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 THE TRIAL OF CASEY ANTHONY PART VI ~ THE AFTERMATH ~ NOVEMBER 2011

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PostSubject: Casey Anthony: Dr. G to look at case in special   Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:08 pm

Casey Anthony: Dr. G to look at case in special
Caylee and Casey Anthony, Dr. G: Medical Examiner, Dr. Jan Garavaglia, TLC — posted by halboedeker on November, 1 2011 5:28 PM



Dr. Jan Garavaglia testifies at the Casey Anthony trial in June. Photo credit: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel

Dr. Jan Garavaglia has said her show, “Dr. G: Medical Examiner,” would stay away from the Casey Anthony case.


But Garavaglia, the chief medical examiner for Orange and Osceola counties, has changed her mind. Garavaglia is taping a special about the headline-making case at which she testified.

The special is tentatively titled “The True Story of Caylee Anthony.” It will premiere at 8 p.m. Jan. 1 on TLC and repeat Jan. 6 on Discovery Fit & Health. The series “Dr. G: Medical Examiner” returns with new episodes at 10 p.m. Dec. 30 on Discovery Fit & Health.

Why do the special? “It’s more about my take on the science I was involved in,” Garavaglia said. “I never wanted to think about that case again, but I keep getting asked about it.”

She sees the program as her chance to rebut what was said at trial and clear up some confusion. “I think some of it [the science] got confused in the spin,” she said.

Garavaglia stresses that she is not trying to do anything sensational about the case. “I wanted to do this low-key,” she said. “I’m not making a penny off this show. Anything for this episode will be donated to a children’s charity.”

Anthony was acquitted in July of murder in the 2008 death of her daughter, Caylee.

“They ask my opinion about the verdict, but my opinion doesn’t amount to a hill of beans,” Garavaglia said.

Others taking part in the program include former prosecutor Jeff Ashton, WFTV-Channel 9 legal analyst Bill Sheaffer and Amy Pavuk of the Orlando Sentinel.

No one from the defense is in the program. “It’s not about them,” Garavaglia said.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony takes Fifth 60 times in civil suit depositon   Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:27 pm

Casey Anthony takes Fifth 60 times in civil suit deposition

By Ashley Hayes, CNN
updated 1:45 PM EST, Tue November 1, 2011


Casey Anthony, right, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a civil suit, a transcript shows.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS


  • Anthony says she has not spoken to her parents in years
  • Zenaida Gonzalez is suing Anthony for defamation
  • Gonzalez lost her job, received death threats, attorneys say



(CNN) -- Attorneys representing Casey Anthony invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 60 times during a deposition given in a civil suit against her, according to a transcript of the proceedings.

In addition, Anthony's attorney Charles Greene asserted he would also invoke the Fifth Amendment on her behalf if questioning delved into the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Anthony, who was acquitted in July of murder charges in Caylee's death, is being sued in civil court by a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez.

When Caylee was reported missing in July 2008 -- a month after she was last seen -- Anthony maintained she had been kidnapped by her nanny, Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.

Authorities were never able to find the nanny. But they did find Gonzalez, who claimed she never met Anthony or her daughter.

Gonzalez's attorneys claim, according to questions asked of Anthony in the October 8 deposition, that Gonzalez was questioned by the police in Caylee's disappearance, was kicked out of her apartment complex, lost her job and that she and her two daughters received death threats as a result of media attention in the case.

Anthony herself said little in the deposition, but did acknowledge she was aware she was being sued by Gonzalez.

She also said she has not spoken to her brother, Lee, in the past six months, and has not spoken to her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, since October 14, 2008.

However, Greene did not permit her to answer questions including whether she had ever met Gonzalez; whether a person named Zenaida was ever a nanny to Caylee; or whether defense attorney Jose Baez's assertion during Anthony's criminal trial, that Zenaida Gonzalez was one of Anthony's "imaginary friends," was true.

She also was not allowed to answer questions about whether she considered herself a good mother to Caylee; the last day she saw the 2-year-old alive; and whether she drowned in the Anthonys' pool in June 2008, as the defense claimed during Anthony's criminal trial.

Asked why he was invoking Anthony's right against self-incrimination, Greene said, according to the transcript, "I need not explain our factual basis other than to tell you that it could tend to incriminate and provide a link in the chain of evidence that could be used against (Anthony)."

Asked by Gonzalez's attorney John Morgan what pending criminal case that applies to, Greene said, "We made our objection and that's all I'm going to state."

Morgan told Greene he anticipates a hearing before a judge on a motion to compel Anthony to answer some of these questions. Greene said that taking it to a judge is "the best thing to do."

While Anthony was acquitted on murder charges in Caylee's death, she was convicted on four counts of lying to authorities investigating the child's disappearance. She was given credit for time already spent behind bars, however, and was released from jail July 17.

She has remained in seclusion since then, although a judge ruled she must serve a year of probation stemming from her 2010 conviction on check fraud charges. The transcript of the deposition notes that Anthony participated via videoconference from "an undisclosed location."

"I hope that you and your counsel understand that we did not ask questions that many people may have wished we did concerning your employment history then or now, where you live, where you stay," Morgan told Anthony as questioning wrapped up. "... We did this, this deposition, in pursuit of truth and not in pursuit of sensation."

Anthony has also been ordered to repay more than $217,000 to authorities for the costs of investigating Caylee's disappearance.
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PostSubject: Defense lawyer: Casey Anthony was a 'great mother'   Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:36 am

Defense lawyer: Casey Anthony was 'great mother'


Jacksonville attorney received death threats, encouragement

Author: Tom Wills, Anchor, twills@wjxt.com
Posted On Nov 01 2011 04:41:57 PM EDT

Updated On Nov 02 2011 07:06:19 AM EDT






Defense attorney Ann Finnell talks with Casey Anthony in the first days of her murder trial..

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Ann Finnell, the former Duval County public defender who served on the Casey Anthony defense team, saved a threatening letter she received soon after the Orlando mother was found not guilty.

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The 25-year-old woman was acquitted July 5 of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

The unsigned letter sent to Finnell's office says:

"Have you ever triple bagged a human being and 'threw' them in a hot Florida swamp? You may have because you sure do condone it! In fact, you 'obscenity', you deserve what the baby killer did to her 2 year old."

Finnell helped choose the jury for the trial and would have represented Anthony in the death penalty phase if she had been found guilty.

Does Finnell have a personal opinion of Anthony?

