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31
May

cindy’s agony

It was a horrible, horrible day in Courtroom 23-A for Cindy Anthony.

I kept thinking, “Oh dear God.”   Seeing Cindy collapse on the stand as she listened to the 911 call in which she reported Caylee missing, was gut wrenching. Heart breaking.

Anyone watching Cindy – forced to relive July 15, 2008, felt her pain.  But, not Casey.  She sat there looking like black granite, stone cold, blank and hard.

It was as if Cindy was reliving the moment when she over-heard Casey telling Lee that Caylee has been missing for 31 days.  Bringing back that time was brutally painful.  Agonizing.

Cindy heard the 911 calls today.  This was probably the first time she’d heard them.

As the third 911 tape played, Cindy slouched down in her chair – collapsing under the rail of the witness stand, unable to hold her head up while dissolving into the most heart-wrenching sobs.

A trial-watcher today said that Cindy was sobbing in the courtroom bathroom during the break.  Her sobs could be heard down the halls of the courtroom.

It all came rushing back to her, it seemed, forcing her to accept the cruel reality of Caylee’s death; Casey’s guilt.

Who could walk in her shoes? 

There but for the grace of God go I.

I realized today why Cindy Anthony was living in denial for so long.  She needed to live in her own dream world, where time stood still, or went backwards to a time when hope would spring eternal for Caylee, the love of her and George’s life.

The stark difference between Cindy’s heart-wrenching agony, and the bland-hearted stare of Casey Anthony was so unbelievable and surely not lost on the jury.

The Cross Examination

I saw some of Jose Baez’ cross examination.  He did not disappoint and did his level best to help the State of Florida make their case.

Baez threw into Cindy’s face questions about Casey’s imaginary friends.   Baez wanted the jury to know how odd Cindy was to continue to believe in “Zanny the Nanny,” suggesting that Cindy Anthony was a lot like Casey, in that respect.

In fact, Baez asked her a couple of times, “aren’t you and Casey a lot alike?”   Now, was he suggesting that Cindy is somehow disturbed like her daughter?  What was the point of that line of questioning?  There was no point.

Oh, Baez did not disappoint today. He was his usual self, though not as hard on Cindy as he was on George.  He knew better than to destroy Cindy who was already destroyed.  He could kiss his defense good-bye if he attacked Cindy.

Why did Baez have to keep saying “Zanny the Nanny” in his cynical way, even after Cindy explained that Casey called her Zanny?

Baez just has to get little “digs” into people.  He is not happy unless he’s editorializing, making fun of witnesses, trying to show how smart he is – what a good, dramatic lawyer he is.  The truth is, he was, unbelievably, even more ineffective today.

Baez would like the jurors to see a disturbed Cindy, and a deviant George.  The jury, however, will say, “No, Mr. Baez,  Casey Anthony, your client, is a monster.

Listen to Casey’s jail call, which the jurors heard today, and you’ll learn all you need about how Casey Anthony ran the Anthony’s lives until she finally destroyed it.

Today was so difficult to watch…. I am so sorry for Cindy and George Anthony.

I had trouble watching Cindy testify.

It is difficult to write about it.

30
May

baez the abuser (of justice)

In the State v. Casey Anthony case, attorney Jose Baez is trying to weave his own version of reasonable doubt, using George Anthony as bait.

Does Baez really think this abuse story will add reasonable doubt to lessen Casey Anthony’s actions during those 31 days of her  beautiful-life, bliss?

Oh please.

His allegations are so outrageous, and so poorly planned, that it makes me wonder what the heck has Baez been doing these past three years?  What was he doing?    Apparently not much.

No lawyer – especially if they’d never tried a death penalty case – would play with someone’s life like this.  How could Baez pretend he has what it takes to defend a case that cannot be rationally defended?  Most lawyers would have explained to Casey Anthony that her case cannot be won, there is too much evidence against her, and she needs to discuss an alternative sentence, i.e. a plea deal.

Furthermore, it should be malpractice for an attorney to take a case he doesn’t have the experience to defend.

Just because your client says they’re innocent doesn’t mean the lawyer has to believe it!

You may think, it’s easy for me to sit here and judge.  And, that’s true. However, anyone with a single iota of common sense or appreciation for the law, will clearly see what I see.

The Baez Scam

What Baez has created in only the first week of the trial, is the opportunity for the jurors to realize, in no uncertain terms, that his client is indeed guilty.

Baez admits she lied; she’s irresponsible; she made up the Nanny; she lied to Law Enforcement; to her parents, her friends, and even to her boyfriend.  Why?  She was abused, Baez claims.

So, how did he come up with these abuse claims?   Clearly this came from the letters Casey Anthony wrote to Robyn Adams while in jail in which Casey Anthony has discussed her past.

I will say that it may be true that Lee did something to abuse Casey, because she told Jesse, and Tony about it.  However, I would not doubt that the Lee allegations are a figment of her imagination and a ploy for attention or sympathy.

Lee Anthony received special attention in his teen years as a result of some form of autoimmune problem.  He was unable to play sports and I believe he was out of High School for a while during his rehabilitation.  As such, Lee received special attention, and no doubt Casey was jealous.  It appears that Casey was jealous of the attention and lavish gifts and love that Cindy and George Anthony heaped on Caylee.  I wonder, did Casey create a lie about Lee to get sympathy from her mother?

The Young Girl

When Jose Baez referred to Casey Anthony as a young girl, it was to present her as a victim since her youth.  An attempt to try to get the jury to see her as young and harmless – as a young loving mother.

Mr. Baez says in his opening statement,

Casey cried and cried and asked for her father’s help.  She should have been stronger and called 911, but her death was covered up.  Why did George do this?  Why did he cover it up?

Why did George cover it up?!!  Wasn’t Casey a party to this, also?  Poor young Casey, she was deathly afraid of her father who threatened to expose her as a neglectful mother.

Just a pile of nonsense!  Pure, unadulterated nonsense!

When the State of Florida plays the recording of Casey from the jail in which she sounds like a witch who could care less for her daughter, the jury’s eyes will be opened WIDE.

When the jury sees the jail tapes – the cold, calculated way Casey reacted to questions about Caylee, and calling herself the victim, they will know who Casey really is.

When they hear Casey’s reaction (in the jail videos), cynically saying, “Surprise, surprise,” to her mother’s mention of the rumors that Caylee drowned in their pool, the jury will know George had nothing to do with Caylee’s death.   And there was NO drowning.

If Caylee drowned (and we will never know if she did or not), was it due to Casey drowning her?  Did Casey intend for Caylee to drown?  Is that why the ladder was left up?

I don’t think drowning is a plausible scenario given Casey’s reaction in that jail video.

The Anthony’s Attorney Intervenes

Last week, the State of Florida filed a motion in limine to require the Defense to stop the references to items not in evidence, such as the abuse claims.  Judge Perry granted the motion and the defense responded with a speaking motion to declare a mistrial.  Of course, that was denied.

