Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Legal Pub Cautions Not to Rush To Judgment Concerning Casey Anthony Update 7-5-11 Verdict! Not Guilty of Murder...






Two year-old Caylee Marie Anthony (pictured in the photograph to the left courtesy of ABC) has been missing for a month. Was she murdered? Legal Pub has delayed covering this story and cautions others not to rush to judgment. While Caylee's mom, Casey Anthony may face charges of lying to investigators, she may be trying to protect someone or perhaps she is in a state of denial as a result of psychological trauma. Furthermore, there is the possibility that she is innocent. Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland set bond for Casey at $500,000. The bond seems extreme and appears to be a reaction to cadaver dogs indicating the probable presence of human decomposition in Anthony's yard and car. (Legal Pub again cautions that such evidence is not always right and even if it turns out to be true, that does not mean Casey murdered her daughter. The child could have died as a result of an accident. Another possibility is that Casey is covering for someone else) Judge Strictland recently stated that, "...the truth and Ms. Anthony are strangers." Even if true, that does not mean Casey murdered her daughter.

What are the charges against Casey? To date, Casey is only charged with child neglect, making false official statements and obstructing a criminal investigation. While it sounds bad for Casey, not all the facts are known and Caylee's grandmother apparently still has hope that her grand daughter will turn up alive.

So why is Casey a person of interest? First, apparently she did not report the girl missing until last week. Second, deputies allegedly smelled decomposition in her trunk. Third, a cadaver-trained German Shepherd apparently detected the smell of human remains in her yard and in her trunk. Fourth, authorities claim there was a stain, dirt and possibly a piece of Caylee's hair in the trunk.

So what did Casey allegedly lie about? It is some times hard to know in these cases where the deception begins and ends. Casey's car was towed from a check-cashing business where it had been parked for days. Casey and Caylee lived with Caylee's grandparents. Apparently Casey and Caylee were away from the home for several days before Caylee was reported missing. Casey erroneously claimed to authorities that she worked at an amusement park. Further investigation leads authorities to believe that she was unemployed. Casey claims that the child had a babysitter. Authorities believe the alleged baby sitter is fictional.

Jose Baez is representing Casey. He requested $10,000 as a reasonable bond given Casey's family's financial situation. Technically, given the current charges, Baez appears to be correct. She is not a proven flight risk and she is not yet charged with a capital offense. More importantly, if Caylee is alive, she has a right to be able to help find her. And, if Casey is trying to protect someone else who was responsible for the crime, it gives Casey the opportunity to do the right thing and turn the person in to authorities.

Legal Eagles, keep watching this one. Something just doesn't seem right on this one. Jose, work hard and discover the truth. To date, the truth is unknown. For the rest of us, let's reserve judgment until all the evidence becomes known and give Casey the benefit of our Constitution and the presumption that she is innocent until otherwise proven guilty.
























Update 8-28-08: Casey is out of jail on $50,000 bond. A Tennessee lab has issued a preliminary report that the air samplings in Casey's trunk are consistent with human remains. The prosecution has apparently given Casey until Tuesday of next week to accept a plea agreement for limited immunity or to face additional charges. Keep in mind, Casey is presumed innocent until otherwise proven.




Update 9-12-08: Formal charges have been filed for theft, three counts of fraudulent use of personal identification, three counts of forgery of a check, and three counts of uttering a forged check. Charges arise from $300 in stolen checks from one of Anthony's friends, Amy Huizenga. According to Huizenga, Anthony stole and wrote three of her checks without her permission while Huizenga was in Puerto Rico.




Update 10-3-08: Police previously labeled Anthony -- who authorities said didn't report the 3-year-old child's disappearance until mid-July -- a "person of interest." Casey Anthony has now been officially named as a "suspect."




Update 10-14-08: A Florida grand jury issued a sealed murder indictment in the disappearance of Caylee. An attorney for Casey Anthony said she would turn herself in to authorities if charged.




