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May 25, 2011

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day 2: a parade passes by

by Andrea O'Connell

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.”

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  1. damagdpets
    May 25 2011

    The biggest tell of what is going on……the court room has empty seats that are being given away to the media. The first day people were in line, the second day not so much. This being the case of the century is a stretch. I have to admit that Baez gave a theatrical opening statement but how many people can he ask if they were present when Caylee drown. There is no one on the witness list to back up the story of Caylee’s accident or molestation. What started out as a big bang will fizzle quickly…..

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  2. Weezie
    May 25 2011

    Andrea; I just logged in and haven’t read your post but I jsut wanted to join this post so that;s why I am writing to you. I will read it tomorrow morning since it is late for understanding your wonderful words,

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  3. steve
    May 26 2011

    Andrea,
    I’m glad you made the observation about the defense claim that Casey was allegedly devastated at Caylee drowning in the pool. Baez stated she “cried and cried and cried.” Yet six hours later she’s laughing and has her hands all over her boyfriend at Blockbuster. The jury won’t fail to see the inconsistency. Baez is trying to establish “reasonable doubt” but it has to be just that…”reasonable.”

    The other thing not reasonable is the claim that George disposed of Caylee’s body which was then somehow found by Kronk shortly thereafter. The defense would have us believe that George, a former police detective, is too lazy and stupid to bury Caylee’s remains in a place where they would never be found. Now, who is so lazy and stupid to callously drop the body just off the road so close to home? The answer is that she’s on trial right now.

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  4. Weezie
    May 26 2011

    Steve you make a very good point here. That timeframe is so short not only did she cry & cry, but she had to take the baby from the pool, put her in the famous car, drive around for a couple of days, trying to figure out where to put Caylee and she managed to carry or drag the bag just off the side of the road. There was no George in this fiasco, but she could have drowned.

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  5. CptKD
    May 26 2011

    Andrea…
    Thank you for SUMMING up,
    EXACTLY, what I’ve thought
    of BAEZ all along….
    He is LOST!
    He is a LOSER!
    And he is going to LOSE this case!
    And Inmate Anthony is going to LOSE
    her life, because of this LOW-LIFE
    LOSER!

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  6. Weezie
    May 26 2011

    ADA BOY GEORGE YOU PUT THAT ASS back in his place. I think Baez has finally lost it.

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    • May 26 2011

      Really??!!! Oh wow! I wish I could see it! Will have to watch when I get home! Thank goodness for WFTV.

      Sent from my iPhone

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      • Weezie
        May 26 2011

        Judege has sent the jury out. Baez is being scolded 4 times for using a photo of one of the gas cans that has not been put into evidence, to question George on the tape issue. George is trying to keep it together. He even scolds Baez in front of the jury and everyone. GEORGE: You are badgering me”.
        2) Anthony said he did not smell composition in the car when Casey came home, not expecting George. This is when she ran past George and flew the gas cans on the ground – Here’s your f”g gas cans. George wasn’t that far from the trunk. Not sure what date that was.

    • Kitt
      May 26 2011

      Must say, I’m actually proud of the way George carried himself on the stand, both yesterday and today. I could see that there were times when he (understandably, imo) could have just totally gone off on Mr. Baez, yet he kept himself in check. I can only hope that George has seen the light. I’m looking forward to Cindy on the witness stand. Right now, I can’t even guess how that might play out.

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      • May 27 2011

        I haven’t seen any of the case today but I watched Bill Shaeffer’s comments tonight. He said that what Baez is doing to George borders on cruelty. George has become a sympathetic witness and it will not bode well for the defense case.

        And, how can the car have smell of decomposition when dear Caylee was drowned and disposed of by George?

        The defense case is in big trouble and it’s only day 4!!!

        Sent from my iPhone

  7. Weezie
    May 26 2011

    JP looks furious and he is going to charge them if they continue to pull any more havoc.

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  8. CptKD
    May 26 2011

    HHJP, in all of his experience, not only at the Bench,
    but as a former ATTORNEY, is probably DISGUSTED
    at what is being played out before him…

    NOT!
    NOT NEVER in his days of Lawyering, would this kind
    of behaviour taken place…

    HE IS PISSED –

    And so he should be!
    Something needs to be done about the lack of class, tact and grace, the MR. Baez seems to be so lacking in, when questioning ANY WITNESS that is on the stand!

    Enough has to be enough at some point!

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    • Weezie
      May 26 2011

      I agree. Cap do the jurors notes stay locked up after the trial and forever?
      He is giving George a very hard time.

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      • CptKD
        May 26 2011

        There are NOT allowed to remove the books they take notes in from the Jury room.