At the close of Saturday’s testimony, Mark Lippman notified the court of the Anthony’s wish to file a motion in this case.  Judge Perry asked the State and the Defense if there were any objections.  The State (of course) did not object, the Defense did.

Judge Perry will hear the motion tomorrow morning, at 8:30 a.m.

Attorney Richard Hornsby wrote a superb post about this.  You will enjoy reading it, I promise!  The Hornsby post.

The best outcome from all of this would be for the Judge to give the jury an instruction to disregard the Defense statements about the abuse or the drowning.  We all know there is no evidence of drowning!

There is no evidence of abuse other than Casey Anthony’s self-serving letters to Robyn Adams.  The problem for Baez, the jail letters with Casey’s abuse claims are inadmissible.

To introduce any abuse into the trial would have to be from Casey Anthony herself, on the stand.

Is Casey that bold?

Who’s the Abuser?

There are two abusers in this story, and they are two peas in a pod:  Casey and Baez are the two abusers of justice, truth, and honesty.

With any luck, Judge Perry will drop the curtain on this ridiculous fiction – this moronic abuse of the truth.

29
May

“something’s not right here”

“Something’s not right here,” was Jose Baez’ main refrain during his opening statement, in the State v. Casey Anthony trial.

Baez is right.  It is crystal clear that something is not right in that Orlando courtroom.  Jose Baez is what is not right – he is the most deceitful, and despicable lawyer, bar none.

Baez is a laughing stock.  The man is trying to embody how he thinks a good lawyer behaves in a courtroom.

Seeing him in that courtroom is like watching a goon, or a criminal who is representing himself in court.   You’ve probably seen how horrible it is when the accused is so ego-driven they insist on defending themselves?  How they strut and flaunt themselves in the courtroom, making horrible mistakes because they don’t know the law, and end up failing miserably.

That’s how I see Baez.

He’s not really a lawyer, he’s acting the part of a lawyer.  He’s a caricature of a TV lawyer.  TV lawyers think and act as if drama will save the day.  It’s all drama for Baez.

Baez’ actions and demeanor in that courtroom are horrendous.  His bullying of the sympathetic George Anthony was so horrible and inhumane that any person with a scintilla of compassion will hate Baez for his behavior.

My brother, Tom, is a Criminal Defense Attorney with over twenty years of experience trying death penalty cases.

I spoke with him yesterday after he watched some of the trial.  He told me, Baez is the worst attorney he has ever seen in all the years he’s practiced law.

He said, Baez is helping the state make its case with his wild pronouncements of all the wrongs his client is guilty of.  For Baez to admit his client is a liar, and “not right in the head,” is absolutely preposterous.  But, Tom said, perhaps Baez is trying to lay the foundation for the penalty phase.  Stupid way to do it.

To illustrate how incompetent Baez is, my brother gave me a lesson on how to impeach witnesses, as Baez hasn’t yet learned how.

Tom said that the bullying and the cynicism that Baez engages in, is a great way to turn the jurors against a lawyer and his client.

Jurors don’t want to know the lawyer’s editorial comments, they want to see proof and facts.

Tom and I had a good laugh about the gas can testimony – when Baez was trying to get George Anthony to testify regarding a photo that was not yet in evidence, and Judge Perry had to say “it’s not in evidence!” over and over and over.

The fact that Jose Baez is not death penalty qualified is absolutely something that is glaring in this case.  To become qualified, one has to try a number of Murder One cases.  Generally lawyers start as second chair in a case, and then as lead counsel before they try a death penalty case.  Also, a conscientious Criminal Defense Attorney takes certification courses, attends seminars, and reads a lot of case law before attempting to try such an important case.

I don’t mean to trash Mr. Baez just because he’s defending Casey Anthony – that is not the case at all.  But it is so irritating to see Baez in that courtroom.  He’s incompetent, and I feel he’s dishonest.

I wonder how he will handle Cindy Anthony?

Cindy’s about-face – remarkable

It was Saturday’s testimony by Cindy Anthony that completely changed my feelings for her, for the pain she and George have suffered and continued to suffer.

I have not forgotten the less than sympathetic antics she’s pulled over the last couple of years.   I cannot imagine having to go through the hell she and George have gone through, but I believe she and George have now come full-circle and are on the road to regaining their dignity.

Over the last few months, the Anthony’s have been very quiet.  We only heard from them when they testified (with hostility) in recent  pretrial hearings.  Of course, this was during a time when their love and belief in their daughter, Casey Anthony, was rock-solid.  Yes, that  was an easier time for the Anthony’s, though their life since July 15th 2008, was far from easy.  Now, the Anthony’s are living with a hell so evil it’s unthinkable.

Who would destroy their own parents, who have already been destroyed so horribly?  It’s difficult to fathom the depth of the hate that Casey Anthony must have – the evil within her.

What does this say about the lawyers who are supporting this incoherent tactic?  They are just as despicable.  How could these defense attorney’s go with the theory of molestation with no evidence to support it?

Perhaps they would answer, “We believe in our client, and trust she is telling us the truth.”  But, what Casey says is not evidence of anything.  Casey Anthony is a liar, a total liar.   If the defense is banking on Casey’s word, then they have a seriously damaged problem.

What jury will believe what Baez said on opening?  I have no doubt that every single juror has already discounted everything Baez has said, and if he had any credibility during his first few moments of his opening statement, it’s gone now.  When you lose credibility with jurors, my brother said, there’s no way to regain it.  The client pays for the misdeeds of the lawyer.

This first week of testimony set the stage for the defense and gave the State a set of circumstances they can easily overcome.  The State will prove Mr. Roy Kronk is a nice guy who did a very good thing. The State will portray how thorough Law Enforcement was in this case, though the defense will attempt to make the Richard Cain scenario into more than it was, they will use that situation to their advantage – or maybe not!

Baez said he will concentrate on the lack of evidence in Casey’s car.  He will illustrate how much confusion there is over the car, and that this aspect of the case will lengthen the trial, unfortunately.

Baez told the jurors “we are here to find out exactly how Caylee died.” He said, “this is the reason for the trial.”

He told the jury they will see “a sign here, a sign there” that will tell them why something is not right in this case.

He told the jury, “sexual abuse does things to people and some are forced to live with it.”

Baez then said, “In this sad tragedy, it had to happen to Casey.”  What a odd thing to say…. “it had” to happen?  Is he really saying, it “must” have happened because Casey told him it did?

Baez made so many absurd statements in his opening – I wish I had a transcript to illustrate how many times he messed up.  For instance, when talking about when the “drowning” occurred, he actually said, “we don’t know when it happened – if it was in the morning or the afternoon.  Well, it happened in the morning,” he corrected himself.

Baez said, “Casey cried and cried and asked for her father’s help.  She should have been stronger and called 911, but she didn’t.  And so, Caylee’s  death was covered up.  Why did goerge do this?  Why did he cover it up?”

