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march 2 & 3 hearing: what’s in and out

The State of Florida filed a motion today that included a witness list and an evidence schedule for the upcoming hearings (March 2 & 3), in the case against Casey Anthony.

In the motion, we also learned what evidence the State is going to ignore:

  • The State will not be using the video of Casey Anthony’s reaction to television news that the remains of a small child were found only a few blocks from her home.  I have always felt that this would be a slippery slope for the State because Law Enforcement and the Jail conspired to take Casey to the Mental Health area of the jail so she could see the news.  What the jail and Law Enforcement conspired to do was a direct violation of Casey’s rights.  And, Bill Sheaffer, legal analyst for WFTV, advised the State doesn’t need this evidence anyway, so why risk it.
  • The State will not attempt to use the (taped) conversations that Casey had with members of the Orange County Sherrif’s Office and the FBI on the day of her indictment (October, 2008).  Casey had invoked her right to counsel, and Jose Baez had been in the building and advised her not to talk about the case, so it would not have come in anyway.
  • Finally, the State advised they will not use the testimony of Maya Derkovic, one of Casey’s Jail pals, in the case in chief.  Maya’s stories were inconsistent, says Kathi Belich, of WFTV.  Maya told Kathi that Casey talked about using chloroform on Caylee, but Maya never mentioned this to Law Enforcement, Kathi said.  Bill Sheaffer, in his analysis, added that the State didn’t need Maya, she’s not reliable, so why risk it.

The following topics will be argued:

Defendant’s Motion to Suppress Statements (to Law Enforcement Officers) & Amended Motion to Suppress Statements.

  • Witnesses: Yuri Melich, John Allen, Appling Wells, Leonard Turtora, Ryan Eberlin, Reginald Hosey, Rendon Fletcher, Adriana Acevedo, and Cindy Anthony.
  • Exhibits: Defendant’s hand-written statement; Transcript & audio of defendant’s statement to Yuri Melich; Transcript & audio of defendant’s statement to Yuri Melich & John Allen; Photographs of Universal Studios.

Defendant’s Motion to Suppress Statements made to George, Cindy, Lee Anthony, Robyn Adams and Sylvia Hernandez

  • Witnesses: Yuri Melich, John Allen, Robyn Adams, Sylvia Hemandez, George Anthony, Cindy Anthony & Lee Anthony
  • Exhibits: Copies of OCJ Visitation DVDs; transcript of statements given by Robyn Adams; transcripts or video of statements made by George Anthony; CD of hand-written letters authored by defendant; phone calls Casey Anthony made from the Orange County Jail

State of Florida’s Motions in Limine

  • No witnesses or exhibits

Slate of Florida’s Motion to Strike Defendant’s Supplemental Witness List

  • No witnesses or exhibits

State of Florida’s Motion to Strike Defendant’s Motion to Exclude Unreliable Evidence Pursuant to Frye (Chloroform)

  • No witnesses or exhibits

State of Florida’s Motion to Strike Defendant’s Motion to Exclude Unreliable Evidence Pursuant to Frye (Plant or Root Growth)

  • No witnesses or exhibits

State of Florida ‘s Motion for Rule to Show Cause

  • No witnesses
  • Exhibits: Emails between counsel

The motion the State filed for Rule to Show Cause, is the contempt motion.  It remains to be seen if all of these motions can be argued, with witnesses and exhibits, in one day considering Judge Perry advised both sides that Court will end at 3:30 on March 2nd.  The contempt motion may have to wait until Thursday.

These hearings are going to be fascinating!  Unfortunately, I have to miss them;  unless a miracle happens and a magic project-fairy finishes all my work by tomorrow!

Oh, I do believe in miracles, I do believe in fairies!  I do, I do, I do believe!

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