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PostSubject: Jose Baez Refutes Attack on new book   Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:58 am

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PostSubject: Zenaida Gonzalez To Be Deposed Tuesday   Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:50 pm

Zenaida Gonzalez To Be Deposed Tuesday

Gonzalez Suing Casey Anthony For Defamation

POSTED: 2:19 pm EST November 21, 2011
UPDATED: 2:56 pm EST November 21, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The woman who filed a lawsuit against Casey Anthony for defamation will be deposed Tuesday despite attempts to keep her from answering questions.

Attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez wanted her deposition pushed back until Anthony answered questions without invoking her Fifth Amendment right.

A judge denied that request.

Gonzalez claims Anthony ruined her reputation by claiming a woman with the same name kidnapped her daughter, Caylee Anthony.

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PostSubject: Cheers greet former prosecutor Jeff Ashton at Orlando library as he discusses Casey Anthony book   Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:19 pm

Cheers greet former prosecutor Jeff Ashton at Orlando library as he discusses Casey Anthony book

Cover of Jeff Ashton's book "Imperfect Justice Prosecuting Casey Anthony." (William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers, William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers / November 21, 2011)

Susan Jacobson, Orlando Sentinel
9:44 p.m. EST, November 21, 2011

Rarely has losing a big legal case been such a good career move.

Jeff Ashton, the former prosecutor turned author, has become a celebrity in the wake of the Casey Anthony murder trial.

On Monday night, a standing-room crowd of more than 300 fans showed up at the Orlando Public Library's main branch downtown to cheer Ashton and listen to a brief talk, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Many of them clutched copies of Ashton's book, "Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony," which went on sale last week. The shop at the library sold all 98 copies it received and had to turn people away.

After Ashton spoke for about 40 minutes, dozens of well-wishers stood in line for up an hour to have him sign their books and shake their hands.

"Oh, my God, I'm shaking," said Vicki Haley, 43, of Palm Coast as she took her signed copy. "I'm his No. 1 fan."

Diane Clark of Orlando bought her mother, Dolores Vanderbrook, 92, a copy of the book as an early Christmas gift. Like many in the audience, Vanderbrook was glued to her TV while Ashton and his fellow prosecutors tried to convict Anthony, 25, of first-degree murder in the killing of her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee.

"We're 100 percent behind the prosecution," Clark said.

The Anthony case was Ashton's last — and largest — before he retired from a 30-year career as an Orange-Osceola assistant state attorney and joined a Maitland law firm part time.

Although a jury acquitted Anthony of the more serious charges — murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child — the crowd didn't blame Ashton. When a representative of HarperCollins Publishers introduced him, people sprang to their feet, whooped, cheered and applauded.

"He as a person put his life aside for this case," said Brittania Klinker, 21, of Longwood. "To do that to get justice for a little girl is amazing."

Cameras snapped everywhere as admirers tried to capture the man and the moment.

"I think he's an awesome attorney," said Lauren Steele, 43, an office administrator in the State Attorney's Office who worked with Ashton for nearly two decades and brought a book for him to sign. "I'm proud of him. I'm happy for him."

Ashton used his characteristic humor and bite to answer several questions, including one about whether Anthony could be held accountable if she confessed to killing Caylee. No, he replied, because of the double-jeopardy rule.

"But she's not going to do that," he said. "Don't even think about it. She couldn't lie straight in bed."

Monday night's event was the first in a series of promotions for Ashton's book. He is scheduled to be interviewed on CNN on Wednesday and will be at public libraries in New Smyrna Beach and DeLand next week before heading to Vero Beach and Clearwater later in the week.

A jury July 5 convicted Anthony of four counts of lying to law officers. Chief Circuit Judge Belvin Perry sentenced her to four years in jail. With credit for time served, she was released July 17.

The case attracted media attention from around the globe, turning an downtown empty lot into a tent city for journalists during the 36-day trial. Caylee was missing for about month before her grandmother reported her disappearance in July 2008. A meter reader in December 2008 found her remains near the east Orange County home where she had been living with her mother and grandparents.

Many observers, convinced of Anthony's guilt, expressed outrage at the verdict. Because of threats against Anthony and her attorneys, Perry sealed the jurors' names for several months.

"Imperfect Justice" was co-written by Lisa Pulitzer, a former New York Times correspondent who has written other true-crime books, including "Portrait of a Monster," about Joran van der Sloot, a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

Fox Television Studios has optioned the rights to Ashton's book. If a movie is made, it will be shown on the Lifetime TV channel, a Fox spokeswoman said.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony: Jeff Ashton says state attorney pushed for death penalty   Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:30 pm

Casey Anthony: Jeff Ashton says state attorney pushed for death penalty
Caylee and Casey Anthony, WESH — posted by halboedeker on November, 21 2011 5:42 PM

Former prosecutor Jeff Ashton continues to promote his book, “Imperfect Justice,” on television. WESH-Channel 2 supplied an interview with Ashton at 5 tonight, and veteran reporter Greg Fox managed to get some news from Ashton.

