That was pretty much the question I had yesterday for our radio panel.
The week started with what I thought was a rather strange statement By father George Anthony’s attorney affirming that neither the defense nor prosecution thought that he was in anyway involved with the death of Caylee Anthony. I am in agreement, other than a small cadre of conspiracy theorists no-one seems to think George Anthony was involved in the actual event. It is however possible and maybe even probable That he at the very least has knowledge that he has not shared with Law Enforcement. The fact that neither the defense nor prosecution appear to be showing any interest in him speaks volumes. A trial is much like a business, you have assets and liabilities. Calling George Anthony to the stand is a risk, a game of chicken. While he potentially represents an asset to either side, he also could become a huge liability under cross examination.
On Thursday of last week there was a very strange and quick court hearing. I for one thought that I had been transported back to San Fran for the summer of ’67. There was a veritable love fest going on between Cheney Mason and prosecutor Jeff Ashton. I was half expecting them to hold hands and skip out of court together singing ‘we are off to see the wizard’!
Friday’s resumption of the Frye hearing was a very different event. Jose Baez was back in the saddle, and just bound and determined to push Jeff Ashton’s buttons. Baez may not have the long illustrious background of being a trial lawyer, but he certainly knows how to rile Jeff Ashton. Unfortunately he has yet to learn the art of hit and run. Consequently the pair of them received a good beating from Judge Perry.
Needless to say, the panel had a great deal to say on all of the happenings from last week.
If you missed the live broadcast you can listen to the recording here.
The first degree murder trial of Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter Caylee Anthony is set to start next month, and Judge Perry seems bound and determined that this milestone will not be missed.
The next few weeks are going to be busy!
Simon and Jan Barrett