After the recent hearing to decide the amount of money Casey Anthony will have to pay back to the State of Florida for the pointless search for her “missing” daughter Caylee Anthony, attorney Cheney Mason claimed it was sour grapes resulting from the State losing the case.
Sour grapes, huh?
Casey Anthony, just like any other citizen, will have to pay the State of Florida back its investigative costs. (Note: The costs are not related to the trial/prosecution of Casey Anthony.)
Sure, the State of Florida wants to recoup the nearly $517,000 they spent to investigate a “missing” child they later learned had “drowned”.
Yes, these are absolute costs that Casey Anthony rightfully owes for the hours and hours and weeks and weeks of law enforcement investigation that, of course, was all a ruse. The costs cover the dates of the deception, which were July 15, 2008 until December 11, 2008, when Caylee Marie Anthony’s remains were found.
You defraud the public, you pay the public back.
End of story.
We will find out the amount that Casey Anthony will have to pay in about three weeks when Judge Perry submits an order with the amount due.
Now, about that sour taste in your mouth, Mr. Mason? Just go ahead and gargle with strong mouthwash because I do believe your client may have to put up and shut up. Only my opinion, of course.
Perhaps Mr. Jose Baez neglected to consider the impacts his bold opening statement during the trial would have in the long run?
When Baez said, “Caylee was never missing, but drowned” and when his client was found guilty of lying, cha-chings started adding up. And well they should have.
Despite the jury finding Casey Anthony not guilty, she was found guilty of lying to law enforcement and will have to pay a hefty sum for those lies.
That will satisfy Lady Justice just fine.
To Mr. Cheney Mason
So your client was found not-guilty of Murder. It is no matter here. Of significance now? Her lying bilked thousands of dollars out of the Florida coffers. Had she told investigators that Caylee “drowned” at the outset, the investigation costs would have totaled about six hours, according to witness Lt. Paul Zamboris.
Mr. Mason, as you well know, when people defraud the public and get caught, pay-back is a bitch. Well, this is nothing new. And, no one is singling our your “indigent” client!
Are you living in the past? You must still believe that your Southern Gentleman-like charm, and that Old-Florida drawl you put on as thick as Aunt Jemima syrup on hot pancakes, will work in this case. Ain’t gonna work. But, heck, you can resort to name-calling and obscene hand gestures all you want, it ain’t gonna amount to a hill of full of beans. Throwing sophomoric hissy-fits will not persuade the Honorable Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., either.
But, I do have advice, Mr. Mason. Don’t continue with that mean and cantankerous Ole Florida Coot act. It only makes you look like you’re eating the sour grapes. And it’s unbecoming. You won the war, and jolly good for you. You may not win the battle, so prepare yourself.
Remember the Runaway Bride story and how that ended?
The Runaway Bride, Jennifer Wilbanks, was running away from her fiancée, John Mason, (whose name, coincidentally is Mason, though I know of no connection), and also had to pay a sum of money as restitution.
As a result of her fraud, the Runaway Bride plead guilty to, a felony. She got two years of probation, and a bill for nearly $43,000.
That story was a media circus, too. Jennifer Wilbanks, like Casey Anthony, defrauded the public and had to pay.
According to the BBC, Jennifer Wilbanks sold the media rights to her story to a New York City company for $500,000. Wilbanks did not offer to repay the whole cost of the search for her, which totaled almost $43,000. BBC, June 5, 200
I think the penniless Casey Anthony should start counting those pennies.
I don’t believe a plea of “sour grapes” will convince the court to let Casey Anthony off scot-free.
Um, I’m sure you know that, Mr. Mason.
Read Hal Boedeker story here.
BBC article: Read here.