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Long Time No See-Plus a Ted Update

Because life feels empty without bringing up the C word.  No, not that C word.  The Casey word.  The news is saying they are recalling her back to Florida for the money stealing case.  I’m not quite sure what’s going on there.  I know if you are on probation or parole, you have restrictions put on you and it’s possible you might have to stay in a certain area but honestly, it’s been nice not having to deal with her in the news every 2 seconds.

I’m sure Nancy DisGrace is doing shots to celebrate the fact that she might be able to scream about this case again since Casey would be stalked by the media.  But I don’t think it’s in anyone’s best interest to bring her back into the spotlight.  Baez has put out some false stories here and there.  They’ve mostly been ignored.  I think the big networks understand how people will be angry about this case for a very long time.  Look how long OJ waited to put out his book and how that went down.  Baez leaked that he was being courted by NBC, CBS and ABC.  To keep the story going or to drum up interest, who knows.

Another story said Casey was getting the mental help she needs to deal with all that has happened.  That she now realizes her actions after Caylee died were wrong.  Sure.  I think a publicist put those words in her mouth because that girl is not capable of thinking outside of herself.  She’s just one of those people.

And I bet you are sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting to hear what good ol George and Cindy are up to. Why, they are jetting down to go on vacation….in a private jet.  It’s the only way to go for a couple who has lost their granddaughter and their daughter.  And you wonder why Casey turned out the way she did.  Of course, Cindy needed a vacation.  She was simply exhausted after spending the entire trial making notes for her book.  For a couple that claimed to get death threats, they sure have no problem going on vacation.  Gotta keep their name in the news too to drum up interest in Cindy’s inevitable book.

*For the readers who have been interested in my Ted Bundy post, there’s breaking news!  Ted’s blood has been found and they’ll be adding it to the DNA database and we might actually see some cold cases closed from this.  Ted claimed a much higher number than authorities could confirm and this could prove whether or not he was telling the truth.  And most importantly, this could bring closure to families waiting to hear what happened to their beautiful daughters, mothers, aunts, cousins, friends and sisters.   Ted was a force to be reckoned with.  The fact that he could snatch women that were within feet of their homes is so scary to me.  I am quite happy about this development.  Cold cases seem to get forgotten.  People are so into what’s happening right now, they forget that for the one case they are watching, there’s hundreds of others with no closure and no outcome and no answers.  And no justice.

 

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And Now She’s Free

Well, Casey Anthony is a free woman.  She walked out of jail into the world and now, only time will tell.  Will she collect the million dollar check?  Will she cash in on her daughter’s death?  Will she fade into history, never to be heard from again?

Everyone knows her face.  Everyone knows her story.  So unless she gets some major plastic surgery, which cannot be done unless she makes money, it’s doubtful that she could live a peaceful life.  There’s a whole lot of hatred going around right now.  Even though she’s free, it’s pretty obvious that freedom doesn’t really mean much.  For someone who has been locked up for 3 years, it’s not like she can go to a Mcdonald’s for some fries and a Big Mac without people whipping out their cell phones.  Or worse.  Judging just by the small sampling of Facebook status messages, a lot of America is wishing her harm right now.

No, I suppose she isn’t free.  That’s her punishment for what she did.  Even if Caylee drowned accidentally, she took away a search team that turned down other cases, that could have found other children.  She occupied police and FBI when there are so many other children missing, truly missing, truly in harms way, truly in danger.  But people were busy on her word that Caylee had been taken.  And worse case senario, if she did kill her daughter (which is what I believe), I think it’s a fitting punishment that she can be free without really being free.  Instead of sitting in jail, getting candy and treats from donated money, she’ll have to fend for herself.  She’ll have to make her own way in the world with millions hating her and wishing her gone.  She’ll never be able to go out in public without wondering if one of her haters would be there to hurt her.

The other side of the Casey coin is her partner in crime, Jose Baez.  It’s no doubt that he’ll cash in on this case.  He’s creepy and smirky.  I feel a little like he’s talking up the death threats.  If Casey is getting threats and her parents are getting threats and the jury is getting threats, why isn’t he?  He’s sure able to speak for Casey.  He was the one who picked her up from jail.   Milking that cow for all it’s worth, I guess.

I hope some good will come out of this case.  I hope there’s a salary cap on how much lawyers can make off of cases.  The tax payers have to pay millions to cover Casey’s trial.  I’m also concerned about how much expert witnesses make.  I really wish any expert witness that testified about a client would have to have a mandatory minimum of visits before they got on the stand and acted like they knew what the defendant was thinking.   If they are going to get hundreds of dollars an hour, they should have to work for it.  I don’t think it should take three years to go to trial.  I don’t think they should allow the public to line up for tickets like they are going to a circus either.

