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.
On the steps of Orlando’s Ninth Circuit Courthouse, retired Assistant State Attorney and all around great guy, Jeff Ashton, announced his candidacy for State Attorney!
It’s a good move by Jeff. You can’t help but like him, right? He surely has the visibility and name recognition to get votes. His visibility in the public as a result of the Casey Anthony trial, where he’s known for putting on a really good fight with colleague Linda Drane-Burdick and Frank George, was effectively expansive. His book is doing well, and his history with the State Attorney’s Office is memorable considering his ground-breaking work with introducing DNA, and other scientific methods, into the justice system for the first time.
As far as his track-record as a prosecutor, I don’t have specifics, though I have only heard glowing things about his record. The big question: Is he fair? I believe he is.
Regarding the loss of the Casey Anthony trial, I cannot imagine anyone would blame Jeff and the other prosecutors for losing that case. If the State Attorney’s office deserves any blame (and I’m not convinced it does), it could be argued that Jeff’s boss. and now rival for State Attorney, Lawson Lamar, could take some of the blame for over-charging Casey Anthony with the death penalty.
But, this story is not about Casey Anthony. This is about Jeff Ashton and his announcement to run, as a Democrat (yet another reason Jeff is my guy!), for the State Attorney’s Office.
I have never met the man, but have grown to respect and admire him. I would vote for him! Well, if I lived in the Orlando area, I would. I’d definitely want to work on his campaign, too. That would be great fun.
To access Jeff Ashton’s new campaign website, the URL is http://www.electjeffashton.com.
Here’s his logo (below). Click on the logo to go to his website. You can sign up for email alerts, volunteer to help, make contributions and endorse Jeff at the website, if you’d care to.
More Big News…
On a separate note, with regards to the Casey Anthony trial, I have a BIG surprise for my readers!
I have had the great fortune to interview one of the major players in the Casey Anthony trial. I am really excited and will post the interview tomorrow.
Stay tuned! I think you’ll like it. 🙂
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!
I read too many depressing news reports tonight. I’m feeling mad and frustrated.
In the New York Times I read that Uganda is going to reopen a bill that will allow the government to impose the death penalty against gay men and women (Lesbians).
I discussed this topic last year with horror, but then I was under the impression that Uganda had softened on this issue. Not true – not in the least.
The excruciating part of this story? American influence fanned the flames. Rick Warren – the evangelical pastor of the huge Saddle Back Church, reportedly helped draft the original bill (see Washington Post reference article.) Warren was assisted by Reverend Lou Engle, another popular evangelist who has no business proselytizing hate in the name of religion in this country, let alone to the poor people of Uganda.
If that wasn’t depressing enough, I read about the extreme poverty in our suburbs. The suburbs, I thought? People are going hungry there, too? Yes, it’s true.
The chart below, from the NY Times, explains the extreme rise of poverty in American suburbs. Places once thought of as the best place to raise children, are looking toward to local “soup lines” or “Food Pantries” to help feed their families. The great challenge with the newly poor in the suburbs is the availability of the kinds of services that cities have to aid the poor and the hungry.
One issue is due to suburb dwellers having a longer commute to reach help – (problematic when your car is repossessed and bus service is not available).
To access the NY Times article, click: Outside Cleveland, Snapshots of Poverty’s Surge in the Suburbs
And, then I read how the media is making such a big hullabaloo over outing the jurors in the Casey Anthony trial.
I ask you, what good will that do other than allow the haters to practice their hate anew?
Yes, the jurors were not real jurors in the sense they failed to consider all the evidence before them, but it’s over now. I’ve let it go.
Disturbing and showering the jurors on the Casey Anthony trial with hate does no one any good – it’s not going to change anything.
Sometimes I think it’s best to not read the news and stick with pleasurable reading. But then I tell my self, that’s not good either – it’s important to be aware of what’s happening in the world. The trick is to take it in stride….easier said than done.
Aaannnnd, now we have a hurricane (which may turn into a tropical storm, we hope) looming. It’s got South Florida in its “cone of uncertainty.” The hurricane is a she and she’s a category 3 now. Her name is Rina.
Lastly, if you want to nominate someone for the title of “Central Floridian of the Year”, the Orlando Sentinel is taking nominations on its website. The link to nominate someone is: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-sg-central-floridian-of-the-year,0,206265.storygallery
I can think of a few folks worthy of this honor!
