Well, the hearing in the Casey Anthony case today was sans major fireworks, but quite interesting nonetheless.
As for the motion put forward by the State concerning the disclosure of defense spending, Judge Perry’s response was to deny the motion. The defense can keep private how the monies were spent prior to the time Casey Anthony was declared indigent. However, since the Florida taxpayers are footing the bill from here on out, there should be full disclosure of monies spent going forward.
The State did prevail on the issue of the defense being required to, under the rules of discovery, provide to the State any reports, notes or photographs that defense experts may have created with regards to their investigation and analysis.
As far as the defense penalty phase witnesses being kept private, Judge Perry ruled the defense may keep the names of these individuals under seal until such time as a penalty phase is required. This ruling came as no surprise.
Finally, the matter concerning Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found Caylee’s remains off of Suburban Drive, the defense now says they are unsure if they will call him as a witness! This was a major about-face, but also no surprise. This disclosure by the defense comes on the heels of Roy Kronk’s stepson, Brandon Sparks, having little of value to add to the defense’s ability to have cause to open up Kronks “prior bad acts” in trial. As it appears, Brandon Sparks was unable to pinpoint any bad acts, nor provide any damaging testimony about Kronk.
The defense has relentlessly slandered Kronk in the press in the recent past. They were flaunting the fact that he is a viable suspect to have killed Caylee. Why, the defense even went so far as to speak to Roy Kronk’s ex-wives, trying to get the community and the press to buy-in on the testimony of these ex-wives as being credible. (You may recall their sordid yammering about duct-tape. One of the wives discussed how Kronk had a sick yearning to use duct tape in all sorts of weird ways.) Of course, all this cooked up blather turned out to be of no value to anyone, it was just inflammatory in the press.
However, the defense did leave the door open on Kronk, meaning they “may” refile the motion to look using Kronk’s prior bad acts in trial.
So, you may ask, since they were using Kronk as a patsy for killing Caylee, now that it is unlikely that Kronk will be a defense witness, who then could the defense now flambe?
All I can say is, good luck on that fishing trip, Jose.
Tomorrow’s hearing in the State versus Casey Anthony involves high stakes for the defense. They have filed a motion asking for permission to hire an expert witness who specializes in the analysis of bones and fossils. Presumably this witness will be using photographs of the remains at the crime scene to analyze and then determine a time period for when Caylee’s body was placed in the area off of Suburban drive, since it was reported that Caylee’s remaining bones were cremated by the family.
In a recent hearing, however, the defense was granted the funds to hire an out of state DNA testing firm to test both a laundry bag (which served as a carry-all bag for Caylee’s body), and the shorts that Caylee was wearing.
The testing of these articles could possibly turn up foreign DNA (belonging to an unidentified source). If that turns out to be true, it could be an argument for reasonable doubt for the defense, as they hope to prove that someone other than Casey “bagged” Caylee and placed her body in an area off of Suburban Drive.
Richard Hornsby, Orlando Attorney and frequent contributor to WESH News, says it best with regards to the testing of the laundry bag and the shorts:
You’re seeing them trying to find the next red herring…. ~source: WESH.com
It remains to be seen if Judge Perry will grant the defense the bone/fossil witness. The ruling should be made tomorrow. Regardless, the defense needs this bone/fossil expert witness since they’ve lost Laura Buchanan – who has given the defense team it’s most recent black eye.
As you may recall, Laura Buchanan was a Texas EquuSearch volunteer who was certain that she (and others) were in the Suburan Drive location where Caylee’s remains were later found, and saw nothing. She has since changed her tune, stating she was actually not in the area.
In addition, Laura Buchanan, who has been discredited, is being investigated for falsifying documents related to the search for Caylee. Yet the defense, surely aware of the shady intent of this witness, was allegedly relying on her testimony to prove that the area was clear of any sign of Caylee’s body (when it was searched, in July / early August), inferring that Casey Anthony could not have placed it there.
As it turns out, Buchanan never visited the Suburban Drive area and has, allegedly, falsely sought the corroboration of Joe Jordan, another defense witness and EquuSearch volunteer.
