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no “surprise, surprise” here

Today the trial, of the State v. Casey Anthony, began with more jail videos of George and Cindy Anthony visiting their daughter.

The terrible reality for the Anthony’s, of course, is the cruelty of their daughter then and now. The extreme cruelty of their daughter as she sits at the defense table knowing she has made these malicious accusations at George, and Lee, is like nothing we’ve ever seen.

It’s interesting to hear the talking heads in the media respond to the evidence they’re seeing for the first time.  I have followed this case very, very closely since day one, and it’s fascinating to hear the reaction of people who are hearing and seeing this case with a fresh perspective.  It’s very interesting and I enjoy seeing and hearing the evidence via the eyes of someone new to the case.

Jail Videos

During the jail visits, both parents are on eggshells as they try to slip in questions that will give them something to go on in their frantic search for Caylee.  We see the Anthony’s tiptoe around Casey Anthony, for fear she will explode, hang up, and refuse to speak to them.

She has yelled at her parents, she has threatened to hang up on them, and she has cried about being the real victim in the situation. The sad, desperate situation is made worse for the Anthony’s because Casey Anthony is their ONLY connection to Caylee.

The jail video with her father, George, was especially poignant but depressing.  Casey tells her father, “…you were the best father the best grandparent….”   There was another moment when Casey mentioned Caylee in the past tense when she said, “…Caylee had…”  The fact that she can’t hide the past tense is telling.

In the jail video with George on August 3, 2008, her father expresses his love and his support for his daughter while he tries to compel her to provide more information about Caylee’s whereabouts.  The videos definitely do not project or portray George as anything other than a loving, caring, hurting and broken father.

Because Casey Anthony is torturing her parents with the suggestion that she cannot tell them all of what she knows because it would put the family in harms way, George Anthony tells Casey Anthony that the entire family can go into protective custody!  She avoids this suggestion, quickly changing the subject.

What is the overall effect of seeing these videos on the jurors?  Court watchers say the jurors have at times scowled, shaken their head back and forth; most have been looking carefully at Casey Anthony’s reactions in court, too.

The jurors see the blank and detached countenance of Casey Anthony; they have to already know the score.

In the videos, Casey Anthony wants desperately to get out of jail to help in the search for Caylee.  The operative words however, are “get out of jail” as she never, in all the videos, expressed interest in the search or even asked how the search for Caylee is going.  She doesn’t care.

Soon after the final video, this pathological liar, thanks to Bounty Hunter Leonard Padilla for putting up her $500,000 bail bond, gets out of jail.

What does Casey Anthony do when she’s out of jail?  She spends her days with Jose Baez.

She is reportedly bouncy and cheerful the entire time she’s home.  Her father George is so livid, he nearly chokes her – screaming at her to tell them where Caylee is!   Casey Anthony reacts like the psychopath she is and demands her father leave the house!   George leaves with his friend and does stay at a hotel that evening.

It was during this time that Cindy Anthony began to turn her attention more toward protecting Casey.  Cindy became Casey’s protector, which created a great deal of tension from people in the community.  People began to gather at the Anthony home, protesting that Casey was home and not in jail.

Cindy became a stalwart supporter of her daughter and then George took up the mantel, too.

The support the Anthony’s had for their daughter, denying that Casey had anything to do with Caylee, caused a maelstrom and the tide really turned against the family.

The Anthony’s had the terrible position of being the devoted parents of Casey, and the loving grandparents of the light of their life, Caylee.

Now, of course, the parents have come full circle in a tragic sense. The daughter they were devoted to has cut her parents down with such a deadly force I wonder how they will forgive her, though I know they will forgive.

Surprise, Surprise

Cindy Anthony, in one of the jail videos says, “Dad’s blowing up at the media. Someone said that the baby just drown in the pool,” Cindy said  to Casey.  Casey’s reaction was, “Oh, surprise, surprise.”

I say to Baez, Mason and all the attorneys on the defense, “Surprise, surprise,” at the state of your case!

When 95 percent of Baez’ attention these past three years is solely focused on media appearances, it’s easy to forget to do the real work and review some of the discovery that will be used in this case.

The State has the burden of proof, the defense has only to challenge the evidence!  Why Baez thinks he needs to come up with a “Law and Order” TV Pilot “theory” is sad.  This is a death penalty case, after all.

It is an abomination that the defense could come up with such a gross and inhumane theory of their case without checking facts!  They  come up with a theory of an abusive father and brother but fail to investigate the actual relationship of Casey Anthony with her family?!

They fail to realize these videos were so damaging???

If this case comes back on appeal because of ineffective counsel, I sure won’t be saying, “Surprise, Surprise!”

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