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PostSubject: George & His Lady Fair   Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:04 pm

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PostSubject: Casey Letter: He Wasn't Caylee's Father   Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:02 pm

Casey Letter: He Wasn't Caylee's Father


Evidence Released In Anthony Case




POSTED: 12:17 pm EST December 17, 2010
UPDATED: 12:57 pm EST December 17, 2010





WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Handwritten letters were made public Friday in the Casey Anthony case. In one of the letters written to another inmate, Anthony said a former boyfriend told her he was not her daughter’s father.

Anthony, accused of killing her daughter, Caylee, wrote to inmate Robyn Adams that a man named Jesse took a paternity test and showed her that he was not the baby’s father.
“According to the paper he brought to my house in Sept. ’05,” she wrote, “Jesse wasn’t the father. Joy to the world.”
DOC: Read Letter
Anthony then wrote that her attorney, Jose Baez, asked the man to give a DNA sample for a second paternity test, but the man refused.
Anthony wrote that she was relieved that the former boyfriend was not her daughter’s father because she was not fond of him or his family.
“I despise that loser and I pity him and his self-righteous 'Christian' family," Anthony wrote.
Caylee Anthony’s remains were found in a wooded area near the Anthony’s Orange County home in December 2008.

Casey Concerned About Mark On Her Body


In another letter released as evidence in Anthony case Friday, Anthony shows concern for a mark under her breast that she first spotted years ago. The letter, though, is incomplete.

“I’m going to share something with you that no one knows about except for my mom, and doctor,” Anthony wrote to Adams. “About 6 years ago, I noticed a small, dark purple spot under my left breast.”
DOC: Read Letter
Anthony said her mother, Cindy Anthony, who is a nurse, told her it was a “blood blister.” In the letter, Anthony said a doctor told her the same thing.


Years later, Anthony wrote, the mark doubled in size.
“After seeing another doctor, it’s no big deal,” she wrote.
Anthony continued to describe the spot, but the letter is cut off.
“I noticed that underneath the skin, under that spot, which is half the size of a chapstick cap (the very top of the cap), there’s a gumball-sized,” she wrote.
It is not clear why the rest of the letter is not included in the document release.

Casey Jokes About Notoriety


In other letters, Anthony wrote about her case receiving national attention and a photo of her being featured in People magazine.
IMAGES: Casey Then, Now | Casey Parties
INTERACTIVE: Case Against Casey In 2010

"Media = evil," Anthony wrote.
Anthony also joked about her appearance several times, writing that she tried to make herself look presentable before a court appearance.
"I have to look good for my audience," she wrote.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony Hearing Monday, December 20, 2010   Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:39 pm

Friday, December 17, 2010


Casey Anthony Hearing Monday, December 20, 1:30 PM


Ann Finnell will be arguing her motion to seal the mitigation witness list. Rachel Fugate, representing the Orlando Sentinel has written her response to the motion. It is an awesome read and one of the most detailed Fugate has written. It will be interesting to see these two attorneys face off before Judge Perry. Yet another thanks to Muzikman!

In the meantime, I've been reading the defense's mistitled Response To State's Motion For Clarification Of Expert Witnesses and the attached Exhibits.

Most informative is the "report" aka "affidavit" filed by the defense expert, Jane Bock (pp. 5 and 6).

As for the material in the response itself, it's quite sparse on specific information. If Judge Perry considers that what Baez has written is the sum and substance of their testimony, it will be interesting to watch them in action in the trial!

See you at the hearing Monday!
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PostSubject: Krystal Holloway video discussing GA's confession to her   Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:45 am

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/caylee-anthony/os-casey-anthony-evidence-20101217,0,5879866.story

Krystal Holloway discusses George Anthony's confession to her
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PostSubject: Is Jose Baez a Liar?   Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:07 pm

Is Jose Baez a Liar?



15 Dec
To determine if Jose Baez, defense attorney for alleged murderess Casey Anthony, is a liar, this article will examine three statements made by Jose Baez during a five month period about the same issue.
The issue is the payment by the taxpayers of Florida for the transportation of two DNA experts from Holland, Dr. Richard Eikelenboom and Dr. Selma Eikelenboom. Specifically, should the taxpayers of Florida be forced to pay for the plane tickets to bring these two defense experts from Europe to the United States?
On July 14, 2010, Kathi Belich asked Mr. Baez this question. Ms. Belich’s question and the response of Mr. Baez may be viewed at the end of the video at the following link.
http://www.wftv.com/video/24257896/index.html
Kathi Belich: “Are you going to ask taxpayers to pay for their transportation?”
Jose Baez: “You and your taxpayer nonsense. You should… you should be… you would be amazed. Actually, their not… the taxpayers aren’t paying for their Holland trip.”
Mr. Baez begins his response by ridiculing Ms. Belich. He refers to her question about the burden to taxpayers as “nonsense” even though a large part of his job as the privately retained defense attorney for an indigent client is requesting reimbursement for the costs of the defense from the JAC. Are his requests for payments “nonsense”?
Mr. Baez stumbles in his response and seems about to tell Ms. Belich what he would like her to do, but stops himself and changes the subject back to the taxpayers.
“the taxpayers aren’t paying for their Holland trip” – Technically, a true statement as at the moment of the question, the taxpayers were not “paying for their Holland trip”. Is this the same as saying the taxpayers would not be “paying for their Holland trip” or Mr. Baez would not request taxpayers to pay “for their Holland trip”? No, he makes no such statement. Does he imply the taxpayers will not and he will not ask them to do so? Perhaps.
However, despite anything he may have implied when replying to Ms. Belich, Mr. Baez filed a motion requesting payment for travel expenses on November 29, 2010. The motion may be found at the following link.
http://www.ninthcircuit.org/news/High-Profile-Cases/Anthony/Downloads/Motion%20to%20Approve%20Prior%20Travel%20of%20Out%20of%20State%20Experts.pdf
“5. On July 13th and 14th, 2010, approved Defense out-of-state experts, Dr. Henry Lee, Dr. Richard Eikelenboom, Dr. Selma Eikelenboom, Dr. Timothy Huntington, and Dr. Nicholas Petraco all arrived to Orlando, Florida to examine forensic evidence at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.”
“Dr. Richard Eikelenboom, Dr. Selma Eikelenboom” – The two Dutch experts appear in his motion requesting funds from the JAC for “travel”. But for what exactly is Mr. Baez requesting payment? Is he asking for plane fare for these two or only hotel expenses? We do not know and neither does Judge Perry.
Judge Perry was not able to rule on the motion during a hearing on December 14th, 2010, because Mr. Baez failed to provide any billing records with his motion, apparently in the hopes the judge would grant blanket approval for all travel expenses. Details of the hearing may be found in the article at the following link.
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2010-12-14/news/os-casey-anthony-tuesday-hearing-20101214_1_casey-anthony-defense-richard-eikelenboom-defense-team
Jose Baez: “No one is staying at the Ritz or booking first class.”
“booking first class” – This phrase refers to plane tickets.
Is Mr. Baez requesting the taxpayers pay for the plane fare of the two experts from Holland? We do not know, Judge Perry does not know, and if Mr. Baez had it his way, neither we nor the judge would ever know.
Why did Mr. Baez file his motion for payment without supporting documentation detailing the transportation and lodging expenses? Did he do so purposely to suppress the knowledge from the public? Did he hope to sneak some invoices in which the judge may not have approved had he seen them? Does he hope to avoid revisiting this issue with Kathi Belich?
We have learned Mr. Baez was evasive in his reply to Ms. Belich and did not really state if he would or would not request payment from Florida, even though he implied he would not.
We have learned we will need to wait until Mr. Baez is able to pull his act together and submit the proper paperwork before we will know if he is attempting to force the taxpayers of Florida to pick up the fare for two trans-Atlantic plane flights.
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PostSubject: New Casey Anthony evidence: George Anthony 'snapped,' attacked his daughter, friend says   Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:22 am

New Casey Anthony evidence: George Anthony 'snapped,' attacked his daughter, friend says
Woman claiming to be George Anthony's friend said he attacked Casey Anthony. He denies the allegation


By Bianca Prieto, Orlando Sentinel


6:25 p.m. EST, December 17, 2010



Casey Anthony's father "snapped" and "threw her up against the wall" when the mother of slain toddler Caylee Marie Anthony wouldn't tell him what happened to the 2-year-old, a friend told authorities.