But for now…we wait.

 

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The Runway Jury

Good grief, there are actually jurors who might make money off of Caylee’s death.  Please, someone tell me that there will be laws against this soon!  Part of being on a jury should include a clause that states that you cannot make money from the case you were on.  It’s just….beyond words, I think.

An alternate said they’d find her not guilty too.  Really?  So you can say that without deliberating?  Classy.

Juror #3 said just because they found her not guilty doesn’t mean they think she’s innocent.  Actually, yeah it does.  Casey looked up how to make chloroform 84 times.  Casey didn’t report her daughter missing.  Casey lied about having a job.  Casey lied about Zanny the nanny.  Casey partied while her daughter was dead. Science proved there was human decomposition in the trunk.  Chloroform.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are circumstancial cases.  There’s not always a video or a picture or DNA on everything.  Caylee’s body was left to the elements for 6 months.  And if there was DNA on anything, I’m sure Baez would have said, “of course Casey’s DNA was on Caylee, she’s Caylee’s mother.” There WAS evidence, they just couldn’t be bothered to see it.

It pisses me off to hear the jury say they were sick to their stomachs giving that verdict.  What more did they want? There’s not always a cause of death.  Especially in a body that’s so far gone that it’s just bones.  Add in animals, bugs, water, heat, cold.  I think today, we are far too into crime shows and jurors think every little loose end is tied up with forensics.  And to say there was no proof, just makes me wonder if they saw the same trial I did.  Then again, they couldn’t bother to take notes so honestly, what do we expect?

Casey isn’t the only one who has to live with this.  Those jurors will have to live with their decision as well.  And I hope they think about what the world thinks of them right now.  There’s nothing that they can say to change that.  It doesn’t help their image that they are asking for money for information.  Far from classy and far from justice.

And how is it that they ‘went into hiding’ yet the day after, there they are giving interviews.  I think it was #3 said they didn’t want to add to the media circus.  So what? Wait 24 hours and magically, everything is all better?

If I’m being hard on them, it’s because they had a really big job and I feel like they failed.  Epic failure.

Really, I hope this case shows the world that our justice system is severely flawed.  The vast variation of sentencing, the allowance of expert witnesses to charge outrageous prices to testify, the shady tactics of lawyers on both sides.  I think a defendant should be questioned.  I know, I know, 5th amendment rights but life is so complicated and our justice system is old and based on life from forever ago.  People grow in all ways, why hasn’t the law grown?  Why can’t we update our court systems?  Why did it take THREE YEARS to get to this trial?  Why does it take 20 years to execute someone?  Explain to me how someone can take a life and still have rights?  They can get a degree on the tax payers money.  If you are given a life sentence, that should be it.  You should get the bare minimum.  No tv, no gym, no hot meals, no visitors, no books, no magazines.  Don’t even get me started on the war on drugs.

Can you tell my anger has yet to fade?  Ah well.  It will.  Eventually.  Hopefully.

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Absolutely Shocking Verdict

Well….I think we can all agree (minus the few nutters people) that this was a disappointing and shocking outcome.

I have big issues with this and it’s not because she was found not guilty.  The jury didn’t take the time they needed.  There were some who didn’t even take notes during the trial.  Over a month of trial, 90 witnesses, tons of evidence and no notes?  Why were there no questions from the jury?  And 10 hours?  After the computer searches months before Caylee died, they still thought she accidentally died and covered it up.  Casey lied for over a year.  She hid Caylee being missing for a month.  She made up people.  I think it’s cowardly that the jury went into hiding.  If you are sure of your decision, you should stand tall and stand by it.  They ran away because they came out of their little bubble (just in time for that cruise I might add…) and saw that no one else agrees with them.

There was about the same amount of evidence in the Scott Peterson trial and he was found guilty.  Point A to Point B to a guilty verdict.

How in the world could they get past Casey partying during the 31 days after Caylee died?  She didn’t continue life as normal.  She partied her ASS OFF.

The jury liked Baez and would all say good morning to him….wow.  The same man who toasted to his victory while a child is gone, dust in the wind.  Rank and absolutely arrogant.

But I, like everyone else, could go on and on about how shocked I am.  I stand by my feelings.  My conclusions are based on the same things the jury saw.  Unless new evidence comes up, my opinion won’t change.  I thought comparing this case to the OJ case was a stretch but now I can see it.  OJ was guilty otherwise he wouldn’t have gone out of his way to write the book ‘If I did It.’  Casey could do the same thing tomorrow.  She could go on Dateline or Good Morning America and laugh in our faces and tell us how she did it and there would be no punishments.

