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30
May

lawyering, the legal system, the death penalty….casey anthony

Thoughts of Memorial Day and the men and women who today, and decades past, battle for our freedoms, gives rise to thoughts about our legal system. Where would our country be without the system we have?  Thoughts of Nazi Germany spring to mind.

Our legal system forces accountability on the lawless, forces those who would accuse someone to prove he or she should be accused (of a crime).  It also allows for a defense of all persons – whosoever they are, with whatsoever they are charged with; howsoever guilty they appear – with the opportunity to challenge any evidence against them.

Like doctors who must cure the wounds of the enemy when needed, so too are defense attorneys sworn to uphold the constitutional rights of anyone rightly or wrongly accused.  It’s an adversarial system in which all persons deserve a shot. All persons have equal rights under the law, can challenge the evidence against them in a court of law.

Casey Anthony can, too.

Casey Anthony.

The mere mention of her name will spark copious debates in the blogosphere and elsewhere in the media.

Those of us who are interested in the case have difficulty accepting the fact that Jose Baez, while working up a defense of Casey Anthony, can also parade like a show-horse on the courtroom  steps.

We wish Mr. Baez would stay silent, but we know that he knows that his case must also be tried in the media.

However, it’s not about Jose Baez, it’s about justice.  It’s about ensuring justice for both Casey and Caylee Anthony.

The sticking point with this case is we have been inundated with news coverage. Not only that, many of us have read the seriously damaging and detailed discovery documents put out by the State of Florida.  We have watched and listened to the fine detectives in Orlando interviewing witnesses, and we are convinced (even though we have heard only one side of the story) of Casey’s guilt.

Two Adversarial Sides and Then There’s Whole-Cloth

We know justice is not about lawyering.  Justice in a courtroom is about telling a story.  It is about creating scenarios, detailing evidence, creating a backdrop for the circumstances of “circumstantial” evidence, and proving guilt or raising doubt so reasonable that a defendant’s peers will be able to reasonably assert guilt or non-guilt.

There are two sides to every story under the law, but we want both sides to be honest in their dealings.  We do not want a made-up defense. We want the defense to throw away the whole-cloth and give Casey a real defense with substance – if it exists.

We know so much as a result of the Florida Sunshine Law that allows release of discovery, that we have a predisposition to believe Casey guilty.  And yet Casey Anthony must be heard and must challenge the evidence against her.

We all (myself included) sometimes forget that Casey is innocent right now in the eyes of the law.

As theatre-goers do, must we “suspend our disbelief” and accept Casey’s innocence until the time of her trial?

No.  We need not.  That is not our role in this game.  We do not sit in judgment of  Casey Anthony.  A jury of impartial people, who must suspend their disbelief, will deliver justice.

Oh, but we have a constitutional right to state our opinions, thanks in large part to the men and women who have, and continue to fight for our freedoms.

It is clear that to some people it seems unfair that Casey Anthony should be getting public funds to try her case.  Some feel she should not take up the resources of the State of Florida, especially given our poor economic times.  But, let me tell you, we must be appreciative that we are paying for Casey Anthony’s day in court.   If she did not have her day, when you or I may be forced to defend ourselves, we want the rules to be the same for us, too.  This is what makes Memorial Day special for me, if you know what I mean.

The Death Penalty

I want Casey Anthony to have a fair chance to defend herself; though I fear Jose Baez, given his inexperience, may have already doomed his client to a fate of death.

That is a terrible thing to say, but I cannot stop this nagging realization in me that says: Had Jose Baez been more aggressive with the State early on, and dealt realistically with all the facts pointing to the appearance of guilt (of his client), we would not have to discuss the death penalty today.

I accept the circumstances of this case as it stands today.  But, I do not accept the death penalty and I am angry that we have gotten to this point.

June 1, 2010 Hearing

On Tuesday, June 1, 2010, Judge Perry will hear arguments in a hearing regarding seven motions (regarding the death penalty) that the defense has reckoned are unconstitutional.