That's a new detail gleaned from evidence in the state's case against Anthony released Friday.

Included in the evidence was a video interview Orange County investigators had with a woman who claimed George Anthony confided in her about his granddaughter's death.

During the Feb. 26 interview with detectives, Krystal Holloway said George Anthony told her that Caylee's death was "an accident that snowballed out of control."

No details were included about the circumstances of the accident.

Holloway, who also goes by the name River Cruz, claimed George Anthony attacked Casey Anthony during one of the times she was home from jail.

She said George Anthony questioned Casey Anthony about what happened to the dead toddler. When Casey Anthony would not answer him, he grabbed her around her neck and told her to get out of his house.

"He grabbed her and choked her like this and threw her up against the wall," Holloway told investigators. "He just said that he snapped and he grabbed her around her throat."

Cindy Anthony had to intervene and get George Anthony off of their daughter, reports show.

An attorney who represents George and Cindy Anthony refuted Holloway's claims.

"My clients don't want to detract from the case with this nonsense," lawyer Mark Lippman said. "George certainly denies all of these allegations."

Holloway also told detectives she gave George Anthony several thousand dollars to help him save his home. At one point, George Anthony asked her for $20,000, Holloway said. She didn't give him that much.

She became friends with George Anthony during the summer 2008 after she volunteered with Kid Finders, an organization that helped the Anthony family look for Caylee before her remains were discovered in December 2008.

In her interview with detectives, Holloway said she and George Anthony gradually started hanging out more and more often. Holloway told detectives the two were more than friends but never had sexual relations.

The evidence also included letters from Casey Anthony to a woman she befriended in jail about paternity tests that were taken to determine the identity of Caylee's father.

The letter says at least one person – one of Casey Anthony's former boyfriends, Jesse Grund – was ruled out as the father.

Casey doesn't name the father, or any other potential fathers, in the letter addressed to then-Orange County Jail inmate Robyn Adams.

The release is yet another step for the defense and prosecution they gear up for the start of next year's trial against the Orange County woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2008.

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in Caylee Marie's death.

She remains held without bail at the Orange County Jail.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony defense bills the state $55,000   Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:30 am

Casey Anthony defense bills the state $55,000



By Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel
6:19 p.m. EST, December 16, 2010

Newly released records show the Casey Anthony defense team has billed the state more than $55,000 since she was declared indigent earlier this year.


The numbers released today by the Justice Administrative Commission come soon after Chief Circuit Judge Belvin Perry approved additional state funding for the defense this week.
The new JAC numbers show the defense has billed $55,200.62. The Commission has paid out $32,668.64. The unpaid billings amount to $22,531.98.
The bulk of the payments and billings go toward investigative work, according to the itemized expenditures. An investigator for the Casey Anthony defense, for instance, has billed $24,873.13 and was paid $21,418.13. Another $8,600 for expert witnesses has been billed but not paid yet, according to the JAC numbers.
Earlier this week, Judge Perry allowed Anthony's defense team to bill the state additional hours for an investigator working, but he warned the defense to make sure it bills appropriately.

Perry said he had reviewed some of the billings submitted to the JAC and found that certain items submitted for investigative work might not be covered because "some of those things can be done by a paralegal or a secretary."
Defense attorney Jose Baez had originally asked for many hours for investigative work. On Tuesday he said the additional hours are needed because the prosecution continues to provide discovery information and documents. Baez told Perry the defense still needs to interview about 110 witnesses. That work falls to the investigator.
"We have to do our due diligence," Baez said. "The state has listed every one as a Category A witness."
Anthony, 24, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie. The state will seek the death penalty at trial, which is scheduled in May.
Before being declared indigent in March and having the state pick up many costs associated with the defense, Anthony had private funding totaling about $275,000.
The $55,200 in billings in the recent accounting shows the costs of the defense increasing during a relatively short period. By late October, the defense had billed the state $38,672 and the JAC had paid out $18,405.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony Due In Court For Hearing   Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:09 am

Casey Anthony Due In Court For Hearing


Anthony Charged With Murder In Death Of Daughter

POSTED: Monday, December 20, 2010
UPDATED: 9:25 am EST December 20, 2010


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Anthony, who is charged with murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee, is scheduled to appear at a court hearing Monday.
Anthony, 24, remains jailed on first-degree murder charges in the death of Caylee, whose body was found in December 2008. Caylee was 2 years old when she was reported missing in July 2008, about a month after she was last seen alive.
Anthony's defense team Monday will make its case to seal some documents, specifically the list of witnesses the defense plans to use in the death-penalty phase of the case, which would only take place if she's found guilty of murder.
The hearing, which will be streamed live on ClickOrlando.com, is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
Anthony has pleaded not guilty. Her trial is set for May.
Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.
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PostSubject: Hearing Today In Case Against Casey Anthony   Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:16 am

Hearing Today In Case Against Casey Anthony


Posted: 7:01 am EST December 20, 2010



ORLANDO, Fla. -- The case against Casey Anthony heads back to court Monday.

At 1:30pm, Judge Belvin Perry is scheduled to hear a motion about the death penalty filed by Casey’s defense team. Her lawyers want the witness list in the death penalty phase of the trial to be sealed.

Casey will be in court for Monday’s hearing.

Count on WFTV to bring you complete coverage starting on Eyewitness News at 5:00pm.

You can watch the hearing live at WFTV.com.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony hearing today to focus on request to seal names of witnesses   Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:23 am

Casey Anthony hearing today to focus on request to seal names of witnesses


Casey Anthony's defense team has argued that it wants to protect witnesses from media attention

Compiled by Orlando Sentinel


8:04 a.m. EST, December 20, 2010



The state and defense will return to an Orange County courtroom this afternoon for hearing in the case against Casey Anthony.

Today's hearing involves a request from Anthony's defense team to seal the names of witnesses in the event she is convicted of murder and her case goes to the penalty phase.
The penalty phase in Florida is when people who are convicted of first-degree murder are either sentenced to life in prison or death row.
The Orlando Sentinel opposes the request.
The defense has argued that it wants to protect these witnesses from media attention.

Anthony is accused of killing her daughter, Caylee Marie, in 2008.
The little girl's remains were found in a vacant lot a short walk from the Anthony family home in east Orange County.
Anthony is being held at the Orange County Jail without bail. Her trial is set to begin in May.
The state is seeking the death penalty. Today's hearing starts at 1:30 p.m.
This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony case: Hearing today on penalty phase   Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:39 am

Caylee Anthony case: Hearing today on penalty phase

Posted on December 20, 2010 by Valhall

At 1:30 pm ET a hearing will take place in the murder case against Casey Anthony. The defense has filed a motion requesting that their penalty phase witness list be sealed for the time being. Judge Perry will be hearing that motion today.
For those interesting in discussing the hearing over our Ventrilo server, it will be made available. If you have not installed your Ventrilo server and would like to, please read the instructions on the thread How to set up your Ventrilo client. Remember to keep your mics clearing during the trial and discuss what is going on in the text chat. Mics can then open up for discussion after the hearing is over.
As always, please help keep those who are unable to watch or listen to the hearing live up to date by adding your comments on this discussion thread. We will also be having a Hinky member in the court room today. KathyNY will be there and we look forward to reading her first-hand account later in the day on this thread.
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PostSubject: Hearing Held In Casey Anthony Case   Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:02 pm

Hearing Held In Casey Anthony Case


Witness Information At Issue In Monday Hearing




POSTED: 7:18 am EST December 20, 2010
UPDATED: 1:58 pm EST December 20, 2010





ORLANDO, Fla. -- Attorneys returned to the Orange County Courthouse on Monday for a hearing in the Casey Anthony case.