"Sure, I don't think she killed her child," Finnell said. "I don't think there is any way Casey Anthony intentionally killed her child."

Finnell, who worked for the defense pro bono, spent weeks digging into Anthony's background.

Finnell helped choose the jury for the trial and would have represented Anthony in the death penalty phase if she had been found guilty.



Does Finnell have a personal opinion of Anthony?

"Sure, I don't think she killed her child," Finnell said. "I don't think there is any way Casey Anthony intentionally killed her child."

Finnell, who worked for the defense pro bono, spent weeks digging into Anthony's background.

"She was a great mother, according to everybody that I talked to," Finnell said. "I didn't talk to one single person who said she ever abused the child or left the child or neglected the child or didn't feed the child or didn't give it a bath. I never ran into one person who said anything bad other than she was a great mother."

"How on earth do you think she could ever get her life back on track?" Channel 4's Tom Wills asked Finnell.

"I think the bottom line on Casey Anthony is she is going to have to do a number of things. She is going to have to change her name. She is going to have to change her look, and she is going to have to try to assume a new life," Finnell said. "I don't know how else really you get beyond this. She is supposedly the most hated woman in America."



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PostSubject: Florida Senate Panel Talks Caylee's Law   Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:53 am


Florida Senate Panel Talks Caylee's Law


Special Panel Formed After Anthony's Acquittal




POSTED: 6:57 am EDT November 3, 2011
UPDATED: 7:03 am EDT November 3, 2011






ORLANDO, Fla. -- A special Florida Senate panel is continuing its discussion of potential child protection legislation.

The select committee was formed in response to Casey Anthony's acquittal this year on a charge of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

The panel is meeting again Thursday.

Legislation has been filed to require that parents report children missing within 12, 24 or 48 hours and the death of a child within one or two hours.

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Caylee was not reported missing until 31 days after she disappeared in the summer of 2008.

Law enforcement officials, though, say such a law could have unintended consequences.

That includes the mistaken belief the deadline instead is a waiting period.

In July, Anthony was acquitted of first-degree murder charges in her 2-year-old daughter's death. She is currently serving a probation sentence in a check fraud case.


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PostSubject: Casey Anthony probation: Is she in theraphy?   Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:52 pm

Casey Anthony probation: Is she in therapy?


Anthony, 25, is serving one year's probation in a 2010 check fraud conviction.




The word "therapy" was redacted from Casey Anthony's November probation check-in form. It was the first month since her probation began that Anthony has indicated she is in classes or therapy of some kind. (Florida Department of Corrections / November 3, 2011)





By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
5:35 p.m. EDT, November 3, 2011



Casey Anthony is still unemployed and without income, but is taking part in classes or therapy of some kind, according to the report from her most recent probation check-in.

Florida Department of Corrections officials say Anthony met with her probation officer about 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday, her third such monthly meeting since beginning a year's probation.

Officials remain mum as to the location — both where Anthony, 25, is living in Florida and where she meets with her probation officer — but said that she remains in compliance.

After a high-profile first-degree murder trial, Anthony was acquitted in July of the most serious charges in the death of 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie.

Soon after her release, the issue of a probation term ordered in a 2010 check-fraud conviction resurfaced. Anthony was ultimately ordered to serve one year's probation in that case.

According to corrections officials, Anthony told her probation officer that she has had no source of income within the last 30 days and remains unemployed.

However, for the first time since her probation began, Anthony indicated that she is taking classes — though it remains unclear what type she is attending.

Anthony checked a box on her probation form indicating that she is attending "educational, vocational… mental health, drug, alcohol, therapy or self-improvement" classes.

The form says to circle "which one," but no circle appears on the copy released Thursday. However, the word "therapy," and possibly the area around it, were redacted from that report.

A DOC spokesman declined to comment specifically, but stated that the redaction was due to restrictions under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Last month, Anthony said she consumed alcohol, but the most recent report indicates she hasn't this month. Both reports indicate she hasn't used drugs or had contact with law enforcement.

Corrections officials said no probation violations have been noted.

"Her probation officer continues to supervise her based on the conditions set forth by the court," the DOC said in a statement Thursday.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony staying out of trouble during probation   Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:56 pm

Casey Anthony staying out of trouble during probation
Caylee and Casey Anthony, Central Florida News 13, WKMG — posted by halboedeker on November, 3 2011 7:24 PM



Casey Anthony after her acquittal on July 5. Photo credit: Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel

It’s time for another Casey Anthony probation update.


“Casey Anthony is staying out of trouble,” anchor Ybeth Bruzual of Central Florida News 13 said tonight. ”New details from her probation report. According to it, Anthony is still unemployed and not making any money. She also did not use any illegal drugs or drink any alcohol in the past month.”

Anthony is somewhere in Florida, serving a year’s probation for check fraud. She reported to her probation officer Wednesday for the third month.

WKMG-Channel 6 anchor Lauren Rowe highlighted the news that Anthony said she is attending some sort of therapy. Specifics were not revealed because of medical privacy, Rowe added.

“Anthony said she did not earn any money last month, she is still out of work, and the Department of Corrections says she has not violated any terms of her probation,” Rowe said.

Anthony was acquitted in July of murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee.
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PostSubject: Homeowners association wants investigation of Caylee memorial charity   Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:17 pm

Homeowners association wants investigation of Caylee memorial charity


HOA expresses "great apprehension and alarm" about proposed memorial to Caylee Marie Anthony.




By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
8:07 p.m. EDT, November 4, 2011


As plans for a Caylee Anthony memorial remain in flux, a homeowners association representing many residents nearest to the proposed site says it's asking authorities to investigate the project.

In a letter addressed to the state Attorney General, the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the Sentinel, an attorney for the Chickasaw Oaks Phase Three Homeowners Association expresses "great apprehension and alarm" about the proposal.



Memorial plans were announced in August by Bring Kids Home, a 501(c)(3) charity based in New Jersey. The project was initially described as an intricate, $200,000 memorial walkway and reflecting pool in a wooded area off Suburban Drive, where 2-year-old Caylee Marie's remains were found in 2008.

In the letter, Karen Wonsetler, the HOA's attorney, writes that the charity is soliciting, though "they do not own the land on which the memorial would be built, nor have they shown proof of the permitting or approval of the project."

The Attorney General's Office and Sheriff's Office said Friday they either hadn't yet received or hadn't processed the letter.