Professor Andrea Lyon and the defense are likely not to win on this front as their arguments seem better relegated to the Supreme Court, not to an Orlando courtroom where the State of Florida is simply following the law.

Professor Lyon, I hope, will take the year she has (before the penalty phase of the trial begins), and make an eloquent case to save Casey Anthony’s life.

June 1, though it will be interesting, is predictably an unattainable win for Casey Anthony.

What matters will come to pass in a year, or so, when 12 people have their say.

Please be ready Professor Lyon.

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30
May

memorial day – the origins

It is likely that Memorial Day had many separate origins. Many towns and cities either planned or had spontaneous public gatherings that focused on honoring those who died in battle.

These humble beginnings grew into a recognition that we humans need to honor our fallen heroes.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day in response to decorating the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Although it is difficult to pinpoint what state could lay claim to the birth of Memorial Day, (there are quite a few stories as to its origin), the day is generally attributed to having its first observance on the 30th of May, 1868.   (www.usmemorialday.org)

To honor this day, I want to share the poem Flanders Field with you.  I hope you enjoy it and the photography.

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, 1915.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

A lovely poem by Moina Michael was written in response to Flanders Field:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

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29
May

miracles

When I see and photograph the miracle of nature, I tend to appreciate the miracle of life even more. Read more »

26
May

i’ve listened from backstage….

I’ve listened from backstage, to people applaud.  It’s like – like waves of love coming over the footlights and wrapping you up. Imagine…. to know, every night, that different hundreds of people love you…. they smile, their eyes shine – you’ve pleased them, they want you, you belong. Just that alone is worth anything. ~All About Eve

I know this feeling. Oh how I miss the theatre.

26
May

talk of life. talk of death.

I have been terribly busy with work, projects, real-estate, life, going to the theatre, and all kinds of things wonderful.

I am training a new group of employees at work – in the second week of a three-week long seminar.  It’s exhausting, but also very invigorating to  see the change and the learning happen.

As far as the Casey Anthony case, I am out of the loop! But, I am still very much thinking of the death penalty as it’s a dialogue that I would like to keep going – it’s important to keep talking about it.

I found the quote below today…. I think it rings some bells.

This is what it comes down to, don’t you think?   Death is the end of a beautiful journey, but I also think the journey continues with a beauty that is unimaginable to us.

“I’ve lived. I’ve really really lived. I’ve failed. I’ve been devastated. I’ve been broken. I’ve gone to hell and back. And I’ve also known joy. And passion. And I’ve had a great love. See death for me is not justice. It’s a … end of a beautiful journey. And I’m not afraid to die. The question is, are you? ”  ~Grey’s Anatomy

23
May

forgiveness. gratitude. a quick hello. plus my new photo blog!

You know, thinking and writing about forgiveness, gratitude, and humility is so far inferior to experiencing it; I cannot stop smiling.

I am having a wonderful weekend; busy with work and theatre and catching up with old friends.  The weekend started with seeing a delicious concert version of Into the Woods, at the Caldwell Theatre.

Also, because I love photography, I decided to start a photo blog that I’d like to share with you.  It’s called Lovingjazz’s Photo Blog.  (Yup, it’s named after my dog, who is the subject of a few of my photos!)

I love to photograph nature, as you will see.

I am also working on another blog.  It’s about a topic that I am passionate about: Bullying (in schools and in the workplace.)  It’s not ready for prime-time, though!  I will post a link soon.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I will, even though I have to go into the office for a bit, it’s still a lovely weekend… 🙂

Here’s the URL to Loving Jazz’s Photo Blog:   lovingjazz.wordpress.com

19
May

do it anyway & the paradoxical commandments

These lovely inspirational words were written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children, in Calcutta.  (Thank you to my friend, Weezie, for sharing this.)