Ashton elaborated on his view, expressed in the book, that he didn’t think the death penalty would hold up against Casey Anthony. In July, she was acquitted of murder in the 2008 death of her daughter, Caylee.

“The state attorney decided that it should be a death-penalty case, and as his assistants, we go forward with that,” Ashton told Fox. “The ultimate decision of whether to waive the death penalty or, in this case, to reinstate it was Lawson Lamar’s decision.”

Ashton also answered criticism that he revealed information that Anthony told to two mental-health experts, including her accusation that her father, George, killed Caylee.

“That information is still sealed, but Ashton told me today the judge merely wanted the documents kept from the general public without limiting the attorneys’ ability to talk about it,” Fox said.

Ashton reiterated his reason for writing the book. “People were so upset with the outcome that I felt like I needed to try to give them … a way to deal with it,” Ashton told Fox.

In other Anthony news, WESH anchor Martha Sugalski reminded viewers that Zenaida Gonzalez will be deposed tomorrow in her defamation suit against Anthony. Gonzalez says her life was ruined when Anthony linked her to Caylee’s disappearance.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony's civil attorney deposes Zenaida Gonzalez   Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:53 pm

Casey Anthony's civil attorney deposes Zenaida Gonzalez

Zenaida Gonzalez says her life was ruined when Casey Anthony claimed a woman with the same name kidnapped her daughter, Caylee.
By Adam Longo and Jaqueline Fell, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 5:27 PM

The woman claiming Casey Anthony ruined her life remains in the hot seat, answering questions under oath.

Zenaida Gonzalez is sitting down with lawyers and answering questions related to a lawsuit.

A judge has ordered the deposition conclude tonight, and Anthony's attorney Charles Greene anticipates it to end around 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

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Attorneys for Gonzalez and Anthony showed up at the Morgan and Morgan law firm in the Wells Fargo building downtown just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.

During an afternoon break, Anthony's civil attorney Charles Greene pulled us aside to tell us how the day of questioning was going.

Greene said there wasn't any bombshells or big break throughs in the questioning.

Despite a few breaks, the woman who is suing Anthony for defamation has spent all day answering questions.

Greene said there were some answers he liked and some he didn't.

When asked if he asked Gonzalez if she was being paid to sue Anthony, he wouldn't get into specifics.

Earlier in the day, attorneys on both sides said things were civil and there hadn't been any arguments.

In the middle of questioning, we were able to ask Greene if the deposition was a success.

"The goal is to win this case and we are well on the way," Greene said.

Gonzalez brought a lawsuit against Anthony in September 2008.

She claims Anthony ruined her reputation when Anthony told police a woman by the same name had kidnapped her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Anthony sat for her deposition already, though she didn't say anything except to invoke her 5th amendment right.

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

Mitnik, a Morgan and Morgan attorney, lost a court battle to delay Gonzalez's deposition until after Anthony actually answers the questions.

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

Greene went on the offensive against Gonzalez for trying to delay the case.

In recent court filings, Greene laid out that he wants to know:

  • If Zenaida is being paid by the Morgan law firm
  • If she's seen a psychiatrist
  • How much money she actually wants as damages in this case

There is a hearing scheduled next month where both sides will argue about whether or not Casey should be required to answer the questions from last month’s deposition or whether she has the right to take the 5th amendment.

The case is scheduled to go to trial next April.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony: Emotional deposition becomes 12-hour marathon   Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:50 am

Casey Anthony: Emotional deposition becomes 12-hour marathon
Caylee and Casey Anthony, WESH, WFTV, WKMG — posted by halboedeker on November, 22 2011 11:36 PM

Charles Greene, Casey Anthony's attorney, at a hearing in July. Photo credit: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel

The deposition of Zenaida Gonzalez in her defamation case against Casey Anthony lasted 12 hours. TV stations gave updates on their late newscasts tonight.

WFTV-Channel 9’s Nancy Alvarez said the deposition had been expected to last two hours and cited sources who called the day “tense and emotional.” A judge will decide on Dec. 8 whether Anthony needs to return to answer questions in the case, Alvarez reported.

“Anthony gave her deposition a few weeks ago. She pled the Fifth and didn’t answer most of the questions,” WKMG-Channel 6 anchor Lauren Rowe said.

