nice try….. LOL…

    Here’s a quote from FOX News site:

    “The defense also asks the judge to throw out all “hearsay” statements between Casey’s friends and family. The defense categories those into hearsay that would categorize Casey Anthony as a thief, a liar or a bad mother.”

    here’s the link to the story on Fox:,2933,588566,00.html

    Now it that’s not crazy, I don’t know what is!!

    Talk to ya lata gata…. 🙂


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