Do it Anyway…

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

The words by Mother Teresa seem to mirror what was written in 1968 by Dr. Kent M. Keith.  It is unclear at this time which was written first.   Regardless, I do hope you like these inspirational messages as much as I do.

The Paradoxical Commandments

1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

6. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

Source: The prayerfoundation

18
May

a daily dose of inspiration, and then some

Successes aren’t what really matter in life; it’s what we do with our failures that makes us, and our work, great in this world.

~Yehuda Berg



16
May

what if casey anthony had melissa huckaby’s attorneys?

The sick, sadistic, utterly disgusting case of the murder of little Sandra Cantu at the hands of Melissa Huckaby has recently been decided.  To avoid the death penalty, Melissa Huckaby has changed her plea from not guilty to guilty.  Her sentencing will be in June, but the sentence has already been decided: 25 years to life without the possibility of  parole.

You may recall that Sandra Cantu was the darling little 8 year old girl, from Tracy, California, last seen skipping with joyful abandon across her neighborhood street – caught in the act of happiness by a surveillance camera

The Sandra Cantu Case

The Sandra Cantu Case. http://www.abcnews.com

That was the last anyone saw of Sandra.  She was later found in a suitcase belonging to the killer, Melissa Huckaby, in an irrigation ditch two miles from her home.

Sandra Cantu was reported missing on March 28, 2009.  Her body was discovered April 7, 2009. Melissa Huckaby was charged the very next day with the murder.

This guilty plea was entered on May 12, 2010, more a year after her arrest.

Should this have happened in the Casey Anthony case?  Did Casey Anthony have an attorney capable of laying out for her EXACTLY what evidence Law Enforcement had against her?  Instead of going along with her lies, perhaps Attorney Baez could have approached the State of Florida with a negotiable plan of action for a plea?

Having spoken to Criminal Defense attorneys in the South Florida area about this case, they are in agreement that if Jose Baez did not do this he did not do his client any favors.

Last week, Assistant State Attorney Ashton made mention of a “phantom plea.”  Was the plea dreamt up by Casey Anthony?  This seems to infer that there was NEVER a plea deal on the table, or even discussed.  And if memory serves me, the State Attorney’s Office DID give Casey Anthony a DEADLINE to respond with information surrounding Caylee’s disappearance.  The State of Florida was quite clear in the information it wanted: “Where is Caylee’s Body?” is what they wanted to know.   That would have been the PERFECT time for Baez to work with Casey on a plea before the deadline ended. One can rightly assume, given other case history, this is generally the time (early in the game) when the State is amenable to a discussion about a plea.

Had all this happened, Casey might not be facing the ultimate penalty right now.

Had Baez really cared for Casey Anthony, he would have told her what that State Attorney deadline meant to her and to the rest of her life.

Casey apparently has mental issues that prevent her from grasping truth, or reality.  Baez surely could have helped her with this.  Since Baez was not able to help her, he could have WALKED AWAY from the case, forcing Casey Anthony to hire an attorney who could help her save her own life.

Another more experienced attorney would have negotiated with her, scared her into seeing what the future would hold for her – that death WAS an option for her.

Another attorney may have gotten her to see the evidence that the rest of the country saw, which is irrefutable proof that she murdered her daughter.

Another attorney would have known that the aggravating factors in the case measure up to the death penalty.

Another attorney would have approached the State asking them to deal.

Apparently this is what Mellisa Huckaby has done. She is avoiding the death penalty, plain and simple by pleading guilty.

Now, chances are that Casey Anthony has been lying to Baez and the other attorneys all along – claiming her innocence.

Despite all the evidence against her, what lie is Casey sticking to?  Is it Zanny the Nanny at Sawgrass Apartments, or Blanchard Park…?  An accident in the home pool?   Whatever her story is, she is apparently sticking to it. But where’s the evidence?

Perhaps the defense will play the OJ case-card and come up with Media bias, or even gender-bias?  Nah, that won’t work.