That’s all the news for tonight!
I’m in the middle of reading “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” … It is excellent, provides much food for thought…..
So, pleasant dreams and have a great tomorrow!
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!
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?!
I always enjoy reading Hal Boedeker, the Orlando Sentinel “TV Guy.” I enjoy how he gets so many thoughts and ideas into his stories while keeping them relatively short.
His most recent story on the Casey Anthony saga is very interesting. Like Hal, I wonder how the Casey Anthony story could be categorized by the E! network as a “True Hollywood Story.”
Hollywood? Does it even make sense?
There is something very tasteless about positioning this tragedy as a Hollywood scandal – assuming “scandal” is the angle they use. If this the Casey Anthony story is “Hollywood” then King Kong is Swan Lake.
Hal provided quotes from some of Anthony’s former friends, Dorothy Sims, Michelle Bart, Zenaida Gonzalez, and others.
I want to include the quote Hal used from Zenaida because last night I wrote a post that was somewhat critical of the civil lawsuit, mostly because Morgan and Morgan have pushed the publicity envelope in such a dramatic way and it feels like it’s a theatrical event geared more toward advertising than a legitimate case.
But then I read this quote from Zenaida:
It started going down like, ‘You’re a baby killer, you killed that baby.’ They were going to kidnap my daughters and see how I like [it] and then they started saying that they [were] going to kill them and they [were] going to send them to me in pieces in a box to my house and yeah. … I hate that part.
I didn’t realize the extent of the misery she suffered at the hands of horrible attacks. I never realized that she was attacked to that extent. It’s not easy to wrap my brain around people who would get their kicks out of attacking her in that way. So, I am now of the mind that yes, Zenaida must be compensated. However, if she did loose her job, I hope she pursues a lawsuit there, too.
Continued thanks to Hal the TV Guy, for his excellent reporting about the madness in this sad saga.
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?
So I thought I’d read up on what is happening with the coverage on the never-ending Casey Anthony & Company story. There were, as usual, a few stories out there about what is still going on in the aftermath of the trial. Lately what has made news, is non-news, but that’s okay. Inquiring minds want to know, right?!
One bit of news I was glad to read; Roy Kronk is suing the National Enquirer! Kronk claims the tabloid reported that he is the one who could have murdered Caylee. I would want to sue over that, too!
The weird thing about this news, Channel News 13 reports that Kronk is suing for “more” than $15,000. Perhaps it’s a typo? It hardly seems worth it to sue for $15,000! The lawyer will cost that much. And then I saw that the Orlando Sentinel also reported on this story. The Sentinel reports that the suit is for $15 million, which makes much more sense.
Roy Kronk, I wish you luck – you deserve it! (Will you give any of the award to your rotten son?)
In other Casey Anthony news, there have hearings regarding the October deposition in the civil lawsuit (regarding Zenaida, aka the Nanny).
Casey’s attorney advises that she will plead the Fifth in the depo. The reason? Anthony is attempting to have the four charges of lying to law enforcement thrown out, and she does not want to say anything to compromise that appeal. I sincerely doubt the four charges regarding lying to law enforcement will be thrown out.
There will be a lot of attention if a video-taping of the civil deposition of Casey is taken. Of course, the plaintiff and her attorneys would like nothing better than to televise the deposition. However, the judge already said the deposition will take place in a privately, thus keeping the media at bay. I hope the media has to stay away, it would be best for everyone if that happens.
It’s best to keep the maddening crowds away from Casey Anthony. There are too many nutty people who could do something violent. I think a repeat of the media madness of the recent trial, would be a mistake. The behavior pf some people – the wild fringe – is perverse. So, I hope no one gives these people anything to hoot and holler about.
And…… That’s all the Anthony news I have.
I’m heading to dreamland……..zzzzzzzzz
They’re missing, murdered, abducted and sold. Children all over the planet are victimized day in and day out. Few victims are recovered alive, and that’s what is so desperately upsetting, unbearable for the families, and loved ones waiting and hoping for what must seem like forever.
Often it is forever.
Caylee Anthony was also a victim, but of murder.
Recently, Drew Kesse, father of the beautiful Jennifer Kesse, missing from Orlando Florida since January 24, 2006, lambasted George and Cindy Anthony in the press for their actions.