Do you know of anything that substantiates this?  I don’t.

Baez goes on to say, “But, unfortunately, did Cindy leave the ladder up?  We don’t know.  Cindy tells coworkers that someone is swimming in the pool.  Someone left the ladder on the pool.”

Clearly it was Casey who would have left it up.  Did she jump in the pool to rid herself of any evidence of the murder?

Baez said, “George took steps to be so far away from this case that Casey would take the blame.  He threw his very own daughter under the bus to save himself, he said.”

Again, with regards to George, he says, “George reports gas cans stolen – how foolish… who would report gas cans missing?!! Who?  The reason why will come to light six months later.  Why didn’t George Anthony tell anyone about the gas can incident with Casey?”

Blah, blah, blah.  It is just a lot of talk that will amount to absolutely nothing but embarrassment.

If Baez really wants to float the preposterous theories he made in his opening statement, he will have to have Casey take the stand.  There is absolutely no other way to get any of this so-called “evidence” in.  Casey Anthony cannot testify via testimony from others, it’s not allowed.  The only way testimony that supports Baez’ theory will come in is via Casey taking the stand.

What a disaster that would be.  What a tremendous day in court it would be, too!

28
May

Hand stands

My niece is doing hand stands for me!

Today was a great day!! And what an incredible day in the trial today – Cindy did a complete about-face, didn’t she? I’m blogging on my phone…. It’s been that kind of day!

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27
May

baez: a waste, a huge waste

Although I missed most of the testimony today, I did see highlights and read the “tweets” that occur during the day, while I’m at work.  Okay, I admit it, I’d rather be watching the trial and blogging than working all day… Darn it!

My day “usually” ends at 5:00, but today was a bit different.  My day ended close to 6:30 because I’d locked my darn keys in my car!  It took so long for AAA to arrive – well, it was a rainy Friday night, so that was expected…

Anyway, I’m very behind in my review of the trial today!

What I do know from what I have reviewed thus far of today’s testimony, is this.  Jose Baez is a waste; a huge waste.

Is it possible he believes he is doing a good job in courtroom 23?  Is it possible that he believes his “theory” makes any sense at all?  Is it possible that he doesn’t realize that he needs to sit down and shut up because he is hurting his client?

As Bill Shaeffer said today, what Mr. Baez is doing to George Anthony is cruel.  Kathi Belich said, it’s like Baez is kicking a victim when he’s down.

How, how, how does Mr. Baez think the jury cannot see his total desperation?  He was picking, relentlessly picking at George, trying to get under his skin!  It’s as if Mr. Baez is trying to get evidence to support his defense theory by getting George to blow up on the stand.

The trial has only begun, and we have miles to go before we can draw any concrete conclusions as to the exact outcome….. But, the defense case is not adding up.

The jury simply has to do simple math, 1 plus 2 = 3, to know the facts in this case.

Mr. Baez would like the jury to do a different math.

As Mr. Ashton said today, “Mr. Anthony, if Caylee had been tossed in the  swamp by you after she drowned, we would not be talking about decomposition in Casey’s car, would we?”

Explain that, Mr. Baez!

26
May

gas, grass: the gross defense continues

Today’s proceedings in the State of Florida v. Casey Anthony brought fireworks, and a flurry of former men in Casey’s life.

The fireworks came as a result of the bizarre, laborious, and ridiculous witness questioning by attorney Jose Baez.

Poor George Anthony.  He was subjected to the same questions over and over and over and over again.  The cross examination of George Anthony should have taken all of ten minutes, with Mr. Baez, it took over an hour!

IT. IS. NOT. IN. EVIDENCE!!!

The most bizarre part of the testimony?  Baez kept referring to pictures of gas cans that were not in evidence yet.  If Judge Perry said it once, he said this ten times:  “Mr. Baez, this photo is not in evidence.”   Then, more pointedly, Judge Perry, grinding his teeth, seethed, “MR. BAEZ, THIS.  PHOTOGRAPH.  IS.  NOT.  IN.  EVIDENCE.”

Then a sidebar, where Judge Perry apparently attempted to make it very clear to Mr. Baez, the photo was not in evidence.

So, what did Baez do?  He referred to the photo of the gas can again!

Judge Perry said, “AS.  I.  SAID.  A.  MOMENT.  AGO.  AT.  SIDEBAR.,  THIS.  PHOTO.  IS.  NOT-IN-EVIDENCE-DO-NOT-REFER-TO-IT-AGAIN!”

My mother watched the replay of the trial with me this evening, via WFTV, and I agree with her assessment of Baez.  She said, “The jury will not like Baez at all.”  I totally agree – and I agree with her that it is so important for a jury to like the attorneys, or at least, have confidence in their honest.

I think Baez has already blown his credibility with the jury.  I have no doubt they are getting very impatient with his petty questions, his cynicism, and his constant smirk.

By the way, there was also a time when Baez actually asked George Anthony about his attorney – twice!  Both Jeff Ashton and Judge Perry shouted at him to stop!  (There is this thing called attorney-client privilege, and it’s sacrosanct, Baez doesn’t care, obviously.)

The former men in Casey’s life

Richardo Morales, Troy Brown, Iassen Dovnov, Dante Salati, Christopher Stutz, Matthew Crisp, and Tony Lazzarro were on the stand today.

They all did very well!

Baez questioned Ricardo Morales about his picture of a man and a woman, and the caption has to do with subduing a woman with chloroform.  My question is this.  WHY, WHY would Baez try to make something about this chloroform issue when he is asserting that Caylee drowned??

It’s unclear what point he was trying to make, but he wanted to know if Casey had seen that picture.  Ricardo didn’t know.  Baez does not make any points in his questioning – it’s very odd.  It’s difficult to know where he is leading.  I am sure the jury is confused, too.

Melissa England also testified – she was dating Troy Brown at the time.  Both she and Troy Brown testified to the evening they went out as a group, with Casey Anthony.  They testified to Casey being her regular happy self until she got a series of two phone calls.  This was on July 3rd, in the evening, when Casey’s brother Lee was looking for her.  Casey was visibly shaken and very upset, they both said.

So many young people got dragged into this nightmare; they’re all between the ages of 22 to 26, or so, just on the cusp of establishing themselves in the world… One cannot help but feel for them having to relive the terrible tragedy of Caylee’s death once again.  No doubt they want justice as much as anyone, I just feel for them having to go through this.

Tomorrow morning, at 8:30 a.m., there will be a State Motion in Limine argued.  The State is filing this motion to limit Baez in his questioning and cross of witnesses about sexual abuse, and the other claims he made in the opening statement, UNTIL such time Baez can bring forth evidence to support their obnoxious claims.

That should be interesting!

25
May

day 2: a parade passes by

The second day of testimony, in the State v. Casey Anthony, was certainly less dramatic than the abuse and murder allegations made against George Anthony during yesterday’s defense opening statements.

The State scheduled a virtual parade of witnesses, and as they did yesterday, they are methodical in building their case.