In an email, BKH executive director Eric Segura acknowledged he "is aware that zoning approvals and public hearings would be required" before any construction.

"If the memorial is not wanted by the neighborhood, the memorial will be built at a different location and BKH has other uses for the property," Segura said on Friday.

The HOA letter also references a Sentinel report, in which former longtime volunteers expressed concerns about the charity's leadership and the viability of project.

Those volunteers provided emails from Segura that indicated one volunteer was forced to resign after he requested to see the charity's tax documents. The BKH director has denied that claim.

Wonsetler said the association is uncomfortable with the group soliciting donations before purchasing or rezoning the property, and had been discussing taking action for some time.

"[BKH] did not seem to be responsive or well-established," Wonsetler said Friday. "The association has been concerned for a number of months with what it feels has been improper solicitation of funds."

Wonsetler also said members of the association have asked for tax documentation from the charity and have not received them. Segura denied receiving such requests.

The HOA will discuss the issue at a meeting Monday. Wonsetler said members oppose rezoning the property, and are also concerned a memorial could increase the flow of visitors and traffic to the site.

The property is not currently owned by BKH, and is not zoned for commercial use.

Eddie DelValle, who has been organizing BKH's local efforts, said he accepts scrutiny of the project and understands frustrations with Segura, who the charity's Orlando volunteers still haven't met in person.

However, he called the HOA's letter "premature and alarmist" and said that he believed it was a result of comments made by disgruntled volunteers in the Sentinel report.

DelValle said that he has heard concerns about the project, but also praise from "a majority that want to have something there." He said people will flow to the site whether a memorial is built or not. DelValle also provided a document from a state agency, stating the charity is registered to solicit donations.

Caylee Anthony's remains were found off Suburban Drive in 2008. The girl's mother, Casey Anthony, was charged with her murder but acquitted of that charge in July.
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PostSubject: Fla, Senate panel proposes child protection bill   Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:34 pm

Fla. Senate panel proposes child protection bill


Casey Anthony reports to probation officer, again


Updated: Thursday, 03 Nov 2011, 10:48 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 03 Nov 2011, 10:48 PM EDT



BILL KACZOR, Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Casey Anthony could have gotten up to 20 years behind bars instead of just four for lying to police who were investigating the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, under a bill proposed Thursday in the Florida Senate.

A select committee, which was formed in response to Anthony's acquittal in July on a charge of murdering Caylee, recommended increasing the penalty for intentionally providing false information if the missing child is 16 or under and suffers serious injuries or dies.

The maximum penalty would go from the current one year in jail to five years for each instance of lying.

"We're making a clear statement that every parent has an obligation to cooperate with law enforcement when their child is missing," said committee chairman Joe Negron. "If you intentionally mislead police there are serious consequences. ... That's evil behavior and it won't be tolerated."

Anthony was convicted in Orlando on four counts of violating the existing law. It makes providing misleading information about a missing person, regardless of age, a misdemeanor. Anthony received the maximum penalty and served her sentence while in jail awaiting her murder trial.

The Select Committee on Protecting Florida's Children declined to recommend setting any deadlines for reporting a child missing or dead, but various lawmakers have filed other bills, some dubbed Caylee's law, that include such requirements.

Negron, R-Stuart, said there will be no mention of the Casey Anthony case in the bill he plans to file. In fact, Negron and other lawmakers simply referred to it as the "Orlando case" or "Orange County case."

"Our charge was really to look at the whole system," Negron said. "Our purpose isn't to second-guess a particular jury."

Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, appeared before the panel to tout the Caylee's Law bill (HB 37) that he's sponsoring.

Diaz said he'll soon be proposing a revised version. It would require reporting a missing child 12 or under within 48 hours and such a child's death within two hours. The clock would begin running only after a parent or guardian has knowledge a child is missing or dead as well as the ability to report it.

Caylee was not reported missing until 31 days after she vanished in the summer of 2008.

The panel rejected the Caylee's Law approach on the advice of law enforcement officials who said at a meeting last month that such deadlines could result in unintended consequences. One of those is that people may think the deadlines, instead, are waiting periods.

Police say that's already happening although there are no waiting periods or deadlines in existing laws. Those laws require all deaths to be reported and make it a misdemeanor to provide false information to officers investigating missing people.

The Diaz bill would make it a second degree felony with a maximum 15-year penalty for failing to report a child missing if death or serious injury results. Otherwise it would be a third-degree felony with a five-year maximum.

Diaz would increase the penalty for lying to Department of Children and Family investigators as well as police, but Negron said he's not comfortable with that expansion.

Diaz said his bill also would apply to vulnerable adults who are missing as well as children. Negron noted his panel's charge was limited to protecting children.

Casey Anthony reports to probation officer, again

Casey Anthony remains unemployed but is still in compliance with her probation order.

The Florida Department of Corrections said Thursday that Anthony reported to her probation officer a day earlier.

It was the third monthly visit Anthony has made since she was ordered to serve a year of probation for check fraud. The state agency is keeping her whereabouts secret because of concerns about her safety.

Anthony marked "yes" on a corrections form that asked whether she had taken an educational class or participated in a self-improvement program in the past month.

Anthony has kept a low profile since she was ordered to return to Florida to serve the probation sentence.

She was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter and released from jail in July.
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PostSubject: New Motions Filed In Casey Anthony Case   Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:19 pm


New Motions Filed In Casey Anthony Case


Attorney In Civil Case Wants Anthony To Answer More Questions




POSTED: 12:01 pm EST November 8, 2011
UPDATED: 12:28 pm EST November 8, 2011



ORLANDO, Fla. -- Attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez want a judge to force Casey Anthony to answer more questions.


Anthony pleaded the Fifth Amendment dozens of times in a deposition in October.




Gonzalez's attorneys said Anthony can no longer hide behind the Fifth Amendment and thwart their efforts to move forward with their client's defamation lawsuit.

In a motion to compel answers, Gonzalez's attorneys said there is no appeal pending that would subject Anthony to further incrimination or punishment, so by that standard, she is required to answer at least some of the questions she refused to respond to last month by invoking the Fifth Amendment.

The attorneys also filed a motion for emergency protective order that asks that Gonzalez not be required to be deposed by Anthony's legal team until after the issue of Anthony's deposition is resolved.

Judge Lisa Munyon granted Anthony's motion to seal her videotaped deposition where she appeared to be wearing a disguise and cited continuing concerns for Anthony's safety.

A hearing date has not yet been set.