Kesse, responding to Hal Boedeker’s Orlando Sentinel Blog regarding the Anthony’s upcoming appearance on the Dr. Phil show, calling Dr. Phil “a pimp for this garbage,” referring to the Anthony’s.
Kesse was uber critical, writing that Caylee was never a missing child, she was a murdered child. The Anthony’s, he said, should “Go away, go far away, please.” He also wrote:
Let’s get one thing straight right now, Dr. Phil, you are a pimp for this garbage. The Anthonys and this new foundation are the biggest insults to every missing person in America today. Dr. Phil, after the show airs and you make a donation to their new scam, have on real families of the missing.
Of course, it’s true that Caylee was never missing, and the Anthony’s are not, and have never been the picture of propriety or trust. However, I don’t think it was necessary for Drew Kesse to so publicly beat on the Anthony’s. The fact is, the Anthony’s lost the love of their life – Caylee was probably the only joy in their life.
And so, I think it is cruel to knock the Anthony’s down further than they already are. What’s the point? Who are the Anthony’s hurting? Will our sympathy be less for missing children if George and Cindy bring attention to their plight?
It’s as if people think missing children will be thought of with some kind of disregard if the Anthony’s are involved in helping this cause. How does that make sense? What ever happened to the sentiment of “live and let live?” What about “turn the other cheek?” Or, do we only respect the sentiment of “an eye for an eye?” God help us if we do.
It is never good, in my humble opinion, to attack another person, especially to make them suffer! Why extend cruelty? It’s one thing to criticize, quite another thing to attack and hate. The Anthony’s were always their own worst enemies, why make it worse? They’ve done a pretty good job screwing up their own lives and don’t need our help.
The Anthony’s want to work for the cause of missing children. And that is because, they wanted to believe Caylee was missing, they did not want to face the truth, even though I am certain they always knew the truth, of course they didn’t want to face it.
People do funny things when overtaken by the kind of grief they were faced with. How would you react if your granddaughter was murdered by your only daughter? Granted, most of us are law-abiding and trusting that law enforcement will act with good faith, but the Anthony’s never trusted – they seemed to think they were above the law, which was tragic for them, in the end.
If I were in their shoes, I would surely be out of my mind with grief and would probably make many mistakes, too. Many would. Especially in the glare of the camera.
Isn’t it time to leave this family alone? Sure, they are not honest; sure they lied on the witness stand; sure, they tampered with evidence, and yes, they did so many things that were on the verge of scandalous. You know what their real crime is, in my opinion? They are only human.
I have been terribly critical of the Anthony’s leading up to the trial of their daughter, Casey Anthony. It is time to forgive and forget – time for me, anyway.
The Anthony’s undoing resulted because they put the spot light on themselves, and we saw an intense dysfunction that we couldn’t turn away from. Seeing the Anthony’s mistakes and misdeeds reminded many of us that our lives were pretty sane in comparison.
That makes me think, there but for the grace of God go I.
I nearly missed writing a post tonight…. My inspiration to write today literally vanished from thin air. I just had a lazy day of reading on the couch… working on my XOOM. Have you heard of the XOOM? It’s just like the IPad, only it’s Andriod and made by Motorola. I love it – it’s light and very handy. I have my Nook Books loaded on it, too.
So that’s what I did today.
My cat is in my lap now after having escaped from my dog. But, he’s heavy and hot and it’s not easy to type over his sprawling long body, and he’s practically hanging off my lap like a rag-doll.
The cat, (his name is Beau), won’t be on my lap for too long because Jazz is bound to find him any minute. Once Jazz (my dog) realizes the cat is on my lap, Beau will be history. But for now, Beau has a respite and he’s happy- purring loudly.
Jazz is my first dog and I never knew dogs could be so jealous. And I never realized how smart dogs are. This is going to sound crazy, but I swear that Jazz sometimes reads my mind.
Oh, and Jazz is worse than a boyfriend; he loses his doggy-mind if I should even THINK about talking to another person in his presence.
It never fails, should I stop and chat with a neighbor as I’m taking him for a walk, he paws at my legs and demands to be picked up. He literally bounces on his two back legs while his front two legs are pawing me. He jumps so high on those back legs, too. It’s kind of funny. All I have to do is half-crouch so my legs become a lap, and he jumps from my lap to my arms until his tongue finds my face and, oh, the facial I get!