There were a couple of wins for the defense today, too.  However, in the grand scheme of things, it won’t count for much. The wins I am referring to are the fact that one of the witnesses today recalled riding in Casey’s car in mid June, after Caylee was deceased, and didn’t notice any odor in the car.

Witnesses testifying today all said Casey was an attentive and loving mother whenever they’d seen her with Caylee.  Although one witness, Maria Kissh, discussed that little Caylee seemed unsupervised when she was visiting Tony Lazzarro’s apartment, for the most part, the theme seemed to be “good mom.”

The witnesses included Tony Lazzaro, his roommates, plus one of one the roommates girlfriends, Maria Kissh;  we heard from the Fusion Night Club “shot girls” today, and George and Cindy’s neighbor, Brian Burner from whom Casey borrowed the shovel.  He testified to the two times Casey backed into the garage in her parents home, something Brian Burner had never seen anyone do in that family.

Baez asked Mr. Burner:  Are you something of a nosy neighbor?

It appeared as if the defense was all over the place today.  When Baez had the opportunity to cross examine Tony, he asked the most inane questions with regards to Casey’s purchases at all the stores the two of them went to.

He asked Lazzarro over and over: Did Casey purchase a gun at these locations? Did she purchase a knife, or other weapons?  Did she purchase chloroform?!!  It was a seriously stupid line of questioning!  Lazzarro seemed to be incredulous, too.

It was interesting to see Tony Lazzarro on the stand!  He’s a nice-looking young man; he handled himself quite well, too.  He’s on the stand again, tomorrow, 9:00 a.m.

Jose Baez, we learned today, is trying his damnedest to get testimony from Casey into the trial without her taking the stand.  It will not work!  Today, his slimy attempt was to ask Tony, Did Casey tell you about any abuse by her father? 

Objection! Sustained!

The fact is, for any evidence of abuse, sexual or otherwise, that happened to Casey, she will have to testify about it to get it on the record.  There is no other way around it.

This case, that the whole country is watching with interest, is a laughing stock already with regards to the defense team’s conduct.

Baez, in my opinion, has already lost credibility with the jury.  He is messing up, asking stupid questions, and his opening statements do not jive in the least with what the witnesses are testifying to.  For instance, in the opening, Baez says, Casey came around the corner of the patio and saw George with a deceased Caylee in his arms.  Right?  So then, according to Baez, Casey immediately began to cry profusely – she was a total mess as a result of the “accidental drowning,” is what Baez would like us to believe.

It’s not going to fly.  Because, if this is true, how then did Casey go to Blockbuster that very evening, rent two movies with Tony, sleep with him, and then spend the next day in bed with him, never once crying or seeming sad?  Furthermore, every witness today, one by one, portrayed  Casey as fun, outgoing, never sad, just herself, etc.

How can this be?  How does a loving, caring mother show no emotion after the death of her own flesh and blood?  The jury will never believe it.

Also, how does Casey leave her daughter with her father if he is a sexual abuser?  The fact is, she would NOT have done this!  Allowing one’s child to be exposed to the same abuse you suffered is not at all characteristic of an abuse victim.

Surely the State will have testimony to support this.

I thought it was interesting to learn that Tony Lazzarro did not give Casey permission to use his Jeep while he was away, in New York.  It’s not surprising, just interesting and another example of her disregard for anyone other than herself.

Also, we learned that Casey took it upon herself to “manage” the Fusion “shot-girls,” it was not an official job or responsibility given to her, but she was caring and protective of the shot girls.   How about that for a dichotomy!  She’s busy drinking, dancing, and protecting these shot-girls like their mother, yet as a mother, she can’t cry for her own deceased daughter?

In other happenings today, we saw a terrible display of rage this morning when Baez, walking down the street to the courthouse, was bumped into by a camera man.  Baez’ response?  “What the fuck,” he screamed, slamming his briefcase to the pavement. Like a little boy on the playground.

Here’s the link: http://www.wftv.com/video/28018147/index.html

This is not the behavior of a confident lawyer.

I have said it before and I will say it again, based on the performance of Baez in that courtroom, if Casey is sentenced to die, it is Baez who delivered her.

The defense “story” makes no sense whatsoever, and the defense is no match for the State of Florida, this is abundantly clear.

As Shakespeare wrote, in Macbeth, the defense’s case “…is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

24
May

enough to make you hurl

I wanted to hurl.

Hearing the lie upon lie upon lie from the lips of the despicable Jose Baez (who mangles the English language, by the way), made me sick to my stomach.

Mr. Baez told some story, didn’t he?

Baez took certain known facts of this case, which would have come out via the State’s case, and twisted them to such an extent that I found myself thinking, there is no lie too good for this man.  How low will this defense go?

We heard today how low they will go.  They will play with fire.  They will make accusations that are evil.

However, we must remember that opening statements are an opportunity for an attorney to explain their case as they would like it to turn out.

Things said in opening statements  do not have to be factual.

But, if the defense promises to deliver proof to the jury of what is said during the opening, they’d better stick to that promise, because the jury will remember these things.

And, sure enough, Baez already broke one of those promises when he failed to convince anyone, in his cross of George Anthony, that 1) he is able to effectively cross examine a witness, 2) that he has any proof of George’s indiscretions with his daughter, and 3) that George had knowledge of Caylee drowning or that George was complicit in hiding the truth about the “accident.”

Suggesting that George had anything to do with Caylee’s death is about as believable as suggesting that a bag full of garbage could smell like a dead body.

Speaking of which, Baez took a page out of Cindy Anthony’s book when he said the garbage in the Pontiac Sunfire, was the cause of the horrific smell.  Baez said, “the car was in the hot Florida sun for 3 weeks.”

Who’s Desperate?

Baez put on a show of total desperation.  Though Baez spoke of the desperation of law enforcement to blame the murder on his client, the allegations Baez put forth today were beyond the beyond of desperation.

I don’t know if I can contain my anger right now.  So, I want to say, first off, I was very proud of George Anthony for his toughness today.

Though, he did talk a bit too much at times, he did a fantastic job  keeping it together today.  I felt very sorry for George.

The Home Run

There were quite a few stunning moments today, the best of which was the moment when Jeff Ashton called George Anthony as witness number one!  Jose Baez clearly was not expecting this and he was knocked off his game – totally screwed his cross examination of George.

It was absolutely BRILLIANT of the Prosecution to call George first!  It was incredibly well timed and completely knocked the defense completely for a loop.  Jeff Ashton was a cool as a cucumber and as perfectly pitched as a anyone could be while he questioned George.  He was kind, respectful, and patient with George.

When the defense began to hint that George would be the fall guy, I thought that both Cindy and George Anthony would end up being prosecution witnesses – helpful to their side.   This may very well end up being true.  The defense will rip the Anthony’s up so cruelly that every one, including the jurors, will be very sympathetic toward the Anthony’s.