        It has just been ruled that they will NOT be able to keep running PERSONAL diary/journals either.
        Some had asked if they could continue to write in their personal diaries, and Linda objected to that, followed by JP agreeing, and then Baez also agreeing with Ms. Burdick!

        So from here, no PERSONAL journals, and all Jury memo/note taking books CANNOT leave the Jury room.

        At they end of the trial, they will be required to turn them back over to the Court’s!

        Technically – They DO NOT want anyone leaving with materials that have been used to collect, inventory, or document any of the Courts’ proceedings and trial evidence.

        Hope that helps….

      • Kitt
        May 26 2011

        I do remember, after having sworn in the jury, HHJP did tell the jurors that they are permitted to take notes, that those notes would not be taken into the jury deliberations, and that those notes would be turned in and destroyed after trial.

  9. CptKD
    May 26 2011

    Baez had been obnoxious with George!

    JP just slapped him down – AGAIN!

    So bumbling-ars, just said “I have no further witness to this…ahhh, I mean I have no further questions from this witness”!

    OH! I could HURT that man…. (jj)

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    • Weezie
      May 26 2011

      What I meant cap after the trial where do those notes go? Are thwy stored forever and do they ever become evidence in a retrial, if god forbid there is one in this case.

      George looks so tired and completely ill.

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      • Kitt
        May 26 2011

        Oops, guess I should have replied here. I did hear HHJP say that notes taken by jurors would be turned over to the court after the trial and destroyed.

  10. CptKD
    May 26 2011

    As far as I know, they are turned back over to the Courts.

    I believe they are stored for a certain period of time…
    Leading to eventual DESTRUCTION.

    They CANNOT be used as EVIDENCE, and are NOT to
    be UNSEALED to ANYONE at ANYTIME.

    I will look into the Proper Procedure of what actually
    occurs to the physical notes that a Jury keeps…
    I believe in the States, it can be different in each one, depending on each States rules and regs regarding Jurors taking notes. Some States don’t ALLOW Jurors to take notes….

    A project for me to take on… Thanks Weezie – LOL!

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    • Kitt
      May 26 2011

      LOl! I’m laughing at myself! I should read ALL comments before I post one! Sorry!

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      • CptKD
        May 26 2011

        It’s all good, Kitt!

        I do it all the time too….LOL!

  11. CptKD
    May 26 2011

    From: (With thanks)
    http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/publicat/judicature/article10.html

    Juror note taking and notebooks. Of all the reforms discussed, allowing the jury to take notes during the trial must be the most common-sense and least controversial. Nevertheless many jurisdictions just don’t get it. Research indicates that note taking does not distract jurors, nor does it create an undue influence on those jurors who choose not to take notes. Judges in Arizona instruct jurors that they are not obligated to take notes, and they tell the jury to pay attention to all aspects of the trial including witness demeanor and the documentary and testimonial evidence. The vast majority of courts recognize that it is within the sound discretion of the trial judge to permit jurors to take notes. Judges need to thoughtfully exercise their discretion and allow juror note taking in complex cases, and lawyers must urge judges to do so. Jurors need to be encouraged to take an active role in the trial. Allowing the jury to keep track of parties, witnesses, testimony, and evidence by taking notes will empower juries to improve their recall and understanding of all issues, simple and complex.

    Jurors in complex cases should also be given a comprehensive notebook containing items such as simplified jury instructions, layouts of the courtroom with the names and locations of lawyers and parties, and glossaries of scientific terms or helpful scientific diagrams, photographs, charts, and background data of all types.

    From: (With thanks)

    http://www.courts.state.pa.us/NR/rdonlyres/514EDF8E-117A-46C7-81C8-5296C0E99979/0/396civrule.pdf

    RULE 223.2 Conduct of the Jury Trial – JUROR NOTE TAKING

    (8) All jurors notes will be collected after the trial is over and immediately destroyed.

    ** Something to check out:
    A “NOTE’ section follows this sub-section which details all the rules surrounding the Juror and their NOTE-books.

    Definately worth the read if you open the link to have a read-through!

    Hope this answers your question Weezie, and puts to rest any concerns of those “Notebooks” ever reaching the public.

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    • Weezie
      May 26 2011

      Oh Cap, I knew you would come through with the answers. Thanks so much. Even though they won’t be writing a diary of the trial per se, I’m sure the courts can not do much to a juror after the trial is over, if he or she writes a book on the Anthony trial. I doubt they can do much about it.

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      • CptKD
        May 26 2011

        No, but they can prevent in the meantime,
        the Jurors from keeping a ‘running’ journal
        of sorts OUTSIDE of the Jury room and Court!

        After trial, they are free to do as they please.