Jazz is even more jealous when other animals are near me. When it’s Beau, my cat, or his furry cousins, Owen, the Cocker Spaniel, or Mazy, the Chihuahua are near me. He’s just a crazy, prancing, jealous dog that I love like a child. He is my child! I’m mad about him. My days revolve around HIS schedule, don’t ya know!
Anyway, I wasn’t going to talk about the Casey Anthony case, but I read a wonderful Op-Ed in the New York Times about the verdict.
It’s an excellent observation of our system at work, written by Frank Bruni, titled, A Sordid Cast of Characters Around Casey Anthony.
Note – sorry for previously inserting the wrong link! Here’s the (REAL) op-ed link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/opinion/sunday/10bruni.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
The author, Frank Bruni, begins the opinion piece by stating:
AS a reflection of the criminal justice system, the not guilty verdict for Casey Anthony — who in all likelihood bore responsibility for her 2-year-old daughter’s death, but will never pay for that particular crime — was reassuring. Juries are supposed to presume the innocence of even the vilest defendants. Evidence must outweigh emotion. And in the end there simply wasn’t enough lucid, specific proof that Anthony had murdered her little girl.
It is definitely worth a read!
As I mentioned yesterday, I am putting the Casey Anthony story on the shelf for a while unless there’s something particularly interesting, like this article, that I want to talk about.
And, I wanted to discuss the fact that the Not Guilty One, (or NGO), is going to be sprung in exactly one week, next Sunday to be exact.
Hal Bodeker, of the Orlando Sentinel, writes that the Defense team is promising that the NGO damsel of the defense will be whisked off as quickly as you can say NGO = to a place unknown.
Yes, Jose Baez told his bud, Geraldo Rivera, that the damsel will be treated to mental health treatment and therapy.
I’m glad to hear she’ll be getting help – she needs it, as we know. Let’s hope she finds peace within her soul and lives out the rest of her life quietly…. maybe in a nunnery.
Let’s hope that this wannabe media princess, if there is any justice in this world, will go off into that good night never to be seen again.
I don’t think she’ll stay quiet for too long, but we can hope she will. We can hope that she’ll become healthy enough to realize who she is and someday, after a lot of intensive introspection and therapy, she will mourn for her daughter.
I do hope redemption becomes her.
Did you know that we, as citizens, can file a complaint against a lawyer?
I didn’t realize this until yesterday. The Orlando Sentinel has reported that someone in Coral Gables, Florida, has filed a Florida Bar complaint against Mr. Cheney Mason for this reprehensible posturing and lewd gesture.
John B. Thompson, who says he is a lawyer, bases his complaint on the fact that Mr. Mason is not representing the integrity of the profession.
The story, however also states that the complaint is made by an attorney, John B. Thompson, who is listed as a disbarred attorney. Read Story.
The Orland Sentinel contacted the Florida Bar who said a complaint has not been lodged against Mr. Mason at this time.
As individuals, we can make a complaint to the Bar. Here is the form to complete: Bar Complaint
The above complaint form is under the “Consumer” link on the Florida Bar Website: http://www.floridabar.org/
The incompetence of Jose Baez has been the subject of many of my posts. I will never understand how a lawyer without ANY experience in Murder One cases, would keep the Casey Anthony case. Moreover, who could believe that a case that has America transfixed, would end up having a defense and lawyers that are brunt of jokes and clear laughing stocks?
Let’s say, very hypothetically, that Casey is innocent and Jose is her lawyer.
No, let’s not. The outcome would be tragic.
The organization, the Innocence Project , fights for the lives of thousands of innocent people as a result of incompetent lawyers. We can only hope that the American Bar Association will come up with a better system to monitor the work of lawyers. Likewise, we can only hope that criminal behavior could somehow, magically, be curtailed.
But, when there are terrible lawyers trying cases they are not qualified to try, as obviously happens, what can be done? Apparently, the answer is: Nothing.
Couldn’t Judge Belvin Perry have put Baez on a shorter leash? Couldn’t there have been “OBJECTIONS!” to that horrible opening statement of which no evidence exists? Did the State want Jose to take this route because they knew he’d be digging a hole he’d never be able to climb out of?
I’m told by a criminal defense attorney, here in Broward County Florida, that Jose Baez would not have been able to give that opening statement in this county. He would have been stopped in his tracks.
This makes me wonder why it was allowed to happen in Orlando Florida? Did Baez make a promise to the Judge that he could back this up? The only way that Baez can get this evidence in would be to put Casey on the stand. Did Baez promise the Judge and the State that Casey Anthony would go on the stand and testify to this?