Of course, it is no surprise the defense would use the Anthony family as road kill, but I never, never, never dreamed it would be a vicious, as low, and as deplorable as what we heard today.

Caylee was never missing, says Baez, she drowned in a terrible accident.

The jury will be asked to accept the idea of Casey’s silence in the face of George’s intimidation of her.

Could any one of us even dream that Baez would say that George Anthony abused Casey to the point of fornication?

Who could even imagine these disgusting and reprehensible allegations, that we know are not true, could even be asked?

First of all, this “theory” of the defense is a result of Casey Anthony writing to her jail house pal, Robyn Adams.  Casey suggested to Robyn that Lee abused her sexually.  Casey told a few people about this.

Then, in her letters to Robyn, Casey does not say outright that George abused her, instead she tells Robyn that she’s having strange memories coming back to her that George may have also abused her.

Dreams.

I would like to know how the defense makes the leap of faith from a suggestion in a letter about a dream to now say, in open court, that when she was eight years old, George put his penis in Casey’s mouth?

Dear God, what could be more despicable?

Hell has special places for persons who would suggest such things.

Poor Kronk

The defense team, we now know, is not done with Roy Kronk.  But, Kronk will hold up.  I have no doubt he will be okay through this – well, I hope so.

Baez, incredibly suggests that Roy Kronk had a hand in hiding the body.

There are other things that Baez suggested today, such as:

  • Caylee drowned in family pool
  • George assisted in disposal of body
  • FBI was so concerned about the father of Caylee, says Baez, they gave Lee a paternity test. When asked about it, Lee said he’d talk about it when the time was right
  • Follow the duct tape, says Baez, it will tell you who put Caylee in the woods
  • George wanted to take his own life because of what he did, hence the suicide attempt
  • Casey hid her pain, in a dark corner of her mind all this time

This jury will see through the ploy of a daughter so desperate to do anything to walk out of jail that she’d accuse her own father, the brother she adored, of the most horrible things.

As we know, the defense is desperate.  I have been saying for months that they have no case whatsoever and so must put the blame on George.

Of course no one believes for one moment that George had ANYTHING to do with the death of Caylee.

If all the things that Baez suggested today are true, how will they be proved?  Ah!  There’s the rub!  Not a bit of what he said can be proved.

The only way to get any of these accusations before the jury is to put Casey Anthony on the stand.  That would not work, we know.

So, this evil and sick lie will go no where, in the end.  Jose Baez will have nothing to show for the sick allegations he made today.

And, the last thing I want to say is this:

Officers of the Court should not lie, but they do.  Baez did.

24
May

and so it begins; we remember

Caylee Anthony in photos, in happier times.

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23
May

a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

Though tomorrow is not where the journey begins – it began on June 16, 2008, the day Caylee died – it feels like it’s going to be a new journey, doesn’t it?

Here we are, on the eve of the first day of the Casey Anthony trial, and the Defense team is readying their ammo, polishing their guns in hopes their big moment on the stage is not “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Shakespeare, Macbeth)

These words are uttered by the character Macbeth after hearing of his wife’s death.  He is in despair and speaks as if life means nothing – it is a petty show with bad actors, he says.

Macbeth goes on to say how easily life can be snuffed out, like a candle, leaving not even a shadow behind.

Macbeth’s monologue came to me this evening as I was thinking of what the defense team could possibly come up with in their opening statement.  They are going to have to fill the courtroom with a sound and a fury that signifies SOMETHING.

What will they pretend happened to Caylee?

Jose Baez is so sure we’ll be shocked when we hear the reasoning behind what happened. Everything will be understood then, he told us. The mystery will be solved.

BUT… there’s a small problem… Casey will have to testify!

Casey cannot testify.  It would be suicide.  Her performance will be the tale told by an idiot because the State would rip her apart so easily, it would be child’s play.

Some legal pundits say Casey will take the stand;  it’s her only hope, they say.  I say, no way, unless the case is going so badly for the defense that is the final Hail-Mary.

We will know soon enough what tale they will tell….

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Doesn’t Shakespeare seem to be talking about the bombast of the Defense in this case?

The quote is meant to portray what happens in a badly staged play with melodramatic, bombastic actors who are so bad they beg to be forgotten.

If some events in life are like a bad play, so too is a liar in a court of law.

So many of us have been glued to the events in this case.  We are desperate for the truth to be known, desperate that a child’s death is avenged, desperate to know if the defense has any legitimacy in what they will say happened to Caylee.

Though the defense will tell us there was no homicide, hence no murder, the very fact that a child was placed in trash bags; double-bagged, duct-taped, and thrown in the woods to rot, has to be seen as murder by the jury.  We heard these jurors – none of them are stupid!

There are millions of words in our collective lexicon.  What words could the defense put together to explain what happened in this case? What possible story-book theory could they possibly write?

Defense Theory One

Will they say it was an accident “that spun out of control” just as George Anthony told River Cruz?   If so, the Defense could suggest:

  • Casey and Caylee were in the pool when Casey becomes distracted by a phone call.  Caylee drowned, Casey panicked.
  • Efforts to revive Caylee are unsuccessful; Casey was too in shock to call 911.
  • Furthermore, Casey is afraid to tell her parents what happened – especially her father who has abused her and has beat her silly.
  • Likewise, Casey is afraid of her mother who tried to choke her the night before the accident happened.
  • Casey used kidnapping as an excuse – she saw on TV how to stage a kidnapping, using duct-tape.
  • She threw Caylee near the road on Suburban believing that she would eventually be found and kidnapping would be the motive.
  • Casey knows how to disassociate trauma and put it aside, not to be thought of again.  She disassociated during the 31 days.
  • As far as the chloroform?  Casey saw the graphic that Ricardo put on his webpage (which suggest a man can get a woman to succumb using chloroform).  Casey didn’t know what it meant and Googled what it meant.
  • The searches for neck-breaking?  Casey suffered a very sore neck and thought a bone in her neck may have been broken.

The Reality?

Casey cared nothing for Caylee; Casey killed Caylee to torture her mother.

To get this accident theory before the jury, Casey would have to testify.

Defense Theory Two

Casey has multiple personalities that have gone undiagnosed all her life.  It was not “Casey” who committed the crime, it was another personality.

Within Casey there is a personality who steals, parties, and is a very bad girl.

Oh yes, one personality is a party girl, and there is another one who is a good little girl – obedient and sweet.

Of course, the only way evidence of multiple personalities could be used?  A psychologist would have to have diagnosed her as having this condition.  However, this information would be discoverable.  If the State was not made aware of this, the Defense will not be allowed to use it.

The Reality?

Casey cared nothing for Caylee; Casey killed Caylee to torture her mother.