Gonzalez says her life was ruined when she was linked, by Anthony, to the disappearance of Caylee Anthony. In July, Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter.

After today’s deposition, Gonzalez told reporters: “I was just looking for closure and to clear my name.”

John Dill, one of Gonzalez’s attorneys, said, “Casey Anthony put her name right in the middle of this criminal case, and now doesn’t have the courtesy to say, ‘I made the whole thing up.’ ”

On WESH-Channel 2, Anthony’s attorney Charles Greene said doing Gonzalez’s deposition in a day worked for his client. “As time went on, Mrs. Gonzalez’s memory became dimmer and her deception became clearer,” Greene said.

On WFTV, Greene said that this Zenaida Gonzalez wasn’t the same one that Anthony cited. “She doesn’t have the same name, she’s not the same age, she’s not the same height, she’s not from the same state,” Greene said.

WFTV’s Alvarez noted that Gonzalez’s lawyers wouldn’t specify how much they are seeking in damages.

When might the public see the 12-hour deposition? Possibly as early as Friday, WFTV and WKMG reported.
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PostSubject: Caylee Anthony memorial: Ex-helper upset about Bring Kids Home tax record   Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:05 pm

Caylee Anthony memorial: Ex-helper upset about Bring Kids Home tax record

Request for tax documents only partially filled, former Bring Kids Home volunteer says.

By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
5:12 p.m. EST, November 24, 2011

Former volunteers of the charity planning a memorial to Caylee Anthony said last month that a request for basic tax records led to their ouster. Now, they say that request wasn't fully filled.

Sarasota resident Wally Goodnough requested documents from Bring Kids Home on Oct. 11; a request BKH executive director Eric Segura accepted as his resignation, emails between the two show.

By law, IRS 990 forms and other documents relating to charities must be provided within 30 days upon request. Goodnough said he was provided a 990EZ by email about 1 a.m.Nov. 11 — day 31.

He argues he didn't receive the full request. Segura provided a 990EZ form for 2009, but not 2010. Segura told Goodnough in an email that BKH didn't file one last year.

"[W]hen we found out that a 990EZ was not even required for charities under $50K in revenue we properly notified the IRS we would not be filing a 990EZ in 2010," Segura wrote in an email.

However, the charity did provide a 2010 form to Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services when it registered as a business operating in the state.

The form, provided to the Sentinel by the state agency, contains little by way of new information. There is an apparent discrepancy; BKH reported $14,000 in contributions, but only $200 in revenue.

Goodnough said the charity also did not provide its application for tax-exempt status, which is a publicly available document, according to the IRS.

Asked why the 2010 document wasn't provided to Goodnough and to clarify the discrepancy on the form, Segura declined to comment and accused the Sentinel of a "smear campaign."

BKH, a New Jersey-based charity founded in 2009, announced plans in August to build a $200,000 memorial on the Suburban Drive site where Caylee's remains were found in 2008.

However, several volunteers came forward with complaints about the charity in October, claiming that Segura, who the Orlando volunteers hadn't met, had been overly secretive.

Segura and local BKH organizer Eddie DelValle have disputed the volunteers' account of their exodus from the group, and questioned their motives in airing the charity's laundry in public.

The interactions between the group and the volunteers have grown personal.

Goodnough said he plans to complain to the IRS about the document request. He said he's glad he left the group, but wishes he and his wife hadn't had to stop volunteering at the site.

"Would we still be there if none of this had ever happened? Yes," he said.

The lot where the 2-year-old's remains were found is still not owned by the charity, and a local homeowners association recently announced opposition to rezoning the property.

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. or 407-420-5171
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PostSubject: Zenaida Would Have Considered Dropping Case If Casey Anthony Would Apologize   Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:13 pm

Zenaida Would Have Considered Dropping Case If Casey Anthony Would Apologize

WFTV NEWS: ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —The woman suing Casey Anthony for defamation, Zenaida Gonzalez, was answering questions on Tuesday under oath.

Gonzalez was giving her deposition at the Law Office of Morgan and Morgan. The deposition began at 9:00 a.m. behind closed doors in the downtown Orlando office building.

Gonzalez spoke about how her life was impacted when Casey told police someone with her name kidnapped her daughter, Caylee Anthony. However, it was proven that there was no nanny who kidnapped Caylee. Gonzalez said her reputation was ruined when she was thrown into the middle of the case.

Casey’s civil attorney, Charles Green, spoke briefly to reporters on Tuesday.

“We’re going to find out Ms. Gonzalez’s story and the world will know what she has to say under oath,” said Green.

WFTV was told that the deposition was being recorded.

A source inside the deposition told WFTV Gonzalez said she would consider dropping her case if Casey had apologized to her.