Anthony's defense team argued a privacy motion in front of Judge Belvin Perry. The defense team said they want to keep penalty phase witness information out of the public eye.
Earlier this month, the defense gave the state hundreds of pages of documents about the witnesses they plan to call during Anthony's trial.
IMAGES: Casey Then, Now | Case Against Casey In 2010
Defense attorneys for Anthony said they do not want the information given to the media because they are afraid their witnesses will be harassed.
Anthony is accused of killing her daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony, and is currently held at the Orange County Jail.
Perry withheld a ruling on the motion.
On Friday, prosecutors released hundreds of pages of evidence in the case, including video and audio files that could be used at trial.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony In Court For Afternoon Hearing   Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:05 pm

Casey Anthony In Court For Afternoon Hearing


Posted: 7:01 am EST December 20, 2010
Updated: 1:58 pm EST December 20, 2010




ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Anthony was in court Monday afternoon where her lawyers will fight to keep the witness list in the death penalty phase of the trial from being made public.





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Casey walked in about 10 minutes before the 1:30pm scheduled hearing wearing a long-sleeve, button-down white collar shirt with blue pinstripes. A camera inside the courtroom showed her mother, Cindy, was in attendance.

After about 45 minutes of each side stating their case, including an attorney with the Orlando Sentinel, Judge Belvin Perry said he was reserving ruling for a later time.

The defense previously failed to get Judge Perry to seal its death penalty witness list by order, so Monday Casey's lawyers tried to make convincing arguments to keep that list secret from the public.

The defense says some of Casey's relatives in Ohio and others, who have known her and her family since she was a child, don't want to help her stay off death row if she's convicted of murdering her daughter, Caylee Anthony, because they don't want to be contacted or covered by the media.

The defense says it has 50 witnesses who it plans to call on her behalf if she's convicted. Prosecutors have the list and will get the chance to depose the witnesses. But the defense wants to keep them and the information they would provide secret from the public, unless it becomes necessary if Casey's found guilty.

Prosecutors have listed what the law calls "aggravators," or legal reasons why Casey should be sentenced to death if she's convicted of murdering Caylee. The defense would argue what the law calls "mitigators," or legal reasons why she should not be sentenced to death, and would call its witnesses to underscore those arguments.

Mitigating circumstances could include: no significant criminal history, age, mental or emotional disturbance, extreme duress, or any other factors in the defendant's background that would mitigate against a death sentence.

Judge Perry did not say when he would rule on the defense's motion to keep the list secret. Casey waved to her mom when she entered and exited the courtroom.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony team argues to seal names of witnesses   Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:08 pm

Casey Anthony team argues to seal names of witnesses


Judge Belvin Perry just heard arguments for and against sealing the penalty phase witnesses and said he would reserve ruling on the matter.

Compiled by Orlando Sentinel


1:55 p.m. EST, December 20, 2010


Judge Belvin Perry just heard arguments for and against sealing the penalty phase witnesses in the Casey Anthony case and said he would reserve ruling on the matter.
The state and defense returned an Orange County courtroom this afternoon for a hearing in the case against Casey Anthony.
Today's hearing involved a request from Anthony's defense team to seal the names of witnesses in the event she is convicted of murder and her case goes to the penalty phase.
The penalty phase in Florida is when people who are convicted of first-degree murder are either sentenced to life in prison or death row.
The Orlando Sentinel opposes the request in the defense motion.


The defense has said witnesses already have been "subject to harassment" making some "reluctant to come forward with information." The defense has argued that it wants to protect these witnesses from media attention. It has also expressed concerns about Casey Anthony's ability to get a fair trial with all the publicity surrounding the case.
But the Sentinel through its attorney Rachel Fugate filed a motion to intervene in the case, opposing the defense team's efforts to seal its "penalty phase" witnesses.
Fugate said the defense team "seeks an extreme remedy of closing court and public records."
"Such a drastic remedy can only be ordered when there is a manifestly overwhelming threat to the defendant's right to receive a fair trial," Fugate argued. "And even then, alternatives must be considered and restrictions must be narrow. Because the defendant's motion does not even come close to meeting these high standards, it should be denied."
Anthony is accused of killing her daughter, Caylee Marie, in 2008.
The little girl's remains were found in a vacant, wooded area a short walk from the Anthony family home in east Orange County.
Anthony is being held at the Orange County Jail without bail. Her trial is set to begin in May.
The state is seeking the death penalty. This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.
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PostSubject: Statement Analysis The River Cruz Interview   Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:33 pm

Monday, December 20, 2010


Statement Analysis The River Cruz Interview



Note the uplifted chin.

Previously, statement analysis of River Cruz showed that she was telling the truth about her interaction with George Anthony, though sensitivity is noted on a particular question regarding the nature of the affair. River Cruz gives us more insight into the persona of George Anthony by her responses to police questions.

The same analysis showed that her sister was deceptive, in particular, in her denial of contacting media outlets seeking money
.

http://www.wftv.com/video/26174673/index.html is the audio.

Dr. Lillian Glass concluded that River was, for the most part, telling the truth.

Below are statements made by River Cruz, who's real name is Krystal Hollaway, followed by Statement Analysis and commentary.

In a recent interview on The Levi Page Show, River spoke without indicators of deception; employed 'straight' language (first person singular, absence of qualifiers, etc). She revealed that she bounced from foster home to foster home growing up, and then, after being dumped by George, had reached a point of despairing of life; feeling accused by the public. George Anthony could have ended the accusations of "liar" by contacting media, something he had done many times over. He did not 'man up' and end her suffering. He used her and was done with her by Cindy's memorial.

Here are some of the segments from her police interview worth noting:

River stated that George never searched for Caylee. She said that Cindy thought he was out job searching but he was actually at her apartment. Regarding their relationship, she said,
"

it just grew; I cared for him a great deal, I felt bad for him. I don't know how it started."

Note the past tense of "cared" for him.

"We would sit and talk for hours and I would feel bad and he would tell me about the baby how he would sing and talk..."

Note the inclusion of "sit" and talk. Whenever "sit, sat, sitting, stood, standing, etc" enter a statement, take note of an increase in tension. Here, we note "sit" as an increase of tension. What would cause tension, since it would appear that they talked "for hours"? Recall that these are answers given to police, as River is recalling her conversations with George. We have noted the tension but the context has not revealed what would be tense.

then we would meet up, at his house, but I wouldn't talk in his house. he felt his house was bugged.

George told her, "I don't trust the cops, I will be outside" indicating that he thought the house was bugged, she said. This from the man who liked to play the dumb loser ruled over by his wife; a victim of vicious media intrusion: Media which, River told police, he contacted regularly, and manipulated for his own personal gain.

She claimed that he came to her home several times, and when asked, provided answers that police would find easy to prove or disprove, stating that she filled out a guest pass in George's name, and told police that video would show him coming and going.

This would explain the vague denials made by Brad Conway (see statement analysis of Conway's statements).


"He came to my house several times."

It is interesting to note that in prior analysis, River Cruz' sister was seen as deceptive, in particular, about her presence during George's visits. When asked, River denied that her sister was there when George was there.

I had to leave a pass for him to get through, or let him behind me when I drove through.

Note the first person singular and the economy of words. The is an absence of tension, qualifiers, or needless words.