Defense Theory Three

  • There was terrible argument between Casey and Cindy the night before Caylee’s death – Cindy came close to murdering Casey.
  • Casey left the home that evening, but returned early, in time to leave “for work.”
  • She went to “work” (She lied about “work” because she lost her job and was afraid to tell her abusive parents.)
  • Casey left Caylee with George.
  • George and Caylee went swimming – (back to the drowning accident scenario in theory number one).
  • George tries to revive Caylee, is unsuccessful.
  • Casey returns to house, having forgotten something, and sees the scene.
  • George threatens to kill or maim or abuse Casey if she reveals what happened to Caylee.
  • Casey sacrifices her life for her father.  She is so afraid of her murderous father, she would rather do jail time than tell anyone what her dad did to her daughter.

The Reality?

Casey cared nothing for Caylee; Casey killed Caylee to torture her mother.

What ever the story, the tale they tell will be told by an idiot and it will signify nothing.

22
May

mugs and sloths

The end of the world didn’t occur after all and Casey Anthony was booked back into the Orange County Jail this weekend.

After having spent two weeks in Clearwater, Florida to select a jury, her first-degree  murder trial is set to begin at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

This bus is moving on, at long last, with opening statements.  There will be gobs of road-kill under this bus by the time the trial has concluded.  The ones who have to worry about being thrown under?   The Anthony family.  They appear to have thrown Caylee Marie Anthony under the bus, in favor of Casey Anthony.  It’s only fitting they smell the diesel, too.

And isn’t it interesting that the Anthony family wants to trademark these very words: “Justice for Caylee.”   One can only presume they want these words out of the public domain because Justice for Caylee amounts to prosecuting their own daughter, Casey.

To those of us following this case, when we use the phrase “Justice for Caylee,” we use it in reference to an outcome to a trial in which Casey Anthony is held responsible and must answer for her actions by a sentence imposed by the Court.

When the Anthony’s use the phrase “Justice for Caylee,” what are they saying?  We know they are not using this phrase in reference to their daughter.  What does justice for Caylee mean to them?

I believe they know what justice for Caylee means, and that is why they want the phrase out of the public domain.  They will never use those words. They cannot.

Any Hail-Mary’s coming?

I wonder if there will be any last minute, Hail-Mary motions from the defense tomorrow (Monday), seeking to to delay the inevitable start of the trial?

The defense team of Jose Baez and Cheney Mason, (who are, in my estimation, like a Grandfather and Grandson team of ne’er-do-wells), are always ready to throw some kind of wrench into the proceedings at the eleventh hour of any crucial courtroom event.  What will these two sloths try to pull on Monday?

Will the team of Cheney and Baez accept the inevitable arrival of Tuesday, May 24th?

Don’t you just bet they were hoping the world was ending on Saturday, May 21st?  Maybe they were just hoping that the collective memories of everyone involved in the Caylee Anthony crusade for justice would somehow be erased from consciousness along with the Orange County Jail?

I think so.  Well, here’s what I say to that:

(WALTRAUD GRUBITZSCH, AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Pictured above is an eight-month-old baby sloth named “Camillo.”  She yawns while pictured at  the zoo in Halle, eastern Germany. In the wild, sloths live mainly in tropical rainforests of Central and South America.  (Orlando Sentinel, 5/21/2011)

New mug - Orange County, Florida

Pictured above is a 25 year old female Casey Anthony, recently booked back into the Orange County Jail.  In the wild, this female sloth was known to enjoy “the beautiful life,” until fate intervened to wipe the party-girl, beautiful-life-grin off her once happy face.

This sloth has known better days.  She is the spitting image of a human being without remorse, without feelings for others; having a total lack of humanity or care  for others, she begs to regain her freedom-loving partying days.

We’ve come a long way, baby!

It’s not difficult to remember the the events that unfolded back in mid-July, 2008.  I recall seeing pictures of a smiling Casey Anthony, in her blue jersey top (which she purchased from Target, I believe, using Amy Huizenga’s stolen money), and I thought: What a pretty girl, what a shame!  And, then seeing the photos of the beautiful child who was missing, was heartbreaking!  I heard Caylee Anthony’s little voice saying “Momma-Papa” hundreds of times on news reports.

Then came the reports of the mother, Casey Anthony, being jailed!  I thought something must be wrong with that picture!  How could anyone jail the mother of a missing two-year old?  What is this world coming to, I thought!

It took days for the picture to emerge for me – I didn’t want to believe it.   However, it didn’t take very long for the total picture to morph into an image of evil that was unimaginable.

Like so many others, I got completely hooked on the evolving story.  First, the jail-house videos emerged, then the police reports; then the Grandmother was on the news constantly and she seemed odd, but sympathetic.

When the picture began to really focus in on the family – the video-taped police and FBI interviews with both grandparents who seemed to have starkly different views of what occurred – it was apparent that there was more to this family than meets the eye, but never once did I even think they could be involved in harming their Granddaughter, Caylee.  However, it was clear to me then, just as it clear to me now, they were covering; attempting to paint the picture of their dysfunctional family as squeaky clean.

When Cindy Anthony was interviewed by Yuri Melich and Eric Edwards, early on in the case, they handled her with kid-gloves despite her mono-toned and flat affect.  When Cindy Anthony became belligerently opposed to her daughter having anything to do with the crime, Yuri Melich took such kind control of Cindy – I was so impressed as he grabbed Cindy’s hands and whispered over and over to her, “listen, listen, listen, listen, listen to me.”

Cindy has never listened to the truth.  George Anthony heard the truth initially but even he was leery of telling his full truth, as he and his family would have to reveal facts about their conduct that would not align with two grieving grandparents.

Lee knew more than he was telling, too. What will Malory, Lee’s girlfriend, reveal?  Will she add details that will fill-in some of the missing pieces?  How well did she know Casey?

The State of Florida will tell us a great deal more about the family dysfunction during their opening statements, and in their case in chief.

I imagine the State will most likely show us how the family was the troubling and highly dysfunctional back-drop that allowed the murder of Caylee Marie to go unnoticed for 31 days, but in no-way contributed to the crime itself.

Will the State of Florida discuss a family cover-ups?  If so, will that play into the hands of the Defense as they crucify George?

We know the Defense will attempt to throw the Anthony’s, and especially George, under the bus as fast as you can say, “vroom, vroom!”    What the defense may fail to realize, however, is the fact that the State will layout the circumstances of the case so clearly and cleanly, the jury will not be able to believe the Defense Fairy Tale.  Just as we cannot accept the George-Did-It excuse, so will the jury not accept it.

One interesting aside that I want to tell you about, however, is really telling in terms of how persuasive the Defense Media Machine has been these last few months.

I was chatting with a woman, in her 60’s, about the case just this  past Friday evening.  She has followed the case only slightly, but for the most part, she knew the story.   Then, after a few moments of talking about the case, she asked me, “do you think she killed the baby?”

“Of course,” I said, not able to hide my bewilderment.

“I really think the grandfather either did it, or was involved in the murder,”   she said.  After a stunned moment, I said, “Oh, no!  The Defense team has been all over the media trying to get that story out, and the media everywhere has been talking it up, but it’s simply not true!”

