I know, I know…. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve popped in to blog – I even missed the last two Weekly Photo Challenges…. Horrors! I plan to do those momentarily.
I’m having this battle with myself about taking time to blog. I feel guilty taking the time when I have so much work to do…. I’m working from home now – doing Instructional Design consulting. Yeap. I took the plunge to work for myself!
I’m working on a website and two business blogs right now – it’s a huge task. I have them all set to go as far as how they look and feel, but still developing the content, which is the major task.
I haven’t been following the Casey Anthony goings-on, but have heard that a movie, based on Jeff Ashton’s book, is in the works. Good for him! I’m glad he’s doing so well.
I heard through the grapevine that Jose Baez has a book out, or has one coming out – I’m not sure which it is. I’d venture to say few people will want to read it. What can Jose Baez say other than “I told ya’ so!” (Which no one in their right mind believed was possible at the time.)
It still floors me. We all thought, no way can such an inexperienced trial lawyer win that case! Hah! He did it. We all wore eggs on our face after that, big time.
I’m amazed that the Casey Anthony story continues to generate news! It’s so crazy! I get Google-Alerts on the topic of Casey Anthony and it never fails that EVERY day, somewhere – someone is talking about something related to that trial. It seems to be a foregone conclusion that little Miss Beautiful Life is going to have a perpetual OJ Simpson-like reputation for life.
Well, life goes on, doesn’t it? It doesn’t change much, but it goes on!
Here’s a little gift from me:
Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch! ~ Lewis Carroll
The Jabberwocky is running wild in the Casey Anthony saga.
In the Casey Anthony trial after-life, sense is nonsense and nonsense is sense, depending upon the day and where you sit to eat your crumpets and sip your tea.
Oh the Jabberwocky we’d hear if our ears were invited….
Casey Anthony, who eats lies for lunch, is like the sloth who uses its dirty teeth to hide a lying tongue.
The bizarre just gets more bizarre and…. it’s so damn fascinating! (I do enjoy the soap opera-ish-tragi-comedy vaper that lingers after the fact and is still there.)
As it has happened with other stories in this case, it takes a willing suspension of disbelief to swallow a single word attributed to the former defendant, Casey Anthony.
But, oh, today’s salacious gossip masquerading as news, is ripe for a virtual vomit!
First, we have the Orlando Sentinel’s victory in getting the erst-while Judge in the Casey Anthony murder trial, Judge Belvin Perry, to unseal the depositions of both Dr. William Weitz and Dr. Jeffrey Danziger, Psychiatrists who examined Casey Anthony prior to, and toward the end of the murder trial. The depositions, say the media, are so juicy they are bound to cause saliva to drip from the collective lips of all of Orlando.
Here are links to the deliciously deviant depositions:
It would take hours of reading to get through the above just-released depositions about the damsel and queen-of-sloth, Casey Anthony’s mental health.
The depositions are reportedly very interesting and reveal a great deal about the depths that Casey Anthony would sink to blame her daughter’s death on her Father, George Anthony.
By far the most shocking revelation? Casey Anthony suffers no mental illness! Well, so say one or both of the Psychologists. How would they know what was lie versus what is truth? And, that was not their task anyway. They were to determine what, if any, issues would prevent her from understanding the seriousness of the charges against her. And there was another reason, but it back-fired: To have Weitz and Danzinger tell Casey Anthony’s sob-story without the defense having to call her to the stand. Fortunately, the law does not allow that. If anyone told her story, she’d have to do it.
With regards to issues of mental health, I think that people who are skilled liars, programmed to lie about everything, are also able to put on a persona, like putting on a hat, that hides their quilt and their mental illness.
Casey Anthony’s history of lies are well-documented. It takes a clever person to be so devious; you’d have to be smart to keep a running history of all the lies you’ve told. Casey Anthony had to keep all the lies in her head and she had to make up new stories to enhance the original ones while keeping them all straight. That’s work!
Even though her lies go absolutely beyond the beyond of reality, her absolute conviction to cling to a lie, though outrageously cruel, is amazing. She’s told unconscionable tales in which she ensnared her own father as the criminal. Only a desperate defense lawyer would believe them.
If you followed the case from 2008, you may remember how the defense came up with a slew of manufactured stories which they hoped would become the reasonable doubt a jury could cling to. They came up with some doozies, too. Every story the defense floated was defeated by the State evidence. Soon the defense team, after nearly three years of posturing, had nothing to show for the carpet-bagging of their wild theories of the case.
And then there was George.
George the Patsy.
Poor, poor George.
He became a Patsy of the highest order. He was the fall-guy of all fall-guys. He was bashed and bruised and left for dead by the blow-hard and brutal Baez at trial. Buoyed by Casey, she cried…..
One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back. ~ Lewis Carroll
The other interesting bit of gossip parading as news has to do with a petulant Anthony, expressing anger about Jose Baez, her lead defense attorney. What’s the fuss? The talk is that Anthony is plenty miffed that Baez is getting all the airtime and press while she has to release YouTube Princess Diaries.
So, Anthony wanted to throw Baez under el-bus-eroo in favor of Man-With-Middle-Finger, Cheney Mason. Well, so says TMZ. But, as it turns out, it’s Baez throwing The Princess Diary under the bus! He’s done got up and left the damsel in distress….and he took her silver slippers, too.
‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe. ~ Lewis Carroll
-Surprise, surprise…. she’s baaaaack! And, in an oh-so-calculating, monotone and self-promoting way that only Casey Anthony could deliver.
She says, “I’m so excited,” like you or I would say, “I like cold beer.”