She was asked what content "we would find interesting" by one of the investigators...which is not a good question to ask, as they should have concentrated on getting her to freely speak, but instead he introduced the word (and concept) of "interesting". But River Cruz then answered with significant information:

"He stood in my garage and I know Zaniada doesn't exist He would say that I have perfect teeth and that I have curly hair and have it straightened and Zainda had the tattoo down her arm and he basically read me like a book I would go there with my hair straightened and "You're a perfect 10 and have beautiful teeth" he told me. I knew he was talking about me.

Note: "stood" indicates tension. As River recalled the conversation with George, she portrays it with a tension indicator. Remember she did not need to tell them whether or not he stood or sat, but what he said. But for the subject (River) the word "stood" is important and what follows indicates the tension. River was upset and struggled to find the words to say but revealed that:

1. She knew that Zanny the Nanny did not exist
2. That George lied to police, search volunteers and the media
3. That George used her as the basis of his lie.

In Statement Analysis, we cringe when TV commentators dismiss someone's words because they are lying. We know that lies, even outright fabrications, do not come from a vacuum, but from the memory bank and the words chosen must be carefully viewed; as they will have lots of credible information within them.

George gave a description of a non-existing person:

A perfect 10.
Perfect teeth.
Hair that was straightened.
A tattoo down her arm.

River claimed that George made the following comments to River as he seduced her for both sex and money:

That River was a perfect 10 in his opinion;
that River had perfect teeth,
that River straightened her sometimes curly hair
and that River had a tattoo down her arm.

George lied when he said "this description came from my daughter".

Note that Casey learned her lies somewhere.

George looked at his girlfriend, and gave police descriptions of her as if he was describing the kidnapper.


River said, "He said "I could pass for Zanaida".

"all things he referred to me. He told me I was a 10. "

George used particular descriptions of "Zanaida". Statement Analysis says LISTEN to the liar because the words chosen do not come from a vacuum, they come from somewhere. For George Anthony, he knew that there was no Zanny so he fabricated and used descriptions of River Cruz to lie for Casey.


Police: Did you and George become romantically involved?

River: Dno, we didn't, no, its okay, no.

Note the deception found in the pronoun, "we". If there is no union between them, the word "we" would not have been used. This is the first indicator that she may not be telling the truth.

Next:

Note the inclusion of sensitivity attached to the answer "no" beyond the pronoun "we", which we would not expect here.

"no" is a strong denial, immediately contradicted by "we", but then learn the principle of denials:

Each word beyond "no" weakens the denial by River. We have "no" repeated 3 times. Repetition shows sensitivity. Here, one may conclude that the repetition is due fear of not being believed, which is possible, but when we combine the use of the pronoun
we" (which shows cooperation and union) along with the additional words and the repetition, we are able to conclude that River was not being truthful.

We concluded when the story first broke that River was lying to cover for George. River has since admitted that the relationship was sexual. She was in love with George Anthony, who used her for his own sexual gratification and for money.

Two elements that are powerfully present in this murder case
.

She then said after this sensitive denial: I don't want to lie to you.

This is something a person bothered in conscience by a lie will say. Note that "I don't" is present tense. The lie was done presently during the interview and she immediately feels badly about it.

She then gave more information about their relationship which also belies a casual, non-sexual relationship, but rather reveals deep feelings of betrayal by George:


He hurt me. It was bad. I was going through so much and I told him that I knew what it felt like to want to commit suicide. I wanted to. The way he treated me. He said that he would call me after the memorial. I waited 3 days and he never called me back. And I would cry. My sister went behind my back and text him. She couldn't take it. He never responded.

George's suicide attempt was viewed by many as a publicity stunt to not only gain sympathy, but to open the doors for more interviews and more money. This interview now released will strengthen the position of those who felt that George's attempt was a fake.

Police: How much money did you give him?

About $4,000

She was then asked what was the most at a single time:

$1200

This would explain the need for estimates as it appears she gave him money often. What did she think he needed money for?

He told me he couldn't find work. Understandably so he was in the spotlight of the media. He didn't have any funds to eat. He told me.

George knew what to say to elicit response from River.

She went on:

Cindy thinks I'm this place but I'm not. Cindy thought he was looking for work but he was with me.

He told me that Cindy thought he was out looking for work
.

She then went on to reveal just how money orientated he was, and how he demanded that Cindy get money upfront before agreeing to interviews, and how hot tempered he was about it. This is a thief and a liar obsessed with money.

"I told you to get the ****ing money first" she heard George scream at Cindy.

He would call the media and they would come.

She said that she heard George calling Channel 4, and that he would call all the news people. She was concerned, thinking that as media trucks pulled up, it was going to mean a bad time for the Anthonys.

When I saw them pull up, he said,
"it's okay, I called them". It was like a stunt. It was not about the kid it was about the publicity.


She acknowledged that he was a fraud, a sexual user, and a thief. While he cried on cue (she described his ability to turn on tears "on a dime") he did so to manipulate her, as well as media.

When people view George and Cindy Anthony, they cannot help but feel perplexed that "loving and caring" grandparents didn't check once on the alleged nanny who had 2 years of overnights with their granddaughter, but then read about them taking money from volunteers, all the while knowing that Caylee wasn't missing, and see just how Casey turned out: she was raised by George and Cindy to care for no one, to steal, to lie, and to manipulate.


River could have sold her story to the press, just as Cindy did but she didn't and said,

I was always loyal . I would never talk.

Later, she said that George praised her for not talking. She bought into his praise.

Police: Did he ever tell you what happened to the child?
Yeah. (crying)

Now the sensitivity indicator of tension is explained. This is why they "sat" in her apartment, or "stood" in the garage. The conversation itself reveals the nature of the tension:

He said that it wsa an accident that went wrong. And it just snowballed and he said you know how you tell a small lie and he just tried to cover it up and it got really big and it just went out of control.

Note that an "accident" is one thing, but an "accident that went wrong" is different. By nature, an "accident" is something that goes wrong.

This may indicate that Casey told her parents that she had used something to cause Caylee to sleep while she was busy partying and that she "accidentally" gave her too much. This would be something (giving a child something to sleep) what is "wrong" and the "accident" would be the overdose. (we then have to deal with Casey's journal and web searches on chloroform with regards to premeditation).

George knew on the day he picked up the car that Caylee was dead by the hand of Casey. Shortly later, he knew where the body was.

Yet, he and Cindy went on a campaign for "missing" child and solicited money from an unsuspecting public.

They should receive long prison terms for fleecing the public in this scam.



Police: Did he explain it?

River: "No. He was sitting on the couch in my house and I was sitting on the floor. And I understood because I have done many things in my life that I am ashamed of but I never thought this would escalate into something this big."

Note the tension as she recalls what he said, but with words describing the setting. "sitting" repeated twice shows how high the tension of the conversation was. Also within this statement, she reveals in her love for him, she wanted to believe his lie. George knew how to play her, in everything from calling her a "10" right down to scamming her out of more than $4,000.

She quoted George as saying:

I really believe that it was an accident and it went wrong and she tried to cover it up.

George, Cindy, and Lee all entered into conspiracy to cover it up and all should be charged.

"it was an accident and it went wrong."


He doesn't want to have to lose 2.

George about Casey:

I already lost one girl I don't want to have to lose another

It is not surprising that George would call Casey a "girl" given that even when visiting her in jail, he commented that she needed to be careful not to gain weight. How utterly disgusting and inappropriate and confirming of his own sexual behavior.


he was sitting on the couch and I was sitting on the floor and he said I've always respected you because you never asked whether my daughter did it or not.

Well, played, by George Anthony, into keeping River silent. He exploited her weaknesses, including her own tender conscience. He manipulated her, just as he did media, calling media with the left hand, while the right hand was writing a speech on how intrusive media was in his life.