Again, Richard Hornsby gets to the heart of the matter in a recent news report:
The defense seems willing to rely on questionable witnesses and incredible people to try to save Anthony’s life, and in the end it’s only going to do her more harm than good. ~Source: WESH.com
Following the money
And finally, on tap for tomorrow’s hearing is a Prosecution motion requesting an itemized accounting of all defense spending to date. This is bound to be a colorful and interesting argument!
No doubt the defense will play the blame game and claim that the State, with it’s limitless resources, is harassing them…. It’s a blame game for the defense. They will not lay down softly for this motion, of that we can depend.
It’s been reported that Casey Anthony will be present for the hearing, which is set to begin at 1:00 pm.
This is a short, but powerful, video featuring one of the most famous speeches by Harvey Milk, given in 1978.
Listen to Harvey Milk. Listen to his message of hope, peace, equality and justice for all.
We are all one people in this wide world. Let us stop bullying each other.
Our classrooms are filled with children who, because of ignorance on the part of their parents, condone Gay hatred and thus we have young people committing suicide. Young people who were born Homosexual but are too young to understand what it means to be Gay. They are too young to know that being Gay is RIGHT for them. Children who are too young to appreciate that no one should care about an individuals sexuality because it belongs to the individual.
There is no right or wrong in being Gay or Straight. One is not better or worse than the other. Believe this. Live this for the sake of our children. For the sake of children who will grow up to be lovely human beings, not necessarily because of their homosexuality, but because they will have grown up with a sensitivity that will become a lovely sensibility.
Believe this. Stop the hatred. Stop the bullying. Condone kindness, empathy, and appreciate the different colors and the different sexuality that others own.
Live your own life without fear or judgment.
Say no to fear.
Somewhere in Des Moines or San Antonio there is a young gay person who all the sudden realizes that he or she is gay; knows that if their parents find out they will be tossed out of the house, their classmates will taunt the child, and the Anita Bryant’s and John Briggs’ are doing their part on TV. And that child has several options: staying in the closet, and suicide. And then one day that child might open the paper that says “Homosexual elected in San Francisco” and there are two new options: the option is to go to California, or stay in San Antonio and fight. Two days after I was elected I got a phone call and the voice was quite young. It was from Altoona, Pennsylvania. And the person said “Thanks”. And you’ve got to elect gay people, so that thousand upon thousands like that child know that there is hope for a better world; there is hope for a better tomorrow. Without hope, not only gays, but those who are blacks, the Asians, the disabled, the seniors, the us’s: without hope the us’s give up. I know that you can’t live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you, and you, and you, and you have got to give them hope. -Harvey Milk, 1978
I cannot think of a single case where the death penalty is warranted because I think the death penalty is inherently wrong in every sense.
Our United States has a system of Justice that we claim is the best in the world, and I believe it is when we allow it to work. If it is not allowed to work, as in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, then it behaves as a United States system of Judgment because justice is not served, passions are.
In the O.J. Simpson murder trial, fear of racism was served via jurors who had fame on their minds.
Clearly O.J. committed the heinous murders of the handsome Ronald Goldman and OJ’s lovely ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson.
For the jury, following the evidence in that case should have been so simple and yet much of the “evidence” was supplanted with exterior issues such as a racist cop writing a screen play about other racist cops; gloves that wouldn’t fit due to OJ having plastic gloves on underneath; and by all kinds of extraneous issues related to sometimes outrageous testimony and colorful courtroom characters.
All of these superfluous items took the jurors eyes off the prize and we never got to a penalty phase, though there surely should have been one.
I will never forget the look on Kim Goldman’s face when the jury read the verdict in that case. I felt so badly for her and her family. It was as if the jury had murdered her right then and there. It was as if death was pronounced on the family of the victims. Well, it was a death sentence of sorts to the families of both victims.
“What if this happens in the Anthony case?”, I often hear people say. Well, chances are it will not. That is if Judge Perry continues on his straight and narrow path that is today focused full steam ahead.
As required in Florida death penalty cases, the Defense is preparing to put on witnesses for a penalty phase, which comes directly after a verdict is decided.
According to news reports, the Anthony defense has until the end of this month (Tuesday) to outline its witnesses for this phase. But, very recently the defense filed a motion requesting its penalty phase witnesses be sealed due to fear of reprisal, stalking, harassment, etc., should the witnesses names be known.