This YouTube video diary of Casey Anthony donning a sports bra, her bobbed hair dyed blond, and wearing tinted glasses, has surfaced and has gone viral in the media.
One of her lawyers, says the Orlando Sentinel, has confirmed it is indeed the queen herself, but the video’s release was (cough, cough) unauthorized – An unknown account was hacked into, they say. Okay…..
Watch the video and listen to the number of “bleeps” which indicate names having been dubbed over. If this video of Casey-loving-Casey and her toys, was hacked, the audio would not be edited with bleeps. A hacker wouldn’t attempt to edit what he or she steals.
I am convinced this is a manipulative publicity stunt – no accident. Casey Anthony is savvy with computers and the Internet and would not “accidentally” release something she didn’t want to release.
She alluded detection for 31 days while her child was “missing,” she kept her mouth shut for three years of jail confinement, therefore I don’t think she’d make the mistake and ooops, release her diary!
Hacked? Truly I don’t believe it for a minute! This is Casey promoting Casey as only Casey can – in a an icky self-loving show of “look at me now with my new toys.” She’s talking about her new life, she’s very satisfied with herself, too. Her monotone drone, however, belies the fact that she’s a happy camper. She needs attention – really wants it badly. She wants us to know, she’s cool, she’s down with it, she’s hip and ready to play again in life, because life is normal now that she “actually owns things.”
She’s as shallow as a washed up shell.
It’s a bid for attention; she missed it, needs it.
What a waste.
2011 is coming to an end. The year has flown by. Every year don’t we all say, “My, this year has really flown by?!” And the years do go by pretty quickly, especially as we age.
Time seemed to crawl when I was young. Was it like that for you, too?
This year flew, though it seemed to stand still, too, at times.
I wrote a blog post every single day in 2011. To date, I have 608 posts. This one will make 609.
I never thought I’d actually write something every day for an entire year, but I did. In fact, I wrote a post every day in December 2010 so this is month 13 of my Post-a-day challenge.
It was pretty easy, really. The Casey Anthony saga gave me so much material! There were the lawyers on the defense team – how bizarre they were. The defense attorney’s gave me a lot of colorful content. And, the Anthony family, Cindy and George and their antics, provided all kinds of fanciful copy as well.
I was very critical of the Anthony defense team, especially Jose Baez, because he deserved it. His courtroom antics were gross and demeaned the legal profession, at least in my opinion. However, as far as George and Cindy Anthony go – I was too hard on them, at times. Most bloggers were.
The mainstream media helped sensationalize the situation, as did the overflow of documentation made possible by Florida’s Sunshine law. Still, bloggers had a field day with the Anthony’s. I did too.
I am sorry I jumped on the bandwagon and made hay out of the George and Cindy stories – the discovery that was released in the case. I feel badly, looking back at the last three years of this case, that I judged and criticized them too often, as I know I did.
I think, in hindsight, that I forgot they were real people. They are hardly perfect and as capable of making stupid mistakes as I am. I think that comes from being human.
I have never lived under a microscope, I have never had a daughter or a granddaughter, I have never known anyone who either committed or was a victim of murder, not to mention a murder as heinous as Caylee’s was.
During the trial, I felt sorry for both Anthony’s. In hindsight I realize they only ever wanted to do the right thing for a daughter they doted on. As despicable as her acts were, the Anthony’s loved her. She is their daughter. She destroyed them and they allowed it to happen because they thought that was love. They thought they were loving and perfect parents. I think all parents believe they are.
I did some research and reading about how parents – whose children were murderers, behaved and learned that the Anthony’s were not so unusual after all.
Some parents will protect their children no matter what the cost. Even the most law-abiding people will convince themselves their son/daughter couldn’t possibly be guilty, despite solid evidence that says otherwise. Parents will usually ride a ship called denial across the Nile river for the rest of their lives, if that’s what it takes to maintain their sanity and their love for their child.
It’s easy to believe I’d be different from the Anthony’s, but until I’ve walked in their shoes, how can I know?
Having seen George brought to his knees by his own daughter during the trial makes me feel badly that I judged him. Watching Cindy Anthony literally crumble on the stand as she relived the pain of loosing both her daughter and Caylee, makes me feel very badly to have judged her at all.
Weren’t the Anthony’s just ordinary people who were thrown into an extraordinary Orlando firestorm? I think so.
All the crazy proselytizing Cindy did in the media to make Casey into a saint and a good mother helped to make the Anthony’s seem all the more dysfunctional. Little did they know they were inadvertently putting themselves in front of their own daughter’s version of a firing squad.
The video tapes we saw of the Anthony’s were of them at their most vulnerable. George and Cindy Anthony seemed to take a wrong turn and make the wrong decision constantly, and we saw it unfold, moment to moment.
I’d like to think I would have acted totally differently in every regard. But then again, I’ve never been in the lion’s den for three years, let alone three minutes.
The Anthony’s were living their lives as best they could.
As my Orlando vacation nears its end (I’m heading home tomorrow morning), I suppose it’s fitting to discuss the Casey Anthony saga, which like the Energizer Bunny, just keeps going and going and going….
Since the story began, in 2008, I was enthralled with it. Anxious to know the truth about how and why the darling Caylee Anthony, just two years old, could have been murdered, I read nearly everything about the case. I even signed up for daily Google emails that provided links to the bigger stories related to the case. I still receive the Google daily emails since there continues to be plenty of stories about the Casey Anthony saga in the news.
Today my Google email contained a link to Hal Boedeker’s blog, in the Orlando Sentinel. Hal is the “TV GUY,” and regularly writes about the Casey Anthony coverage on TV. I always enjoy what he has to say. He never fails to deliver the goods.