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PostSubject: Parts of Depo released in Casey Case   Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:34 pm

Parts of depo released in Casey case

By Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel
3:25 p.m. EST, November 25, 2011

A brief portion of the videotaped deposition of Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the Kissimmee woman suing Casey Anthony for defamation, was released Friday by one of her attorneys.

Fernandez-Gonzalez claims Anthony ruined her reputation when she told Orange County detectives a babysitter with the same name kidnapped her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie in the summer of 2008.

Investigators said no such baby-sitter existed, and Fernandez-Gonzalez filed her lawsuit.

During Anthony's first degree murder trial this summer, defense attorney Jose Baez told jurors the story about Fernandez-Gonzalez was fabricated.

Fernandez-Gonzalez was questioned under oath earlier this week for nearly 12 hours by Anthony's civil attorney, Charles Greene. About two minutes of videotape was released Friday.

On Friday, attorney Matt Morgan release several short portions of the deposition, in which Fernandez-Gonzalez said she wants closure and wants to give her daughters "peace of mind."

In one clip, Fernandez-Gonzalez was asked if she's proceeding with the lawsuit because she's seeking money. Her attorney objected, and she responded by saying, "I'm looking for closure."

An attorney asked Fernandez-Gonzalez about her claims of severe emotional pain and suffering caused by Anthony.

"I've been accused of kidnapping," Fernandez-Gonzalez said. "It hurts 'cause you have to look at your daughter's face and explain to them why you're getting accused of kidnapping a child."

"You have to look at your daughter's face and say, 'I cannot afford to take care of you right now.' That's distressing," Fernandez-Gonzalez said, as she began to choke up.

Anthony was found not guilty of killing Caylee in July, but was convicted of four counts of lying to law-enforcement, and is serving probation for those crimes now in Florida.

During the deposition, Fernandez-Gonzalez was asked if it isn't enough that she was not blamed for Caylee's death during Anthony's first-degree murder trial.

"No. It didn't come out of her mouth," Fernandez-Gonzalez said.

Fernandez-Gonzalez's lawyers had filed a motion, asking that her deposition be blocked until after Casey Anthony was fully deposed in the defamation case.

The motion — which was denied by a judge earlier this month — said Gonzalez had 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 Fernandez-Gonzalez wrote in the three-page motion

At Anthony's initial deposition last month, she invoked her right against self-incrimination under her pending appeal in the criminal case and ended up providing very little meaningful information.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony: Do Zenaida Gonzalez clips heighten interest?   Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:37 pm

Casey Anthony: Do Zenaida Gonzalez clips heighten interest?
Caylee and Casey Anthony, Central Florida News 13, WESH — posted by halboedeker on November, 25 2011 1:13 PM

Zenaida Gonzalez as she looked in 2009. Photo credit: Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel

Zenaida Gonzalez’s deposition in her defamation suit against Casey Anthony was a 12-hour epic that unfolded Tuesday.

Her lawyers released three minutes of clips today. Do they seem like a trailer for a blockbuster movie?

The release was the top story on WESH-Channel 2’s noon news. Amanda Ober said the clips showed “a very emotional Zenaida Gonzalez talk about the suffering she claimed she’s endured as a result of being embroiled in the Casey Anthony drama.”

Gonzalez says her life was ruined when she was linked to the disappearance of Caylee Anthony, Casey’s daughter. In July, Anthony was acquitted of murder in the 2008 death of her daughter.

Matt Morgan, Gonzalez’s attorney, released highlights from the deposition picked by her defense team.

WESH played a clip of Gonzalez talking about her distress over talking to her child about the kidnapping accusations.

Jacqueline Fell of Central Florida News 13 reported that “Gonzalez has said over and over she wants closure. In her deposition, Anthony’s civil attorney continually asks, ‘What does that mean? And if you could put a dollar amount on this closure, how much are you looking for?’ ‘

News 13 showed a clip of Gonzalez saying she had personal reasons for seeking closure and that she wanted peace of mind for her daughters.

Attorney Morgan told News 13, “That was the most difficult thing for her was going to her children and trying to explain to them why people are saying what they are saying.”

Charles Greene, Anthony’s civil attorney, “hopes to get this whole deposition suit thrown out,” WESH’s Ober said. “He’s also been pressing to know how much money Gonzalez wants for her lawsuit.”

The amount of damages is a question for the jury, Morgan told WESH and News 13.

Do the clips make you want to see the full deposition? It will be released Monday.
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PostSubject: Why Caylee Anthony's Death Was Five Generations in the Making   Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:30 am

Why Caylee Anthony's Death Was Five Generations in the Making

By Dr. Keith Ablow

Published November 25, 2011



Caylee Anthony

In my fifteen years as a forensic psychiatrist, I have learned that many murders have roots reaching back further than most people would imagine. To explain why someone has developed into a killer can take a journey not just back to that person’s childhood, but even further—to early life experiences of their parents and grandparents.