Update 10-22-08: Attorney, Terence Lenamon, has joined the Casey defense team. You may recall that Terence represented Harrel Franklin Braddy. http://legalpublication.blogspot.com/2007/07/does-harrel-franklin-braddy-belong-with.html





Update 12-11-08: Despite numerous alleged sightings of Caylee, the news took a grim turn this morning. Around 9:30 a.m. a utility worker notified authorities that he believes that he discovered the body of a young child. CNN affiliate WFTV reported that the utility worker, a meter reader, picked up a bag at the site and a skull fell out. This is bad news for those of us who hope Caylee is still alive.





Update 12-22-08: The remains have been confirmed by DNA evidence to be Caylee. Duct tape with the skull had hair strands which may be used for analyzing what chemicals Caylee was exposed to. In the mean time, the defense team is questioning why the utility worker who reported a bag called three times and why the Sheriffs department did not do a better job following up on the lead.





Update 4-14-09: Florida state attorney's office announced it will seek the death penalty against Casey Anthony. She is charged with first-degree murder. Trial is set for October. The state previously indicated that it would not ask for the death penalty. There is a question whether Jose Baez can stay on the case because he is
not certified by the court to defend
capital punishment cases. Letter of intent (pdf) In the interim,
the defense is attempting to subpoena phone records from key witnesses in the case.





Update 4-12-10: As 24 year old Casey Anthony sits in jail awaiting trial for homicide, does her jail time conduct get her convicted or establish an insanity defense? Main stream media has reported that the prosecution has secured letters between Casey Anthony and Robyn Adams, another inmate, at a Florida jail which may harm Casey's chance of an acquittal. While the 258 pages of letters do not contain a confession, they do make Casey look bad. But could that be a good thing for the defense? Anthony wrote letters containing negative remarks about her family and about her former boyfriend, Jesse Grund. According to Casey, she was relieved when DNA tests proved he wasn't Caylee's father. MyFoxOrlando.com.





But how did this communication between inmates occur? Anthony is incarcerated at the Orange County Jail under a protective-custody status. This status prohibiting her from directly communicating with other inmates.
This would include a ban on all note passing. The assumption is that a county corrections officer may have helped the women communicate. Orange Circuit Judge Stan Strickland initially delayed publicizing the letters until Anthony's lawyers had time to read them.





In a surprising move, Anthony's lead defense attorney, Jose Baez, said he was not concerned with the letters. One has to wonder why? Do they support the contention that the death was an accidental overdose? If Caylee had used chemicals (possibly chloroform) to sedate Caylee in the past, then is it possible Anthony gave her too much this time? Since intent to kill is an element of the crime, this may set up the possibility of a conviction of a lesser crime than homicide. At this point, that might be considered a great victory for Ms. Anthony.





Update 5-11-10: More bad news for Anthony. Judge Belvin Perry Jr. has ruled that Casey Anthony will face the death penalty. The judge rejected defense arguments that capital punishment was sexist and unduly harsh. The judge also rejected defense arguments that prosecutors were seeking the death penalty in order to bankrupt Anthony's defense.





Update 3-9-11: This week Judge Perry entertained many pretrial motions which may impact the trial. One major issue is whether the prosecution may use Casey Anthony's statements. Casey Anthony's lawyer, Cheney Mason, wants to exclude statements Casey gave to police back in mid-July 2008. They also want to keep statements she gave her parents and brother while she was in jail out of evidence. Defense attorney Cheney Mason argues that the statements can't be used because Casey was never read her Miranda rights.





Apparently, Casey was handcuffed, placed in the back of a patrol vehicle and questioned by police while being driven around all without ever being told she had the right to be quiet and ask for a lawyer. If true, this may be a major mistake by the police. It is hard to argue that Casey was not "in custody" throughout this interview. "She was never informed that she had the right to leave or terminate questioning," argued Mason. Articulate prosecutor, Linda Drane Burdick, emphasized that law enforcement's initial involvement that night was "to help her and her family find her daughter. That's what they were there for. That's what they were doing there." She also argued that a "temporary detention" is "not an arrest."





Judge Perry has the rulings under advisement. The trial is expected to start in May of 2011.