Perhaps, in the spirit of the OJ case, they’ll pull a “Mark Furman” and find fault with and attempt to destroy an Orlando a Law Enforcement representative?  I pray that doesn’t happen.

Or they may concoct a nursery rhyme similar to “If it doesn’t fit you must acquit.”  How might Casey’s nursery jingle go?  Let’s see….what rhymes with Zanny the Nanny?  Oh never-mind – the defense could use it and I’d never forgive myself. (Just kidding!)

Why did Baez keep the Casey Anthony case?  Why would he take a case, where a human life is on the line (Casey’s) and use this case as his Internship to learn how to try Murder One trials?  Is it ego or hubris that drives this?  I would truly like to know what his thinking was.

I hate to think it was merely fame and fortune he was after and yet one cannot help but go there…..

I often hear people saying: “this case will never go to trial, she’ll cop a plea.”   If she did “cop” a plea, would the state drop the death penalty?  From what I’ve  learned by talking to other Criminal Defense Attorney’s, the answer is a resounding: NO.  The deadline has passed – the State of Florida will not go there now.

Regardless, I doubt that Baez would go there, he and Cheney Mason seem to be having too much fun – they’re enjoying themselves too much to consider giving up the ghost this early in their game.

If any of you know the attorney’s working for Melissa Huckaby, please ask them to contact Casey Anthony….maybe it’s not too late?

15
May

on writing & blogging; training for real life

As a writer, I am constantly humbled by the depth of thought and experience that  my Casey Anthony case readers/bloggers share here.  Frankly, some of the writing blows me away because I see such talent – talent that I only dream will one day show up in my own writing (I have only been blogging for a few months an have much to learn).  I hope that as I become a more experienced blogger, what is inside my head will make it to the page with increased depth of thought and with passionate clarity.  Thank you for coming along with me on this journey of mine.

I would love nothing more than to make this blog my full-time job….lately I’ve been dreaming about doing just that – but I’m only dreamin’ for now.  Someday. Maybe.

I have a full time job that is pressure-filled.  I write and teach for a living.  The technical term for what I do is called “Instructional Design” which means I analyze what Learners need to learn and I put it down on paper for trainers to use to train others in a classroom setting.  I develope elearning, too – it’s my favorite venue. Most of the work I do involves writing for a classroom setting.  However, in my job, I am also the trainer.  What I write, I also train.  It’s two jobs in one.

I have been an Instructional Designer for over ten years now, prior to that, I worked as an actor (that’s another story for another day).  I loved working as an actor and miss it terribly but I couldn’t keep up with the bills with any consistency (some months the pay was plentiful, other months not so much).  I miss the theatre terribly, but I’m on stage in the classroom, too.  So it’s all good.

I currently work in a university setting.  The people I train are university employees who need to learn new systems, new procedures, etc.   On Monday, I am training new employees “New Hires” we call them.  I’ll be in the classroom with them for three weeks.

So, right now (write now!) I don’t have the time to police this blog and I never dreamed that I’d have to.  But, when people are disrespectful to my readers, insulting their intelligence, demeaning their efforts to express themselves, then I have to take action and I did last evening.  I was forced to ban a person from continuing to write here.  I gave this person fair warning, but they wouldn’t stop blasting away at the people I admire – my friends who post here.

I am told this person also uses other email alias’s to post and disturb others.  Please accept my apologies if this happens, I will do my best to monitor this situation during the day.

So, what’s this post all about, you may be asking!  Well, it’s about writing and blogging, and training myself as as writer, using this blog as my laboratory.   I am passionate about the law and justice and would like to follow every missing person case in the news, write about all the injustices that I see such as the great horror we’re experiencing right now with the oil spill… I wonder if words can really express the enormity of what the environment is ultimately facing via this travesty in our glorious sea?  The wildlife that will be destroyed is too much for me to think about because when I do think about it, I want to scream in anger and rage against BP.  All I can really do is drive right by their Gas Station when I need gas.  That’s my punishment.  But, then I think – well that won’t work, really, BP needs to keep working and earning money to fix this mess they caused.  And THEY caused it.  Haliburtin and others have blame, don’t get me wrong, but BP’s name is blazed on the brand that makes the money, so I hold them accountable.