Whether you believe Casey Anthony killed her two-year-old daughter Caylee or not, her bizarre behavior after her daughter went missing (including entering a hot body contest and romancing more than one man) can only be fully understood by journeying back five generations—to Caylee’s great, great grandparents.

That’s what I did to understand the events surrounding Caylee’s murder in my new book Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony.

The story of Caylee’s disappearance really starts with her great grandfather Alexander Plesea being abandoned to an orphanage by his father, after his mother’s sudden death. He later would marry his wife Shirley, whose own father Stiles had abandoned her, her siblings and her mother and left them with no support.

Maybe Alexander and Shirley had both adopted an early guiding principle: that men were unreliable and that taking control was the key to surviving. Certainly, many sources confided in me that Shirley was the one in control of the family—and a woman who tolerated little dissent.

Cindy Anthony (Casey Anthony’s mother) was the youngest child of Alexander and Shirley—and the only girl. Her brothers resented her because they felt she was spoiled. But maybe their jealousy only convinced her even more that men needed to be controlled. She seemed to find one she could control completely.

She married George Anthony, a man whose first wife described him as “nothing” if he weren’t wearing his police uniform, whose own father had fired him from the family business and who reportedly aspired to become a character at Disney World.

When he learned that Casey was lying about having a job at a Sports Authority store, Cindy ordered him to say nothing. When he was alerted to Casey’s car having been taken to a tow yard weeks and reportedly believed it smelled like a corpse, he was, nonetheless, ordered by Cindy to go back to work as a security guard at a movie cinema.

Cindy’s apparent need to control everyone and everything around her—given the lack of control borne by generations before her—led her to ignore her daughter Casey’s personhood almost entirely. It is easy to control a child if the child has been made psychologically weak, even easier if the child has been hobbled psychologically.

This is why Casey never got any real help for her lying: that would have required that her mother see her as a person worthy of help. This is why when Casey was seven months pregnant with Caylee, her own mother didn’t notice. This is why Casey was willing to lie in an obstetrical suite and let her father stand at the foot of the bed, seeing her as she delivered her baby—which was then quickly given to Cindy to hold.

Casey was already obliterated as person. She was absent from that delivery room and her own existence. Her mother had seen to that.

Should we be surprised, then, when Casey failed to report her own daughter Caylee missing? Casey was already a ghost herself. Should we be surprised that her daughter was found in a dead, in a garbage bag? Casey was already spiritually dead and discarded herself.

I am excusing nothing that happened here, and no one who was party to it. I am simply trying to explain everything that happened as I see it.

The lesson is simply this: The roots of a child’s tragic death can always be found, but sometimes they must be traced back many generation - as much as 100 years. Such is the case in the death of Caylee Anthony.

Dr. Ablow is the author of the upcoming book, "Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony." He is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at His team of Life Coaches can be reached at

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PostSubject: what if the Casey Anthony jury hadn't been sequestered?   Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:03 am

What if the Casey Anthony jury hadn’t been sequestered?

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The court of public opinion, shaped by sensational, damning press accounts, found this young Florida woman to be a horrid person, guilty as charged in her two-year-old daughter’s death. The jury, sequestered and not subject to the vicious coverage, acquitted her. Writer Keith Long thinks the jury got it right, and says justice was done despite the media’s accounts.

By Keith Long

The recent murder trial of Casey Anthony in Orlando exposed much of the American news media in circus mode. Accounts from the start portrayed her as an unsympathetic, horrid, guilty figure, and often were gleeful in doing so. Major broadcast and cable news networks offered Iphone Apps just for the trial. YouTube videos exploded, often replaying news feeds.

The day in July that a not-guilty verdict was announced, ABC news reported, “Public Irate Over Casey Anthony Verdict; Social Media Sites Explode With Opinions.”

The public outcry, and indeed there was one, was based on poor, selective reporting by the news media. As a forensic psychiatrist at UCLA, Dr. Carole Lieberman, put it, “The reason that people are reacting so strongly is that the media convicted Casey before the jury reached a verdict.”

During the three years from the child’s death to the verdict all of America was exposed to a continuum of reporting and opinion that not only expected Casey would be found guilty, but, almost routinely in its coverage, presumed her guilt. CBS News at the start of the trial reported that Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi, said, “The case is overwhelming. No one else in the world could have done this except Casey Anthony.” In the middle of the trial after the prosecution rested, Time Magazine reported, “Virtually no one doubts that Anthony was involved in her child’s death,” then adding, “but if you see murder in Casey Anthony’s big brown eyes during a live feed of her trial, you can tell all the world how delectable you will find her execution.” The Orlando Sun Sentinel added its perspective in an Op-Ed, “The defense may sound a bit off the wall, but hey, the jury somehow believed O.J. Simpson too.”