And then there was a story from “The Examiner dot com,” which is a local online news outlet. The Examiner is kind of like a big blog that delivers news stories that don’t usually make it to the big media outlets.
The Examiner’s Casey Anthony story today makes the claim that Casey Anthony took “The Fifth” in her recent deposition for the Zenaida Gonsalez civil law suit, because she may fear Federal charges.
It is amazing that a news outlet would even proffer that idea! Perhaps the Examiner simply wants to stir up their audience. As most news media know, the Casey Anthony story continues to sell. So, milk it, milk it, milk it!
The facts, however, remain. Federal charges are just not going to happen in this case. Clearly some followers of the trial in which Casey Anthony was found Not Guilty, desperately want Casey Anthony to pay for a crime she is believed to have committed.
The Examiner was wrong to write such a story without providing details and facts. Instead, they say:
Anthony’s decision may have less to do with financial repercussions resulting from pending law suits and more to do with the very real possibility that Anthony may be tried in Federal court for her role in the child’s death.
Since Anthony’s acquittal, numerous petitions have been brought forth by angry members of the public demanding that justice be served. Petitions filed include those directed at the United States Attorney General, seeking federal charges against Anthony. Link to story here.
The Examiner provides a link to the petition, but fails to report that the petition is no longer active.
Not Guilty means Not Guilty
The Casey Anthony verdict was very upsetting, there is no denying that. However, the verdict was final. There is nothing anyone can do to Casey Anthony about the murder of Caylee now.
Casey Anthony is NOT guilty. She’s free, physically, but hardly free in any other sense.
She will be looking over her shoulder for the rest of her life, afraid of the nut-cases in the world who would like to do her harm. And, that is very, very sad.
I will take flack for saying this, but I have some compassion for her situation. She is legally free – our system let her go. She should be able to have a normal life, but she never will. Well, perhaps when she’s an old woman, has changed her name, and moved well away from Florida she may experience the freedom the legal system handed to her.
And so, the Examiner story is not only misleading, it’s also not credible. For Casey Anthony to face Federal charges would be double jeopardy under our legal system.
There are plenty of bloggers who disagree with me, and tell me as much when I write about this topic. People like to bring up a law called “Dual Sovernity.” These bloggers contend that the FBI and the Federal government should prosecute. Our system doesn’t work that way. Without going into a long description of dual sovernity – Here’s a big-picture definition: It affords the US government certain rights, allowing them to retry certain aspects of a case, even when a defendant was found not guilty. I believe it’s a law rarely used.
The important fact to remember, in the Anthony criminal case, the Federal government had no jurisdiction whatsoever – they still don’t. Plus it is the State who brings the charges in a criminal matter.
The argument I hear people make is, “Well, Casey Anthony lied to the FBI.”
No, she did not lie to the FBI. She was never interviewed by them.
The day Casey was indicted, when the two FBI Agents spoke to her (which we all saw on video), she was protected by the US Constitution, particularly, by her Sixth Amendment right to counsel and her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. (This is commonly a protection that people use when they “Plead the Fifth,” which Casey Anthony has done in the law suit brought by Zenaida Gonzalez.)
So, when the FBI talked with Casey the day she was indicted, she had already invoked her right to counsel, therefore, anything she said could not be used in a court of law against her. Period.
This is how our US Constitution protects us – you and me and Casey Anthony, too. Be happy about that.
If the Federal government were able to press charges against Casey Anthony, that would mean the government would have absolute power over the citizens of this country.
Without the protections of our US Constitution, although I am not an expert on it, we would be nothing more than slaves to another entity, a government or a dictatorship, or a King…..etc.
So, give Casey Anthony her Not Guilty verdict. She has earned it. Sad it is, but she is not responsible, under the law, for the death of her daughter.
For all of these reasons, I find it profoundly sad that any media representative would hint at Federal charges in this case.
The other story I wanted to talk briefly about was Hal Boedeker’s article about what Jeff Ashton said on HLN with Vinnie Politan, about Jose Baez. Ashton called Baez “smarmy.” I nearly choked on the yogurt I was enjoying as I read that!
Oh how most of us agree!
According to Hal Boedeker, Ashton also discussed the “lies” (Ashton’s words) told by Jose Baez during the trial! Holy Cow…. Oh Golly, Miss Molly! He actually said THAT? Yeap!
You’ll just have to read it the Boedeker piece! It’s too good to miss. Here’s the link.
I heart Jeff Ashton – big time!
It’s almost midnight and I’m not finished with this blog post! Plus, I still have to do some online banking, finish my photography gallery, and pack for Orlando. Hah! I was also going to make brownies. I don’t think so!
So, I’m heading out to Orlando to visit my brother (I hope it’s cold there, it’s HOT in South Florida), for about a week. While I’m there I plan to meet Dave Knechel, aka Marinade Dave. What a super nice guy he is! He and I have chatted on the phone, but we haven’t yet had a chance to meet. I am looking forward to hearing all his stories about the Anthony case. I am so looking forward to meeting you, Dave!
And, I’m going to meet another blogger, Susan, who often comments here, and who followed the Casey Anthony trial with the rest of us. That’s going to be fun!
And, speaking of the Anthony saga, I hear that Roy Kronk, the angel who discovered Caylee Anthony’s remains in December of 2008, is definitely going forward with his lawsuit. I’m not a fan of lawsuits, personally, but if anyone deserves to be compensated for the horrible lies the defense spread about him, Roy Kronk deserves his due and his day in court.
The way I understand it, he’s suing Casey Anthony herself, not her defense team. It was the Anthony defense team, namely her lawyer, Jose Baez, who did a job maligning Roy Kronk.