When I think more about it, my anger fades and clarity makes an appearance.  Casey in jail means a routine, a roof over her head, safety, three square meals and all the candy she can buy.  She could get a degree.  She could get free medical and free dental.  But in a short time, she’ll be released into a world where she’s the most hated woman in America.  She’ll never have a real life.  Even if she changed her name, we all watched the trial.  We all know her face.  Judging just by Facebook alone, most Americans believe and know in their hearts that she murdered her daughter.  Every where she goes, she’ll be stared at.  She’ll be called a baby killer.  She’ll never hold a job.  She’ll never have a healthy relationship.  If she ever has another child, she’ll be watched like a hawk and her child(ren) will know that their mother probably killed their sister.  She will never EVER be able to get away from the memory of Caylee because America will never forget her.  And we’ll never let Casey forget Caylee.  In jail, she could make a life for herself with other people proclaiming innocence and understanding.  Outside, she’ll be alone.  Perhaps justice has been done.  Just not in the way we’d planned.

*MichellefromMadison-your comments are now going into the spam folder without even being read so you can give up and get the hell off my page.

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Closing Statements- The Casey Anthony Trial

Whew is anyone else exhausted after all that?  I cannot even begin to imagine how the jury feels.  I can space off during 8 hours of class and the only person I hurt is myself.  A woman’s life is in their hands.  That’s a lot of pressure.

As always, there’s a split screen so we can see Casey’s face during every single second.  Save for the few times they cut to George or Cindy.  I noticed Cindy has gotten the hang of keeping right behind the person in front of her so we can’t see her expressions.

 

It’s no secret that George and Baez dislike each other.   George had an angry face going on while Baez was doing his never ending closing.  Just because you are allowed four hours does not mean you should spend four hours talking.  The prosecution did a little over two hours I believe.  Two and a half probably.  The average attention span is getting shorter and shorter.  Baez didn’t spend much time making sense.  He just sort of got really mad and called thinks junk science and fantasy forensics and the cops this and George that.  He had the nerve to bring up Lee being DNA tested in a way that really made it sound like there was still a possiblity that he was Caylee’s dad during the trial and then said Lee was the only one telling the truth on the stand.  I wish I’d counted how many times Baez said “impeachment.”

Baez said that George threw Casey under the bus and what father would take the stand against his daughter.  Ummm…I don’t think George, Lee or Cindy offered to take the stand.  They couldn’t refuse.  They all have to answer questions when they are in court.  I agree that both parents have gone back and forth with their support for Casey.  I have no idea if they visit her, write her or have supported her during the trial.  I can tell you they certainly aren’t dressing her because she was wearing the same shirt she wore on Friday.

But I understand Baez needs a big bad and if Casey isn’t it, George is.  And he certainly spent a lot of time pushing that.  George bad, Casey good.  It didn’t take four hours to get to that point.  He put up charts and what not.  I couldn’t really read most of what was up there and I’m guessing neither could the jury.   Pictures of Caylee climbing up the ladder of the pool.  Pointing out the Cindy wasn’t really holding her so that proves Caylee could have climbed up the ladder.

But here’s my thing about that.  If she had on no shoes and no socks that proves that she drowned, in Baez’s words, why wasn’t she in her bathing suit?  At almost three, she’s got to be in the phase of wanting to pick out her clothes.  She would know the routine of putting on her suit and even possibly looking for her floaties.  At least, that’s my opinion.

Baez made a big deal about the lacking of discoloration on the skull.  Most of the time, he was contradicting himself.  Suffocation always has discoloration but not always, sometimes it doesn’t.  Well alright then.  I don’t think the person who examined her skull needed to cut the whole thing open.  There’s magnification software and equipment these days and unless they were looking inside her bones and inside the bone of her skull, there wasn’t much of a need to cut it.  But Baez made a giant deal about that.  Only…he slipped and said, “wouldn’t you expect a medical examiner come and tell you about medicine?”  This was the point that I realized that he was going off of his own thoughts.  A medical examiner examines dead people.  Dead people don’t need medication.  Toxicology experts handle that.

He made fun of George’s suicide attempt.  I read the note and I’m going to do a post specifically about that probably while the jury deliberates but making fun of any mental health breakdown is just impolite.  It’s cruel.  It’s like pulling someone’s hair on the playground.  No matter what the motivation, George was held under a psychiatric hold which means he was a threat to himself.   That’s serious and you shouldn’t make fun of that.

He talks about how great Casey was as a mother.  But I kinda feel like if Casey was such a great mother, why were there no child locks?  She could just go into the backyard where a pool was?  A pool she loved?   Baez made a big deal about how Casey had to catch Caylee from running to the pool but she doesn’t take any precautions to make sure Caylee didn’t go into the pool alone.  More contradictions.