I won’t be popular for saying this, but I hope the defense wins at least a gag order on this one. I want Casey Anthony to be able to fight the death penalty with all the gusto her team can muster!
Now, I don’t believe that witnesses will be harassed or bothered to the extreme, like the motion supposes, but anything could happen with this case, and anything usually does!
Anthony penalty phase attorney, Ann Finnell, recently filed this motion to seal penalty phase witnesses and discovery, stating if the Judge cannot grant this motion, they would like a hearing on the matter. Furthermore, Attorney Finnell argues, should the evidentiary hearing on this matter be unsuccessful, the witness list should not be made known until such time as the penalty phase of the trial begins.
The main thrust of this argument is the negative media “spin” on the case with regards to the defense of Casey Anthony – that it would scare away potential witnesses from wanting to testify. There is some truth to this argument, in my opinion. However, the problem here is how to balance the people’s right to know the names (on the witness list), with the rights of someone potentially sentenced to die, having been convicted of capital murder? And then, there is also the question of the individual witnesses rights, I would think. (Perhaps witnesses are not protected – I am not quite sure.)
I think this raises some tough issues and will be a delicate one to decide. If I were to wager on this one, I’d say that Judge Perry will err on the side of the people’s right to know and will release the names of the witnesses. But, I do hope he is able to apply a gag order. I think that would be a fair solution…. So says Judge Andrea!
This motion, plus a prosecution motion about defense spending, will take center stage on Monday, November 29, 2010, at 1:00 pm.
Oh, my Thanksgiving eyes see thankfulness and joy in everything. I have so much to be thankful for; so many people to be thankful for….
I have a blessed life and want for nothing.
I work at a great University. I have a close-knit family (I say a prayer of thanks for my mom everyday). There is unspeakable joy in that.
I have a brother, Sister-in-Law, and niece who live in close proximity to me. I live for the joy my five year old niece brings me.
Children are walking wonders – miracles.
Last Saturday, as I do many weekends, I babysat for my five year old niece, Elizabeth, and I asked her the same question she asked me. “What was your “high” today, Elizabeth?’ She answered, “You, Andrea!” To which I silently gasped with joy. And my Sister-in-Law said, “Andrea, when she knows you are coming to babysit, she starts talking about it in the morning and asks us over and over, “When is Andrea coming, is it soon?”
I cried inside when I heard that. I cry now to recall it. Oh, the greatest gift of all is the love of a child.
I am blessed and blessed and blessed some more!
I am blessed to have you, my dear friends who are reading this.
I am blessed and thankful to have been given an ability to write, and a love of writing.
I am blessed and thankful to have been given the gift of creativity. The art of creating is akin to touching God.
God is perfection – there is joy in creating that perfect and lovely sentence, or that perfect photo, or that perfect story.
On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so much. I am honored to be alive and honored to have so much joy in my life.
Thank you to God and to each and every Higher Power in this rich universe for putting me right here. Right now. Right where I should be.
Thank YOU dear reader.
If the only prayer you say in your life is “thank you, ” that will suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart
I have to admit I’ve grown weary of reading or hearing about the Casey Anthony case. There seems to be very little “new” news – just more digging up of old dirt.
The only news of real note, (troubling news in my opinion), is the fact that so many of Casey Anthony’s lawyers are exiting stage left before the lights even come up on the stage… I mean, on the CASE.
I know very little of the newest lawyer on the case – I can’t even remember her name right at this moment. But I do remember the names of those who’ve bailed.
Bail-er number 1: Todd Macaluso, disbarred in California, was the first to go. Oh, but he doesn’t really count, does he? I mean, clearly he would have stayed with this show until the final curtain had he not been disbarred.
The others who less than ceremoniously bailed are: Andrea Lyon, the death penalty expert who never did win a motion nor gain any sympathy for Casey Anthony, recently claimed her costs outweighed her ability to work on the case. Personally, I was looking to Ms. Lyon as someone who could really make a difference and get the death penalty off the table, but she failed. (That was a lofty task, the Florida law is what it is despite what Andrea Lyon tried to make of it.)
And now, a few weeks ago, Linda Kenney Baden has exited stage left without even so much as a round of applause. The lights kind of just dimmed on her as she left the case with very little fanfare.