Update 5-10-11: Prospective Casey Anthony jurors are being dismissed one by one inside the Pinellas County courthouse near Tampa, Fla. It may be days before jury selection can be finalized.
Update 5-11-11: Jury selection was again delayed after approximately 50 potential jurors were dismissed for talking about the case in the jury room. One of the potential jurors was apparently on the witness list. WFTV believes the witness was a St. Petersburg woman named Patricia Young. Young was apparently singled out by Judge Belvin Perry as both a witness and potential juror.
Update 5-19-11: After 10 days, 14 potential jurors have been selected. It is getting harder and harder to envision this young lady getting the fair, impartial trial guaranteed by the Constitution.
Update 5-25-11: Jose Baez drops a bombshell in opening statement. He claims Casey's father was watching the child when she accidentally drowned in the pool. He also said Casey is a liar because she was molested by her dad as a child. George, denies any such conduct!
Update 5-31-11: Cindy Anthony testified during the sixth day of testimony concerning the 911 call. Casey had just told her that her 2-year-old granddaughter, Caylee, had been missing for 31 days. There were lots of tears shed in the court room.
Update 6-13-11: Chief Medical Examiner for Orange/Osceola Counties, Dr. Jan Garavaglia, testified that Caylee's death was a homicide. She did not; however, testify as to what was the cause of death. CBS.
Update 6-24-11: Dr. Spitz Woerner, pathologist testified a few days ago that the autopsy was "shoddy" because they did not open the skull. Cindy Anthony testified yesterday that she did the computer searches on chloroform but not those involving snapping a neck.

Update 7-5-11:
Casey Anthony has been found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The jury declined to convict her of either first degree murder or manslaughter. Casey Anthony was found guilty of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. Attorney Jose Baez, held Casey Anthony's hand as she cried while the verdict was read. Casey's parents, Cindy and George Anthony, left the courtroom as Judge Belvin Perry read further instructions to the jury. Casey was fingerprinted in the courtroom for her conviction of providing false information to law enforcement. Casey will be sentenced on the guilty counts on Thursday morning. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton, entered the courtroom to roaring applause. He left hanging his head.

At the beginning, Legal Pub cautioned not to rush to judgment. The reason for the early warning was because cases must be decided on evidence, not sympathy, prejudice or innuendo. Jeff Ashton chose to prove that Casey Anthony was a liar and a party animal. He chose to make her look like a bad person. Well he proved his point by winning the battles. Unfortunately, he lost sight of what it takes to prove murder. In hindsight, many commentators will admit that he should never have tried to prove first degree murder. Most believe Caylee's death was an accident. Subsequent coverup, probably. Murder? Not likely.

Update 7-15-11: Casey Anthony will be released on Sunday. Her attorneys are appealing the four lieing to police convictions. In the mean time, a woman who looks like Casey Anthony was unfairly attacked. LINK. It is time for the foolishness to end. Let it go, the prosecutors failed to prove their case. It happens.

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe the little girl died in an accident, like being left in a hot car and the mom panicked?

Who is her boyfriend? Could she be protecting him or someone else?

I never thought she could be innocent, but you have made me stop and think. After all, what was her motive? Did she cash a check or take out a loan at that place? Did she sell her child because she needed money? So many unanswered questions?

Does she have a history of mental health problems?



Julian

Anonymous said...

It is so easy to jump to conclusions...

Secrets said...

This reminds me of Susan Smith.

If it smells like a rat and looks like a rat, it probably is a rat.

This chick lied her ass off, but everyone wants to give her the benefit of the doubt.

If Marion Jones has to do time for lying then so should Casey.

Ms Calabaza said...

something smells ... I agree with Secrets, she's gotta tell the truth or else ...

Anonymous said...

No doubt she fibbed! Fibbing may mean jail time. But fibbing does not mean she murdered the kid!

Anonymous said...

Caylee Marie Anthony's grandmother, Cindy Anthony, may believe that Caylee’s mother gave her to someone to watch for her and that this mystery person betrayed Casey’s trust.

Seems Grandma changed her story.

Anonymous said...

