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.