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PostSubject: HOA on Caylee memorial: Neighborhood isn't the right place   Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:25 pm

HOA on Caylee memorial: Neighborhood isn't the right place


HOA president says proposed Caylee Anthony project "not fair" to Chickasaw Oaks residents.




By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
10:43 p.m. EST, November 7, 2011



A homeowners association representing residents near a proposed Caylee Anthony memorial met Monday, emerging in total agreement: The don't oppose the memorial, just its proposed site.

Echoing his fellow residents who spoke on the subject, the president of the Chickasaw Oaks Phase Three HOA, Bill Fulton, said a memorial shouldn't be built in their residential neighborhood.

"It's not fair to the people who bought the houses in there," Fulton said.
The group discussed the memorial plan Monday night during what was otherwise a typical HOA meeting; the issue was sandwiched between discussions of house paint and speed bumps.

The meeting came days after the group's attorney, Karen Wonsetler, penned a letter to the state's Attorney General expressing "apprehension and alarm" about the plan.

That plan, unveiled in August, originally called for a $200,000 memorial complete with a walkway and reflecting pond to be constructed on a wooded lot off Suburban Drive.

But the charity that plans to build on the property, Bring Kids Home, still doesn't own it. The HOA expressed concerns in its letter and on Monday about BKH soliciting for the project.

Specifically, BKH has been selling personalized bricks for a walkway it hasn't been permitted to build. "How can you sell something that you don't own?" Fulton said during the meeting Monday.

Several courses of action were discussed in the meeting, including petitioning the county commissioners to oppose rezoning the property, and seeking to limit permitting for future events at the site.

Ultimately, the HOA decided it would be premature to act. But members made clear during the forum that they don't want the traffic or attention that the memorial might attract.

Asked about the HOA's letter last week, Bring Kids Home executive director Eric Segura said he is "aware that zoning approvals and public hearings would be required" before construction.

"If the memorial is not wanted by the neighborhood, the memorial will be built at a different location and BKH has other uses for the property," Segura said on Friday.

Eddie DelValle, man who has been organizing the group's local efforts, said he has received a mostly positive reaction from residents to the proposed memorial plan.

Last week, he called the HOA's letter "premature and alarmist" and said that he believed it was a result of comments made by disgruntled ex-volunteers of BKH in a recent Sentinel report.

Caylee Anthony's remains were found off Suburban Drive in 2008. The girl's mother, Casey Anthony, was charged with her murder but acquitted of that charge in July.
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PostSubject: Caylee Anthony: What's the best way to honor her?   Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:33 pm

Caylee Anthony: What’s the best way to honor her?
Caylee and Casey Anthony, George and Cindy Anthony — posted by halboedeker on November, 8 2011 8:57 AM



Caylee Anthony: What's the best way to honor the child?

I’ve always felt sorry for the neighbors of George and Cindy Anthony.


Since July 2008, when the disappearance of Caylee Anthony was reported, the neighbors have been bombarded with traffic, onlookers, reporters, TV trucks and helicopters. A peaceful spot became the hub for protests, showdowns, rampant speculation and late-breaking news. George and Cindy didn’t help with their various TV appearances.

Now some Anthony neighbors are fighting plans to build a memorial where the toddler’s remains were found in the neighborhood.

Who can blame them? They want to move on after Casey Anthony was acquitted in July of murder in her child’s 2008 death.

Is a memorial on the spot where the child was found the best way to honor Caylee? I find it creepy to enshrine a place of horror and tragedy. What do you think?

I think the better memorial to Caylee is through legislation, such as the Florida proposal to make lying about a missing child a third-degree felony rather than a misdemeanor.

The impact of Caylee Anthony’s death should have greater influence than keeping one neighborhood in turmoil. Those people have suffered enough.
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PostSubject: Morgan On Casey: 'Why Is She Special?'   Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:00 am

Morgan On Casey: 'Why Is She Special?'


Hearing To Be Held In Civil Case Today





POSTED: 5:52 am EST November 9, 2011
UPDATED: 6:35 am EST November 9, 2011



ORLANDO, Fla. -- Attorney John Morgan and his client, Zenaida Gonzalez, have been trying to take a deposition from Casey Anthony since September of 2008.


In an emergency motion, Morgan said Anthony avoided questioning because of the Fifth Amendment. During her recent deposition, Morgan claims in the motion, she's still not answering questions even though her criminal trial is over.


He said she is raising the Fifth Amendment as a shield.


"If she doesn't answer, we can't prove our case," Morgan said.


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Anthony's team plans to depose Gonzalez on Nov. 22. Morgan does not want his client to be deposed until Anthony answers his questions.


"Why is she special?" Morgan said. "Why should this woman be treated special? My hypothesis is, she wants to get this out there first so she can get money."


A hearing on the motion is set for 8:30 a.m. at the Orange County Courthouse.


"The burden is on us to prove our case. We can't prove our case if she doesn't answer our questions," Morgan said.

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PostSubject: Hearing Held In Civil Suit Against Anthony   Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:28 pm


Hearing Held In Civil Suit Against Anthony


Attorneys For Zenaida Gonzalez Want Anthony To Answer More Questions




POSTED: 5:52 am EST November 9, 2011
UPDATED: 12:18 pm EST November 9, 2011



ORLANDO, Fla. -- An attorney representing Zenaida Gonzalez asked a judge Wednesday to postpone his client's deposition until Casey Anthony answers more questions in a defamation case against her.


A brief hearing was held on the request before Judge Lisa Munyon Wednesday morning. Munyon said she will issue a written decision Wednesday or Thursday.

The motion claims Gonzalez's attorney, John Morgan, has tried to depose Anthony for three years, but Anthony has avoided questioning by raising the Fifth Amendment as a shield.

Anthony was deposed in October, but she repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and pointed to her pending appeal of her conviction on charges in the criminal case as grounds for asserting that right.

After Wednesday's hearing, Anthony's attorney, Charles Greene, accused Gonzalez of being the one who's trying to avoid questions, saying the burden of proof in the case is on her.

"Zenaida Gonzalez supposedly has this grand story to tell, and now three years after filing her complaint, she’s trying to avoid answering the very significant questions that will be placed to her," Greene said.

Keith Mitnik, another attorney representing Gonzalez, said his client is trying to leap frog in front of Anthony and get as much information as possible before she is deposed.

"I'm sick and tired of Casey Anthony getting special treatment. I'm sick and tired of Casey Anthony not having to face up to civil justice like everybody else in America," Mitnik said.


