In the case against Casey Anthony, closing arguments were held today with regards to two important Defense motions which were presented last week. The two motions were, 1) Motion to suppress the Universal Studios interview, and 2) Motion to strike jail videos (the Defense alleges the Anthony family was tricked into acting as “Agents of the State” at the behest of Law Enforcement).
If courtroom motions were won or lost over the clarity of the arguments presented, the Prosecution would win, hands down. As a result of the intelligence and clarity of the States argument versus the free-flowing and dramatic defense argument, there was no contest. However, the competition is not about who is the better orator; it’s about which side can bring appropriate case law to support their individual argument(s).
Cheney Mason cited a lot of case law but hardly connected the relevance between the case law and the facts of the case. His delivery today was difficult to follow, and he consistently confused many of the known facts in the case.
Linda D. Burdick, Assistant State Attorney, was precise, methodical, and most importantly, her arguments were factual.
Mr. Mason charged the Orange County Sherriff’s Office with being completely deceitful and conspiratorial in their efforts to trick Casey at Universal Studios. Mr. Mason accused anyone in a uniform or a marked car with police intimidation of Casey, who was not at all familiar with the law and didn’t realize her rights.
With regards to the Anthony’s being Agents of the State, Mr. Mason argued that it didn’t matter if the Anthony’s were “unwittingly” working at the behest of the Police, the fact remains, he contends, they were like puppets doing the bidding of the Police.
Linda D. Burdick, on the other hand, argued after Mr. Mason and immediately clarified the factual misstatements Mr. Cheney made. (It was a thing of beauty!) She pointed out that up until the time of Casey’s arrest, the suspect in the case was Zenaida Fernandez Gonsalez – not Casey Anthony. All reports and statement were filled out with Zenaida as suspect, therefore, Casey was not the suspect, not in custody, and not treated as a suspect.
With regards to the Anthony’s as Agents of the State’s motion, Ms. Burdick pointed out that it was the Anthony’s who sought the help of the Detectives, not the other way around. As it turned out in this case, both the Anthony’s and Law Enforcement were working toward the same goal: finding Caylee.
There were quite a number if interesting moments in today’s proceedings. Also, it was nice to see Detectives John Allen, Yuri Melich, and Eric Edwards present at the hearing.
Judge Perry advised that he will rule on these motions by the end of next week. It appears to be no contest, in favor of the State, however, anything can happen – and it usually does!
George and Cindy Anthony were present and both were chewing gum! I believe that Judge Perry does not allow gum-chewing in his courtroom. The Anthony’s, as is their habit, place themselves above the rules and the law, as we know. In addition, Judge Perry recently admonished the gallery to refrain from facial expressions or gestures during hearings. Perhaps George Anthony missed that direction because when it was Ms. Burdick’s opportunity to argue, George Anthony persistently shook his head from side to side to communicate his disagreement.
I wonder how much longer Judge Perry will tolerate this behavior from the Anthony’s?
Casey appeared very uncomfortable today. It was interesting to see all the tricks Casey used to pretend not to hear what Ms. Burdick was discussing. Casey shifted in her seat, looked around, wrote furiously on her yellow pad, and whispered to Mr. Baez and Mr. Mason to try to avoid listening. When Mr. Mason argued his case, Casey sat very still and attentive. She worked quite hard to avoid hearing anything that resembled the truth.
Casey may not be able to hack what’s coming, and what she will hear.