I’m all over the place here!   Let me close this by telling you how in awe I am of your writing – I am talking to the people who write here.

After reading what you share here, I find my self constantly saying: “Oh, I want to write like that!”

You have taught me so much and I thank you for investing your time here.  And, you know, judging by the consistent rise in readership here (I see the stats and more people are visiting every day), it’s not just me they are coming to read, it’s you.   So, thank you for what you give.

Thanks for putting up with the occasional mean commentator.  I won’t let them come here and destroy the good camaraderie that we have built and that we enjoy here.

I love blogging…. If I could afford to, this would be my full time job…. Maybe that will happen one day!

Dreams do come true every now and again.

Thank you again.

13
May

a sentence of death and its aggravators

There are a total of 15 possible aggravators that the State of Florida can use to measure whether the severity of a crime rises to meet the requirements of applying the death penalty law.

Although the State did not list the aggravating factors they were considering when they filed their death penalty notice for Casey Anthony, they have answered today. This afternoon, the state of Florida filed a motion that lists five (5) out of a possible 15 aggravating factors that correspond with the murder of Caylee Marie Anthony.

The 5 aggravating factors used by the people of the State of Florida will be:

Florida Statute 921.141(5) D, H I, L, and M.

The five aggravating factors, as written are:

D) The capital felony was committed while the defendant was engaged, or was an accomplice, in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, or flight after committing or attempting to commit, any: robbery; sexual battery; aggravated child abuse; abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult resulting in great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; arson; burglary; kidnapping; aircraft piracy; or unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb.

H) The capital felony was especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel.

I) The capital felony was a homicide and was committed in a cold, calculated, and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification.

L) The victim of the capital felony was a person less than 12 years of age.

M) The victim of the capital felony was particularly vulnerable due to advanced age or disability, or because the defendant stood in a position of familial or custodial authority over the victim.

I have never given a great deal of thought to the death penalty until I saw the movie Dead Man Walking, and learned about the work of Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.

Sister Helen became a very passionate activist against the death penalty after becoming a pen-pal and then a spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, a Louisiana convicted murderer.  Sonnier was waiting on death row for his appointment with death when he and Sister Helen began their correspondence.

When Sonnier requested that Sister Helen become his Spiritual Advisor while he awaits his appointment with death, she began visiting him.  This was the mid 1980’s and Sister Helen had the unusual opportunity to see close-up how the death system worked, which, of course, prompted her book, followed by the movie of the same name.

The book:  Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize,  was also an international best seller and has been translated into 10 different languages.

If you live in a state with the death penalty, as I do (in Florida), then the state will murder via the death penalty in your name. You and I pay for the death penalty via our state taxes. You see, we are the people of the state, and the good people in the State Attorney’s offices work directly for us.

Please know, I do not disrespect the law, on the contrary, I believe in the law, I uphold the law and am proud to be in the United States of America where the law, for the most part, is equal for all….well, at its heart, it is.

I also support Attorney Andrea Lyon in her quest to free Casey Anthony from the death penalty.

It should not be inferred that I think Casey Anthony does not deserve punishment if she is found guilty of capital murder, on the contrary.  But I will never wish death upon Casey Anthony.

To learn more about forgiveness, listen to Sister Helen in the short clip below.  Take the journey and learn about her work. Learn about the death penalty. Vote for Leaders who do not support it.

Websites dedicated to the work of Sister Helen Prejean:

http://www.prejean.org/

http://www.deathpenaltydiscourse.org/

12
May

only dreamin’ blog email address….

Well, I feel pretty silly.  I gave out the email address of this blog but never really dreamed (pun intended!) that anyone connected to this case would care to write to me!

