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So, we got a little preview of the much maligned 48 Hours Mystery show, titled: “Only Casey Knows,” as seen on ClickOrlando (WKMG).  Link to video preview.

Beware, this preview is a despicable example of lawyers who have lost their minds.  These lawyers are crazy.  Every single  one of them (with the exception of Anne Finnel), is nuts.

In his column today (link), Hal Boedeker explains that the airing of this show is raising eyebrows and calling into question whether this kind of reporting is ethical.  Does this show undermine our system of justice – before the system has a chance to work?  CBS doesn’t think so.  They have no shame.

The jury system, though not perfect, it is our system and tainting it goes against principle in every sense.  Let’s just put the jury system on hold to try the Casey Anthony case.

Sure!  Why not!

We have a jury system for a reason.  Trials should not be argued in the media, unless juror bias is the goal.

Clearly that HAS to be the goal here.

In most instances, lawyers shy away from the media since anything they say can be distorted, or misconstrued, causing harm to their client.  It’s a no brainer.  The more information in the media, the greater the chance of undermining a case – allowing untruths and rumors to muddy the waters and hurt a case.

But, if you’re Baez and Cheney and you have no case, well, you need those muddy waters.

Like desperate bottom feeders, the goal is to attract potential jurors, trying to change their sensibilities.

Also, the defense wants to get Casey Anthony’s “testimony” out in the public domain without her taking the stand.

Which story will they float?  Will it be one of these:

  • The brother abused Casey so she lost her mind?
  • The grandfather was an abuser, therefore he’s a murderer that Casey ran from?
  • It was a pool accident?
  • Jesse Grund took her?
  • Asphyxiation via duct tape was done by a kidnapper?
  • The grandfather did it?
  • The uncle did it?
  • The grandmother did it?
  • A cute little Martian from Planet (Up) Uranus did it?

Pick your poison.

What are the problems with all these excuses?  First, none of them are true, and second, not a thread of evidence points to anyone but the defendant.

Now, the defense could ask George, Lee, Cindy, or John Doe if they had anything thing to do with the death or disappearance of Caylee and plant the seed that perhaps there’s another story.   But it will fool no one.

Maybe Casey will take the stand to explain away what happened?  She’s a darn good liar, this we know.  Could she pull it off?

Fat chance.

Most defense attorneys, when they interview a client to determine whether to accept their case, immediately tell the client, “I don’t want to know if you did it (the crime).”  The reason for this is simple.  A lawyer could NOT legally put a client on the stand if they know the client will commit perjury under oath.

The defense knows Casey is guilty, but if she has maintained her innocence, they could put her on the stand, I suppose, but they shouldn’t.

The defense is not above creating stories or hypotheticals, pretending that a child who was double bagged and dumped like trash in the woods, was not murdered.  They can try to pretend the smell of decomposition in a trunk is really garbage, or make 31 days partying seem like an act of contrition or penance, but it won’t work.

In the 48 Hours preview, Linda Kenney Baden, says about the Zanny the Nanny story, “I think everyone knows that that was a lie. Her actions have been her own worst enemy.”  First of all, why would the defense want this statement out in the public?  Is it to suggest that Casey is now telling the truth about everything?  Create the sense that she’s now telling the truth so the defense lawyers can say, a liar doesn’t a murderer make?

In Hal Boedeker’s story in the Orlando Sentinel, he speaks with Bob Jarvis, a professor of law at Nova Southeastern University, who discusses Linda Kenney Baden’s statement about “Zanny the Nanny” story never being true:

One of the ethics rules is that you be fair to the court and not impede the administration of justice.  You can make an argument that by going on TV that you’re poisoning the jury pool and you’re making it harder to seat an unbiased jury. Even if you’re a former attorney, you’re an officer of the court. This is a duty you have to the judge.

Cheney Mason is having too much fun to be bothered by ethics or fairness in the face of the Court, or in the name of justice.  Jose Baez has too much to loose if this case implodes – justice be damned.

Now, let’s get real here.  The defense lawyers can pretend and pontificate until they’re blue in the face, or until our Martian from Planet (Up) Uranus lands in the courtroom and cops to the crime.

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