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May 14, 2011

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Day 6 and here comes the judge

by Andrea O'Connell

Watching Judge Perry, in the State v. Casey Anthony jury selection process, is like watching an artist at work.   He’s as smooth as a river and as solid as polished stone.

And he’s also got a fantastic sense of humor, and is so quick witted, that I found myself laughing at loud during this morning’s jury selection. That’s not so say that this is a funny proceeding, but the levity he brings to the table – while being completely focused on the law he recites so easily – does lessen the tension.

In all, he was not very pleased at bringing back potential jurors who rightly should have been excused on day one, but who were previously asked to stay by the defense.

So, lo and behold, Judge Perry, starting with the first juror at 8:30 this morning, excused five, or so, potential jurors after they expressed either hardship or an opinion on not being able to put aside their feeling of Casey Anthony’s guilt.

One by one, “guilty” the potential jurors said.  One would think that hearing “guilty” like that would be difficult for the defense to stomach.  One could also assume these proclamations are likely to be an indication of things to come for Ms. Anthony.

Judge Perry - The "I told ya' so" face!

One by one the prospective jurors entered the courtroom this morning.  And, one by one they went out, dismissed for hardship.

After each juror exited, Judge Perry would ask which lawyer chose to keep the juror?  And, invariably it was someone on the defense team. To which  Judge Perry puffed up his countenance, cocked his head just slightly, pursed his lips – as pictured, and seemed to say, “I told you so!”

This Jurist has me spellbound!

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  1. May 14 2011

    Hi Andrea, Love your write up and love the picture of HHJP. I love Judge Perry and i like his sense of humor too and his FAIRNESS. He is very intelligent and i feel very sorry for him that his has this total handicap (defense team) to have to deal with. They do everything they can to cause delays including Finnell and drive everyone NUTS. The defense is a disgrace every way you look at them. Juror #1055 was a college student and must have been cute as did you notice how Baez got all red faced with her and sugar couldn’t have drizzled off that clown mouth fast enough. I am sure Casey didn’t like this juror. haha. She will be jealous.

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    • Sherry
      May 14 2011

      Hi, knight owl!

      I heard that Casey did make a face concerning one of the ladies that Baez was flirting with. LOL!

      Poor Casey! Baez has a wife to live his life with after she gets sent up!

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      • May 14 2011

        Hi Sherry! Are you sitting at your PC all day, too?! LOL!

    • May 14 2011

      Hi Knight Owl! Absolutely – the defense seems to be trying everything they can to delay, and I think it has been purposeful since Monday’s initial voir dire. It’s interesting that Cheney Mason is no longer questioning jurors..
      That’s funny about Jose Baez getting red faced with with a female juror! I missed that.

      I just can’t imagine being Casey and sitting there while people are talking about her death! unbelievable…..

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    • Hilde
      May 14 2011

      lol knight owl, I also noticed that! 😆

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  2. Weezie
    May 14 2011

    What a great photo of JP, hysterical. To not see Baez anywhere in Casey’s presence looks bad, very bad.

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    • May 14 2011

      Thanks, Weezie! I waited to get that shot on the computer…. he kept making that face, and I pressed “print screen” at just the right moment!

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      • Hilde
        May 14 2011

        Andrea, that Picture of Judge Perry is prize less, good Job! 😉

  3. Weezie
    May 14 2011

    Has anyone written on this blog about Rosalie Bolin? This is just too weird that they would choose her as part of the TEAM!!!! I’m sure when the trial gets started there’s going to be lots of tado about her!!!!

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  4. May 14 2011

    Hi Andrea and all!

    I was up late and cleaned around the computer all day! It is sparkling here – no place else though! 😉

    I did run out for a bit

    I heart Judge Perry

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    • Kitt
      May 14 2011

      Lol! Kim, I love your post!!

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      • May 15 2011

        Too bad I now have to do the rest of the room 😦

    • CptKD
      May 15 2011

      I’ve been dragging my laptop (wireless-ly) around the house to get my stuff done, while still listening in…. As much of a ‘repeat’ much of it is, the varied responses to the questions are intriguing and of interest…

      Friday, I had my head in the oven, cleaning up the residue of the self-clean, while the laptop spewed the Jury selection process to me from the kitchen table.

      Yesterday, I managed to get some weeding in the garden done, before it rained, and once again, I had the laptop sitting on a nearby table, so that I could still listen in….