From the first moments, this family has been deceptive:

Washing the car and clothes in attempt to hide or destroy evidence;
lying to police, the FBI and media
Scamming the public to search for a child never missing;
Scamming DNA in order to blame Jesse Grund, the only decent person to enter their lives
Scamming NBC into playing the "grieving" grandparents
Lying under oath,
Watching River attempt suicide, but remaining silent when just a call to media could have helped alleviate her suffering.

Has America ever seen such a despicable family?

River also revealed on air that George throttled Casey by the throat when she was home on bail. (Was this before or after Lee "high fived" his murderous sister? This was after Lee advertised for a personal assistant, college educated, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for no pay)

This family is violent, deceptive, sexually immoral, and are thieves.

Caylee never had a chance.

Let us hope that 2011 not only brings justice to Casey, but to the rest of them.


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PostSubject: Big Moments from 2010 in the case against Casey Anthony   Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:33 am

http://www.wesh.com/slideshow/caseyanthony/26143981/detail.html


A look at some of the big & memorable moments from 2010 in the case

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PostSubject: JUDGE HOLDS OFF ON RULING ON CASEY WITNESS LIST   Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:35 am

JUDGE HOLDS OFF ON RULING ON CASEY WITNESS LIST

Casey Anthony was in court Monday afternoon where her lawyers fought to keep the witness list in the death penalty phase of the trial from being made public.

Casey walked in about 10 minutes before the 1:30pm scheduled hearing wearing a long-sleeve, button-down white collar shirt with blue pinstripes. A camera inside the courtroom showed her mother, Cindy, was in attendance.

Casey was writing notes to defense attorney Jose Baez. He looked at the courtroom camera, then jumped up and objected because it seemed to be focused on her notes.

"I would ask that the court instruct the photographer in the room not to photograph my client as she's passing notes," Baez said.

After Judge Belvin Perry instructed Baez on the proper way to handle his objection, he overruled and everyone went on, including Casey who continued writing him notes.

After about 15 minutes of each side stating their case, including an attorney with the Orlando Sentinel, Judge Belvin Perry said he was reserving ruling for a later time.

The defense previously failed to get Judge Perry to seal its death penalty witness list by order, so Monday Casey's lawyers tried to make convincing arguments to keep that list secret from the public.

The defense says some of Casey's relatives in Ohio and others, who have known her and her family since she was a child, don't want to help her stay off death row if she's convicted of murdering her daughter, Caylee Anthony, because they don't want to be contacted or covered by the media.

"We're worried that death penalty witnesses will be reluctant to come forward once it's time," defense attorney Ann Finnell argued Monday.

The defense says it has 50 witnesses who it plans to call on her behalf if she's convicted. Prosecutors have the list and will get the chance to depose the witnesses. But the defense wants to keep them and the information they would provide secret from the public, unless it becomes necessary if Casey's found guilty.

Prosecutors have listed what the law calls "aggravators," or legal reasons why Casey should be sentenced to death if she's convicted of murdering Caylee. The defense would argue what the law calls "mitigators," or legal reasons why she should not be sentenced to death, and would call its witnesses to underscore those arguments.

Mitigating circumstances could include: no significant criminal history, age, mental or emotional disturbance, extreme duress, or any other factors in the defendant's background that would mitigate against a death sentence.


Judge Perry did not say when he would rule on the defense's motion to keep the list secret. Casey waved to her mom when she entered and exited the courtroom.


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PostSubject: Casey's Defense May Lose Key Expert Witness   Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:38 am

Casey's Defense May Lose Key Expert Witness


Posted: 4:35 pm EST December 20, 2010
Updated: 6:00 pm EST December 20, 2010



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Casey Anthony's defense team could be losing one of its biggest expert witnesses, whose testimony might have been able to free her, and it's all because of money problems in the case.




VIDEO REPORT: Defense May Lose Witness
CASEY HEARING: Watch Full Video
CASEY WALKS IN: Watch Raw Video | See Images
IN COURT: Images Of Attorneys, Cindy, Others




Dr. Henry Lee is a forensic scientist who helped get O.J. Simpson acquitted. The defense team hoped he would do the same for Casey, but the state has not paid Lee to travel from Connecticut to Florida for the trial.

Prosecutors can't even get Dr. Lee to commit to a deposition, which would have to be done before he would testify at Casey's murder trial in May.

The defense team's most high-profile expert, Dr. Henry Lee, might be the next to go because of money issues. The defense claimed Dr. Lee helped investigators find hairs in Casey's car, and if Lee drops out of the case so could the defense claim that investigators weren't thorough enough.

"They may lose a very powerful tool to raise reasonable doubt in their case," WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said.

During a hearing Monday (watch hearing) , Chief Judge Belvin Perry questioned whether Lee, who is on the defense expert list at this point, is still a witness.

"Maybe Dr. Lee is not planning on testifying. There was some suggestion in his email that he might not, depending on the resolution of this issue," Judge Perry said.

Defense attorney Cheney Mason had said in court earlier this year that Lee would be willing to work for a crate of oranges. However, Lee has billed the state $7,500 for three days of work last summer and was looking to get reimbursed for his travel expenses, as well.

Dr. Lee is from Connecticut, but once Casey's defense team spent almost $200,000 on the case and she became indigent, the state has been paying her legal expenses. One of the state's rules is indigent clients must use Florida experts to minimize travel expenses.
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PostSubject: Casey Back In Court: Judge Reserves Ruling   Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:25 am

Casey Back In Court: Judge Reserves Ruling



This was a short hearing concerning the defense's desire to keep the mitigation witness list under seal until there is a necessity to use is (read: if Casey is found guilty). Attorney Ann Finnell quickly argued her motion to the court. Her main points were that:

The Florida Sunshine laws gives court right to seal documents when there is a compelling need to do so.

The amount of publicity already generated by this case has denied Casey a trial by her peers in Orange County. The jurors will come from another county. (It sounded to me as though a change of venue was a type of denial of rights.)

These witnesses are for the penalty phase only. There are unique issues which are not relevant to guilt / not guilty part of trial.

Releasing the list would cause undue pre-penalty phase publicity which could in turn taint the jury pool during the innocence/guilt phase.

Any potential penalty phase witnesses who know their names will be publicized may refuse to participate in the penalty phase should the need arise. They would be fearful for themselves and their families.

She then returned to the fact that it is the burden of the court to minimize pretrial publicity is on the shoulders of the judge. (And not the publicity hungry attorneys and family of the accused?)
A prejudice has to be shown. It is the defense's burden to prove. Pre-trial publicity isn't enough. Others have been denied.

Orlando Sentinel attorney Rachel Fugate then spoke to her motion. She indicated that a prejudice has to be shown and that it is the defense's burden to prove. Pre-trial publicity isn't enough to seal the list. She also pointed out that other such motions in this case have been denied.

At this point, Jose Baez made his move. He stood up and objected that the cameras should not photograph Casey passing notes to him! Judge Perry slammed him down by pointing out he did not have the floor! Ann Finnell quickly objected and the judge overruled the objection. Back to business!

(This is the Belvin Perry I saw in a recent trial on InSesssion. He caught the legal no-no and quickly dealt with it. I fear his patience with Mr. Baez is wearing thin at this point. Jose needs to go back and read the book on court etiquette over the break in court activities over the holidays.)

Back to Ms. Fugate who rapidly composed herself and continued her argument to the Court.

She argued to the judge that the release of the witness list is of such a nature that it will jeopardize fair trial rights. In addition, it wouldn't taint jury from another county.

She also objected to the "blanket" request. Many of the people on the list have already been publicly identified with the case. The release of their names wouldn't hinder them from coming forward.

Ms. Fugate also stated that if there were individual witnesses who had specific problems being publicly named, the judge could review the issue in camera.

Ms. Finnell then made a few comments. She indicated that some of the witnesses have said they don't want to come forward because they are fearful for themselves and their family. She also said that Ms. Fugate hasn't made a good legal case.