The truth is, I thought that this email address was hooked into my Outlook mail box, just like my personal “gmail” email address is.  Well, I goofed apparently because I have emails from a while ago in the onlydreamin in-box.

I just happened to check this email address tonight, on a whim, and was shocked, but also extremely honored to see your email.

Thank you.

I assure anyone who is kind enough or interested enough to contact me via email, that I will check this email account every evening from now on!

Andrea:  dreaminonlyjazz@gmail.com

11
May

why death?

The death penalty.

It is a terrible topic.

Our current laws in certain states, Florida is one of them, require human beings to have the responsibility of pronouncing and performing murder of another human being to maintain civil and social laws.

When so many in a society thwart the law and maim and kill, what can we do to cure those who murder?  Well, we murder them, that’s how.

Does murder of one to pay for the murder of another work?

Of course, in a civil society we protect innocent civilians potentially in the path of a murderer as soon as we learn of their potential for murder, or their conviction of murder.  But, must we kill, too?

Is it not a sort of freedom for the criminal when we kill them?   Can we not put them away and out of reach and let them live out the rest of their miserable lives in their own private hell?   Does not that make more sense?

If we knew how to save criminal people from themselves – from going to that place in their heads where crime is like a walk next door…. if we could stop one person from taking that path, this discussion would be moot.

When you look at our society in its gritty realism, it seems a delicate balance between depravity (evil) on one end;  apathy in the middle, and loving-ness (a heart free of judgment and prejudice) on the other end.  It is a constant struggle for balance.  So too do the scales of justice struggle.

Apathy shouldn’t be the fulcrum.

Has our society evolved in such a way that it has become socially acceptable to be apathetic about death?

Jails and prisons, though we think of them as “corrections” they hardly practice that aspect and the prisoner experience often mirrors the depravity the prisoner left on the street.

I don’t feel it is up to us to “fix” the murderer and then set them free in death. The murderer must take responsibility, if proven to be such, and live the rest of their days in confinement.

It is my fervent hope that the murderer will die of old age or of natural causes.  Living in a state of perpetually begging for forgiveness to whomever they believe their God to be.

That is enough. Isn’t it?

11
May

Death is different. Judge Perry is liberal in allowing death arguments but death penalty stands

Death is Different. Judge Perry is extremely liberal in allowing the defense to present its death penalty argument.

Stereotyping is real, we all know this.  But we also know that the question of gender is real as is racial prejudice that lingers like bad breath in the morning.

However, the ‘gender’ aspect, in the humble opinion of this author, has not been and is not questioned – there appears to this author to be no bias.

The only bias to this author is the death penalty is wrong, not just for Casey Anthony, but for anyone.

Regardless, the court must follow the law and has ruled.

The death penalty stands.

More on this later.

10
May

today’s hearing – inflammatory videos, showtunes, and other “krunk”

The great American musical Showboat, based on the novel by Edna Ferber, takes place on the “Cotton Blossom” a floating theatre “show” boat. 

Showboat, which opened on Broadway in December of 1927, was incredibly influential and changed the face of musical theatre in America because it infused song with a real story, with real people, versus the light vaudeville or operetta-type fare that was popular up until then.

Having just now finished reviewing today’s video of the hearing in the case against Casey Anthony, tunes from Showboat float in and out of my head.

In the first part of the hearing where Jose Baez was allowed to parade out his inflammatory video of the madding crowd in Orlando, I immediately thought: this is staging, this is theatre, this is purely to RE-create the emotions of the time when the crowds in Orlando were picketing outside the home on Hope Spring because Casey Anthony was out of jail and not looking for her daughter and people were MAD.

When attorney Baez took the stage, I mean, the dais in the courtroom and began to argue for change of venue, and then introduced his inflammatory self-made video, I knew he wanted it aired in Orlando at 5:00 and 11:00.

Why show that annoying video about the tenor of the madding crowds in Orlando when the court – both sides – had JUST stipulated that a change of venue for the jury was a done deal?

