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May 4, 2011


so we wait

by Andrea O'Connell

There is no decision from Judge Perry on the controversial, precedent-setting air tests that detected decomposition in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car.

We must wait until Friday to learn if the Fifth Court of Appeals will uphold Judge Belvin Perry’s recent decision to deny the media early access to the jury selection location.

My favorite analyst, Bill Sheaffer, believes that the rights of Casey Anthony will prevail and trump the needs of the media, thus denying the motion.

Just like Judge Perry observed, there’s at least one analyst for every media outlet now; and WESH has the retired judge, Judge O.H. Eaton, on its payroll.

I enjoyed reading his comments today on questions related to Cindy and George Anthony’s impact on the trial, including any future charges that may befall them.  Here’s a link to the article, should you like to read it:   Ask The Judge: Parents’ Charges, Evidence, Casey’s Plea

Here is an excerpt from Judge O.H. Eaton’s comments:

Dear Judge Eaton: I would like to ask why the grandparents George and Cindy are not charged with any misconduct in this case. — Angie, Little Rock, Ark.

It is up to the state attorney to decide whether to bring charges against anyone, and the decision not to prosecute cannot be reviewed by any court or even the governor. In this case, the Anthonys are important witnesses for the state, and it is not surprising they have not been charged with anything — at least not yet. — Judge O.H. Eaton

“At least not yet,” he says!  Am I reading too much into that?  Could it be true that the State will look at the Anthony’s misdeeds once the trial is over?  I think it may be true…. soooo, we wait!

The Media Motion is Insulting

If anything other than a denial of this capricious motion happens, it will be a sad day for our rights under the law.  If media can barge into a court of law and demand privileges above the constitutional rights of the person accused, it may well be time to move to Canada.

The media can do a great deal of harm should they learn before hand of the location.  They will, for ratings, weave dramatic stories about the upcoming trial – they will tell potential jurors what to expect should they be selected: The ungodly length of their sequestration, the story of Casey and the 31 days, and so on.  They will have a field day!

If the media arrives at the location of jury selection, with their big trucks, vans, cameras, etc., on the courtroom steps, prior to the potential jurors arriving, it will be all over.  People in that location will have to  have their head in a bag to miss the publicity.

This is getting out of hand.  This case is about the death of a beautiful young child, I thought.  Not so much, says the media.  It’s about Casey Anthony to them, clearly.

So we wait.

Providing the media does not prevail and delay the trial, we will only wait a short time for the State, the OCSO, and the Expert witnesses who know the truth, to hold Caylee’s memory in their hearts as they raise their right hand and promise to tell her story – the truth.

I can hardly wait!

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Diana
    May 4 2011

    Taking the oath to tell the truth means NOTHING to any of the Anthonys. This family of liars who also obstruct justice need to be charged after Casey is convicted of first degree murder.

    • May 5 2011

      I fear several implosions if the even attempt to tell the truth

    • May 5 2011

      Hi Diana – you got that right. The oath means nothing to them, as if it’s just words…. horrible!

  2. May 4 2011

    — at least not yet. — Judge O.H. Eaton

    When I read that statement earlier today I thought, hmmmm….there may yet be charges coming from the State and/or Federal end of the law. Local, too, but I’m kinda doubting it. The investigation is still open and I believe it is just for the Anthonys.

    I have to say that to the media its not about Caylee-or Casey- but the almighty dollar. I think the media thinks more highly of itself than it ought for a private entity. They should not be given the power to circumvent the constitutional rights of an individual.

  3. May 4 2011

    I tell you what. I would fire Judith Mercier for being stupid, as in not knowing anything about whom she represents. She couldn’t answer any questions. Karma isn’t pretty and (God forbid) I hope she never ends up in a situation where she wants the media to SHUT UP and they keep coming.

    • May 5 2011

      Oh me too, Shyloh…. she was irritating in the sense that what she was doing is so wrong, in my opinion. She is treating the spirit of a “free press” and the public’s right to know as a black and white issue, and it’s not. I am praying the Appeals Court makes a decision that Judge Perry can live with to keep this case moving.

  4. kas
    May 5 2011

    The question you highlighted reminded me of something: Didn’t Cindy Anthony, completely acting on her own, call the FBI and tell them that absurd Jay Blanchard Park kidnapping story. I don’t think the FBI was even involved until Cindy summoned them.

    It’s one thing to lie to LE when being questioned, which she did. But lying to the Feds kinda kicks it up a notch, especially when you’re the only reason they’re there in the first place.

    • May 5 2011

      Yeah, that’s why I wouldn’t doubt if there will be Federal charges brought up against her for misleading them-they don’t like being led astray.

      • May 5 2011

        I wouldn’t be surprised, either, Sherry. Heck, if you or I lied to the FBI and they could prove it, we’d be in a good amount of trouble, I’m sure. And, as we know, when people lie they are trying to hide something incriminating – why else would they lie? But, more importantly, why would they lie about the death of their beloved granddaughter? We know the answer, of course, to protect Casey from being charged. It’s unconscionable – protecting the accused murderer of your granddaughter! There are screws loose in the minds of these Anthony’s, that we know…. or, maybe parents will protect their children no matter what like the Peterson’s protected Scott from the murder of Lacy and her unborn son? I can’t believe it’s a normal way to deal with this tragedy. I wonder if there have been any studies done regarding how other parents/grandparents have reacted? I can’t imagine lying and deceiving would be a common behavior, but who knows.

    • May 5 2011

      Hi Kas…. I can’t be certain of that, but I do remember Cindy delivering the Blanchard Park story on behalf of Casey….I thought she devised that story Padilla bonded her out of jail? I’m not sure, but Cindy, as we know, is willing to tell stories to paint an improved story – or a rosier picture.


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