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PostSubject: Casey Anthony: Zenaida Gonzalez's lawyer turns up the heat   Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:32 pm

Casey Anthony: Zenaida Gonzalez’s lawyer turns up the heat
Caylee and Casey Anthony, WESH, WFTV, WKMG — posted by halboedeker on November, 9 2011 1:15 PM



Keith Mitnik sounds off to reporters on the Casey Anthony defamation case in July. Photo credit: Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel

Lawyer Keith Mitnik could have a big career in TV if he wants one. His fiery presence certainly enlivens Casey Anthony reports. Mitnik, an attorney for Zenaida Gonzalez in her defamation suit against Anthony, turned up the heat today.


In a report on WFTV-Channel 9, Mitnik fiercely defended Gonzalez: “She has been sucked into it. She’s the one police came to and questioned about kidnapping and murder, for goodness sake.”

Anthony ruined her life, Gonzalez claims, by linking her to the disappearance of Caylee Anthony. Anthony was acquitted in July of murder in the 2008 death of her daughter.

Gonzalez’s lawyers want Anthony to answer questions in the suit before Gonzalez is questioned. That motion was argued briefly this morning in court.

“This morning’s hearing was fairly quick, but those attorneys sure got fired up,” WESH-Channel 2’s Amanda Ober said at noon. “Afterward, each attorney was arguing that it’s the other attorney’s client who is trying to dodge questions.”



In a video-conference deposition last month, a disguised Anthony repeatedly took the Fifth Amendment. She is serving a year’s probation for check fraud somewhere in Florida.

“Since Anthony is appealing her conviction for lying to police, she refused to answer most of Gonzalez’s questions,” WKMG-Channel 6’s Mike DeForest said.

Anthony’s attorney Charles Greene told WKMG: “My client has Fifth Amendment rights. She sat for a deposition.” Greene added that the burden of proof was on Gonzalez.

“Miss Gonzalez, you can run, but you can’t hide. We will be asking you questions. You will have to answer them,” Greene said to WKMG’s camera.

WFTV’s Steve Barrett said that one of Gonzalez’s lawyers “seemed furious that Casey Anthony continues to refuse to answer questions.”

That attorney is Mitnik, who told WFTV: “There’s one hot seat here, and it’s going to be on Casey Anthony when she answers the questions.”

WESH showed Mitnik saying: “I’m sick and tired of Casey Anthony getting special treatment.”

WKMG showed Mitnik saying, passionately, in court: “My client has some rights in this process. It’s not all about Casey Anthony.”

WKMG’s DeForest explained, “Attorneys representing Zenaida Gonzalez say the Kissimmee woman is still demanding to know why Casey Anthony used her name as the imaginary babysitter who Anthony originally claimed had kidnapped her daughter. They believe they have a right to fully question Anthony before Anthony gets to depose Gonzalez.”

We’ll have to wait for a judge’s ruling later today or tomorrow. But I am convinced of one thing: Keith Mitnik could become a TV star.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony's attorney: Is Morgan law firm paying Zenaida Gonzalez?   Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:22 am

Casey Anthony's attorney: Is Morgan law firm paying Zenaida Gonzalez?


Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez and Casey Anthony.
By Adam Longo, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 11:05 PM


  • Mitnik says "I can't believe he is saying let's get this moving." #CaseyAnthony





ORLANDO --
Everyone's been talking about the "million dollar deals" that Casey Anthony might eventually receive.

Now Anthony’s civil lawyer Charles Greene is asking questions about others who might be cashing in, and whether or not it’s appropriate.

Lawyers for both Anthony and Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman suing her for defamation, faced off in front of a judge Wednesday morning.

Gonzalez's lawyers want to delay her deposition until after Anthony is done with hers.

However, Greene said it’s a tactic to keep Gonzalez from answering questions about how much money she may have received because of this case.

“She's avoiding her deposition,” Greene said. “Why is she running?”

Until now, it was Anthony who was accused of trying to delay this civil case.

It appears the tables have turned.

“Why won't she answer the questions?” Greene said. “She's the plaintiff. She has a burden of proof. Just sit down Ms. Gonzalez. Stop running. What are you hiding from?”

“For Casey Anthony to take the aggressive stance of ‘you can run but you can't hide’ like she's the perp here of this civil action. You've got to be kidding me!” said Keith Mitnik, Gonzalez’s attorney.

It's anything but a joke to Greene, who gave a preview of Gonzalez's deposition on the courthouse steps.

“Why did you object to our discovery about the amount of money you've gotten from the Morgan and Morgan firm in connection with this case?” Greene said. “What are you hiding from? Why don't you sit down and answer our questions?”

“(Has the Morgan firm paid Zenaida Gonzalez?) We're not paying Zenaida Gonzalez,” Mitnik said. “But I'm not going to get into something where I don't even know what it is.” (Has she benefit financially from all of this?) She has been hurt by all of this!”

The questions were clearly aggravating to Gonzalez's attorney, who began the day by arguing that they should be able to get answers first from Anthony before Gonzalez has to sit for her deposition.

“I'm sick of Casey Anthony getting special treatment,” Mitnik said. “Not having to face civil justice.”

Another hearing is scheduled next month where both sides will argue about whether or not Anthony should be required to answer the questions posed in last month’s deposition, or whether she has the right to take the Fifth Amendment.

Anthony is appealing four criminal counts of lying to law enforcement, and anything she says in the civil proceeding could affect her criminal appeal.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Munyon said she'll decide by Thursday whether or not Gonzalez’s Nov. 22 deposition will happen or not.
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PostSubject: Report: Judge denies request to blog Zenaida Gonzalez's deposition   Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:41 pm

Report:Judge denies request to block Zenaida Gonzalez's deposition




By Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel
12:31 p.m. EST, November 10, 2011



Reports indicate that a judge has denied a motion seeking to block the deposition of Zenaida Gonzalez until after Casey Anthony is fully deposed in the defamation case.

The motion said Gonzalez has tried to depose Casey Anthony and get complete answers from her since the lawsuit was filed in September 2008.

"Casey Anthony has avoided questioning for an extraordinary period of time by raising the Fifth Amendment as a shield," attorneys for Gonzalez, including Keith Mitnik and John Morgan, wrote in the three-page motion. "Now that the criminal trial is over, Casey Anthony is still stonewalling."