My review of the case shows that in the Casey Anthony trial justice was done not because of American journalism but in spite of it. Defense arguments were consistently diminished, discounted or disputed in the media. I could not find a single press account supporting the innocence of the defendant. Reporters and camera people were bullying as well as prejudiced; it may be concern over their aggressiveness that led the trial judge to withhold the jurors’ names for months after the trial and that has led Casey Anthony to stay in hiding despite her acquittal and release. Who wouldn’t want to hide in the face of accounts like this one in the Chicago Tribune that stated, “Just when you think Casey Anthony can’t possibly nauseate you anymore than she has already, try this: She wants more children.”

Currently, Anthony is on probation at an undisclosed location in Florida in connection with check fraud charges, and is required to stay in the state for one year.

Here are questions at the outset for anyone going over the press performance and the case itself:

Q. If Casey did not murder Caylee, how did she die?
Q. How did it happen that two-year-old Caylee could be found in the woods just blocks from the Anthony home?
Q. Why did Casey write bad checks and go partying, pictured dancing and smiling at a nightclub, days after her daughter died?
Q. Why did she fail to report her daughter’s death to the police?
Q. What did the jury hear that the press missed?

The defense held that Caylee drowned, unattended, in a swimming pool accident at her grandparents’ home, where she and Casey were living. To me, and apparently to almost all the jurors, that was the logical explanation. The details of what happened afterward are what is most unclear. The Anthonys, as the trial brought out, were a quite dysfunctional family. The elements of fear and blame, which would have been hard for anyone to handle given such a terrible event, appear to have been just too much for them to cope with.

Someone had to move Caylee from her home in June, 2008, and place her remains in the woods where her body was ultimately found in December, 2008. The police and the public believe that person was Casey. I believe the evidence leads pretty clearly to her father. In my view, Casey was protecting him. But the favor was not exactly returned; George Anthony, shown at right, testified against her as she faced the death penalty for a crime she did not commit.

In early June, 2008, people who knew Casey liked her and described her as a responsible person who helped others. She was said to be an honest single mom who cared for Caylee and shared a strong mother-daughter bond with her. Caylee's natural father was absent and Casey was raising her with no monetary child support. Her relationship with Caylee was described as "amazing" by one friend, Amy Huizenga. Casey’s boyfriend's sister described the Casey-Caylee relationship the same way. And the father of Casey’s former fiance said it was obvious to everyone that Caylee gave Casey meaning in her life. Casey's friends said she was super-attentive to Caylee's needs, a good mother and a good person in every sense of the word.

Casey, through her attorney Jose Baez, said that her father molested her beginning at age 8. Dr. Keith Ablow, a forensic psychiatrist, commented that Casey's description of her father's sexual abuse was convincing and consistent with victims he had worked with who were sexually assaulted as young children.

Casey's father was portrayed initially by the press as a former police officer whose grandchild was taken from him as a result of actions by a sociopathic daughter who tired of the responsibilities of motherhood. Casey was described by the prosecutors as someone who wanted to party, and who killed her child for that reason – and what a crushing blow that was to George. What we can see from the statements of those who knew her is just the opposite, that Casey was an attentive and loving mother, and her father… well her father had issues. What trial testimony showed is that, as the jury foreman said after the trial, the jury collectively could not give her father's testimony credibility.

News coverage of George was voluminous but chaotic. He was videotaped arguing with supporters outside his home while people all over the state were searching for Caylee. He had long had anger management issues and was asked to leave the house at the height of the search for the little girl. He could not always be depended on to tell the truth, either to his wife Cindy, or to the jury during his daughter's trial for capital murder.

On June 16, 2008, the day of the pool accident, could it be possible, as the defense team alleged, that George's anger took events out of control? We know after Caylee died, Casey's life and behavior changed 180 degrees. She flipped out; it was her behavior in this period that caused so many people to conclude she was guilty. Is it possible that Casey's behavior was a reaction to decisions by her father and the underlying dysfunctional Anthony family relationships? Which leads me to the single most important reason people believe she was guilty: the photographs and reports of her partying at a nightclub, just days after daughter Caylee died.

Her behavior is complicated. Casey was indeed photographed at a nightclub. Her boyfriend wanted to go there, and she wanted to be with him. He was at the time the closest thing she had to a partner with whom she could share her feelings. That explains why she was "partying." It was also determined during trial that for a young mother in a dysfunctional family, grief after the death of her child can take the forms Casey displayed.

