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May 7, 2011

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it was a wild day (in orlando)

by Andrea O'Connell

Oh, baby, it’s a wild world,” wrote Cat Stevens in his song of the same name.

The events of yesterday, in the Orlando trial of the State of Florida v. Casey Anthony, were wild!

The day was complete with news flash after news flash – one wild story after another wild story.

What happened?  A great deal!  Here’s a quick run-down:

  1. The Defense wrote an eleventh hour hail-Mary motion to the Fifth District Court of Appeals asking to be given an extra ONE MONTH to file a response to the Petition for Review that the media had filed. The Defense claimed they hadn’t sufficient time to oppose the “Confidentially Agreement” authored by Judge Perry, and needed at least a month to  prepare their response.  Their motion was filed just before the 10:00 deadline.
  2. The Fifth District Court of Appeals, having read the above mentioned motion, took no more than five minutes to respond:  DENIED!
  3. An emergency hearing was called by the Court to listen to arguments concerning: The Defense motion opposing the venue to pick a jury, and the two motions with regards to the sequestration of George and Cindy at the upcoming trial.
  4. With regards to the defense’s motion opposing the jury selection location (the motion was sealed), it ended up being withdrawn by the Defense.
  5. With regards to the Defense’s motion in favor of almost total sequestration of the Anthony’s, that motion was denied by the Court.  This defense motion argued that they would be impeaching George and Cindy at trial; and their attendance would not be fair to Casey’s right to a fair trial.   However, when Mr. Cheney Mason argued this motion yesterday, Judge Perry told Mr. Mason that he did not meet their burden of proof.  You see, just because you announce Casey would be prejudiced doesn’t mean she will be!  The defense needed to produce facts, and case law suggesting this, but they failed to do this – not meeting their burden.
  6. The Judge ruled in favor of the Anthony’s motion to be present in the courtroom.  It was very telling that Judge Perry also pointed out that should anyone, during the proceedings, even raises an eyebrow, or smirks, or wiggles their disdain – OUT from the courtroom they will go, not to return!  How long will the Anthony’s last under that rule?  Ha!  I am certain that Judge Perry, though he only has one working eye, has eagle-like vision for these things, don’t you?!
  7. At the conclusion of the hearing, and prior to the ruling coming down with regards to the media appeal to the District Court of Appeals, Judge Perry’s final words  at yesterday’s hearing were, “See you 8:30 Monday morning!”  The Judge knew his ruling would stand, and indeed it did, but only in part.
  8. The ruling that we all were waiting for, came down from the Fifth District Court of Appeals, later in the afternoon. The trial will not be delayed by the annoying motion filed by the media – it was denied in favor of Casey Anthony’s Sixth Amendment Right to a Fair Trial.  However, the confidentiality agreement, written by Judge Perry, was disallowed.  This means, the media outlets will learn of the location Monday morning.
  9. Cindy Anthony made it known that she intended to visit her daughter at the jail Saturday (today) morning.  Of course, Casey Anthony denied the visit.  It would not have been smart, from a defense perspective; their relationship is too volatile and would likely just create issues for the Defense.

Oh yes, it was a wild day, yesterday!

But, we still don’t know if the Dr. Arpad Vass ruling, which would allow his testimony concerning the controversial air tests, is going to be allowed.  I suppose Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., has too much on his plate right now, and out of an abundance of caution, wants to ensure he has dotted every “i” and crossed every “t” before he releases his ruling.

It appears that Jose Baez thinks Vass testimony will come in.  Why?  Because yesterday Assistant State Attorney, Jeff Ashton, advised the court, bemusedly, that Mr. Baez had recently “dumped” 5,000 pages of literature upon his desk.

Judge Perry asked Mr. Baez, why and he opined that he needed this material in cross examination, perhaps to impeach Dr. Vass, or to perhaps bring up opinions that were in conflict with his.

Jeff Ashton simply demurred and suggested to the Court that he’d deal with it as it happened (in trial).

Therefore, can we take this to mean that Judge Perry has already hinted to the Attorney’s that the evidence is coming in?  Has he advised them ahead of the actual filing of the ruling?   I tend to think that’s the case.   And I imagine that since the ruling will be a precedent-setting decision, the written ruling has to be carefully authored.

Yesterday, before the start of the emergency hearing at 1:00 p.m., the parties and Casey Anthony, were in an in-camera session with the Judge.  When they returned to the courtroom, it appeared that Casey Anthony was distressed, and may have been crying.  Had she just learned that the defense lost the Air Test for Decomposition Frye motion, too?  Is reality beginning to sink in?  Surely it must be.