Mr. Kronk was accused of every evil deed imaginable via the Anthony defense. It’s horrible that a man can be dragged by his ear through the mud and muck by a sneaky, snarly and salacious lawyer.
What the heck! You would think a lawyer would have to have some kind of proof before he casts such stones and throws mud on a poor little guy, right?
According to Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel reporter, the crux of Kronk’s lawsuit against Casey Anthony, goes like this:
“If Casey Anthony’s story is true that Caylee Anthony drowned in the family swimming pool on June 16, 2008, then she knew that the statements she authorized and permitted her agents to publish were false,” the Kronk suit states.
“In an attempt to find someone other than herself to blame for the tragic death of her child, Casey Anthony authorized and permitted her attorneys, as her agents, to make false and malicious statements against Kronk, and to portray him as the murderer of her child,” the complaint adds.
The lawsuit also says Anthony, through her attorneys, refused to retract the damaging statements about Kronk. Read the story.
If Zenaida Gonzalez, who also has a lawsuit against Anthony, was treated like Mr. Kronk was treated, she might have a real lawsuit, too! What happened to her was like first-grade bullying compared to the out-and-out “Destroy Roy Kronk campaign.”
The sad thing about the Roy Kronk lawsuit? He has to get in line and wait with the other plaintiffs. He, and the other plaintiffs, have to wait until Casey Anthony’s gravy train comes (which is likely to be never), before he’s made whole.
The only way Casey could earn any money to pay off the lawsuits is to score a TV or book deal. But that won’t work, I don’t think as there’s not a television network anywhere in the vicinity of the United States who wants to touch an interview with Anthony. The public would turn on any network faster than you could say “Exorcist.” And that horror story, by the way, is better suited to rerun than any Baez/Anthony interview.
Any one have pea soup for dinner?
Okay, it’s after midnight now. Before I go, I wanted to say that there was another odd story out today in the Anthony saga.
This story has to do with Dr. Keith Ablow’s, the forensic psychiatrist who recently published a book about his take on Casey Anthony’s pathology, titled “Inside the Mind Of Casey Anthony.” I believe this book was released around the same time as former prosecutor Jeff Ashton’s book “Imperfect Justice” was released.
According to Anthony Colarassi, of the Orlando Sentinel, Dr. Ablow was approached about working a book with Casey Anthony while giving her psychological treatment. Now if that isn’t a nutty idea!
Dr. Ablow declined the opportunity to get reeled into a book. Though, Ablow countered their offer and suggested he treat Casey at no charge, to help her recover. They said, No.
It’s too bad. It was good of Dr. Ablow to offer (I bet he’d write another book, too! Hah, that would really frost them!)
Seriously, Casey Anthony should get the help she needs. Sadly though it sounds like the Anthony “team” have their priorities backwards. It sounds like they are focusing on money first, health later.
Never a very good idea.
So, now it’s well past midnight, and I still have finish this blog post, do my banking,
finish my photography gallery, and pack for Orlando.
See you soon Dave & Susan!
The Florida vs. Casey Anthony murder trial is long over, but I am still very interested in the legal ramifications, and the civil case fallout, which continues to fall out.
Now, that Anthony has civil lawsuits to contend with, this interesting but bizarre story will continue to draw a media audience.
It was reported in the media just today that a Orlando Judge refused to throw out the lawsuit filed by Tim Miller of Texas EquuSearch. As you know, Tim Miller is trying to recoup thousands of dollars worth of time and resources that were poured into finding Caylee.
Tim Miller should have his day in court, especially since Baez admitted in his opening statement that Caylee was never missing but drowned on July 16th. And since Anthony was found not guilty, she has to answer for her fraudulent claims.
She’s got Baez to thank for that. Since, as a result of Baez’ telling the jury that Caylee was “never missing,” and because Anthony was found not guilty, Baez has essentially confirmed that Casey Anthony fraudulently duped the public and the public servants into believing that Caylee was alive.
Not for a moment do I believe that Baez thought Anthony would be cleared of the murder charges. If he actually thought he had a chance to win the case, I doubt he’d ever admit that Anthony knew all along that Caylee drowned.
I wonder if this story and the George and Lee Anthony abuse allegations were just a last-ditch Hail Mary? I can’t imagine that Baez would go out on a limb with such stories had he known there would be financial consequences, or perhaps those impacts never entered his mind.
If Anthony had been found guilty, she’d not be responsible these tremendous costs that will continue to pile up. That’s one reason I honestly don’t believe Baez thought he’d prevail in this case.
The State Attorney had more than enough evidence to convict – everyone believed it, too. No one in their right mind thought Baez could or would win this case! But then, no one counted on his ability to connect so well with the jurors, who to the defense’s benefit, turned out to be spineless followers only interested in getting out of Dodge.
Everyone was sure Casey was going to spend many years behind bars.
Until the perfect storm blew in from Clearwater, Florida.
On another note, Charles Greene, Anthony’s Civil Attorney, has a motion on the table to stop the release of the Morgan and Morgan recent video deposition of Anthony. Greene filed an emergency motion to seal the video. A Judge will hear arguments tomorrow.
Let’s face it, if the video is released, and I’m sure it will be, it will only serve to rekindle the public’s anger toward Anthony.
It’s time to end the hate – that does not mean forget, it means public vitriol against Anthony is uncivilized. Just my opinion.
Before discussing the news of the day, I want to tell you about my new blog look! It’s the newest WordPress blog theme – just released today.
The theme is called iTheme2; created in appreciation for Steve Jobs, and Apple.
What do you think? Do you like it?
I’d love to hear your constructive feedback. Is it easy to read and navigate in? My favorite thing about this blog is the sliding post feature at the top of the Home page!