As for the endless loop of photos of Casey in the media at the nightclub? It turns out that someone asked her to be photographed at the club, it was not her idea. Statements by friends who were with her said she seemed like someone who was there to be supportive, not to party. Pictures, as I think we all know, can be interpreted in a way that misrepresents what is actually happening in the minds of people being photographed.

Casey kept her grief bottled up inside because her family dynamic denied her anyone to share it with. Not her father, who seemed almost eager to testify against her as she faced a capital murder conviction. Not her mother, Cindy, who had in place a long-term resistance to Casey's living at home and no desire to be reminded, daily, of the sexual abuse George had inflicted on Casey while she was a child.

So what are the most logical explanations for how Caylee died, and for her body being hidden in the woods just blocks from her home, not to be found for months afterward?

The defense stated that on the day of Caylee's death Casey and her father were home together. There may have been miscommunication about who should have been watching Caylee when the pool accident occurred. Accidental deaths from drowning are the leading cause of deaths for children in Florida.

The case I make is that when George discovered Caylee had drowned in their pool, he was afraid of the consequences and his reaction was to protect himself. Ultimately the established family dynamic ruled, with the parents on one side and Casey on the other. The defense has said that when the accidental death of Caylee occurred, George warned Casey that as a mother she would be seen as the one at fault, that it was Casey who should have been watching daughter Caylee.

Do I believe it is likely that Casey's father then took Caylee's body away to hide blame from himself? Yes. And after some indecision, and in desperation, he ultimately left the two-year-old in the woods where she would not be found until almost six months later.

The dysfunctional dynamic in the Anthony household was in full bloom and still determining family behavior. After Caylee’s death, George attempted what was called a weak attempt at suicide; he also had a brief affair with a woman. Cindy Anthony now faced the reality that George’s recent affair and his abuse of Casey as a child would become public knowledge. Later, Cindy reaffirmed the Anthony family’s choices when she sat next to George during Casey’s trial.

Caylee’s death was an accident that spawned a new secret for the Anthony family, one that could not be confined to their home. For Casey, telling police the truth meant she would face the loss not only of her daughter but that she would be exposing her father to possible criminal charges and certain blame for hiding the death of Caylee. That would destroy any hope she had of repairing broken family relationships.

On July 5, 2011, when Casey was found not guilty of murder, what an irony the jury's verdict would reveal – Casey was the most constructive person in the Anthony family, as well as the most vulnerable.

It seems clear that the starting point for much of the press coverage was that Casey Anthony was guilty of murder. At one point or another, remarks like these were aired: “She (Casey Anthony) is an aberrant restless, slutty ok b----- (rhymes with witch),“ Geraldo Rivera for Fox News. Jane Velez-Mitchell reporting for Tru TV on the jury‘s acquittal said, “She (Casey) may be celebrating now, but she will ultimately pay.” Jean Casarez, journalist for HLN, said what impressed her about the arguments heard at trial were the prosecutor’s closing statement that, “Casey Anthony was the most documented liar you have ever seen in a courtroom.” CBS news interviewed Casey Jordan, a legal contributor for HLN who said, “ (Casey) is not just lying, but it is lying off the scale. …it looks like every lie she told was to cover up evidence of homicide.”

The sequestered jury members heard evidence without the filter of press bias in the Casey Anthony case. According to one of the jurors, the verdict right off the bat was 10-2 for acquittal. It apparently was a wrenching decision for at least some jurors who were distressed by Anthony's behavior after her child's death. But as the jury foreman explained afterward, there was not sufficient evidence to convict her of murder, and that was that. One wonders what the jurors would have concluded had they been subject to press reports during the three-month trial.

Even if the jury was wrong – which I doubt, but which is possible – that would be no defense for the years of one-sided, vicious coverage by so many reporters and news organizations.

CNN legal contributor Jeffrey Toobin summed it up very simply: “The news media was very unfair to Casey Anthony,” he said. “The media‘s coverage is something we should all discuss.”

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PostSubject: Casey Anthony: Zenaida Gonzalez says, This is going to follow me the rest of my life   Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:14 pm

Casey Anthony: Zenaida Gonzalez says, This is going to follow me the rest of my life
Caylee and Casey Anthony, Central Florida News 13, WFTV — posted by halboedeker on November, 28 2011 2:13 PM

Zenaida Gonzalez as she appeared in 2009. Photo credit: Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel

Television stations were updating their reports on Zenaida Gonzalez’s deposition after going through 10 hours of material. Highlights had been released Friday by attorneys for Gonzalez, who is suing Casey Anthony for defamation.