Look, I’m kind of close to this as the gaggle of helicopters flew over the courthouse as I left today, but…..A kid is missing, gone, vanished…and the mom is flat lying about it. What type of rational conclusions can be drawn in her favor under the given circumstances?

I’m all about the innocent thing, benefit of the doubt too, but once you lie, I’m over you.

She lied. Period. Consciousness of guilt in my book. An attempt to avoid the consequences.

And in order to be consequences, there must be wrong doing. That’s why she lied. And that’s why people place so much stock in that. It means she did wrong.

L.S.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for being fair!

Anonymous said...

Their has been an alleged siting of the little girl, I believe in Georgia. Now it may be a hoax or erroneous. But, it warrants investigation.

Anonymous said...

"There" "sighting"

Anonymous said...

I don't think the mom killed the kid. I got a strong feeling on this one!

Brooklyn said...

I watched this on the news and the mom was not even crying. And she even lied about where she worked.......interesting

Anonymous said...

I agree with Brooklyn, suspicious behavior!

Anonymous said...

I heard the tapes Casey is trying to prevent being released to the public (too late already on CNN). I really don't think it hurts or helps her defense.

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that Casey offered to reveal who has her daughter in exchange for certain conditions. Unfortunately the rumor is not verified. In the mean time, her brother appears to be working hard to try to find his niece.

Legal Pub said...

Update 8-28-08: Casey is out of jail on $50,000 bond. A Tennessee lab has issued a preliminary report that the air samplings in Casey's trunk are consistent with human remains. The prosecution has apparently given Casey until Tuesday of next week to accept a plea agreement for limited immunity or to face additional charges. Keep in mind, Casey is presumed innocent until otherwise proven.

Legal Pub said...

Update 9-12-08: Formal charges have been filed for theft, three counts of fraudulent use of personal identification, three counts of forgery of a check, and three counts of uttering a forged check. Charges arise from $300 in stolen checks from one of Anthony's friends, Amy Huizenga. According to Huizenga, Anthony stole and wrote three of her checks without her permission while Huizenga was in Puerto Rico.

Anonymous said...

Casey in and out of custody... it is like a revolving door!

Legal Pub said...

Update 10-3-08: Police previously labeled Anthony -- who authorities said didn't report the 3-year-old child's disappearance until mid-July -- a "person of interest." Casey Anthony has now been officially named as a "suspect."

A witness was on Nancy Grace who may have seen a car that looks like Casey's in a wooded area near the Orlando Airport. Searches for Caylee are being conducted today.

Legal Pub said...

Update 10-14-08: A Florida grand jury issued a sealed murder indictment in the disappearance of Caylee. An attorney for Casey Anthony said she would turn herself in to authorities if charged.

Anonymous said...

With out a body I would not ever convict her of murder. Don't tell me she is so smart she hid the body well, because that is b@llsh*t. Casey is not smart enough to talk her way out of a traffic ticket let alone plan a murder.

Legal Pub said...

Update 12-11-08: Despite numerous alleged sightings of Caylee, the news took a grim turn this morning. Around 9:30 a.m. a utility worker notified authorities that he believes that he discovered the body of a young child. CNN affiliate WFTV reported that the utility worker, a meter reader, picked up a bag at the site and a skull fell out. This is bad news for those of us who hope Caylee is still alive.

Legal Pub said...

Update 12-22-08: The remains have been confirmed by DNA evidence to be Caylee. Duct tape with the skull had hair strands which may be used for analizing what chemicals Caylee was exposed to. In the mean time, the defense team is questioning why the utility worker who reported a bag called three times and why the Sheriffs department did not do a better job following up on the lead.

snooper said...

I agree, Casey may have had help. Seems like someone may have moved the body while she was in jail.

Snooper

Anonymous said...

This should have been the story of the year!

David Spangenburg said...

It sure is quiet in here.
Where did everyone go??!!

Jimbo said...

David, Casey has opened her mouth so much, that no one knows what will come out next. Many behind the scenes feel Caylee's death was an accident. Casey's bizarre behavior may explain why there may have been a cover up of her death. Few feel she intentionally murdered her child.