        But it WILL NOT be from their Jury Journals,
        nor from a personal DIARY of sorts…
        JP HAS RULED, and made it clear to the Jurors
        that they are NOT TO KEEP a personal journal/diary.
        EVEN IF, they do in their NORMAL life and existence.
        They are FORBIDDEN to do so at this time!

        They’ll be running on memory and evidence
        that was presented throughout trial –
        That IS ALLOWED!

      • Weezie
        May 26 2011

        Oh, Imust have heard incorrectly. I thought he said they could do a personal journal about the people they have met and formed relationships with, any outings, and surroundings but NOTHING FROM THE COURTROOM. He sighted examples of what would be acceptable. I’m pretty sure that was approved.

      • May 27 2011

        Hi Weezie… Thats how I understood it, too. 🙂

        Sent from my iPhone

      • CptKD
        May 26 2011

        By the way –
        YOU are very welcome!

        As per usual – It was MY pleasure!
        LOL!

  12. Kitt
    May 26 2011

    Just a little something I’m plucking from court…Baez to Mr. Burner…”Are you something of a nosy neighbor?” Omg, really?!! Because he saw Casey back the car into the gargage! Laughable! How about this, Mr. Baez….”I’m an AWARE neighbor!”

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    • CptKD
      May 26 2011

      That IS precisely what I would have answered!

      Good one, Kitt!

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  13. CptKD
    May 26 2011

    She NOT looking too too happy about
    these instant messages coming in…

    Can’t wait to hear what they’re all about…
    HHhhhmmmmmm……?
    INTERESTING!!!

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  14. CptKD
    May 26 2011

    TMZ is reporting that Inmate X is in the sh*t-house to the IRS for $68,000.

    (Will try and get up a link – Think Kim’s got one)

    Guess she didn’t bank on paying INCOME TAX on the money she received for selling pics and videos of her DEAD BABY!

    She just dropping deeper and deeper into it, isn’t she?

    Thinking the Devil’s waiting for her at the door…
    Almost time to ‘come in’!

    Sick Individual – ME – ME – ME!

    Even STUPID-er of Baez to NOT lop off the $68-grand from the $300,000 from ABC!

    NOW she owes them TOO!

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  15. CptKD
    May 26 2011

    From: With Thanks to KIM
    SHERRY – NAN (Hi Nan – Good to c U!)

    Posted at Kim’s Blog

    Sherry
    May 26, 2011 @ 16:53:53
    Uh-oh!

    http://www.tmz.com/2011/05/26/accused-baby-murderer-casey-anthony-first-degree-cindy-caylee-mother-federal-unpaid-back-taxes-lien/

    (thanks nan11)

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    • Weezie
      May 26 2011

      That’s a lot of taxes for a $200,000 pay out?

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      • Weezie
        May 26 2011

        I meant $300,000

  16. Weezie
    May 26 2011

    Does anyone have a thought about what happened in court after the jury left….. The secret about Lee. I guess not that it is proferred into evidence, Tony will be back tomorrow to let the Jury know about Lee trying to sexually abuse Casey and George hitting her as a young girl. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was brought into this world with spankings, and I can guess Casey likely needed disciplining. It’s not a stretch that George doesn’t have a lot of anger control, but baby killer isn’t one of his failings. Casey sure isn’t afraid of men, watching the parade of them in court today. The Defence is not substantiating their questioning with the opening statement.

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  17. Whistlersmother
    May 26 2011

    All I can say about the day in court is…that this girl was so busy chasing boys, sleeping with them that she would never have had time to take care of this little girl. She sleeps in the bed with her boyfriend and Caylee also! then she looks up another friend, goes over and spends the night with him. Then meets Tony and shacks up with him. Tony goes out of town and she jumps with another one. This poor baby had no chance!

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    • May 27 2011

      Hey Whistler… I agree- Caylee would have faced issues growing up with Casey, no question. This case is tragic on so many different levels. It is tragic that Casey was not encouraged to get mental health treatment when she needed it. But, they say when someone grows into a sociopath, there’s little chance they can be rehabilitated.

      Sent from my iPhone

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  18. May 27 2011

    Andrea sez:
    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?

    WOW! I didn’t think of that! This is like casey being able to call 911 when the protestors were in the yard but couldn’t call 811 for her missing/kidnapped/drowned child.

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    • May 27 2011

      typos… 😡

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    • May 27 2011

      Good morn’ Sherry & all! Yup-it’s pretty telling and does tell us that her sick mind was NOT concerned at all. Plus, he seems to want to present a defense based on some measure of insanity – too late for that, dumbo Baez! This is the defense he should have used in the first place. To late now. Is there a more inept attorney on the planet?

      Sent from my iPhone

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