WFTV-Channel 9’s Jeff Deal said that Anthony’s attorneys attacked Gonzalez’s motives for filing the lawsuit. “There are questions in there about Zenaida’s past behavior and about investigations into her by the Department of Children and Families,” Deal said. “Casey’s attorneys seem to be trying to turn the tables and show Zenaida as a bad person who didn’t exactly have a spotless reputation, even before Casey Anthony used the name Zenaida Gonzalez as the babysitter who kidnapped her daughter, Caylee.”

Gonzalez has said her life was devastated when she was linked to the toddler’s disappearance. In July, Anthony was acquitted of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

In footage from the deposition, Gonzalez said, “This is going to follow me for the rest of my life.”

On Central Florida News 13, Jacqueline Fell said that Gonzalez in the deposition was “calm, agitated, angry at times and even emotional. She broke down when she said she wanted her name cleared for the sake of her daughters.”

Fell also explained how the opposing attorneys saw the marathon deposition. “Her attorneys said it was absurd and just an attempt to wear her down,” Fell said. “But Casey Anthony’s civil attorneys said it shows Gonzalez’s deception.”

News 13 aired footage of Gonzalez explaining that she left a cleaning job because she didn’t want to cause problems. “I didn’t say I was fired,” she said.

WFTV’s Deal said that Anthony’s attorneys focused on Anthony’s claim that the babysitter’s name was Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. “They asked why the lawsuit was originally filed under the name Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez when that is not her real name,” Deal said. “She said that her attorneys did that.”
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony studying Spanish online   Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:25 pm

Casey Anthony studying Spanish online

Updated: Monday, 28 Nov 2011, 5:54 AM EST
Published : Monday, 28 Nov 2011, 5:54 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (NewsCore) - Casey Anthony enrolled in online Spanish classes to fulfill a condition of her probation, TMZ reported Monday.

Anthony is required either to study or to work as part of her probation from a check fraud conviction unrelated to the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Sources said that Anthony enrolled in the course with a private online provider, not a traditional online college, to minimize security concerns.

She reportedly chose to study the language to improve her chances of securing a job in Florida at a later date.

Anthony was cleared of murdering Caylee in July but found guilty of four counts of lying to law enforcement officials.

She has been hidden from public view since her release from jail but must periodically report to the Florida Department of Corrections as another condition of the check fraud probation.

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PostSubject: Casey Anthony The Pros & Cons of Mexico   Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:03 am

Casey Anthony The Pros & Cons of Mexico

Now that Casey Anthony's learning Spanish ... she might have a better chance at a normal life if she relocates to a country where they didn't follow the trial -- if only she could figure out a way to not be so damn .... white?!?
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PostSubject: Bing Ranks Casey Anthony Top News Story of 2011   Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:25 pm

Bing Ranks Casey Anthony Top News Story of 2011

Updated: Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011, 11:04 AM EST
Published : Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011, 11:04 AM EST

(EndPlay Staff Reports) - 2011 was a big year for news. Between the royal wedding, notable deaths, occupy protests, world-wide earthquakes and unpredictable weather across the country, front pages and news aggregators certainly weren't grasping for content.

And as the year winds down to a close, these news sources are evaluating which of all these stories will be ones for the books and how 2011 will be remembered in history.

What was the biggest news story of 2011?

Data from search engine Bing suggests the Casey Anthony trial was the most-searched news story of the year. Osama bin Laden's death was ranked second; Hurricane Irene came in third; the Japan earthquake and following tsunami came in fourth; and Amy Winehouse's death was the fifth most-searched news story of the year.

Most of the top stories of the year played to our emotions.

In the case of Casey Anthony's trial, a young Florida mother was charged with, and then acquitted of, her toddler daughter's murder. Many people cared about the victim in this case, and even today there are unanswered questions about what really happened.

Osama bin Laden's death likely connected with news consumers emotionally because in many ways, he personified terrorism and his death was as symbolic as it was political.

Hurricane Irene was a huge threat to some of the most populous areas of the world, and the fact that the storm fizzled out almost played into its sensationalism.

Despite the Bing search analyses, some people don't quite agree with these findings – particularly with Casey Anthony's top billing.

Dave Sigler, a photojournalist from Inverness, Fla., was surprised by the interest seen in the trial because Anthony came off as unemotional during the trial. He thought Conrad Murray's trial regarding Michael Jackson's death would have ranked higher than Anthony's. Murray's trial ranked No. 7 on the Bing list.

Laura Wonsik, a mental health professional from Oxford, Ohio, was equally as surprised with the search engine's list. "I was not part of that Bing experience," she said. "I had no interest."

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