One cannot help but realize that Mr. Baez simply wants to MANUFACTURE increased media attention.

Surely Mr. Baez wanted to gain something from airing this video.  What do you think that was?

My take?  When you haven’t got a case, you MANUFACTURE one. If Casey is found anything but innocent, Show-boating with a song and a dance about the media and the inability for a fair trial, clearly will be the defense’s prologue and epilogue.

The fact is, like Linda Drane-Burdick, the Assistant State Attorney said, not everyone is sitting at home thinking about Miss Anthony. The news is not about Casey Anthony any longer.  And let’s be real here, this story was never about Casey Anthony anyway, it was about Caylee!

So, despite the tap dancing and showboating, there were  decisions made. Judge Perry did his best to get Attorney Baez focused, and though the hearing was only 90 minutes in duration, when warranted it was decisive.

Today’s Decisions and Non-Decisions

  • The Party Pics:  No Decision.  The State wants to use pictures (the notorious June 20, 2008 blue dress photos) that dispute statements made by Casey that she went to clubs to look for her daughter.  The Judge will rule on this issue in March, when particular testimony and witness statements are proffered with regards to the relevance of the photos.  With regards to the “party” pictures taken around and prior to the time when Caylee was last seen alive, the state contends that if the defense wishes to argue as to Casey’s character as a good mother, there should be ample doors open for the state to bring in the photos.
  • Cindy Anthony 911 calls – The state wants to use the third call in the series (the one in which Cindy Anthony is hysterical).  The reason: The rule of excited utterances as being admissible in most instances.  Judge Perry should rule on this in due course, today he did not.
  • Jail visitation logs – not discussed due to Cheney Mason needing additional time to prepare.
  • Motion to dismiss indictment – ha!  Denied.
  • Expert witness documents.  This is where Jose Baez lost footing and seemed to flounder, not really certain of what the defense is entitled to under the rules of discovery, he was asking for the kitchen sink from expert witnesses – notes, documents, bench notes, curriculum vitae, and more.  The Judge had to remind Jose that not all of the State witnesses are considered “expert” and therefore would not supply curriculum vitae, and would not share opinion.  Furthermore, other witnesses for the state are not obliged to share anything with the defense as they do not fall under the purview of the State of Florida rules.  (Note to self to research the following: could these entities be in possession of some of the most damning evidence against Casey?  Would this material, since it’s not discovery under the rules of the State of Florida, be held back until trial???)
  • Change of venue – No change of venue but for the jurors.  The jury will be chosen from a county in Florida that will be held under wraps.
  • The defense reversed its original stance on juror sequestration – Jose Baez announced his team is no longer opposed to a sequestered jury

Some of these motions that had been previously left on the shelf, were brought back out into the light and discussed anew.  However, not everything in the 35 page motion filed by the defense on Thursday was discussed.

“Krunk”

In the 35-page motion written and filed by the defense this past Thursday, on page 2, the defense writes the following:

This issue involves a significantly material fact, to wit: whether or not it is possible that the defendant could have placed the body there during a time when she was incarcerated.  it also brings into significant question the role, if any, of another witness, Mr. Krunk.

Yes, in the 35 page motion filed by the defense on Thursday, the defense blatantly proffers Mr. Roy Krunk as a suspect. If you want to “frame” a witness, it’s insult upon injury to mangle his name.

Therefore, still on the table is the question of the TES records and Joe Jordon’s statement.  Not only his “statement” but also the fact that he illegally recorded two people (it is illegal to record anyone without their knowledge, unless the act is done with the express direction of law enforcement).

Why is Joe Jordon so important? Because if Joe Jordon’s testimony that there were no remains in the area while Casey was in jail, the body was placed there by someone else, namely, a Mr. Roy Krunk.

Just like their misstating his name (Krunk for Kronk) this theory of theirs is a laughable pile of JUNK!

There’s no business like SNOW business.


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