Now for the news of the day
The Orlando Sentinel’s Anthony Colarossi, is reporting that the Florida Bar has disclosed the nature of the two (2) complaints against attorney Jose Baez.
Complaint One: As expected, one of the Florida Bar complaints against Jose Baez is regarding his failure to produce expert witness discovery. This took place in January of 2011, when Judge Belvin Perry ordered the defense to produce expert witness discovery by a certain deadline date. When the defense failed to comply, Judge Perry concluded that the defense willfully violated its court order and ordered sanctions.
Prosecutor, Jeff Ashton, frustrated by the refusal of Jose Baez to follow the rules of discovery and the court, advised the court that the defense had a history of deliberately skirting deadlines, and contempt or sanctions should be imposed.
Jose Baez was sanctioned by the court – ordered to pay $583 as penalty.
This is the very issue now up for review by the Florida Bar.
I wonder if the Bar is also looking at a similar violation that occurred in June 2011, during the trial, over defense witness Dr. William Rodriquez.
This was another typical scenario in which Baez attempted to hide certain aspects of Dr. Rodriquez’ testimony, clearly to ambush Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton. Baez must think that “Perry Mason Moments” are a make it or break it strategy in the courtroom. The truth is, defense lawyers want to win, and some of them will do whatever it takes to get a leg up – rules be damned.
If the Florida Bar fails to act, it will set a bad precedent, perhaps encouraging other lawyers to bend the laws, too. We can’t have that!
Complaint Two: This complaint surrounds the felony check fraud charges that Casey Anthony was found guilty of prior to the murder trial.
The Honorable Judge Stan Strickland found Anthony guilty on 6 of the 13 charges of check fraud.
Judge Strickland sentenced Anthony to time-served, and one year probation to be served after the murder case is concluded. Judge Strickland, who, by the way, is retiring at the end of this year, was very clear in his ruling, but a court clerks written report erred in its description of how the probation was to be served. The error only came to light at the conclusion of the murder trial. Judge Strickland realized his court order was not followed and resubmitted the probation order.
The defense fought hard to throw out the probation. They were desperate to prove that applying probation would be akin to double jeopardy, since Anthony served probation while in jail.
That argument, so weak, went no where and Judge Perry ordered Anthony to serve her probation as Judge Strickland originally ordered.
During the hearing concerning this issue, it came to light that Baez knew she was serving probation in jail, but didn’t correct the situation.
It’s against the law for you and I to violate a court order. When a lawyer willfully disobeys a court order, there should be consequences. If a lawyer cannot follow the basic rules of procedure required for an officer of the court, the system is in trouble. Let’s hope the Florida Bar agrees.
Early retirement for my favorite Judge
I just read this evening that the Honorable Stan Strickland is retiring from the Bench beginning December 31, 2011.
Judge Strickland has served Central Florida in the 9th Circuit Court for 21 years. He spoke briefly to Anthony Colarossi, reporter for the Orlando Sentinel today, and said:
Once it becomes tedium, it’s hard to continue on. It’s hard to explain: You just know when it’s time, and it’s time. ~Judge Stan Strickland
Reporter Colarossi asked Judge Strickland if the Casey Anthony case had anything to do with his decision to resign, the Judge said:
Did that have a part in the wearing process? Sure. But not a part in the ultimate decision.
I am happy for the Judge, but sorry for the people of Central Florida who are losing one of its finest.
So many of us – everyone visiting this blog – have shared their thoughts regarding Judge Strickland’s nonpareil service to the Casey Anthony case; he is held in hight regard here.
I have the highest regard for Judge Strickland. Not only is he an excellent Jurist, he’s a very nice man.
Socrates, writing in approximately 470 B.C., wrote the following, which I think sums up perfectly who Judge Strickland is:
Four things belong to a judge:
to hear courteously,
to answer wisely,
to consider soberly, and
to decide impartially. ~ Socrates
It’s as if Socrates had Judge Strickland in mind here, don’t you think?!
It has come to pass that Jose Baez, Lead Defense Attorney for the acquitted Casey Anthony, is in the cross-hairs of the Florida Bar. The Orlando Sentinel reported just today that there are two separate Florida Bar complaints against Mr. Baez.
Two complaints! We don’t know the seriousness or the purpose of the complaints. We don’t know who filed them.
What Led Up to the Current Bar Complaints?
Jose Baez has been the subject of a lot of criticism. His personal and professional life has been extensively reported on by the media.
Mr. Baez’ past is marked by behaviors that delayed his acceptance into the Florida Bar as a lawyer for a few years. The Florida Bar took its time before it granting Mr. Baez his license to practice. It was only in 2006 that he was admitted by the Bar. He became involved in the Casey Anthony case in July of 2008. Hardly time for the water to dry behind his ears, though that didn’t stop him.
It didn’t matter to Jose Baez that his experience was minimal at best in criminal cases, and he had NO experience with Capital Murder cases. And, boy did it show. He was like the court jester; but no one was laughing with him, they were laughing at him.
To be (somewhat) fair, Mr. Baez did improve as the months and the years wore on. Oh, but his rogue-dog attitude never left him.
In my opinion, having closely watched his performance, I thought he was completely lacking ethics. He was, in my opinion, a total sell-out to the truth. Granted, Defense Attorneys have to be zealous advocates for their clients and ensure the government can prove the charges beyond any reasonable doubt, the goal should be to seek the truth, or am I being naive?
Both sides of the attorney aisle are adversarial by design. They have tricks under their sleeves, but they usually don’t sell their soul to the devil to win a case. Right?
Jose Baez put his entire career on the line with this case; but he won it. He won the case of a lifetime.