But most of us are just keeping our mouth shut to see how it plays out.

Jimbo

David Spangenburg said...

I don’t know who you’ve been talking to but her innocence is completely in question.
Her shameful and frightening lack of concern for anything but herself throughout this episode paints her as a textbook sociopath with psychopathic tendencies. From the very beginning she never showed the least bit of anxiety or distress or even apprehension over her daughters disappearance.

During her court appearances since the discovery of the remains she has looked more concerned about her appearance than the fate of her daughter. Zero…zip…nada…no sadness over the death and dumping of her daughter. Just anger that her ‘liberty to party’ has been taken away.

As far as she’s concerned it’s still (as always) “me…me…me”. She deserves no comfort because she gave none. She deserves no mercy because she showed none. She deserves justice but her law whore “experts” will use their expertise to do everything they can to discredit the forensic sciences that they know will prove her guilt.

That’s how this will play out, like a train wreak. A “three ring circus” train wreak. Not able to present any innocence, and now that Baden’s involved, the defense will try for the “OJ” defense. They’ll attack the handling of evidence and keep punching away for a TKO (Technical Knock Out). Instead of seeking justice for all concerned they’ll be looking for the least little mistake to create a seed of doubt to save the day for their client.

Typical American Injustice. Frankly it disgusts me because with all of the notoriety and insanity we seemed to have forgotten the victim. Her two year old toddler daughter. Dead because she was cramping her mother’s partying ways.

Legal Eagle 3 said...

Hard to say what will happen at trial because no real evidence has been ruled on yet. The facts and evidence are not the same. We have a presumption of innocence with a burden of proof on the prosectution because it is better that 999 guilty people go free then one innocent person be convicted.


Legal Eagle 3

Legal Pub said...

Update 4-14-09: Florida state attorney's office announced it will seek the death penalty against Casey Anthony. She is charged with first-degree murder. Trial is set for October. The state previously indicated that it would not ask for the death penalty. There is a question whether Jose Baez can stay on the case because he is
not certified by the court to defend capital punishment cases. Letter of intent (pdf) In the interim, the defense is attempting to subpoena phone records from key witnesses in the case.

Legal Pub said...

Update 4-12-10: As 24 year old Casey Anthony sits in jail awaiting trial for homicide, does her jail time conduct get her convicted or establish an insanity defense? Main stream media has reported that the prosecution has secured letters between Casey Anthony and Robyn Adams, another inmate, at a Florida jail which may harm Casey's chance of an acquittal. While the 258 pages of letters do not contain a confession, they do make Casey look bad. But could that be a good thing for the defense? Anthony wrote letters containing negative remarks about her family and about her former boyfriend, Jesse Grund. According to Casey, she was relieved when DNA tests proved he wasn't Caylee's father. MyFoxOrlando.com.

But how did this communication between inmates occur? Anthony is incarcerated at the Orange County Jail under a protective-custody status. This status prohibiting her from directly communicating with other inmates.
This would include a ban on all note passing. The assumption is that a county corrections officer may have helped the women communicate. Orange Circuit Judge Stan Strickland initially delayed publicizing the letters until Anthony's lawyers had time to read them.

In a surprising move, Anthony's lead defense attorney, Jose Baez, said he was not concerned with the letters. One has to wonder why? Do they support the contention that the death was an accidental overdose? If Caylee had used chemicals (possibly chloroform) to sedate Caylee in the past, then is it possible Anthony gave her too much this time? Since intent to kill is an element of the crime, this may set up the possibility of a conviction of a lesser crime than homicide. At this point, that might be considered a great victory for Ms. Anthony.

Legal Pub said...

Update 3-9-11: This week Judge Perry entertained many pretrial motions which may impact the trial. One major issue is whether the prosecution may use Casey Anthony's statements. Casey Anthony's lawyer, Cheney Mason, wants to exclude statements Casey gave to police back in mid-July 2008. They also want to keep statements she gave her parents and brother while she was in jail out of evidence. Defense attorney Cheney Mason argues that the statements can't be used because Casey was never read her Miranda rights.

