Does it make you mad that we have not been privy to all the defense depositions that were recently released? My nose is out of joint! But, I do understand the media needs to make money.
Apparently most media outlets had an appetite for the defense depositions that were filed on Friday, March 18th, though they have not published them, they DID obtain them. Here’s the kicker: The cost per page is $1.00, which is a bit of cash for each media outlet to dole out for this feast.
The Orlando TV news stations are very competitive – they all want ratings, as well as website “hits” to lure more advertisers. WFTV.com, which has been, in my opinion, the best source for news on the case, is holding the depositions back, even though, the day they received them, they promised to post them. Of course, they never did.
WESH talked about the depositions in a story, but never posted any documents.
The Central Florida News – 13 Station, another media player, developed a strategy. They are releasing bits and pieces of the depositions on their website, preceded by some fanfare, for a return on their $3000 investment in purchasing the transcripts. Smart of them? I think so. Their numbers (ratings) will increase, which means more advertising money rolling in for them.
Hal Boedeker, TV Guy, Orlando Sentinel, wrote a story about this today on his Orlando Sentinel blog. Here’s the link to the story.
Hal tells us that, yes, all the 3000 and some odd pages of depositions were filed with the Clerk of Court on Friday – the same day as the big news about the two recent show-stopper court decisions – the Miranda ruling, and the Agents of the State ruling. The rulings were a bigger news story, apparently, though the depositions – to our hungry appetite for information – was big news, too!
The Robyn Adams Deposition
Robyn was the friend Casey made early on in her incarceration. As you may remember, Robyn saved most of the notes and letters that she and Casey shared. Instead of “flushing them” she mailed them to a friend for safe keeping, most likely realizing the letters would be useful someday, though she claims that Casey and the jail experience was an important part of her life, and she wanted the letters as reminders of days past. Plus, she said, she saves everything.
The Central Florida News-13 station published a very tiny portion (19 pages), of the Robyn Adams deposition. There is very little “news” other than the revelation from Robyn that she thought Casey had a good heart. This upsets my digestion, but, to each his own.
Robyn recounts that, when it was thought that Caylee’s remains were found at J. Blanchard Park (it was big news at the time), Casey told Robyn it was not Caylee.
But then, on December 11th, when poor Caylee’s remains were found, Robyn says:
Robyn: When — when investigators found Caylee, before the remains were identified as Caylee, that night was a rare occasion where we did not speak. (Notice, she says “investigators” found Caylee. She is unaware of Kronk. Inmates have limited access to news in the jail)
Baez: Why is that?
Robyn: She didn’t want to speak at all. She didn’t want to talk to anybody.
Later in the transcript, Robyn says:
Robyn: That night, I was watching TV, and I saw them — they had roadblocks up and everything. And they said that — they were showing news from prior — from earlier in that day, and they said they had found remains not far away from her house in Orlando in a wooded area. And I wanted to talk to her that night. I wanted to talk to her that night because I wanted to know that she was okay. I wanted to see if she needed anything that I could possibly give to her, even if it’s just a hand to hold, I guess.
And then later:
Baez: Okay. And you said you spoke to Casey the following evening?
Baez: Okay. How did that communication occur?
Robyn: She was in rare form. She — her eyes were bloodshot. She had been — she was hysterical. She was a mess. She was a mess.
Baez: Okay. How did that communication occur though?
Robyn: Through the door.
Baez: Okay. So did Officer Hernandez allow you to get out?
Baez: Okay. And she allowed you to go and have communication with Casey through her door?
Baez: Okay. And what did Casey tell you?
Robyn: Casey said that they found — found the body in this wooded area of her house.
Baez: Did she say what was the condition of her body
Robyn: She said it was in a black bag and a baby blanket, is what they found.
Baez: She say anything else, anything more than that?
Robyn: No, she didn’t
Baez: And what did you say?
Robyn: All I could say was, I’m — I’m sorry, maybe that’s — maybe it’s not her, maybe it’s not Caylee.
Baez: And what was her response to that?
Robyn: She was just crying. She just kept crying.
Robyn didn’t realize the significance of Casey’s telling her about the “black bag and the baby blanket,” but everyone else involved with the case understood what it meant. Only the person who placed the baby in the black bags with the baby blanket, would know these details. Only the killer would know.
This is a very damning piece of testimony that will be critical to the State’s case. Although putting a jail inmate on the stand is always dicey, this testimony will not be a problem, I don’t think. The Jury will have insight into the relationship between Robyn and Casey as a result of the letters between the two of them. The letters tend to make the relationship more credible, and important to the both of them.
Later in the interview, Robyn tells Baez (and Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane-Burdick were also present), that Casey hinted that her parents may be involved in Caylee’s death. You’ll find this on page 45 of the transcript.
I’ve included all the links (below) to the tidbits that have been released thus far by Central Florida News – 13.
We can only hope that WFTV gives us the whole feast of depositions soon.
These appetizers are fine, but it leaves me still hungry for more!
- Robyn Adams transcripts: Click here.
- Brian Burner: Click here.
- Michael Vincent (OCSO CSI) Click here.