I doubt it. However, I believe that may be what’s coming. Is that why the court recessed so early this past Saturday? Did Baez and Cheney finally realize Judge Perry would not let this drowning or molestation hearsay testimony in?
Is putting Casey Anthony on the stand the ultimate, final, Hail Mary?
Putting Casey Anthony on the stand would be criminal in itself! She has felony convictions! The convictions would support giving her the death penalty if she’s found guilty and would be revealed in cross examination.
However, the alternative is to put on NO evidence of this theory and get decimated when the State of Florida reminds the jury of all the promises that Baez made during the Defense opening statement.
Damned if they do; damned if they don’t is the predicament they’re in.
God Help the Uninformed
Normal American citizens have not got a clue about their rights under the law. The Anthony’s clearly didn’t know how to find competent representation, but their instincts told them Jose Baez was the wrong lawyer for Casey (the Anthony’s were also thinking about Caylee, convinced Casey and her lawyer should be able to assist in that effort), but Casey knew she was in trouble, and for whatever reason, she trusted Baez and has stuck with him.
And, what is beyond the beyond of malpractice is the fact that those jail videos were entered into evidence with out redaction’s! There, for the jury to see and hear, were the Anthony’s denigrating Jose Baez – in front of the jury!
If a criminal lawyer has no credibility in the eyes of the jurors, the client is doomed. This is the death-knell for the client. The bells announcing the funeral are rung by an incompetent defense.
Both Baez and Cheney Mason have done such a horrendous job thus far, one would think Casey would see incompetence at work?
I read about another absurd murder case today that was tried by an attorney by the name of Joseph Rakofsky. The parallels in that case to the Anthony trial, are uncanny.
Granted, when Casey Anthony was initially arrested, the charges were not murder, but the murder charges were written on the wall very early in the day, and everyone knew it.
This case smelled like a winner to Jose Baez and by God, he was going to use it to his advantage!
But, why would he accept a case, where the death penalty – a human life – is on the line, when he has NO experience trying such cases?
This is what has driven me crazy about Jose Baez. He has no right to try this case and there should be some system in place to avoid this kind of malpractice from happening in the future.
This is a Death Penalty case! He has a life in his very hands! I know, I must sound melodramatic, but how could he – knowing a very life is in his hands????
Baez was greedy. He wanted to use this case as his Internship to learn how to try a murder case before he was ready.
It is both ego and hubris that drive Jose Baez. It was fame, money, and recognition he wanted. The media attention started early, as you can see from this screen shot, and he was loving it.
Most any competent attorney steers far away from the media as you wouldn’t want to be held to any theory of the case because things change, criminal trials are fluid and ever-changing. For instance, Jose Baez, in his opening statement, said Caylee Marie Anthony died on June 16th, 2008 as a result of drowning in the family pool.
What about all the “innocent” claims? What about all the hundreds of television appearances where he painted his client as not guilty because the baby was dumped in the woods while Casey was in jail, therefore she (Casey) was innocent!
He was not doing his client any favors by appearing in the media! In fact, he is responsible for creating the media bonanza, in my opinion!
Even though all the television appearances that Baez made from the early days of this case made Casey look even more guilty and made Baez look really bad, he continued to appear on television, He even hired people to “handle” the media for him.
He wanted this case so badly because he wanted a name for himself. Now he has a name, but it’s not a good one. Who on earth would hire him now?
The Anthony’s must be the stupidest people on the planet not to see what Jose Baez was doing.
Do the Anthony’s really think this theory is believable given all the facts in this case? How can they believe a drowning makes sense? And, molestation made Casey hide for 31 days?
The theory makes no sense!
If Caylee drowned why fight the evidence of decomposition in the car that is so powerful? Why would it be such a stretch, given this theory, to say “Yes, Casey drove around with Caylee in the trunk for a while.” They cannot address the decomposition because of the chloroform levels.
The chloroform evidence negates the drowning story. Plain and simple, end of story.
It’s impossible to know what is going on behind the scenes in this case.
My view is this: If Casey Anthony were innocent this case would be even more tragic because not only would we mourn for a beautiful child whose life was lost, we could also be mourning for the legal system gone seriously a muck.
That scares me a whole lot more.
Read about Joseph Rakofsky, who reminds me of Jose Baez in so many ways.