Anthony's initial deposition was taken last month, but she invoked her right against self-incrimination under her pending appeal stemming from her convictions on minor charges in the criminal case. So she ended up providing very little meaningful information.

Morgan's team has also filed a separate motion arguing that Anthony's self-incrimination claim is not valid now that her criminal case is done and asking the court to make her provide more complete answers.

Gonzalez sued Anthony for using her name and saying "Zenaida Gonzalez" was a nanny who abducted her daughter Caylee in 2008.

But during the opening statement in Anthony's criminal case, defense attorney José Baez said Caylee never went missing but drowned in the family pool.

Morgan, Mitnik and fellow attorney John Dill want to question Anthony, arguing, "It is fundamentally unfair to permit Casey Anthony to move forward with discovery in this manner, while stalling Zenaida Gonzalez from doing the same."

Gonzalez wants "to compel answers [from Anthony] so that meaningful discovery can be obtained," their motion says. Anthony's team — which has not yet responded to the protective order request — has rescheduled the Gonzalez deposition for 9 a.m. Nov. 22.

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PostSubject: Casey Anthony: Zenaida Gonzalez must give depo first, judge rules   Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:46 pm

Casey Anthony: Zenaida Gonzalez must give depo first, judge rules
Caylee and Casey Anthony, Central Florida News 13[size=7] — posted by halboedeker on November, 10 2011 12:41 PM

Zenaida Gonzalez is suing Casey Anthony for defamation. Photo credit: Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel

News in the Casey Anthony defamation case: Judge Lisa Munyon has ruled against a motion by lawyers for Zenaida Gonzalez, who is suing Anthony.


Gonzalez’s lawyers had wanted to delay her deposition until Anthony completes hers, anchor Jackie Brockington explained on Central Florida News 13.

“The ruling now enables Casey to hear what Zenaida has to say before she [Anthony] gives her statement,” Brockington added. “Another hearing is set for next month to decide if Casey will have to answer questions she refused to answer in her initial deposition.”

What do you say to that?

Gonzalez says her life was ruined when she was linked by Anthony to the disappearance of Caylee Anthony. Anthony was acquitted in July of murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter.
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PostSubject: Cheny Mason Taken To Hospital After Emergency   Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:00 am

Cheney Mason Taken To Hospital After Emergency


Defense Attorney Scheduled To Speak At BCU



POSTED: 1:01 pm EST November 11, 2011
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- [/b]Well-known defense attorney Cheney Mason has been taken to an area hospital after a medical emergency at a speaking engagement.

Mason was scheduled to speak at an event at Bethune Cookman University on Friday afternoon.

Prior to speaking, witnesses saw Mason taken away in an ambulance. Mason appeared to be conscious at the time, a witness said.


A professor said Mason did not appear to be feeling well when he arrived. Mason sat down in a chair and officials called 911.

Mason was taken by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center. His condition has not been disclosed.

Mason has represented high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony, Scott Bush and Jim Greer.

Refresh this developing story for updates.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony a candidate for Time's Person of the Year   Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:25 am

Casey Anthony a candidate for Time’s Person of the Year
Caylee and Casey Anthony — posted by halboedeker on November, 12 2011 5:54 PM



Casey Anthony at her sentencing hearing in July. Photo credit: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel

Time magazine has listed candidates for Person of the Year.


The No. 4 candidate out of more than 30: Casey Anthony.

Yep, you read that right.

In July, Anthony was acquitted of murder in the 2008 death of her daughter, Caylee. “It was the first great trial of the social-media age,” writes John Cloud of Time.

Why does Anthony rate a mention for Person of the Year? Let’s go to the Time website:
“While Anthony has disappeared from tabloids for now, and we may never know what happened to Caylee, the sensational event forced us to take a close look at some difficult issues, from the role of the press in our justice system to the way female defendants are viewed.”

Readers can go to the Time website and vote on the Person of the Year candidates. Others on the list include Arab Youth Protesters, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Warren Buffett, Herman Cain, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the late Steve Jobs, Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton, Rupert Murdoch, President Barack Obama, former Gov. Mitt Romney and Charlie Sheen.

The early favorite: The 99 Percent protesters. Anthony comes in No. 7 in voting, ahead of Giffords and Buffett. But Time’s editors will make the final decision. The Person of the Year is named in the Dec. 26 issue, which hits newsstands on Dec. 16.
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PostSubject: Candidate From Time Magazine........Casey Anthony   Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:39 am

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For weeks during the sticky summer doldrums, the nation was captivated by a murder trial in central Florida. Casey Anthony, a young, attractive mother, was accused of perhaps the most horrific of crimes, smothering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee to death and dumping her body in the woods. In the end, the case did not stand up under the burden of proof needed to convict Anthony. There was indeed reasonable doubt — prosecutors couldn't prove how Caylee died — and Anthony was set free after months of intense media and Internet speculation about everything from her sexual proclivities to her relationship with her father. TIME's John Cloud called it the first great trial of the social-media age. While Anthony has disappeared from tabloids for now, and we may never know what happened to Caylee, the sensational event forced us to take a close look at some difficult issues, from the role of the press in our justice system to the way female defendants are viewed. It's an ongoing discussion that goes far beyond one woman's innocence or guilt.



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PostSubject: Casey Anthony: Jeff Ashton talks to Dr. Phil on Wednesday   Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:57 pm


Casey Anthony: Jeff Ashton talks to Dr. Phil on Wednesday
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Dr. Phil McGraw opened his current season with a ballyhooed — and high-rated — interview with George and Cindy Anthony, parents of Casey Anthony.

McGraw returns to the Anthony case in an interview with former prosecutor Jeff Ashton, who is promoting his book, “Imperfect Justice,” about the case. The “Dr. Phil” chat will air at 3 p.m. Wednesday on WOFL-Channel 35.

In the “Dr. Phil” interview, Ashton discusses how he thinks Caylee Anthony died and why the jury acquitted Casey Anthony of murder in her daughter’s 2008 death.

“Jeff will reveal the contents of Casey Anthony’s psychological report. This has never been disclosed before,” McGraw says in the preview.

Will you watch?
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PostSubject: Opening statement still haunts Baez, Casey Anthony   Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:27 pm

Opening statement still haunts Baez, Casey Anthony



By Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel
8:20 p.m. EST, November 13, 2011


The opening statement defense attorney José Baez delivered during Casey Anthony's criminal trial continues to shadow the lawyer and haunt his client.