As Ann Finnell was making her last statements, Casey stared steadily at her as she kept saying such phrases as "death penalty" and "penalty phase".

Judge Perry stated he was going to reserve his ruling. Let's hope we get an order sometime later in the week.

With the motion heard, Judge Perry announced that the January 10 hearing will have to be changed to January 14 as he will be out of town.

With the usual, "anything else?", Baez mentioned something about a sidebar ruling that was sealed and the three attorneys present (Ashton, Baez, Finnell) went to the bench for a brief conference.

Judge Perry then brought up the Roy Kronk motion again. Baez indicated that he had up until December 31st to decide. The judge gave him a look and pointed out in very vivid language that hadn't planned to be in court this week and he WOULD NOT be in court next week at all! The end result is that if Baez wants this motion heard, it would seem to be December 23, probably at 5 PM. That was Baez' second "reality check" of the day.

Jeff Ashton had a few issues, but indicated he'd be more than willing to meet at 5 PM to take care of them. He did mention that Dr. Henry Lee, the defense trace evidence expert refuses to be deposed by the State until he gets his money from the JAC. Judge Perry mentioned that he thought Lee might not testify at the trial. All Baez could say was that he would take care of it! (Like he takes care of everything else?) It would seem that Dr. Lee, who, according to a statement way back when said he was working pro-bono, is holding his participation in the case hostage for his money, not a crate of oranges as mentioned at the original JAC hearing by Cheney Mason.

With that, the hearing was over and the courtroom quickly cleared.

If, indeed, this is the last hearing of the year, let's hope 2011 moves along smoothly with "Perry's Rules" going into full play.

Watch the hearing HERE.
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PostSubject: Casey Anthony Loses Dr. Henry Lee?   Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:28 am

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Casey Anthony Loses Dr.Henry Lee?




Note the words of the defense attorney who acknowleges the conclusion of the matter: there will be a time when the death penalty phase is upon us. (see below)

Kathi Belich has long been a thorn in the side of Cheney Mason from the beginning. Mason's own words have often come back to haunt him. This is an issue for the prideful who often make swooping statements, truthful or not, and are used to being believed and getting their way. WFTV (article below) brought up Cheney Mason's words as another reminder.

Mason bragged that he and Casey would walk arm-in-arm in freedom. This is on video. It is one thing to boast to media, but another thing to boast in court.

Note what Mason told Judge Perry regarding Dr. Henry Lee below.




ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Casey Anthony's defense team could be losing one of its biggest expert witnesses, whose testimony might have been able to free her, and it's all because of money problems in the case.


Dr. Henry Lee is a forensic scientist who helped get O.J. Simpson acquitted. The defense team hoped he would do the same for Casey, but the state has not paid Lee to travel from Connecticut to Florida for the trial.

Prosecutors can't even get Dr. Lee to commit to a deposition, which would have to be done before he would testify at Casey's murder trial in May.

The defense team's most high-profile expert, Dr. Henry Lee, might be the next to go because of money issues. The defense claimed Dr. Lee helped investigators find hairs in Casey's car, and if Lee drops out of the case so could the defense claim that investigators weren't thorough enough.

"They may lose a very powerful tool to raise reasonable doubt in their case," WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said.

What is it that would be powerful? What could possibly help Casey Anthony?
During a hearing Monday (watch hearing) , Chief Judge Belvin Perry questioned whether Lee, who is on the defense expert list at this point, is still a witness.

"Maybe Dr. Lee is not planning on testifying. There was some suggestion in his email that he might not, depending on the resolution of this issue," Judge Perry said.

Note Judge Perry's use of Statement Analysis. We don't have the email but the judge understood that Lee was likely intimating or making a pitch for money. Perry has a strong intellect.

Defense attorney Cheney Mason had said in court earlier this year that Lee would be willing to work for a crate of oranges. However, Lee has billed the state $7,500 for three days of work last summer and was looking to get reimbursed for his travel expenses, as well.

The "good ole boy" persona has not only jumped the shark, it has come back to bite him. By claiming that Dr. Henry Lee was willing to work for oranges, Mason attempted to portray Lee as ethical, and above the mercenery spirit that accompanies his profession. Dr. Lee, however, may feel differently. He likely took a look at the initial $200,000 that came in to the defense, and like Linda Kenny-Baden and the other gold diggers, he played the "I'm in it for justice" card; but when Baez went through it so quickly that he didn't have the $300 photocopy money, he left. Let us hope that he didn't take evidence with him.

The hypocrisy of those who rushed to the cameras for the fame and fortune they hoped for has come full circle. As quickly as they showed up, once the money was gone, so they disappeared, and have moved on to greener pastures.

I don't doubt that although the love of money is the principle driving factor for them all, working with Baez likely contributed to their departures.

Seated in a self proclaimed "dream team" only to be humiliated each time Judge Perry publicly corrects Baez was likely more than they could bear.

Note that none of them were able to muzzle the Anthonys, which also has been an ongoing issue.

The media coverage has almost dried up, therefore, there is no longer a motivation to be part of the team.

"Lightfingered Lee" wants his payday.


Dr. Lee is from Connecticut, but once Casey's defense team spent almost $200,000 on the case and she became indigent, the state has been paying her legal expenses. One of the state's rules is indigent clients must use Florida experts to minimize travel expenses.

Next: note that Baez does not want the public to know who will testify in the penalty phase on behalf of Casey. Why would he want this sealed?
Casey Anthony was in court Monday afternoon where her lawyers fought to keep the witness list in the death penalty phase of the trial from being made public.

Casey walked in about 10 minutes before the 1:30pm scheduled hearing wearing a long-sleeve, button-down white collar shirt with blue pinstripes. A camera inside the courtroom showed her mother, Cindy, was in attendance.

Casey was writing notes to defense attorney Jose Baez. He looked at the courtroom camera, then jumped up and objected because it seemed to be focused on her notes.

"I would ask that the court instruct the photographer in the room not to photograph my client as she's passing notes," Baez said.

Note that Baez uses future tense; showing his own weak commitment and insecurity.

After Judge Belvin Perry instructed Baez on the proper way to handle his objection, he overruled and everyone went on, including Casey who continued writing him notes.

This is the ongoing humiliation that experienced lawyers experience, as they sit next to Baez. The body language of the attorneys next to Baez will be priceless to analyze each time Baez speaks. After about 15 minutes of each side stating their case, including an attorney with the Orlando Sentinel, Judge Belvin Perry said he was reserving ruling for a later time.

The defense previously failed to get Judge Perry to seal its death penalty witness list by order, so Monday Casey's lawyers tried to make convincing arguments to keep that list secret from the public.

The defense says some of Casey's relatives in Ohio and others, who have known her and her family since she was a child, don't want to help her stay off death row if she's convicted of murdering her daughter, Caylee Anthony, because they don't want to be contacted or covered by the media.

"We're worried that death penalty witnesses will be reluctant to come forward once it's time," defense attorney Ann Finnell argued Monday.

Note the pronoun: "it's" indicating the time when the death penalty phase comes. Note the difference between Finnell and Mason. Mason said he and Casey would walk arm in arm in freedom together, but Finnell presupposed the guilty verdict and her pronoun usage indicates the expected conviction and subsequent penalty phase of the trial; her specialty.


Note also the word "worried" is stronger than "concerned".

Note the argument's basis: Even though this is a matter of life and death, Casey's relatives may not utter a few words in her defense simply because the public will know their names.

Could she not think of another excuse?

Could it be that the family members who have known Casey since childhood are reluctant to speak because they've known Casey since childhood?

Could it be that some of the names on the list weren't even asked if they wished to be on the list?

Could it be that those wish to speak on Casey's behalf who have known her since childhood, don't exist?

It would not be the first non-exsisting person in this case.


