It was another fascinating day in the Orlando courtroom where the State of Florida v. Casey Anthony is being played out in pre-trial hearings.
The day began with a scolding by Judge Perry to the Defense for failing to ensure that Casey Anthony’s clothes were delivered to her before court was scheduled to begin. The hearing was scheduled at 8:45, but did not start until 8:50. Judge Perry promised that the next time, he will start on time and if the Defendant’s clothes are not there, so be it. She will wear her blues.
The motion regarding Kathi Bellich as a Defense witness was argued by WFTV’s attorney, Greg Thomas, and Cheney Mason, for the Defense.
As expected, Judge Perry granted WFTV’s motion to strike Ms. Bellich from the witness list. In his ruling, Judge Perry spoke about the First Amendment’s Freedom of Speech promise, and the sanctity of a free press. The Defense simply did not have a compelling reason to call her.
The defense motion to strike the jail videos as a result of the Anthony family being “agents of the state” went nowhere fast today. So far, not one of the Anthony’s could claim to be agent’s of the state. Cindy and George are/were definitely not fans of law enforcement, that was made very clear, but not one of the Anthony’s could testify about doing the bidding of law enforcement, i.e. being agents of the state.
Cindy Anthony once again took the stand and was her usual loquacious self, spewing words, words, words. She was argumentative when she was not given the time to explain her answers. Cindy loves to hear herself talk; Lee loves to hear himself laugh, and George simply loves to frown and argue.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Jose Baez was forgiven the contempt charge.
Yes, Jose ate his humble pie and apologized to the State for his behavior of late. It became clear that the apology and the final solution was brokered by Judge Perry, clearly he was pleased with the attorney’s ability to show common decency and work things out.
What enabled this turn of events is due to Defense attorney Dorothy Clay Sims who wrote the response that Jose was confused about. Ms. Sims also argued the Chloroform and the plant growth motion very effectively. She will be an asset to the Defense with regards to the forensic motions.
Jose Baez did some decent work yesterday and today. He had a very rough start on Wednesday and made some obvious blunders here and there; but there were times when he showed some promise and competence in his questioning of witnesses.
Then there was Lee Anthony. What has become of Lee Anthony? He looked horrible, unkempt, sloppy, unshaven…well, he looked like a bum. In addition, he is still laughing! Why in the world he laughs at the most inappropriate times is both baffling and disturbing.
At one point, Jose Baez asked Lee a question regarding an instance when Lee went into Jose’s inner office, where the Casey Anthony evidence and work is held, to copy evidence (credit card receipts). Jose asked Lee if he was directed by law enforcement to do this – take defense evidence. Lee said no, he did this on his own.
There is something about Lee that isn’t right…. He must have known that to walk into Jose’s office and copy evidence was wrong, and yet he did it anyway. Lee’s arrogance on the stand bothered me. His attitude didn’t fit the solemnity of the situation – the murder of his niece. He’s difficult to listen to because that laugh is like shivers up my spine.
There is another hearing on Monday, at 2:00. Presumably the Judge will rule on the motions that were heard these last three days.