CASEY ANTHONY DEFENSE BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE

Defense Team Start to Build Foundation in “Today” Show Interviews
Anthony Defense has Several Huge Problems–Including their Client
Casey Anthony Branded as “Tot Mom” in Caylee Anthony Murder


1960’s TV show, The Fugitive, based on the 1950’s Sam Shepard Case and the “Bushy Haired Stranger”

The Casey Anthony trial has been set for October, and we thought we’d take a look at the “odds” of whether Casey has a shot at an acquittal or whether she’ll spend the rest of her life in prison. We looked at some of the evidence, the “hired gun” experts brought in by the defense, and her defense’s strategy, of the “bushy haired stranger”. Also, Casey Anthony, the defense’s “star witness”.

WHAT are the odds of an Anthony Acquittal?


Casey Anthony’s First Degree Capital murder trial was originally slated for January 5th of 2009, with the pretrial set for December 8, 2008, ironically, three days before little two-yr-old Caylee’s remains were discovered less than a 1/2 mile from the Anthony home in Orlando, Florida. A judge has now ruled Casey Anthony’s trial will begin October 12 and will last about a month.

Since a rather large majority of the public believes that Casey Anthony is guilty of the murder of her daughter, I thought it would be interesting to look at Casey’s defense and the odds of whether Casey might walk away with a “not guilty” verdict or acquittal.

The cause of Caylee’s death is still unknown but has been labeled a homicide. The state of Florida has indicted Casey with First Degree Murder (Capital) which means that, if convicted, Casey could face life imprisonment since the prosecution has opted to not include the death penalty.

The prosecution has been building its case based on circumstantial evidence which includes witness statements, forensic evidence, as well as statements made by Casey Anthony, such as the missing persons report she filed with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Orlando, Florida on July 15, 2008, and recorded statements during the same period.


Photo evidence found on Casey Anthony’s computer. Note: Someone had placed the image of a heart shaped sticker onto the photo prior to the police’s discovery.

The state of Florida has returned two indictments against Casey regarding the actual murder of Caylee, First Degree (Capital) Murder and Aggravated Manslaughter of a child. These are the charges which Casey Anthony’s defense team will attempt to persuade a jury of their client’s innocence in the murder of her daughter.

If convicted of First Degree Murder (Capital) charges, Casey Anthony could face life in prison. In a first degree capital murder case, the prosecution has to prove Casey Anthony deliberately premeditated to kill her daughter. If convicted of First Degree Felony Murder, where the prosecution does not have to prove premeditation, Casey could face a sentence not exceeding 30 years in prison. The charge of Aggravated Manslaughter of a child, a first degree felony, also carries a maximum sentence of up to 30 years.


The “famous” Dr. Henry Lee

The Defense

According to the Criminal Report Daily, Casey’s defense has secured the services of highly qualified experts, or “hired guns”, including the noted forensic scientist, Dr. Henry Lee.


Jose Baez and his infamous client, Casey Anthony

Casey’s lead attorney is Jose Baez, a former criminologist who has offices in Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida. Baez seems to be something of an enigma. I was unable to find much in the way of Baez’s “resume” in defending clients charged with first degree capital murder. According to WESH.com, Baez has been “associated with some high profile cases”. Just what were these cases and what were their outcomes?

There were only three: In April of 2008, Baez defended Nilton Diaz, accused of murdering a “popular boxer’s granddaughter”. Diaz was found guilty of manslaughter and child abuse. Ironically, Diaz’s victim was a two-year-old girl who was found unconscious and later died from a skull fracture. When Casey Anthony’s daughter Caylee went missing in June of 2008, she was two-years-old. Diaz was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The second “high profile case” of Baez’s, Kissimmee Mayor George Gant, in 2007. Gant was accused of sexual “touching” during gynecological exams. After the prosecution’s star witness refused to testify, Gant was cleared of all charges. And the third “high profile” case of Baez’s career?

In 2006, Baez “took on a client” named Elvira Garcia after Garcia was accused of kidnapping her roommate’s 6-week-old baby. The infant was found safe while Garcia claimed the baby was hers. Yet the police determined it was “domestic dispute”. The case never went to trial.

In short, Baez has no prior experience in first degree capital murder cases but he has bolstered his defense team with high profile experts or “hired guns”. What is not known is whether Baez can effectively “direct” his defense team troops in what will be a “sensational” trial or whether Baez has the ability to “lead” his client’s case.

What’s also interesting to note is the high price tag that comes with the addition of “hired gun” experts, which begs this question: just who is paying for Casey Anthony’s defense? Neither Casey Anthony, nor her parents have that kind of capital. According to wftv.com, Baez has refused to reveal how he will be “funded” for Casey Anthony’s defense, whose price tag could eventually be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, has repeatedly avoided all questions about who is paying for his services, but sources told Eyewitness News the State Attorney’s Office received at least one complaint, a complaint that Baez may have made a contingent deal with entertainment interests that means he gets paid based on the outcome of the case, which is banned by the Florida Bar.

Eyewitness News does know the defense has already received around $200,000, but the terms were unclear.”
wftv.com

Other “hired guns” on the Anthony defense team: High profile Miami attorney, Terrence Lemmon, who defended Harrel Franklin Braddy, the “Miami Strangler”, and Wadada Delhall. Both defendants were sentenced to death.

Former public defender, Jose Luis Garcia, who has experience in family and criminal law. Another addition, Linda Kenney Baden, an attorney, and “hired gun” who specializes in forensic evidence. Other “hired guns”, Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, a consultant in forensic biology, serology, and DNA analysis. Dr. Kathy Reichs, a forensic anthropologist. Dr. Timothy Huntington, Assistant Professor of Biology at Concordia University in Nebraska, and a consultant to defense teams in forensic entomology or “insects”. Dr. Werner Spitz, Professor of Pathology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, a well known forensic pathologist. both Spitz and Lee testified for the defense in the Phil Spector trial.

On February 6, the Casey Anthony defense team offered what I believe will be their “main” defense on NBC’s, The Today Show, and what they said bolsters my theory that the trial will be most undoubtedly, sensational.

Which defense attorneys were interviewed on Today? And what defense strategy did the two begin building on the NBC morning show?

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by LBG/Mondoreb

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