When you stack all the evidence up, it’s a strong chain. Consider just this list in the ever-tightening chain:

Her police interview and statements, the jail video tapes, the jail phone calls, her mother’s 911 calls, her own 911 call about the protesters, her mother and father’s interviews with police, the Cadaver dog alerts on the home and the car, the chloroform test results, the post-mortem-banding of the strand of Caylee’s hair, the heart-sticker evidence, the plant growth evidence, photos of her partying at Fusion, the Bella Vita tattoo, the computer searches for chloroform, neck-breaking, etc., testimony about the smell of the squirrel, Zanny the Nanny, the testimony of her friends, and now perhaps the air tests?

I wouldn’t be smiling either.

It’s hard to get by just upon a smile.

~ Cat Stevens

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  1. Kitt
    May 7 2011

    Hello Andrea!

    Cat Stevens just happens to be one of my all-time favorites, and I love learning to play his songs on guitar. Andrea, you’ve picked the best lines from one of his best songs!!!!

    I visit just a couple of other blogs, and in reading comments, I see so many people who seem to be totally on edge, pulling out their hair, and screaming at their televisions. I always appreciate the lower-key comments here. Don’t get me wrong…it’s not that I’m not passionate about this case. I am. And I, like the vast majority of followers of the case, do hope for the most important thing of all; that Caylee is remembered, represented, and justice gets served.

    I just don’t get all hyped-up and hell-bent on trashing the “players” involved. I believe justice will come. I have faith that, at trial, it will unfold and evidence will be presented in “user-friendly” style, if you will. Of course, I’m seeing this from the Prosecutorial side of the courtroom! Who knows what the Defense will roll out. It will be very interesting, to say the least.

    You know what I like most about your blog, Andrea? I like that you write your blog in your own words. You garner your information from legit sources, and then you tell it yourself. You put “you” into it, so that I know this is Andrea’s writings. I love that! I appreciate what you do here!

    I hope you are having a nice weekend, and I wish you a very happy Mother’s Day!!! peace ‘n love!

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    • May 7 2011

      Hi Kitt! Thank you for your kind words…. 🙂

      I’ve had a lovely weekend! Just return home from shopping and out to dinner with my mom. We shopped till we dropped! I came home with three new pairs of dress slacks – all on sale, too!

      Any way, with regards to discussing this case, I feel as you do about getting too riled up about the case and the people involved. I get mad as a wet hen at times, but I try to be as respectful as I can (I don’t always succeed, as there are days when I want to rip the defense attorneys apart!).

      I always enjoy hearing from you, Kitt – you tend to always make me smile… 🙂

      Hope you have a mothers day as wonderful as you are!

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      • Kitt
        May 8 2011

        Awww…thank you! And I had an early Mother’s Day outing today. My daughters took me to one of the beautiful wineries in the country for wine-tasting. I came home with a very nice bottle of dessert wine;
        “2007 Vin Glace’ Oregon Pinot Gris.” Yummy.

    • May 8 2011

      Hello Andrea,

      Judge Strickland said that he thinks the Marinade blog is the best one out there, that’s why he was recused…but, I think yours is the best one out there, (Marinade and Hinky are really good too).

      I appreciate how you spell things out and explain what happened at the hearings, your predictions seem to always be correct too.

      Please keep up your blogs, I never miss a day!

      P.S. I have a prediction: G & C will NOT last in the court room past the prosecutions opening statement on day one “OUT”.

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      • May 8 2011

        Hi MMB, Thank you very much for your kind comments – that truly means a lot to me. 🙂

        You know, I think you may be right about your prediction….UNLESS Mark Lippman talks to both the Anthony’s in advance, or maybe if they take tranquilizers…. I can’t imagine George would be able to sit through the State’s opening either…. It will be hell for him, and for Cindy. If I were them, I’d avoid being in the courtroom during the opening as it’s bound to be horrible for them.

        I can hardly believe the trial is finally beginning!!!! After all this time, and all the anticipation – here we go – to the races!

  2. May 7 2011

    It is curious as to why Casey was supposedly crying coming out of the in camera session. I would think it would be more than the place of jury selection. Then again, it means there will be no more delay-her trial is proceeding come Monday.

    It will be interesting to see how long either one of the Anthonys will last in court exhibiting respectful behavior.

    Great post, as always! I agree with Kitt, you put you into your posts after doing your research.

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    • May 7 2011

      I think she looked deflated and tired. I didn’t see any tears and I doubt very much she can produce them.

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      • May 7 2011

        I remember a text that Casey sent Amy after a break-up with Ricardo, I believe it was, and she told her that when she cries she can’t produce tears. Any crying by Casey, tears or not, are for her.

      • May 7 2011

        exactly

    • May 7 2011

      Thank you, Sherry…. I agree with you and Kim – I think she was terribly deflated, and she must be scared out of her mind.

