Countless among us are mystified by the news that “Marinade-Dave” got caught up in the wide defense net in the Casey Anthony case. If you have not heard by now, Dave made casual mention to a defense investigator that Judge Stan Strickland had read his blog at one time.
On its face, it seems like a petty and paltry error by the Judge. Marinade Dave’s blog is always very fair and Dave earnestly seeks to look at both sides of the issues in the Casey Anthony case. No doubt this is what impressed the Judge, who, according to the Orlando Sentinel, was researching and reading blogs to get a sense of the public opinion of the case. Accordingly, thought the Judge, this analysis would help assess the change of venue request that will invariably be made by the defense.
Who among us is not curious to read the public opinion on this case? Surely anyone with a computer need only type “Casey Anthony” into the Google search engine and millions of hits result:
Results 1 – 10 of about 9,290,000 for casey anthony. (0.13 seconds)
Judge Strickland would know it is against the rules to comment about media or blogs or opinions. (I am sure he is quietly kicking his computer.)
The fact is, when you have a desperate defense and high stakes, continuances are like gold.
When it comes to the courts, and matters of propriety, these errors are apparently contrary to the law. But I ask you, what harm is done? When you have defense counsel hopping from one media outlet to the next, day after day trying to milk stories by the dozen, what harm did the Judge do? Who even noticed this “slip” made months ago?
The double standard here is hardly transparent.
I am extremely upset at this, but rules are rules, and Judge Strickland should not be admitting to reading blogs. Period.
Cheney Mason, being a sharp cracker-jack defense attorney, did what any good defense attorney would do. He is looking for any loop hole big enough to hang someone’s neck in. I believe, however, this noose will end up hanging the defense in this case. Forgive the mixed metaphors, but did Casey and company just shoot themselves in the proverbial foot?
Judge Strickland will be replaced by his boss, Chief Judge in Orange county who is presiding over the civil suit against Casey Anthony, Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who the Orlando Sentinel refers to as “no-nonsense”. Correction: It was an error on my part when I stated it was Judge Perry presiding over the civil suit.
The Orlando Sentinel cites that Judge Strickland had some colorful parting words for the defense in his final farewell:
In an order granting Anthony’s request for him to step down from the case, Orange County Circuit Judge Stan Strickland wrote: “At its core, defense counsel’s motion accuses the undersigned of being a ‘self-aggrandizing media hound.’ Indeed. The irony is rich.”