Was it a fair win? I don’t think so, personally, but I accept the verdict because it is final and it is binding. No one will be able to investigate Casey Anthony’s involvement into Caylee’s murder again. It’s over and Casey Anthony should be left alone to live out the rest of her life.
If, like OJ Simpson’s foray into crime after his acquittal, she should engage in another criminal act, and get caught, she may see those grimy jail bars again, just like OJ did. Time will tell if she can be rehabilitated.
Perhaps someday Casey Anthony will have an anonymous and happy life. It’s debatable – the deck is stacked against her.
Who Filed the Complaints, and What is the Cause?
Of course, I am only guessing about this, but I have an idea of a couple of individuals who may have filed the complaints.
Judge Belvin Perry?
At the end of the trial, Judge Belvin Perry planned on having a hearing with regards to what sanctions to bring against Jose Baez. However, when the defense won the case, nothing further was publicly addressed about this issue. It was left on the table. I thought at the time that it would seem like sour grapes, or prejudicial, to bring the sanctions up so soon after the verdict was announced.
I tend to think that Judge Perry took up the issue with the Bar in the form of a complaint rather than address it publicly in the Orlando Court.
I wrote an article about the violations that plagued the trial; it’s titled, Yet Again, Judge Perry says Legal Violation by Baez.
The fact is, Judge Perry and the State of Florida, particularly Jeff Ashton, had constant run-ins and legal battles regarding Discovery rule violations by Mr. Baez, who pretended he was unaware of the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure which details EXACTLY how lawyers are to obey the rules of Discovery.
Was it Jeff Ashton?
Did one of the complaints come from Jeff Ashton? Mr. Ashton was constantly thrown under the bus by Mr. Baez’ deliberate refusals to turn over evidence or expert reports. (Perhaps it was another attorney in the State Attorney’s Office, though I can’t see Linda Drane-Burdick filing a complaint, it’s certainly possible.)
There was a big issue about expert reports that were not filed. Mr. Ashton wrote a motion that requested the Court hold Jose Baez in contempt. I wrote an article about this, titled: Show Cause or Else Be In Contempt. This motion required Mr. Baez to argue why he should not be held in contempt. As it turned out, he was not held in contempt, he was sanctioned – I believe the total was approximately $500.00.
Was it Stogskill Court Reporting?
Then there was the Court Reporting Fiasco in which a firm outside the state of Florida was used by the defense. The issue here was the defense wanted to pay Stogskill Court Reporting Services, (after the work had been done) a rate that was lower than what the firm charges. The owner of the firm wrote a letter of complaint to Judge Perry, stating he was lied to. It is possible this firm could have written to the Bar. The story is titled, More Defense Woes?
Could it Be Brad Conway?
Maybe Brad Conway filed a complaint? Was Mr. Baez aware that Laura Buchanan was going to falsify Texas EquuSearch (TES) documents? Brad Conway was inadvertently put in the middle of the TES fiasco. Here’s a story about that issue, titled: Big Trouble for Baez?
How a Bar Complaint Works
According to the Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel Reporter, the two Bar complaints are concerning professional conduct during the Casey Anthony trial. There are different levels a Bar complaint has to wind its way through. The first level is a staff review. Apparently, if the complaint ends at the Staff Review, it will go no further. The other complaint against Mr. Baez stopped at this level. In this instance, however, both complaints are headed to a grievance committee. Below is how Anthony Colarossi explains it:
The Florida Bar confirmed Tuesday that two complaints over professional conduct filed against Casey Anthony attorney Jose Baez have progressed to a grievance committee. This means the complaints have not closed without discipline and moved from staff level to the next point in the process. The volunteer grievance committee is the rough equivalent of a grand jury. The nine-member panel will ultimately help determine whether to bring charges against Baez under Florida Bar rules of conduct. It is not exactly clear what the two complaints involve, but they do cover Baez’s representation of Casey Anthony, according to Francine Walker with the Bar.
I’m told that Bar complaints take a while to process through the review phase. It will continue to be a waiting game for Mr. Baez. Something tells me he’s not worried; he’s beat these complaints once already….
I wonder if his Teflon will hold up?
The jail video within a jail video released yesterday? It is much ado about nothing, as far as I’m concerned.
It’s hardly even distinguishable anyway.
The jail was unable to extricate the original file from their video player, so a video of that video was shot, hence the grainy appearance.
This is the video that had originally been ordered under seal by Judge Stan Strickland, he believed it may have been prejudicial to potential jurors in the case. The prejudice would lie in how it would be interpreted and debriefed in the public and in the media prior to trial. That was certainly a valid concern for Judge Strickland.
The fact is, on its face, the video could be translated as a picture of a grieving mom just learning that her daughter’s remains have been found. Or, it could be positioned as a consciousness of guilt. If a jury had information about how the reaction to the Blanchard Park discovery of bones elicited no reaction, this juxtaposed non-reaction may have been harmful to the defense, maybe.
The State of Florida chose not to use this video tape. I tend to think there was too much baggage with it since they’d have to put Robyn Adams (convicted felon and Casey jail friend), on the stand to discuss Casey’s reaction to Blanchard Park. Putting Robyn on the stand may have been a risk the State didn’t want to take. I believe the State was confident in the case they laid out. Were they a bit too confident? I don’t know. I do know I admired the work they did.
The video had to be released. Judge Belvin Perry had no choice, really. Jose Baez’ argument about the HIPPA violation was a long-shot, and I’m sorry it didn’t work for him. But, Judge Perry did what he needed to do – uphold the Bill of Rights – the First Amendment to the United States Constitution which reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The video is just sad, in my opinion. Its release does nothing more than pick at an old scab – opening it up and pouring salt on it.
