It was another interesting day in Orlando as the Law Enforcement and Judicial community resolve to accept the Not Guilty decision in the State V. Casey Anthony trial.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), today held their first and only press conference to discuss the work they did over the three years the case progressed. (The men and women of the OCSO are the best of the best – literally.)
The well-spoken Sheriff Jerry Demings attended and discussed the devotion and the hard work the men and women of the OCSO put into this case. He also mentioned that the Caylee Anthony case, as a father and grandfather himself, personally affected him.
At the press conference it was confirmed that George Anthony was never a suspect in the disappearance of Caylee Anthony. There is an open investigation into witness tampering with regards to Laura Buchanan and it is on going. Detective Eric Edwards is leading that effort.
You may remember that it was Laura Buchanan who the defense team wanted to use to prove that Caylee’s remains could only have been placed at her final destination only AFTER Casey went to jail. The problem, as it turned out, Laura Buchanan (or some one else), attempted to fabricate a Texas EquuSearch document so it appeared that she had searched in the area where Caylee was found, when in fact she had not been in that area.
The defense wanted Joe Jordan to provide a similar story, but as we heard in the trial, Jordan was mistaken about where he searched and admitted he had not been in the area where Caylee was found.
This mystery will continue to unfold. The question on the table is whether Laura Buchanan created the paperwork herself, or if the document, and the story, was manufactured by someone from Jose Baez’s office. The OCSO is not talking about it at this point since it is an open case.
There was a very large picture of Caylee on display at the press conference. When asked about the picture, the replies given were heart-felt. “It was always only about Caylee,” was the unanimous response.
The Honorable Judge Stan Strickland
Reporter Bob Kealing of WESH, did an excellent interview Judge Stan Strickland, who was the original Judge assigned to the case prior to Judge Belvin Perry.
Those of us who were following the case closely during the early days were thrown for a loop when Judge Strickland recused himself. Like Judge Perry, Judge Strickland proved to be an extremely fair and balanced jurist – thoughtful and kind, but no-nonsense. It was a great loss, we all felt.
Judge Strickland’s style was somewhat more restrained than Judge Perry’s.
I especially liked him because he is not one to sentence death, unless the law demands it. In fact, he told Bob Kealing that the thought of Casey Anthony facing the death penalty kept him up a few nights. In contrast, Judge Perry, as a former prosecutor, did have a history of leaning toward Capital Punishment.
It was the defense’s doing to get Judge Strickland recused from the case – and the reason for it was nonsensical – so it was ironic for the defense when they were handed Judge Perry who is pro-death penalty. Judge Strickland, in his recusal from the case, wrote with regards to media attention, “The irony is rich indeed.”
Linda Drane-Burdick used the line, “The irony is rich indeed,” in her closing argument, too. I’m certain she was expressing a respectful homage to a very fine Judge.
Here is the full interview with Judge Strickland. It’s excellent! Click here to watch on WESH.
In other news
Cindy Anthony will not face perjury charges; and Tim Miller of Texas EquuSearch, filed a lawsuit asking for $112,000 in damages against Casey Anthony. There is a bill pending from the State of Florida, too, which will recover costs from Casey Anthony for the investigation into Caylee’s disappearance.
That’s about all the news I have for you tonight! In the meantime, I will leave you with this thought, from Dr. Martin Luther King:
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
Even though a final decision was made by unsuspecting men and women regarding the guilt in the death of Caylee Anthony, we have to accept it. This is our system – and, here on earth, there is none better.
But, there is a balance in the universe; and I believe that someday Casey will be forced to see her crime and she will be punished according to the laws of Karma, and the Universe.
That’s what I believe, anyway!