      I am so glad our prayers were answered and the trial is going forward!

      Happy Mother’s Day, dear Sherry! Big hugs!

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  3. Diana
    May 7 2011

    Hi *Andrea and everyone else,
    Judge Perry didn’t address George and Cindy jumping up and bolting from the courtroom when they don’t like whats being said. It’s an attention seeking act that I’ve seen them do before.
    I think Cindy will show more control, but George will never be able to hide his anger for more then a few days.

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    • May 7 2011

      Hi Diana! I tend to think you’re right, George will have a difficult time containing himself, I’d imagine. He’s so emotional, unlike his steel-eyed daughter.

      I sure hope you have a lovely Mom’s Day, Diana! Hugs!

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  4. offthecuff
    May 7 2011

    How long do they slate the trial to last?

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    • May 7 2011

      2 months is what I have heard

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      • May 7 2011

        Kim and OfftheCuff…. 🙂 I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, and have a blessed mother’s day! Big hugs……..

  5. Laurali
    May 7 2011

    Hi Andrea!

    Let me get right to it so I forget nothing. 🙂
    George will be kicked out during open arguments, imo.

    Let us not forget all the videos are coming in also. Target, BOA, Winn Dixie the Home Goods Store, Blockbuster etc. A mother investigating on her own at every store in town. Except she never did find her missing toddler. Oh I think there is video from JCPenney’s also. I think Casey needs to learn a thing or two about investigating. She has cooked her own goose.

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    • May 7 2011

      Hey Laurali… I bet you’re right…. Poor George will not be able to contain himself. But, maybe his lawyer – who seems like a pretty good guy – will advise George and Cindy how to behave if they want to stay in the courtroom…

      And, right! Those videos…oh boy – they will not play very well with a jury I don’t imagine.

      I hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day, dear Laurali!

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  6. Weezie
    May 8 2011

    Hi LAura1. I’m so happy friends from marinade are coming over here. Immiss the evening romps!!! I would like to start a pool. How many days the anthony’s remain in court???? The closest to the number gets a prize. (Bragging Rights). Louise. – 8. Days

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    • May 8 2011

      I’l say, half of a half day~(opening statements will do it)

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  7. 1520sedgwick
    May 8 2011

    We are rounding second and heading to third. It will be a bar-b-que real soon.

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    • May 8 2011

      WooHoo! 1520 sedgwick! Its finally here! 😀

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    • May 8 2011

      Hi 1520sedgwick! Thanks for visiting! I tell you what, it’s just wild that we’re finally getting this show on the road! I’m so darn excited!

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  8. Laurali
    May 8 2011

    No fair Sherry stole my answer! LOL. George will not make it through Ashton’s opening statements.

    Hi Weezie! It is good to see you. I do miss all the fun we use to have, I guess we will just have to start at Andrea’s place. She won’t mind. 🙂

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    • May 8 2011

      😆

      Well, I say George will blow a gasket during Baez’ opening statement and Cindy will lose it during the State’s opener especially if “Linda” gives it.

      George hates Baez and probably won’t like being fingered for under the bus wheels. Cindy hates “Linda” despite getting familiar with her by calling her by her first name.

      Other than that, great minds think alike or else the Anthonys are so predictable! 😕

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    • May 8 2011

      Absolutely, Laurali! I would love to have you – I would be honored. 🙂

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  9. Tom
    May 8 2011

    Andrea, I, like so many others, am fascinated by this case. You relay it’s content in the easiest to understand form. I will be following it through your blog till the inevitable end.

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    • May 8 2011

      Hey Tom!!!! Thank you so much for posting! The first time you post, your post goes into moderation – next time your post will go right up!

      I hope you had a nice day…. tell Val Happy Mother’s Day… And Happy Mother’s Day to Linda, too, if you talk to her… 🙂

      I am so thrilled this case is getting started – I hope, however, they will be able to find a jury in a week…. I know it can be done, though it’ll be tough to pull people away from their lives for two months to hear this case. I am just hoping that some good and smart people will agree to listen to the case….

      Reply
  10. 1520sedgwick
    May 8 2011

    Sherry

    I am getting excited like a kid on Christmas. The gift to the world will be justice for Caylee and responsibiity for a maniac killer. She can count hand rubs in her cell for eternity.

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    • May 8 2011

      I’m with you on that!

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      • Weezie
        May 9 2011

        Sherry, I’m packing my backpac, and the first thing I put into it is a barf bag.

  11. Weezie
    May 9 2011

    Hey my gravatar is differeent? Huh…..
    I haven’t seen anybody laying down a bet on how long Cindy & George stay in court? I say 8 days.
    AND THE WINNER IS? Funny that the winner will be announced today. Keep us posted Andrea.

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