Why do that to ourselves?
It’s been a while since I’ve written about the Casey Anthony case – I haven’t been reading very much about it lately. That’s not to say the case has disappeared from the media! Nope, the story is still generating interest despite the dearth of information to report.
Yesterday (Wednesday) there was a hearing about the previously sealed jail video of Casey Anthony’s reaction to learning that her daughter’s remains had been located. Inquiring media-minds want to publish this video for the obvious ratings bonanza.
The media will have a field day with this. They will likely remind us about when, early in the case, searchers thought they’d found Caylee’s remains at Blanchard Park, in Orlando, Casey had no reaction versus her extremely emotional reaction when she learned that remains of a small child were located near her home. In a swamp.
Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., heard arguments from the media about why the video should be released; and Jose Baez, Anthony’s defense attorney, argued that the video should not be released because it would violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which protects unauthorized access to medial records, ensuring privacy. Baez contends that, at the time of the video taping, Casey was administered medication. This, argues Baez, would compromise Casey’s right to privacy via HIPPA.
The HIPPA argument may give Judge Perry something tangible to hang his ruling on, providing him good cause to deny the video release.
It would be interesting to see, sure, but it should be kept sealed. Why must we bring back more of the Casey Anthony drama? The video is likely to incense people anew, giving them greater reason to issue their horrible messages of hate. Casey Anthony is not enjoying the good life, though she is free and that is what sticks in our collective craws.
There is no good reason to release this video now. Can we move on and let this old dog lie? Releasing it will benefit TV ratings, but is it news worthy? I don’t think so.
How will releasing this video benefit the public? It’s likely to anger us to see it! And, what good will that do – it will not change anything.
There have been a few purposeful “leaks” about George and Cindy Anthony’s appearance on an upcoming Dr. Phil Show. By the way, the air date of the show has been moved from Monday, Sept. 12th to Tuesday, September 13. And, there are two segments – Tuesday & Wednesday of next week.
The leaks reported by TMZ have Cindy Anthony telling Dr. Phil that Caylee “drowned” because Casey was having a seizure while Caylee climbed into the pool. Okay!
Granted, I don’t find this plausible. But, then again, it doesn’t matter what I believe – if it makes Cindy feel better by believing this, so be it. If believing this helps Cindy put one foot in front of the other and get through the day, so be it. The story is just too out there and simply lacks that ringing sound of truth.
The real problem with this new story? How is a person able to wrap a baby in duct tape and triple bag her while having, or recovering from, a seizure??? Or, am I missing something?
To tell you the truth, I always wondered about the seizure that Jesse Grund, Casey’s former fiancee, described to the Detectives on the case. Could this be what made Casey change so drastically, as so many of her friends described? (I don’t really think so, but I thought I’d mention it!)
Jesse described to Detective Yuri Mellich, that he saw Casey Anthony having what he called a Grand Mal Seizure. According to Jesse, Casey was in bad shape, foaming at the mouth, unresponsive to any stimuli.
When the incident happened, Jesse immediately called 911. Casey admitted into the hospital for testing, but tests were all negative. There were no indications from the doctor that she’d be in danger of having more seizures.
George and Cindy never made too much about the seizure incident with Jesse, and they never discussed then what they now say were a few seizures. Therefore, it’s odd this is brought to light now. Perhaps Cindy is trying to soften Casey’s image? Maybe. I think this excuse as a protective mechanism for Cindy – to maintain her sanity and avoid the devastating truth.
It could be that Cindy needs to place blame on something other than her daughter, and the seizure story fits that bill (for her). I hope Dr. Phil reminds her that this does not comport with Caylee being thrown away like garbage, in a swamp. I hope he challenges her about that.
It doesn’t make sense that a person could have a seizure, come out of it, and then do something horrible to their own child. I know people will blame “sleep-walking” for criminal behavior. It’s been a defense in a couple of murder cases, but a seizure excuse? Why wouldn’t Jose Baez grabbed this theory if there was any truth to it?
Cindy Anthony has experienced a hell that none of us can imagine or understand, and so I can almost forgive her for wanting to believe anything but the truth…….
If it brings Cindy a sense of peace to believe this, so be it.
Cindy and George Anthony have been through a hell on earth that not one of us could possibly comprehend. They lived it. God help them.
Consider defendant Ralph E. Donaldson, of Dayton, Ohio. In 1997, he plead guilty to attempted murder for beating his girlfriend into a state of total disability. Defendant Donaldson was sentenced to eight years in prison, then given an extra twelve years when he violated his parole in an aggravated burglary charge.
Then, the victim, his former girlfriend dies, and Donaldson is charged with murder.
Now defendant Donaldson pleads not guilty. His defense? The death of Deborah Nooks, the victim, had nothing to do with the severe beating. Nope. The defense claims it’s clearly a case of malpractice, and the defense would like to use Dr. Werner Spitzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz to prove it.
Dr. Pitzzzzzzzzz, who never met an intact skull he didn’t like, is sure to offer comic relief in Dayton.
And, guess who pays for Dr. Spitzzzz, if his testimony is allowed? Surprise! He would be paid using taxpayers money because defendant Donaldson is indigent.
Wait, there’s more……
- Dr. Fitzzzzzzzzzzz charges a cool $5,000 per day,
- Cool Dr. Bitzzzzzzzzzzzz charges $400.00 per hour to review the medical records, and
- The supreme medical examiner charges $1,500 to write a report of his findings.
I had the opportunity to review the report done by Dr. Fatzzzzzzzzz in this case. It was not in the least bit impressive, as you can see.