Lawyers attending a recent Orange County Bar Association forum titled "Lessons in Ethics & Professionalism From the Casey Anthony Trial" asked pointed questions about the controversial opening.


Two civil lawsuits filed against 25-year-old Anthony, meanwhile, ask whether she allowed untruths to be presented on her behalf and whether Baez gave false statements in his opening to the jury, court filings show. One expert who has followed the case said the issue might ultimately lead Anthony's camp to consider settlements in both ongoing civil suits.

Jurors ultimately acquitted Anthony of her most serious charges, including first-degree murder. She was convicted of lying to law enforcement. It's not clear whether the opening influenced the verdicts.

Anthony's initial claims that a nanny abducted her daughter, Caylee, have long since been exposed as lies, but many also doubt the truth of her lawyer's courtroom account of the child's death.

On May 24, Baez told jurors Anthony knew Caylee never went missing but had drowned in the family pool June 16, 2008. He also said Casey's father, George, knew of the drowning and had sexually abused Casey.

Legal experts agree such a defense could create reasonable doubt in jurors' minds. But the claims, for the most part, were not supported by evidence. The unkept promises apparently didn't matter to Anthony's jury.

Yet questions in the legal community linger: Was that opening ethical? And will the genesis of its unsupported claims ever be exposed in the lawsuits against Anthony?

'Within ethical boundaries'

Professor Amy Mashburn, who teaches professional responsibility and legal ethics at the University of Florida College of Law, fielded some of the sticky ethical questions offered up during last month's Orange County Bar session.

In a later interview, Mashburn said, "It's unlikely that we're ever going to know" whether an ethical violation occurred. What we do know, she said, is: Lawyers cannot make things up. They cannot allude to any matter at trial for which they don't have admissible supporting evidence. And they cannot offer false evidence.

But if at the time of his opening Baez believed his client would testify about the abuse and the drowning — even if he advised against her testifying — and if he believed he could effectively cross-examine her family members, then he could give that opening on firm ethical footing, Mashburn said.

If he knew Anthony would not testify and that he would have to support his claims largely through cross-examination of her family, which is what eventually happened, "that's more ethically problematic," Mashburn said.

Baez said he did not attend the ethics discussion here because he was invited to speak to a class at Harvard Law School that week. He said he could not address specific questions about his opening without Anthony's consent, but criticized those who question his words without knowing the facts he had at the time.

"Every single word we gave at openings and closings was completely aboveboard and within the ethical boundaries of an attorney," Baez said. "Everything that was said during the opening, we had a good-faith basis for."

Asked whether he expected Anthony to testify when he gave the opening, Baez offered a general statement he said holds true for all of his clients.

"It's a game-time decision [whether a client testifies]," Baez said. "That decision is not made until the end of the case, and the client makes it."

Because only Baez knows the information he had going into that opening, Mashburn said, "there's still some very basic things about this we don't know and won't ever know."

She also maintains it would have been a "really risky strategy" for Baez to make promises he knew he could never deliver, noting that juries usually hold that against an attorney.

Charles Rose, the professor of Excellence in Trial Advocacy at Stetson University College of Law, said most trial lawyers looking at the case never thought Anthony would testify. And if she told Baez the drowning and abuse stories, based on her history of lies, he had an obligation to fully investigate those accounts and find evidence to support them.

Rose said the story Baez gave at the opening "did not seem to be supported by the evidence presented."

We may never know

Though Baez may move on unscathed — he has picked up at least one more high-profile case recently — his opening statement appears more problematic for Anthony in the civil cases.

"It's going to be very difficult for her to walk away from the concessions he made in the opening," Mashburn said. "Clients are bound by admissions lawyers make on their behalf. She can't subsequently say, 'I believed there was a nanny.' "

That is likely why attorneys representing Zenaida Gonzalez want to again depose Anthony and have her answer questions about her initial claims that a nanny with the same name as Gonzalez's abducted Caylee.

A hearing last week had attorneys for Gonzalez asking the judge handling the case to compel Anthony to give full answers to their questions before Gonzalez is deposed. But the judge determined Gonzalez can be questioned first.

During her Oct. 8 deposition, Anthony — through her attorney — repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, relying on the ongoing appeal of her convictions. She also claimed attorney-client privilege several times.

Many of Gonzalez attorney John Morgan's questions focused on the Baez opening.

"Miss Anthony, in your criminal trial here in Orange County, you attorney stated that there was never, in fact, a Zenaida Gonzalez, a Zanny the Nanny or any such person. Did you hear that?" Morgan asked.

She gave no answer.

He later asked, "Was he [Baez] being truthful when he said that or was he lying to the court?"

Again, no answer.

Attorneys in the Texas EquuSearch lawsuit against Anthony asked in court papers, "Please identify every statement by Mr. Baez which was false." Anthony's team objected to those questions as well.

If Anthony's appeal runs its course, eventually she will be made to answer the inquiries and explain the opening, Rose said.

"If I was her civil lawyers… I would try to make all this go away before I was put in that position," Rose said.

Her legal team could reach settlements with Gonzalez and Texas EquuSearch, and presumably any monetary amounts could be based on her anticipated future earnings.

"At some point, there's going to be money made, a lot of money," said Rose, who still expects a Casey Anthony book deal and interviews.

But Rose doesn't think Anthony's version of what happened to her daughter will approach the truth.

"As long as she has a lawyer, it will not be unvarnished," Rose said. "It will be homogenized, and for Miss Anthony's benefit. We're not ever going to know what really happened."
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony prosecutor's book is out this week   Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:04 am

Casey Anthony prosecutor's book is out this week


Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton watches as Ninth circuit chief judge Belvin Perry cites a potential juror for contempt, at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center, Wednesday afternoon, May 11, 2011.
By Adam Longo, Reporter
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ORLANDO --
The first book from a key player in the Casey Anthony case is set to be released on Tuesday. Former prosecutor Jeff Ashton has written a book titled "Imperfect Justice, Prosecuting Casey Anthony."

The next day after the book release -- Wednesday -- Ashton will appear on the Dr Phil show to discuss the case.

In the promo for the show, Dr. Phil asks pointed questions about the jury who deliberated the trial. Ashton is also supposed to reveal details of Anthony's psychological report.

Ashton retired from the State Attorneys office shortly after Casey Anthony's acquittal on murder charges. He has since signed on with a local law firm, where he will assist mainly with death penalty and forensic evidence cases.

