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November 28, 2010

red herrings and black eyes? just another casey anthony hearing

by Andrea O'Connell

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.

Red Herrings

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

Black eyes

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.

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