I find it so interesting, thinking back to the pomp and circumstance that brought these lawyers, especially Ms. Lyon, to the case, that they’d bail with so little fanfare.
Oh, they came on the case with mighty goals, didn’t they? My, they were going to help Mr. Baez prove Casey “innocent”. Yes, “innocent” they cried! Hah! They were so confident in their ability to prove Casey Anthony innocent that, instead of just selling books, they’d be hawking their own bobble-heads on QVC!
So, I ask you, would these lawyers abandon an innocent client on a trial that will surely have all the press as the O.J. Simpson murder trial? Would these lawyers walk away from an innocent with millions to be made in books and bobble-heads?
Not on your life.
They saw the writing on the wall. They saw what is coming for the defense, and it doesn’t look pretty.
Let me state the obvious. In my – non-lawyerly opinion, there is very little chance Ms. Anthony’s attorneys will bring forward a viable case. For goodness sakes, we know the tricks and the games they’ve played to date! The most recent of which is the fiasco surrounding Laura Buchanan, the woman who worked with EquuSearch in the early days, prior to the body of Caylee Anthony being discovered. It seems Ms. Buchanan has changed the tone, tenor and details of her story numerous times. Furthermore, this witness, allegedly, has been “playing” with evidence, too and is now under investigation herself.
Ms. Buchanan, allegedly, was a witness that the defense was hanging its hat on to “prove” that the body of Caylee Anthony could not have been in the vicinity where it was found until AFTER (or during – take your pick) the time when Casey was “unavailable” or rather, under arrest. Ms. Buchanan, it is also alleged, “tampered” with a document claiming the body could not have been placed off Suburban Drive….blah, blah, blah. It is all nonsense. All whole cloth.
There’s more to this Laura Buchanan story, but it’s mostly old news now. What is unknown at this time is whether the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will being filing charges against this witness who perhaps will be turned into a witness for the prosecution.
So, well, the defense team seems to have gained little from the EquuSearch records they fought so hard to get, but then never looked at, then fought again to get, then never looked at. The defense seemed to endlessly fight with Mark Nejame over who has access to those EquuSearch files. It was all quite tiring.
Now the latest fight will be over those terrible “coffin flies”.
Oh my. It turns my stomach to think of it, but sure enough, the presence of these tiny bugs means there was a process of decomposition happening with a human body in the trunk of the car driven by Casey Anthony. (A BODY, not a squirrel.)
It seems there are different types of bugs that accompany different stages of the human decomposition process. I am not at all sure I have the stomach to discuss this, so suffice it to say, coffin flies don’t just “show up” on the scene. They have to be invited by a deceased human body.
So, this is all the news that’s fit for me to print.
The next movement in the case will come on November 29, 2010 when a status hearing will be held. Casey Anthony should be in attendance…
Life changes every minute of every day. You lose friends. You gain friends. You realize your friend wasn’t ever really your friend. And that person you used to hate can make a really good friend. You look for love. You find love. You lose love. You realize that all along you’ve been loved. You laugh. You cry. You laugh so hard that you cry. You do this. You do that. You really wish you hadn’t done that. You learn from that and are glad that you did. You have your ups. You have your downs. You see good movies. You see bad movies. You look at others and wish you were them. You then realize who they are and are glad that you’re you. You love life. You hate life. In the end, you just find yourself to be living life no matter what’s thrown at you.
~ Source: x3bbycakes
I know very little of Eileen Caddy, the person to whom this quote is ascribed, but am very appreciative of the message. The photo was one I took on a rainy September day in Fern Forest, in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought… and deed.
1917-2006, Spiritual Teacher and Author
You were the mirror image of me when we were kind enough to have patience.
Without patience is life barren? Oh, that’s contradictory, isn’t it? Without patience, life becomes overgrown with gray spiny weeds, trees that break and bristle to the touch, and sand spurs that draw blood. Mirror images in tranquil repose look toward each other for peace and solace and perhaps live like these two butterflies do. In a separate but equal space, in peace. And though the wind, should it roar, these two could be swallowed up in a millisecond, it is patience that holds them steady through the rowdy wind. Mirror images find strength in the other.