Defense attorney Cheney Mason has also announced he intends to publish a book about the case. We do not know, however, when his book will be available.
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PostSubject: Orlando Sentinel reports bombshell Ashton book at midnight   Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:29 pm

Orlando Sentinel reports bombshell Ashton book at midnight


By Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel
11:05 a.m. EST, November 14, 2011


A full report detailing retired prosecutor Jeff Ashton's new book on the Casey Anthony case will appear on OrlandoSentinel.com just after midnight.

Likewise, a version of the report will appear in the print edition of Tuesday's Orlando Sentinel.



The Orlando Sentinel has obtained an advance copy of "Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony," which goes on sale Tuesday.

The Sentinel agreed not to report or write about any of the revelations in the 322-page text until its release date.

The book is filled with insights, perspectives and behind-the-scenes details recollected by the now outspoken veteran prosecutor. The text also breaks news in the case that consumed Orlando and the rest of the country for much of the summer.

In early July, Casey Anthony, 25, was found not guilty of the most serious charges against her, including first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie. The verdict from a group of Pinellas County jurors followed a trial that lasted more than six weeks. Casey Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to law enforcement.

Civil cases stemming from the Casey Anthony criminal case continue to be litigated in the courts.

Check back with OrlandoSentinel.com after midnight for in-depth reporting on Ashton's book.
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PostSubject: Ashton comes out swinging in book about prosecuting Casey Anthony   Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:21 am

Ashton comes out swinging in book about prosecuting Casey Anthony



By Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel
12:05 a.m. EST, November 15, 2011


Soon before her murder trial began, Casey Anthony told two mental health experts that not only had her daughter Caylee drowned in the family pool, but that her father deliberately killed the child, retired prosecutor Jeff Ashton writes in his new book released today.

Anthony also told the doctors she had been sexually abused by her father Georgeand was worried about him molesting Caylee.

The two doctors never testified at trial — neither did Casey Anthony — but Ashton's book shows how the drowning and abuse claims, called the "Nuclear Lie," made it from Casey's mouth to her attorney Jose Baez's opening statementto the jurors.

The prosecution, Ashton explains in the revealing book Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, never bought the latest iteration of Anthony's story, dubbing it "Casey 4.0" – the fourth version of what she claimed happened to her daughter.

The ever changing nature of Casey's stories explain why Ashton wrote early on: "I have seen my share of liars, but never one quite like this." Near the end of thebook, he observes, "In many ways, I think the defense came to mirror the client they represented."

The book is undeniably Ashton-esque — relentless, scathing and blunt in its criticism of Casey Anthony, her defense team, the Anthony family and the jury that found the young woman not-guilty in the 2008 death of her daughter.

Ashton's 322-page book goes on sale today for $26.99.

Here are some choice details from the text:

When Baez first announced the defense would focus on an accidental drowning, Ashton said he was "dumbfounded." And after Baez told him they were going to implicate George Anthony, Ashton said, "Just bring it on…I can't wait to cross-examine Casey."

•In late June, during the trial, defense attorney Cheney Mason approached prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick about a plea deal — a guilty plea to second-degree murder and 30 years in prison. But Casey Anthony refused to even listen to this idea.

While Ashton thought the prosecution could legally pursue the death penalty against Casey Anthony "in good faith," he did not find it necessary in the case and never thought they would actually win a death sentence.

•In a book largely spent questioning the defense team's tactics, Ashton acknowledges, "I genuinely dislike Jose Baez." He calls Anthony's lead defense attorney, "smarmy" and a "consummate salesman" with "unearned arrogance."

In writing about Casey Anthony defense attorney Cheney Mason, Ashton wrote that he hoped his late joining of the defense team "would class up the defense team's tactics" and raise Baez to Mason's level of professionalism. Instead, he wrote, "Baez seemed to bring Cheney down to his."

State's case 'incredibly strong'

Ashton recalls in the book how he was recruited by colleague Linda Drane Burdick to join the case in the summer of 2008.

He eagerly joined Burdick's team, took over scientific aspects that he found rewarding and challenging and came to believe the state had an "incredibly strong" case. Hesaw the duct tape discovered with Caylee's remains and other evidence tying the recovery scene to the Anthony home — along with scientific evidence of decomposition in Casey's car — as chief elements proving it was a murder.

Ashton said he was"stunned" and numb upon hearing the jury had not convicted Casey Anthony of murder or manslaughter in early July.

Late in the book, Ashton wrote that Baez did one of the cruelest things he had ever seen a lawyer do by telling Cindy Anthony about her daughter's claims regarding George Anthony and suggesting her husband was under investigation. Ashton wrote that he told their attorney, "That's a [expletive] lie."

One of Casey Anthony'smental health experts, Dr. Jeffrey Danziger, was very concerned about sharing what Casey had told him about her father, worried he was becoming a mouthpiece for "very, very serious allegations against someone in a situation where there is no other evidence he actually did anything."

Casey later told another defense expert, Dr. William Weitz, that she was concerned George might be Caylee's father until DNA testing by the FBI ruled that out. Casey told Weitz "Caylee could not have died by accident and that George had murdered her," Ashton wrote in the book.

When the prosecution wanted Casey interviewed by its mental health expert, the defense pulled their two experts from their witness list, meaning Danziger and Weitz would not testify at trial. Ashton claims Baez had wanted those two "to get Casey's story in front of the jury without having Casey actually testify."

The depositions of those experts were sealed because they were "too sensational" Ashton wrote. "Until now their contents have never been discussed publicly."

The prosecution detailed the depositions for George and Cindy out of a sense of "moral obligation," and George told them "none of this is true," the book states.

If Cindy Anthony had chosen Caylee over Casey, Ashton said, the prosecution might have been able to make a better case that Casey was a bad parent and had a motive to kill her daughter. Cindy Anthony "was in denial about her daughter on a colossal scale." Ashton called her and Casey's a "lethally toxic co-dependent relationship."

In the end, Ashton wrote, the verdict reflected the work of a jury that didn't believe Casey Anthony deserved to be punished at all.

"What I find truly baffling is that somehow they did not see proof enough to convict her of a lesser murder charge or even manslaughter," Ashton wrote. The biggest legacy of the case won't be that she failed to be convicted of first-degree murder, but that "she got away scot-free," he said.

"My worst fears from jury selection manifested themselves in the verdict," Ashton wrote. "This jury needed someone to tell them exactly how Caylee died.

"In a sense," he wrote, "we lost before we started."

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