And I thought, Oh God!  That defense media tactic just may have worked, damn them!

Innocent until proven guilty

I absolutely believe in our system of justice, and am well aware of how State Attorneys and law enforcement can implicate the innocent in a crime.  However, I do not believe for a moment that is true in this case.

The people of Florida were privy to the totality of public information in this case, and for those who have read the discovery in this case, have already formed an opinion of guilt in this case.

For those who will cry and scream about “innocent until proven guilty” at me, I will say to you, I am not held to that.  I have every right to suspend my disbelief in innocent until proven guilty.  So are you.

It is up to the Judge and the Jury alone to believe in innocence.

You and I, on the other hand, have the right to believe that this sad and tortured soul that is Casey Anthony, is the only person to have had the opportunity and the means to murder Caylee Anthony.

Casey Anthony is a very sick, sociopathic and disturbed young woman.  She is not capable of feeling guilt or shame.  I wonder how quickly the jury will see this?

Justice for Caylee

There will be justice for Caylee

Will the Anthony’s have the phrase “Justice for Caylee” trademarked by the time the jury brings justice for Caylee?

Perhaps removing the phrase “Justice for Caylee” from the vernacular, wipes the slate clean for them so they don’t have to contemplate real justice?  If the words are gone, will the notion of justice be gone, too?

They want to trademark the name Caylee, too.

Isn’t that sad.  They want to own that name.  Don’t they realize that all they are left with now is only a name?

They do seem to have forgotten the precious child, haven’t they?

21
May

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury…. (details about the 17 Anthony jurors)

The Honorable Chief Judge Belvin Perry swore in 12 Jurors and 5 alternate Jurors on Friday, May 20th, at a little past 5:00 p.m.

It was a long and arduous selection process, with some drama, tears and outbursts, but in the end, the State and the Defense did their level best to seat jurors who will favor their side of the story surrounding the death of the little sweetheart, Caylee Marie Anthony.

Caylee, the little girl who never had a voice in any of this, but who (we hope) will speak through the voice of the Assistant State Attorneys.

Because my work has been so hectic, I have only been able to catch bits and pieces of each of these 17 jurors.  Some of the questioning I heard in total; juror number 1, impressed me a great deal – she was incredibly articulate with an interesting background. I also heard juror number 2, a very intelligent man in his 30’s who works for the County as an IT specialist.  He has young children, and I liked him very much!   I listened to the questioning of juror number 4 and am on the fence about her.  She has trouble “judging people,” she said. She plays computer games, has few friends, and seemed ambivalent about the death penalty.

As far as the rest of the jurors, here is the list and some details about each of them.

Juror 1, Number 1398

She’s a white female, in her 60’s.  She is extremely articulate, intelligent, and well-spoken.  The court-watchers observed that she is well-dressed.  Has been a counselor for 35 years.  Has a grown son and daughter.  Has served on the jury of a murder trial.  Has smelled a dead body when she worked as a nurse.  One of my favorites.

Juror 2, Number 1019

He’s an African American, well  spoken IT specialist for Pinellas County.  Married with two children, a girl, 4; and a boy, 9.  Is not really for the death penalty, but said he could vote to recommend it if the situation called for it – if someone in his family was killed, he said he would be for it.  Has had very little exposure to the Anthony case.  I like this juror very much.

Juror 3, Number 1055

She’s a white female nursing student in her early 30’s. Has very little exposure to the Anthony case. Single, no children and has recently moved back in with her mom. She expects to graduate in the nursing program at St. Petersburg College in May 2012.  She appeared to me to be a kind and thoughtful person.

Juror 4, Number 1319

She’s an African American woman in her 40’s.  She is a loner who enjoys playing games on the computer like Farmville.  She thinks it’s wrong to judge people by what they say.  She has no opinion for or against the death penalty, she said. The State of Florida attempted to challenge her, but were over-ruled.  I am a tad worried about this juror due to her statements about not being able to judge.  We can only hope that when she hears the evidence, she will realize it’s the evidence she will judge, not Casey Anthony.

Juror 5, Number 1429

A retired white female.  Has worked as a nurse’s aid.  Was divorced 14 years ago, now lives with lives with her boyfriend, and has done for 12 years. She does not use or own a computer. She has 3 children: Ages 52, 49, and 48.  She also has 3 grandchildren.  Her son and grandson have both had trouble with drugs. She once had a DUI.  Has an 11th grade education. As far as the death penalty, she would require a lot of details and facts before considering it.  Despite having only an 11th grade education, she appeared educated, in my opinion.  She’s a reader, and sounded as if she would be a thoughtful juror.

Juror 6, Number 1025

He is a white male, 33.  He is a college graduate.  He is a chef and a sales person and has done a lot of traveling.  He has two children, a six year old son and a 21 month-old daughter.  He understands the role that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty, and believes he will be able to judge the facts according to the evidence. He said he could apply the death penalty.  I like the fact that this juror has young children – he will know how inconceivable it is for a mother to abandon her child.

Juror 7, Number 1007

She is a white female, 41 years old.  She has had three years of college where she studied sociology.  She is divorced, currently single, no children.  Her mother is an attorney. Although she said she doesn’t really “want” to be on the jury, she knows it is her civic duty to serve. She reads two newspapers, is well-spoken. She only heard a few facts early on about the case.

Juror 8, Number 3015

She’s a white female in her 50’s.  She knows very little about the case. She is married – her husband is retired.  She has two sons:.  A 27 year old son currently in the Coast Guard, and a 23 year old son who lives at home.  Her father was in law enforcement.  She is not opposed to the death penalty.  I did not hear all of her questioning and therefore have no opinion, though her background appears to be of the “All-American” sort.

Juror 9, Number 3185

This juror, a white male in his early 50’s, said his name is “Jim.”  He has never been married.  He grew up in the San Francisco area.  He is appreciate of law enforcement and his nephew is a police officer.  He is unemployed – semi-retired, he said, but cares for someone who had a stroke, and he does odd jobs to keep himself busy.  He worked for one company for a good while as a “log buyer.” He is respectful of the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” and will approve of the death penalty in the right situation.

Juror 10, Number 3310

He is a white male, 57 years old. He is single – never married with no children.  He has worked for Verizon for 15 years, appears to be a customer service representative in the billing or retention department at Verizon.  He has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.  He once went through training to become a corrections officer, but did not follow through and apply for a job with corrections.  He has very little information about the case and is not against the death penalty.

Juror 11, Number 3016

A white male, in his 30’s.  He is a PE and Health teacher of high school students.  He has been teaching for 15 years, and is studying  for a Master’s degree in special education.  He says he is fair-minded, can put aside any preconceived notions he has learned with regards to the case.  He said he previously formed an opinion of guilt, but is certain he can lay it aside and be fair.  He is not sure if he could vote for the death penalty.

