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December 16, 2010


what’s next on the agenda

by Andrea O'Connell

There has been some interesting movement afoot in the Casey Anthony case.

Recently, as you’ve likely heard, Jose Baez of the defense submitted its response to the State of Florida’s motion to supply expert witness information.   The content of the material submitted, in my opinion, does appear to lack substance.  Therefore, it will be extremely interesting to see how Jeff Ashton, Assistant State Attorney, responds.  I am anxious to know if he will accept the few paragraphs of findings with regards to the defense experts.

We should hear some discussion about this topic in Monday’s status hearing, which begins at 1:30.

At that status hearing, the Orlando Sentinel is going before Judge Belvin Perry to argue for release of the Casey Anthony Penalty Phase witness list.

The Orlando Sentinel asserts that the rights of the people to know (who the defense will call in penalty phase) trumps the rights of the Defendant in this case.

They may have a point, actually.  Because of the Florida Sunshine Law, which has allowed all material in this case to be public knowledge, it stands to reason that this material would likewise be made public.   The Judge will decide, of course.

Personally, I hope the information is kept under wraps.  Let’s give these witnesses and Casey Anthony a fighting chance should she get sentenced with the Death Penalty.

As Judge Perry has pointed out, “Death is different.” For this reason, he may err on the side of Casey Anthony.

And, it is reported that there will be more documents released by the State tomorrow.   WESH is reporting that among the material being released, there will be videos of Law Enforcement interviews, jail letters, and more.

Now, that should be interesting!

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dec 16 2010

    Andrea~~thanks for putting this post up. Will we get to read more of Cindy’s letters and the ones from all her secret admirers? I wonder if the novelty has worn off and the number of penpals did as well.

    I am wondering if the defense would like the witnesses in the ‘penalty phase’ kept secret, not just because they may reveal their strategy, but to keep Cindy at arms length from them. I am thinking Ann Finnell will bring up Cindy’s dominance in raising Casey and Cindy interfering with some decisions Casey wished to make regarding having an abortion etc.

    I do not expect any bombshells tomorrow but hope it will hold our interest and give us something to chew on.

  2. Dec 16 2010

    Hey Snoopy – you know, you’re probably right that the penalty phase will use Cindy and George (and maybe even Lee if they can prove the sexual abuse happened) to make a case for the decisions Casey made regarding Caylee. And, they will use the dysfunctional family to illustrate what drove Casey to kill. They may use the fact that Casey sought psychological help after the birth of Caylee, but it was discouraged by Cindy. However, I’d think it’s a thin line they’d walk. I wouldn’t think they could cry insanity in the penalty phase if it’s not dealt with in the case in chief. I’m not sure about that, but I think that’s the case.

    But, maybe since “death is different” the court is more liberal with what it will allow.

    You’re probably right that there won’t be bombshells – it’s a little late for those, I suppose now.

  3. Dec 16 2010

    Andrea~~they could never go for the insanity. They may use the fact that Casey had mental issues. I’d even agree with that when it comes to being bi-polar and a sociopath. I don’t think Casey knew what it was like to sleep eight hours straight at nite. Casey may have been temporarily insane and, in a fit of anger, when she murdered Caylee. She knew enough to hide the body and cover her whereabouts from her family for 31 days. An insane person would not have been able to carry that out. JMO

    • Dec 18 2010

      Hey Snoop, You know, I believe you are absolutely right. It’s way too late for the insanity affect now, in the case in chief. But, I bet they will use it in the penalty phase since there has been so much talk about her mental issues and seeking help? I agree with you that it’s possible she was temporarily insane at the time of death, but I also think that if what George is saying, (about it being an accident and snowballing out of control) regarding the situation in which they built lies to cover lies, that is not insanity… that’s negligent homicide, I believe, which has turned into Capital Murder.

      As Shakespeare has said: “The truth will out.” Ain’t it the truth!

  4. Sherry
    Dec 16 2010

    Andrea sez:

    Personally, I hope the information is kept under wraps. Let’s give these witnesses and Casey Anthony a fighting chance should she get sentenced with the Death Penalty.


    I agree, especially with the wingnuts out there, like the ones who personally attacked the lady who was collecting childrens’ shoes just because Cindy mentioned giving her a pair of Caylee’s for the poor children. Can you imagine what these witnesses would be subjected to?

    • Dec 18 2010

      Hey Sherry, I think it’s best that these names are kept under wraps, too. Because, as you point out those poor people will be hounded like dogs!


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