The defense says it has 50 witnesses who it plans to call on her behalf if she's convicted. Prosecutors have the list and will get the chance to depose the witnesses. But the defense wants to keep them and the information they would provide secret from the public, unless it becomes necessary if Casey's found guilty.

Prosecutors have listed what the law calls "aggravators," or legal reasons why Casey should be sentenced to death if she's convicted of murdering Caylee. The defense would argue what the law calls "mitigators," or legal reasons why she should not be sentenced to death, and would call its witnesses to underscore those arguments.

Mitigating circumstances could include: no significant criminal history, age, mental or emotional disturbance, extreme duress, or any other factors in the defendant's background that would mitigate against a death sentence.

At this point, the prosecution can submit Cindy Anthony's statements to the FBI about Casey being a wonderful mother, teriffic friend, a financial planner, therapist, event planner, photographer, Sunday School teacher, and having no mental health issues.
Judge Perry did not say when he would rule on the defense's motion to keep the list secret. Casey waved to her mom when she entered and exited the courtroom.

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PostSubject: Casey Anthony May Lose Expert Witness   Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:32 am

Casey Anthony May Loss Expert Witness Posted: 4:35 pm EST December 20, 2010
Updated: 6:00 pm EST December 20, 2010



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Casey Anthony's defense team could be losing one of its biggest expert witnesses, whose testimony might have been able to free her, and it's all because of money problems in the case.




VIDEO REPORT: Defense May Lose Witness
CASEY HEARING: Watch Full Video
CASEY WALKS IN: Watch Raw Video | See Images
IN COURT: Images Of Attorneys, Cindy, Others




Dr. Henry Lee is a forensic scientist who helped get O.J. Simpson acquitted. The defense team hoped he would do the same for Casey, but the state has not paid Lee to travel from Connecticut to Florida for the trial.

Prosecutors can't even get Dr. Lee to commit to a deposition, which would have to be done before he would testify at Casey's murder trial in May.

The defense team's most high-profile expert, Dr. Henry Lee, might be the next to go because of money issues. The defense claimed Dr. Lee helped investigators find hairs in Casey's car, and if Lee drops out of the case so could the defense claim that investigators weren't thorough enough.

"They may lose a very powerful tool to raise reasonable doubt in their case," WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said.

During a hearing Monday (watch hearing) , Chief Judge Belvin Perry questioned whether Lee, who is on the defense expert list at this point, is still a witness.

"Maybe Dr. Lee is not planning on testifying. There was some suggestion in his email that he might not, depending on the resolution of this issue," Judge Perry said.

Defense attorney Cheney Mason had said in court earlier this year that Lee would be willing to work for a crate of oranges. However, Lee has billed the state $7,500 for three days of work last summer and was looking to get reimbursed for his travel expenses, as well.

Dr. Lee is from Connecticut, but once Casey's defense team spent almost $200,000 on the case and she became indigent, the state has been paying her legal expenses. One of the state's rules is indigent clients must use Florida experts to minimize travel expenses.
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PostSubject: Anthony Defense to Call McGruff the Crime Dog as Expert Witness   Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:48 pm

Anthony Defense to Call McGruff the Crime Dog as Expert Witness



Posted by eggtreenews in Casey Anthony Trial. Tagged: Parody News, Casey Anthony, Caylee Anthony, jose baez, eggtreenews.
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In a move of astonishing stupidity, judicial embarassment Jose Baez announced recently that the legendary McGruff the Crime Dog will be called as the defense’s “surprise” expert witness at trial. McGruff, a cartoon detective canine best known for his public service announcements in the 1980′s advising everyone to “take a bite out of crime,” is reportedly the defense’s last hope for an aquittal. According to Baez’s new and improved witness list (written in crayon on the back of a Dunkin Donuts napkin amid charming doodles of shamrocks and hearts), the bulk of McGruff’s testimony will focus on refuting the canine alerts to decomp in the Anthony backyard and car trunk.
“For seriously, Your Judge, with over 30 years of experience taking a bite out of crime, McGruff totally qualifies 2 B R expert once the trial starts,” reads the amended motion. “He’s a public edjucator, and has even worked alongside the world reknowed Inspector Gadget. The comunity is down with him, and he looks official with his trenchcoat n sunglasses. Give him a shot, bro….”
When asked by bewildered reporters how in the world he came to be hooked up with McGruff, a reclusive cartoon character who has virtually been in hiding the last 30 years, Baez explained that the crimefighter is also the ex-boyfriend of his beloved obese pug, Casey Marie. “They had a thing goin on a few years back,” said the dough-headed oaf. ” Let’s just say she’s calling in a favor.”
While McGruff’s addition to the witness list may have prosecutors biting their nails and wringing their hands, its Baez’s BACKUP plan that has them wearing Depends Undergarments 24/7. If McGruff is not approved as an expert, the defense intends to call several stars from ‘Pound Puppies’ to the stand, to testify that prosecutor Ashton has used his telepathic “puppy power” for evil, and has brainwashed the police dogs into alerting false positives as part of a diabolical plot to frame Casey.
“Ashton sees this coming,” says a source, “He’s sh*tting bricks as we speak.”
Stay tuned to Egg Tree News for developments in this breaking story.
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PostSubject: Caylee Anthony case: Hair today, gone tomorrow   Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:59 pm