Juror 12, Number 3140

She is a white female in her 40’s.  Her kids, she said, think she’s a great mom.  She is “old fashioned.”  She wants to be on the jury. Has worked in a day care in the past. Works at Publix. Is now married for the second time. She has a daughter and adopted son. Does not have cable television and does not use computers.

Alternate One, Number 3093

She is a white female, 48 years old who is married with two adult sons in their 20s.  She enjoys sports. She has been married 28 years and is a surgical technician.  She has served on a civil jury.  She makes yarn and weaves.

Alternate Two, Number 3170

He is a white male in his 40’s.  He teaches American government to high school students and is a drop-out prevention coordinator.  He has been married three times.  He is neutral on the death penalty, but would like to vote against it if were up for referendum.  He thinks the experience as a juror will be a learning experience that he can share with his students.

Alternate Three, Number 4013

She is a 37 year old white female who works at a car dealership.  She has a 12 year old son and lives with her parents. Her husband died in prison – he was there on drug charges.  She has no opinions about the death penalty, could be for it or against it.  According to one media outlet, this juror may have been involved in some kind of check bouncing charge in the past, though no details were revealed. She hoped, in 2008, that Caylee would be found and that the mother didn’t do it.

Alternate Four, Number 4192

He is a single white male, about 25 years old.  He is a carpenter and has worked in child-care.  When he was 16, he was charged with drug and paraphernalia possession.  He lives with his parents and has a half brother and a stepbrother and sister.

Alternate Five, Number 3308

He is a white male, 39 years old. He is married without children.  He was in the Coast Guard for 12 years.  He does not want to be on the jury.  He is against the death penalty, but he could still find someone guilty.  He mentioned how the death penalty has been wrongly applied in the past which is why he is leery of its application.

A Good Jury Panel?

It appears to me this is a very diverse and intelligent panel of jurors.

We can only hope that the answer to this trial will bring absolute “Justice for Caylee.”

We can only hope that these men and women will hear Caylee’s voice, and that she will be held gently in their fair-minded and good arms.

20
May

at long last, day 11 ends with a jury!

It took eleven long days, but it’s done – a jury is seated in the trial of the State of Florida v. Casey Marie Anthony, accused of killing her two year old child, Caylee Marie Anthony.  Over vigorous delays and objections, we WILL have …..

Justice for Caylee!

picture of fear

Here we go!  There are 12 jurors, 5 alternates.

Let the justice begin.


19
May

day 10 gets 16 total….

…and I have to say “duh” a thousand times!

Yup, I goofed!

I was so sure that yesterday’s early dismissal of court, in the State of Florida v. Casey Anthony, would result in a plea deal that I promised to write Duh!  a thousand times in today’s post if I was wrong.

Well, duh, I was wrong!  Court started as planned this morning, and jury selection got off without a hitch!

Now, there are 16 total folks in the potential jury pool and Judge Belvin Perry wants to start swearing them in tomorrow!

I’m happy that the jury selection process is moving right along now and chances are good that we’ll get this show on the road to Orlando by Monday!

My Crappy Day

My day was non-stop busy…. I’m training a group of newly hired employees.  I have the trainees for two and a half weeks, with no time to peek at the news – though I catch bits and pieces on my phone, I’ve been missing a great deal of the news from Clearwater, Florida.

However, speaking of work, I am a mess tonight – so angry!  And I need to vent.

For those of you who work, and who work for a lying co-worker, you’ll know the stress I deal with on a daily basis – the frustration of seeing and having to deal with the unethical behavior of a lying co-worker is so maddening.

Fortunately, I’m now in another department, and won’t have to deal too much with this lying scoundrel for much longer.

But, his lies really impacted me today, and I’m furious.

I despise liars.

This man lies so much about the stupidest things, too!

He has no feelings for anyone but himself.  There’s a woman in the office with a broken foot, and this co-worker parks in the spot reserved for “Employee of the Month,” which is convenient and close to the office door.

He knows when the employee who uses that spot is out, so he uses the spot!  No one else would ever do that!

Do you think he’d suggest that the woman in our office, with the broken foot and crutches, might use that spot?  Noooooo!  She has to walk a huge distance to her car.

She has a broken foot!

I could go on about his horrible behavior and his lies,  but it’s not worth it – he’s not worth it.

Duh!

Here goes my duh promise!   I know, I know, it’s silly…..but, I promised!

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There, I did it!

18
May

Day 9 – something big is afoot

Today, on the ninth day of jury selection in the State of Florida v. Casey Anthony, Judge Belvin Perry advised that 200 potential jurors had been questioned and 15 more are waiting in the wings to be auditioned.  He then opined that the courtroom facilities in Clearwater will only be available to the Court until Thursday (tomorrow), which obviously would be problematic.

Then later, Judge Perry advised that the Chief Judge in Clearwater made arrangements to accommodate them until Saturday.  And later, Judge Perry told the Attorneys that regardless of how long it takes them to select the remaining jurors, opening statements will happen on Monday, back in Orlando!

As it stands currently only 11 prospective jurors have been chosen. Judge Perry needs 12 sworn and seated along with a handful of alternates to begin the trial on Monday morning.

Number 11 – one more, and it’s an end game.

Something’s Afoot!

Today, suddenly, after questioning a prospective juror, the lawyers went to a long, long sidebar, after which lunch recess was called.  After lunch, the lawyers returned, with the exception of Jose Baez, and Judge Perry abruptly adjourned the proceedings for the day – resuming at 8:30 A.M. tomorrow morning.

No one is quite sure what caused the sudden end of court today. Why was Jose Baez was not present in the courtroom after lunch?  Is he ill and Casey didn’t want to resume without him?  If that were true, why not discuss or admit it?  This shouldn’t cause adjournment of the day in court, as they previously discussed going until 8:00 p.m. this evening.

There are many and various speculations as to why the court adjourned early – the most reasonable explanation?  A plea has been offered and is being considered.  Casey Anthony was teary eyed while all of this was occurring – does she have until the morning to consider a deal, or is a deal already worked out?

The question looming is this:  If the twelfth juror is agreed upon, and the Judge swears them in, does the opportunity for plea deals end?  I believe that is the case, but I am not 100 percent sure.

News outlets and talking heads are wondering, was Baez fired by Casey?  Did Jose Baez fall ill?  Was there an unfortunate situation pertaining to his family (we would hope this in not the case, of course)?

I truly believe that a deal is in the works – the signs and signals point to a deal.

All the sidebars today, the extended recesses, the lawyers going into the holding area to talk with Casey, the long lunch without Jose Baez’ presence? Something is definitely afoot.

My hunch?  Jose Baez needed the remaining time this afternoon to compose an answer to the State with regards to an offer.  I truly think this is end game.  If I’m wrong, I’ll write: Duh!  a thousand times in tomorrows post….

Is this really the end-game?

Casey is seeing the writing on the wall.  She is too narcissistic to gamble with her life.

Could this be why George and Cindy moved NOW to trademark Caylee’s name and the phrase “Justice for Caylee?”

Will this be “Justice for Caylee?”

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