      Sue thinks I’m crazy…

      But I caught her yesterday afternoon, checking out the goings-on in the selection process in the other room, after she returned from being out…

      I think she was ‘hit’ by something, as I explained yesterday morning, that all week long, there has been NO ONE in the courtroom, short of the State’s Attorneys, representing and/ or in support of little Caylee…

      She had tears in her eyes, as she left to go run errands…

      This trial so needs to get started, already…

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      • May 15 2011

        LOL! It’s easy to get sucked into this – it’s not at all surprising that you’ve got Sue interested! 🙂

        Yesterday (Saturday) was my only chance to listen to the whole thing, and I found it fascinating – loved it!

        Like Kim, I cleaned my office and computer desk… I polished the wood, organized all the bills and paperwork, and I’m so organized thanks to yesterday’s court!

  5. May 14 2011

    andre, that pic of HHJP made me LOTS OF LUCK……er….LAFF OUT LOUD!

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  6. damagdpets
    May 14 2011

    Hi Andrea….I stopped watching and listening because it was driving me crazy! I find it telling that the one that takes the longest is Ann F with the DP questions. Does she know something we don’t? Sounds like she thinks a lot different than Baez and Mason. Her series of questioning repeats itself in different ways so she can see if a juror trips up.
    My biggest complaint over the last week is Judge Perry. From a layman’s point of view it looks like he is setting the stage for some kind of appeal. He never should have put a time limit on getting a jury. Most high profile DP case take months to sit a jury. Perry rushing and changing the process as they went along got me a little worried. I hope he has the case law to back up everything he has done. I would hate to see appeals later because of the likes of Baez. Baez and Mason’s free advertisement has got to come to an end and I hope soon.

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  7. May 14 2011

    Here is an article on Rosalie Bolin I found interesting.
    http://rosaliebolintheliar.blogspot.com/

    Great article! And I also love Judge Perry.

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    • May 15 2011

      Thank you, Shyloh…. This article is really, really telling. It’s difficult to imagine someone can be as bizarre as this article explains, but then again, we’ve heard stranger things with regards to this case, so nothing surprises me any more. However, this is troubling, to say the least.

      I wonder if Ann Finnel – who has a good reputation, has sanctioned this woman being part of the penalty phase? I’d be interested to know how Rosalie Bolin got involved in this case. We know she wants to write a book about her relationship the death row husband, but maybe she thinks that by working on this case, it would help her publishing opportunities?

      The article is well written – typos here and there – and sounds believable but, I’ll reserve judgement until we learn more about this bizarre situation…
      Anyway, thanks a bunch, Shyloh!

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  8. margaret
    May 14 2011

    I love the picture!!! I bet he is a lovely person to work for. I would be willing to bet he has a case law in his head for every decision he makes. I wonder how many times he counts to ten with this defense. God bless him, he is looking out for justice for little Caylee. I am so disappointed that Uri Melich did not win, but I think allof the officers on this case know yhat we are proud and thankful to them.

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  9. margaret
    May 14 2011

    Sorry , I got interrupted and spelled Mr. Melich name wrong.

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    • May 15 2011

      awww, that’s okay, Margaret, we all know who you’re referring to. 🙂
      I still cannot believe he didn’t win…. I truly thought he’d have clear sailing.

      Still, it’s nice that he got so far in the contest, and you’re right, all the OCSO do know how thankful so many people are that they were there for Caylee, and continue to preserve her memory.

      OCSO really are the heroes in my book – especially Yuri. Yuri’s wife also helped on this case – she works for OCSO, too.

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  10. Rob
    May 15 2011

    Andrea, What a great picture of Judge Perry; he is the perfect judge for this trial. I do worry he is rushing the process of selecting a jury. He knows the defense team’s devices to delay, delay, and delay. It has affected him, and he wants this trial over with ………………… almost three years of Biaze is too much for anyone. Judge Strickland must be pleased he is not dealing with the revolting defense team any longer.

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    • May 15 2011

      Hey Rob. You know, I truly don’t think he’s rushing them, rather I think he’s orchestrating the process knowing how dearly the defense would NOT like to pick a jury for the sake of getting a continuance. The defense has tried all the tricks in the book to try to prolong and continue the case, but the Judge is too smooth an operator and has been around far too long to let an inexperience defense attorney try to manipulate his court!

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