Caylee Anthony case: Hair today, gone tomorrow

Posted on December 21, 2010 by JWG

About the only surprise to come out of yesterday’s hearing in the Casey Anthony case was that Dr. Henry “Will Work for Food” Lee may not end up participating in Casey’s defense after all. Despite Cheney Mason’s bombastic pronouncement earlier in the year that Dr. Lee would accept a “crate of oranges” as payment for his services, it turns out that Dr. Lee would rather be compensated with US currency. Last summer Dr. Lee spent three days in Florida doing work for the defense and, since his client is indigent, he billed the state $7500 for those services. (According to the USDA, a 4 lb bag of organic navel oranges runs about $4.82 today, so we have to assume that Dr. Lee will not accept 3 1/4 tons of organic navels as payment.)
The Orlando media (well, WFTV) made a big deal about Dr. Lee’s potential defection from Team Casey. They opened their news segment with the words “Dr. Lee’s testimony might have been able to let Casey go free.” WFTV’s legal analyst Bill Sheaffer opined “they may lose a very powerful tool to raise reasonable doubt in their case.”
Why all the fuss over Dr. Lee, you ask? It’s pretty simple: the defense claims Dr. Lee helped investigators find hairs in Casey’s car. 17 of them, at last count. The fact that a defense investigator found so many hairs in a vehicle already processed by OCSO points to sloppy investigative work, so the theory goes.
The perceived value of this angle by the defense should not be underestimated. Remember the March 12, 2009 hearing on the defense’s motion for sanctions against the prosecution for allegedly not turning over key items of discovery? Jose Baez called CSI Bloise to the stand and began jumping all over him because Lee found the hairs after Bloise processed the vehicle. Baez was shut down pretty rapidly by Judge Strickland because they were not, after all, trying the case at that time. But by then Baez had already had his foot ankle deep into his mouth. Not only was Baez’s questioning irrelevant with respect to the motion, but it tipped a key defense card to the prosecution. Oops.
What I found interesting by the whole exchange, however, was Mr. Bloise’s perplexed look when Baez was asking him about all those hairs. He clearly had a “WTF are you talking about” expression and reaction. Perhaps Dr. Lee did not find a treasure trove of evidence after all?
The collection of evidence is an iterative process, done at the direction of the lead investigator as the case develops. What may not be important one day may be critical on a later day as leads are followed and evidence accumulates. The collection of evidence is also time-consuming. It must be photographed and then collected. Notes are taken and later logged into a computer. Not everything is collected at once. Don’t forget too that most of the investigators are working multiple cases at the same time.
The Pontiac was obviously the first focus of the investigation back in 2008 because of the decomposition smell. According to the reports of CSIs Vincent and Bloise, the vehicle – particularly the trunk – was processed repeatedly and in a variety of ways from July 16 to August 5. This is when the hair with the “death banding” was found and when the first air samples were collected.
Other than a visual overview inspection, the trash bag found in the trunk was not examined until August 8. Why wait so long, you ask? Think about this from the standpoint of the detective. You smell what you instinctively know to be human decomposition in the trunk, but not in the bag. Your overview inspection of the bag reveals nothing that would be the source of that smell. So you put the bag aside for later examination and focus on the trunk first.
The first two examinations of the bag were actually prompted by the air sample examination done by Oak Ridge. On August 8 the bag was examined for cleaning products and the information sent back to Oak Ridge. On August 25 the bag was reinspected for any signs of pizza or meat or any other food matter that could possibly contribute to the air signature found by Oak Ridge (none was found). During that time, mention was made to Oak Ridge of the maggots and pupae found in the trash bag. Dr. Vass at Oak Ridge contacted his entomologist buddy Dr. Haskell about that, and Dr. Haskell said they might be coffin flies – send them to him and he’ll see. That was done in early September.
When Dr. Haskell reported back that they did appear to be coffin flies, the trash bag rose in importance. More specifically, paper towels and/or napkins to which the pupae were attached rose in importance. Those items were removed from the bag and shipped to Dr. Haskell. Before shipping those items, however, two hairs found on the paper towels were recovered by CSI Vincent. After Dr. Haskell received the paper towels and processed them, he found additional hairs and botanical items, which he shipped back to OCSO. The hair found by Vincent and Haskell was later examined by the FBI and did not have any “death banding”.
By the time Dr. Lee waltzed into the forensics garage in mid-November, OCSO had thoroughly processed the trunk liner and spare tire cover as well as the paper towels / napkins found in the trash bag. Those were items that were suspected to have come in direct contact with Caylee’s body or fluids. The remaining items in the trash bag were unlikely to have come into contact with Caylee’s body, so therefore OCSO had not placed a high priority on inspecting those items for trace evidence.
So what did Dr. Lee end up finding? I can start by stating what he did not find: hair on the trunk liner, spare tire cover, or paper towels / napkins. He did manage to find a single hair somewhere in the trunk that had been stripped bare of the liner and spare tire cover, but it is not known whose hair that was – all we do know is that the FBI later examined it and it did not have the death banding.
Dr. Lee, on a roll, asked to inspect the garbage bag – the low-priority item yet to be thoroughly inspected by OCSO. Working together with CSI Bloise, they found three hairs in the bag. Not surprising in the context of the investigation, but puffed up with self-satisfaction Dr. Lee decided to call it a day and left with Baez, who wore his best “I’ve got you now” smirk as they walked from the garage.
CSI Bloise must have thought that Lee’s inspection of the bag fell a bit short of thorough, because in his report he stated that he went back to inspect the bag further, and found an additional 13 hairs not seen by Dr. Lee. Of course, all 17 hairs (the one found by Dr. Lee and the 16 found by CSI Bloise with 3 assists from Lee) were sent to the FBI, and none were found to have death banding. We don’t know whose heads they belonged to, but given the bag came from an apartment with college students it could have been any number of people.
So much for Dr. Lee schooling OCSO. Maybe that is why Cheney suggested Dr. Lee be paid in oranges?
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PostSubject: George Anthony Responds To Allegations   Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:34 pm

George Anthony Responds To Allegations


Statement Comes After Friday's Release Of Documents


POSTED: 3:12 pm EST December 21, 2010
UPDATED: 3:32 pm EST December 21, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The father of Casey Anthony has responded to allegations made in a release of documents on Friday.


In the documents, a woman known as both River Cruz and Krystal Holloway said she became a close confidante of George Anthony.
The documents indicated that Cruz told investigators that George Anthony told her he believed Casey Anthony killed his granddaughter, Caylee Anthony.
A statement released by George Anthony's attorneys said, "At no time did George Anthony become 'more than friends' with Holloway/Cruz."
The statement also said, "At no time did George Anthony grab Casey Anthony around the neck or throw her against a wall," and, "At no time did George Anthony confide any of his opinions or thoughts to Holloway/Cruz regarding this case."

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PostSubject: Defense wants Casey Anthony's sexual history excluded from trial   Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:38 pm

Defense wants Casey Anthony's sexual history excluded from trial


Attorneys file series of motions to block testimony

By Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel
6:45 p.m. EST, December 21, 2010



Casey Anthony defense attorneys filed a series of motions late today designed to keep statements and evidence they claim may prejudice their client out of the upcoming first-degree murder trial.

Among the statements they want blocked from entering the trial: Casey Anthony's sexual relations with Anthony Lazzaro and Anthony Rusciano.
One motion filed today complains about detectives who interviewed Rusciano "regarding his alleged sexual relationship" with Casey Anthony.
Defense attorneys Cheney Mason and Jose Baez call the questioning improper and "not relevant or material to any issue in this case." It goes on to say the questions and responses are "scandalous and incompetent and should not be allowed in any aspects of this case."

The defense particularly takes issue with detective Yuri Melich asking, "How was she when she had sex? Was she one of those people that would be real clingy, or was it just matter of factly (sic), or was it just okay, we're done, I'm going home?"
The defense motion states "any prior sexual relationship between Mr. Rusciano and Ms. Anthony is irrelevant to the charges in the present case."
The motion regarding Lazzaro includes similar language and arguments. Including testimony about their sexual relationship "would create a danger of unfair prejudice" and failing to exclude it "would seriously and irreparably undermine Ms. Anthony's right to a fair trial."
Casey Anthony, 24, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old Caylee Marie. Her trial is scheduled to begin in May. The child's remains were found in a heavily wooded area not far from the Anthony home in east Orange in December 2008.
The defense team filed six motions late today, seeking to block certain testimony from several witnesses, including her father.
The defense wants to block statements from George Anthony, asserting that Casey Anthony has "a history of lying and/or has a history of stealing."
Again, the defense argues such statements are not relevant and would unfairly prejudice their client.
"Ms. Anthony has been charged with capital first degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer," the motion states. "Evidence that there was a history of lying or stealing does not tend to prove any element of the offenses for which she is charged and, thus, is inadmissible as irrelevant."
The defense also wants the court to prohibit the prosecution from introducing a "table knife" found in Casey Anthony's case and testimony related to the knife.
"There is no witness, scientific, or forensic, evidence to link this table knife to any issue in this case," that motion states.
Yet another motion seeks to block the testimony of neighbor Brian Burner, regarding Casey Anthony's borrowing a shovel.
"The shovel has not been linked by witness or any forensic evidence whatsoever to any aspect of this case and, accordingly, is irrelevant and immaterial," the defense motion argues.
Burner told a detective in mid-July 2008 that during the week of June 16, 2008, Casey Anthony asked for a shovel to "dig up…um…a bamboo root that she's been tripping over…and I agree. I said, 'Yeah I have a shovel that you can use.'"
The defense motion states, "Evidence that Ms. Anthony borrowed a shovel from her neighbor does not tend to prove any element of the offenses for which she is charged and, thus, is inadmissible as irrelevant."
Finally, in a sixth motion, the defense wants to prohibit testimony from Texas EquuSearch President Tim Miller and his "opinion" to a detective and others that Casey Anthony on certain occasions was "about to mark on a map where the body was."
Anthony's attorneys say discovery provided by the prosecution indicated their client was questioned at home about Caylee Marie and shown a map. "She was asked to mark where [the] body would be found," the motion says. "She did not respond."
Any reference to the map and the request must be excluded from the trial to protect her right to a fair trial, the defense argues.
For each of the motions filed today, the defense is asking for a response from the state and hearing on the issues. The defense said it also reserves the right to renew the motions at trial.

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