Here it is:
I am not making light of this terrible case. It’s a horribly tragic case in every sense.
But, I am making fun of Dr. Nitzzzzzzzzzzz!
It’s like a Theatre of the Absurd play when Spotzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz makes an appearance. His testimony in the Casey Anthony trial was so bizarre it was both unbelievable and sad. Sad because the once esteemed doctor still wants to strut his poor self on the stage, when he should retire his act and scoot off to Bora Bora for some fun in the sun.
Courtrooms are not the place for the resurrection of a has-been. Dr. Pitzzzzzzzzzz’ hay-days are over now.
The victim, Deborah Nooks, was so severely beaten by the defendant in 1997 that the only way she could communicate was to blink her eyes “yes” or “no”. She was completely incapacitated. That’s how she lived until August of 2009, when her poor body gave up the fight and she died.
Of course, you’re wondering what will the defense of Defendant Donaldson be?
The defense position: She died as a result of malpractice. “Malpractice!”
Oh yes, Ralph E. Donaldson, who plead guilty of attempted murder, now claims he didn’t do it. Nope. It was malpractice.
Okay, that’s peachy, but malpractice is serious and it involves doctors, not boyfriends.
If the death was a result of a doctor’s malpractice, then it’s malpractice, not murder, right? So, why would a charge of murder be on the table, too? Does this defense strategy make sense to you?
Will this defense attorney ask a jury to believe that an unknown and unnamed doctor was at fault, not the defendant? But, who would be responsible for the malpractice? Can a defense attorney just claim malpractice without providing any proof of it?
It doesn’t make sense because it’s a bogus defense, made bogus-er if Dr. Spatzzzzzz testifies.
The Court in Dayton has not yet agreed if it will allow Dr. Fatzzzzzzzz to testify. The county prosecutor is arguing that the fee is too high, and where is the evidence of malpractice?
Okay. So, there is an indigent client who, in 1997, beat his crack-head girlfriend until she nearly dead. He beat her and when she was down, he stomped and stomped and stomped on her head like he was putting out fire. Now, when she dies as a result of being in a near vegetative state, malpractice is the culprit.
I think some defense attorney’s watch too many cartoons.
This defense attorney said, about cause of death:
….cause of death is such a controlling issue in this case. It’s Mr. Donaldson’s position he didn’t inflict a fatal injury….We think likely medical malpractice was the cause of her death.
The attorney prosecuting this case said the discovery released in this case does not point to malpractice, and no evidence exists to make such a claim.
Well, there was no evidence that George Anthony abused his daughter, Casey. There was no evidence that Caylee Anthony drowned in the pool or that George had a hand in it. There were a lot of allegations thrown against the wall in the Casey Anthony case which ended up playing a huge part in her not guilty verdict.
Something tells me this defense attorney wants to take a page out of the Jose Baez playbook. No doubt he thinks Dr. Ditzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz will save the day for his client.
Now, everyone deserves a passionate and vigilant defense attorney who will hold the government to task. I’d want my defense attorney to demand that the government proves their case against me beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt. And, I would fight like hell, too. (Well, I’d probably mostly cry.)
I believe in our system of justice – there is none better. But, c’mon! Defense attorneys can’t make things up!
There is truth and there is….
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.
We found out today that Casey Anthony’s appeal to stop her year-long probation, was denied. The Higher Court said, no way Jose!
There was never a question in my mind that she would be able to get out of serving probation. There was never a defense argument that made sense. Her lawyers tried, but failed in their efforts to get the High Court to overturn the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court decision.
Judge Belvin Perry wrote a wonderfully researched decision when he denied Casey Anthony’s request to Quash Judge Strickland’s amended order for the one year of probation. Here is a link to the document, if you haven’t read it.
Probation will be a bumpy ride for Casey Anthony.
This will be an unpopular thing for me to say, but I am going to say it anyway! I hope that Casey Anthony can be left alone to rehabilitate herself and find her way in the world.
What if, with all the therapy and guidance that Jose Baez says she will need, in the future she does something great, contributing in a meaningful way to society? Could we forgive her then? It’s difficult to say for sure, but I would hope so.
We just don’t know what the future will hold. What if Casey Anthony is someday in a position to save a child?
OJ Simpson never amounted to anything after his trial and verdict. His spots never changed, and now he’s in prison where he was meant to be all along. He never contributed to society one whit! And, he was given the greatest gift of all, his freedom – he did nothing with it. His crime was cold blooded and maniacal. It was blood sport to him. It’s good to know he is out of society.
And then there is Casey Anthony. Granted, no one else could have possibly killed her daughter and toss her in the woods like yesterday’s garbage. She was responsible, I have no doubt. However, she had her moment in court was found Not Guilty.
Unfortunately for Casey, the real and hard core jury: Society, will make things very difficult for Casey when she is serving probation. (Can we say a little prayer that no one gets hurt, not even Casey?)
Maybe, if she gets the help she needs, she will do something in her life that will make a positive impact on society. She’s very bright. Maybe one day things will turn around for the better for her.
Granted, nothing is ever as rosy as I like to imagine, or dream them to be. Casey could end up like OJ, right back in jail. If that happens, so be it, it will be all the more deserved. But, I hope that is not the case. One more criminal is one more too many.
For once, I agree with Jose Baez, who recently said, “It’s time for everyone to move on and let everyone who is involved in this case move on and live their life.”
I won’t try to kid myself, or kid you into believing that the media will all of a sudden stop following every morsel of news about Casey Anthony! That’s not going to happen! This is big business for the media now. If the audience wants news, the media will deliver – no doubt about it.
Maybe the news will slow down a bit? Hah! Not very likely!