Apparently, Casey was handcuffed, placed in the back of a patrol vehicle and questioned by police while being driven around all without ever being told she had the right to be quiet and ask for a lawyer. If true, this may be a major mistake by the police. It is hard to argue that Casey was not "in custody" throughout this interview. "She was never informed that she had the right to leave or terminate questioning," argued Mason. Articulate prosecutor, Linda Drane Burdick, emphasized that law enforcement's initial involvement that night was "to help her and her family find her daughter. That's what they were there for. That's what they were doing there." She also argued that a "temporary detention" is "not an arrest."

Judge Perry has the rulings under advisement. The trial is expected to start in May of 2011.

Legal Pub said...

Update 5-11-11: Prospective Casey Anthony jurors are being dismissed one by one inside the Pinellas County courthouse near Tampa, Fla. It may be days before jury selection can be finalized

Legal Pub said...

Update 5-11-11: Jury selection was again delayed after approximately 50 potential jurors were dismissed for talking about the case in the jury room. One of the potential jurors was apparently on the witness list. WFTV believes the witness was a St. Petersburg woman named Patricia Young. Young was apparently singled out by Judge Belvin Perry as both a witness and potential juror.

Legal Pub said...

Now 16 potential jurors selected. Media coverage of Anthony’s trial is expected to outweigh that of O. J. Simpson's 1995 murder trial. Today the court is dealing with an outburst in the court by a middle aged lady.

Legal Pub said...

Update 5-25-11: Jose Baez drops a bombshell in opening statement. He claims Casey's father was watching the child when she accidentally drowned in the pool. He also said Casey is a liar because she was molested by her dad as a child. George, denies any such conduct!

Anonymous said...

Two witnesses rode in the back seat and did not smell a dead body.

Legal Pub said...

Update 6-13-11: Chief Medical Examiner for Orange/Osceola Counties, Dr. Jan Garavaglia, testified that Caylee's death was a homicide. She did not; however, testify as to what was the cause of death. CBS.

Legal Pub said...

Update 7-5-11: Casey Anthony has been found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The jury declined to convict her of either first degree murder or manslaughter. Casey Anthony was found guilty of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. Attorney Jose Baez, held Casey Anthony's hand as she cried while the verdict was read. Casey's parents, Cindy and George Anthony, left the courtroom as Judge Belvin Perry read further instructions to the jury. Casey was fingerprinted in the courtroom for her conviction of providing false information to law enforcement. Casey will be sentenced on the guilty counts on Thursday morning. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton, entered the courtroom to roaring applause. He left hanging his head.

At the beginning, Legal Pub cautioned not to rush to judgment. The reason for the early warning was because cases must be decided on evidence, not sympathy, prejudice or innuendo. Jeff Ashton chose to prove that Casey Anthony was a liar and a party animal. He chose to make her look like a bad person. Well he proved his point by winning the battles. Unfortunately, he lost sight of what it takes to prove murder. In hindsight, many commentators will admit that he should never have tried to prove first degree murder. Most believe Caylee's death was an accident. Subsequent coverup, probably. Murder? Not likely.

Legal Pub said...

Update 7-15-11: Casey Anthony will be released on Sunday. Her attorneys are appealing the four lieing to police convictions. In the mean time, a woman who looks like Casey Anthony was unfairly attacked. LINK. It is time for the foolishness to end. Let it go, the prosecutors failed to prove their case. It happens.

Secrets said...

I see that I commented on this article back in 2008. I'm guilty of a rush to judgement.

I watched the trial from beginning to end. I have to agree....the prosecution over charged and didnt prove their case.

If I was a juror I wouldnt have been able to charge her with murder either...based on the evidence.

Its going to be interesting to see how her life plays out.

Im not clear why she wont talk to her parents...considering her mother took the bullet for her regarding the computer searches.

Jose Baez is the second coming of Johnny Cochran.

Legal Eagle 7 said...

Secrets: totally agree with you and L.P. Prosecutor blew it. And by the way, the 84 searches turns out to be just one! That's per the guy who wrote the program!

Baiz= new johnny cochran... and JB is real young!