In today’s Orlando Sentinel, there are two pieces by Hal Boedeker that are quite good.
I always enjoy reading Hal Boedeker’s take on the Casey Anthony saga – he’s so down to earth and asks questions that people want to talk about. His columns on the Anthony story are always popular, always generating hundreds of comments. There was a time when I’d read the comments with interest, I even commented once, too. But as time wore on, the comments became so ugly and over the top, filled with such hateful vitriol that was (and still is) too bizarre for my taste.
But, Hal Boedeker’s work is always excellent; here are links to today’s two stories that contain interesting analysis from the lawyer analysts covering the trial.
- Analysis and Q and A with Bill Shaeffer, Richard Hornsby, Mark NeJame and Diana Tennis.
- Interview with Bill Shaeffer, who says trial was Soap Opera
It’s interesting how we just can’t stop talking about his case! It’s still an open book to be dissected. When Boedeker discusses Anthony in a column, he’ll get hundreds and hundreds of comments. Even when I write about the case, the number of visitors to my blog literally triples. And when the trial began, starting with jury selection, and right up until the end, I’d receive well over two thousand visitors a day, often more.
It was really a weird feeling to know so many people read my thoughts…. I never expected that – ever.
A lot of blogs and media outlets experienced huge increases in Internet traffic as a result of this case. This was a good thing because most of the bigger blogs or media outlets are able to turn the Internet traffic into a bigger revenue stream for them. WordPress puts advertising on blogs like mine for the revenue stream, too. I have no control over the ads you may see unless I want to pay WordPress to prevent them from posting their ads. I’m more than happy to let them advertise! I hope they make some money from their blog sites since they offer virtually everything on WordPress dot com completely free to the blogger.
Anyway, now I forget what the point of all this was going to be!
Oh yes, public interest in this story. I’m still interested in the Anthony case, but not as before. There are many days that I forget about it, and that’s good.
I stopped reading for pleasure when this case began. Now I’ve started reading a lot again. I read three books this week. I finished the Jacyee Dugard book about her years of captivity; titled, “A Stolen Life: A Memoir.” I’m glad I read it, but it was difficult to get through because of the extreme suffering she lived with for so many years (she was abducted at age 11.) I have a great respect for her and her will to survive. It’s a very quick read, told in her own words, (without a Ghostwriter’s help), and for that I was impressed.
But the book I recommend so highly is “ROOM” by Emma Donoghue, written in 2010. It is absolutely breathtaking. The story is narrated by a five year old who was born as a result of his mother being abducted at age 19 and held prisoner in a shed in her captors backyard. Her son, Jack, has never been outside the shed to experience the real world. The relationship between mother and son is captivating; and the situation they’re in is made horrifying by their captor.
I don’t want to say too much about ROOM because I don’t want to spoil the story for you.
I can’t decide what to read next! I have so many lined up in my Nook just waiting to be devoured and even more on my book shelves, too.
Well, I think I’m going to read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skoot next.
So, the weekend’s officially over now. It was a great one, too: Live Theatre, shopping, babysitting my niece, and reading…. perfect in every way!
Oh the daggers flew in Nejame’s response to the petulant Baez Motion to Modify the Previous Motion (for release of Texas EquuSearch (TES) documents).
And in the courtroom today (oh my!) the daggers turned into out right swordplay! (Ah, but there was clearly just one experienced fencer, and that was Mr. NeJame, of course.)
Firstly, the Baez Motion to Modify the Previous Motion should not have come before the court, as it was already asked and answered in a previous hearing.
And today, of course the judge answered, as he should, by denying the Baez request.
But, what was Baez requesting in this motion? It is painfully unclear. It appears to be a blatant attempt to get some more media hype out in the air by accusing 4,000 anonymous searchers of having some sort of “bombshell” that could prove Casey Anthony could not have placed the body in the area. And, did you know that every piece of evidence is unfair to Casey? Yes. That’s what Baez said in court today. He also said he needs “reasonable doubt” (and he’d sure like to manufacture some for the general public to chew on).
Today he said, “They’re trying to kill my client…” Oh? Well, if Casey had been forthright from the very beginning and taken responsibility for her actions – for the death of her own daughter – then perhaps the state of Florida would not be seeking the death penalty?
Nejame’s written response to Baez’s motion was as brilliant in its simplicity and its honesty as Baez’s was in its deceptive and petulant meandering. Nejame served Baez up some crafty poetic justice and it was a thing of beauty.
I had to work all day, and into the evening and have only found time to watch a bit of the hearing, but what I did see was impressive. Nejame was at the top of his game.
Due to the frivolous nature of this motion, Nejame asked for sanctions and for court costs to be the responsibility of the defense (not the public), however, it remains to be seen what the outcome of this request will be.
For those of you who may not have read the embarrassing motion Baez wrote, go to anyone of the news sources as they have links to both the Baez motion and the Nejame response.
When you read the motions side by side, as I did, you will hear the sparks, feel the daggers that Nejame writes in his response to the “spurious” Baez motion. Oh, the Nejame response is priceless in its honesty, biting in its frankness.
If we are lucky, Judge Strickland may have already sanctioned Baez. The Judge should do something to rein him in, if not the state will bring an arsenal of daggers the size of which not even the heralded Cheney Mason has seen!
There are quite of few pages (over 200, say some) of Casey’s writings yet to be discussed. And, Baez has yet to request the court hold the letters back (from release to the public), which he should have done by this past Friday.
Now, this leaves me suspicious. All accounts say the letters are not directly incriminating, though it has been reported they (the letters) could be harmful.
Why would Baez want these letters released? Is he setting up the system here? Is he fanning the media flames into a fire bigger than the sun? Is his only defense of his client, simply, the case itself? In other words, is Baez trying to ensure Casey Anthony gets so much attention, so much publicity so he can try the case in the media? I’d prefer a gag order than a reversal and retrial.
This trial could continue on for years and years.
We might see Casey Anthony as an old lady with gray hair.
Can you imagine?