The one chart I could read was all the made up people.  Casey’s imaginary friends.  Why was there no psychiatric specialist?  No psychiatrist, no psychologist explaining why Casey makes up people.  If she has so many issues that she’s making people up, why didn’t Baez prove that?  They weren’t fake, they were delusions and I felt like that should have been objected and stricken since it wasn’t proven medically.

Then there was the laughing guy issue.  There isn’t supposed to be any show of emotion and gestures or laughing but this guy was laughing when Baez was all in a huff and then Baez was all “yeah this laughing guy” and the Judge was all “damn it people!”  Second to the jury, the judge has to be ready for this trial to be over.  He’s had to deal with these lawyers acting like children for months now.

Honestly, I cannot get beyond this ugly yellow shirt.  Why not a nice sweater set?  Something that makes her look motherly.  If I remember right, she was crying during the part when Baez talked about how everyone said she was a good mother.  Andrea Yates, Susan Smith, Darlie Routier…I think friends and family of those women could at some point say they were good mothers too.  But didn’t some of Casey’s friends say she was tired of not being able to party and called Caylee a little snot?

But when all is said and done, what we think doesn’t matter.  How we put together evidence and how we come to our conclusions and opinions means nothing.  How the jury does that is what matters.  With 90 witnesses and an entire day of closing and whatever goes on tomorrow, they have to take all that back into a room and as one unit, 12 minds have to come together and decide whether or not Casey is guilty, what she is guilty of and what to do about it.

I would like to see her found guilty of first degree murder.  As much as the accidental drowning theory is shiny, adding in the computer searches…it just doesn’t fly for me.  I can believe a three year old woke up early or Casey slept in and Caylee was like, you know what, I’m gonna go swim.  Kids want.  Kids hate waiting.  But when someone looks up how to make chloroform EIGHTY-FOUR TIMES, I just can’t believe anything was an accident.  When Casey partied for 31 days and hung out with her boyfriend without being upset that night, I cannot believe any good mother would not grieve for her child.  No matter what the cause of death.

But my gut feeling says they’ll come back with second degree murder.  I can’t really explain why.  Hopefully by this time next week, we won’t all be sitting around wondering and we’ll have the jury’s answer.

 

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Monday Monday…Case Continues….

I’m watching the private investigator hired by the Anthony’s right now.  He and Baez is arguing about if he tried selling some videos.  It’s no wonder he didn’t get anything for his videos.  They look like they are outtakes from The Blair Witch movie.  Or that they were taken by a nine year old with ADD.  Honestly, the video is of the woods and some guy poking a stick into things.  They “find” a flower bed with a trash bag in it.  He digs with a trowel.  Then he pokes the ground with his magic stick.  Really?  Don’t get me started on people searching for a crime scene without gloves on and touching things without gloves.  But if you find a trash bag buried in a flower bed, would you just poke the ground with a stick? Or would you DIG IT UP?!

He’s still yapping about how he thought it was taped over.  He talks faster than me and that’s sad.  Did nobody prep this guy?   This is Baez’s witness.  He never answers questions clearly.  He just comes back with “Well, they blah blah.”

HAHA the judge just told this guy to calm the hell down.  Because this guy is getting sassy.

Anyways, there was also a chemistry expert who seemed to come out on the side of the State.  That’s pretty awesome.  Was anyone else surprised at how much trash was in Casey’s car?  I understand it’s in a trash bag but I’ve never lived in an apartment that didn’t have trash bins so why would she put a bag of trash in her car?  My car is certainly far from clean.  I’ve got a soccer ball that I colored with glitter nail polish years and years ago.  Sleepy pants and a Ninja Turtles jacket.  Text books.  Old mail.  A fire extinguisher that my dad makes me keep in my car.  But I wouldn’t put anything in there that could stink.

It’s interesting that Casey’s competency came into question this weekend.  It seems as if one of her defense team brought it up and he’s not in good favor anymore but he can’t get off the case since it’s so far into it.  Now, if Baez was the one who brought it up, I’d be the first screaming SCAM!  But she must have said something pretty serious to have three psychologists/psychiatrists examine her.  I noticed she looks a little spacey today.  I wonder if she’s medicated today.  She usually has wide eyes and shows some annoyance every now and then but for the past few hours, her eyelids have been a little droopy.

With all the notes Cindy and George are taking, I wonder if they are going to write a book about Casey’s trial.  Didn’t Scott’s family do the same thing?  And then his half sister wrote a book too.  George and Cindy are broke so I wouldn’t doubt a book being in the works.

Well, so far today I’ve been bored to tears and it’s pretty much drained my laptop battery.   Once again the defense disappoints.  I know the point of the poking around the woods tape is to “prove” George hid Caylee but honestly, all you see is woods and poking.  If they’d found something of importance, it would be different but they didn’t.  Mr. Hoover should consider a new job.  Because as a private investigator, he looked very amateur.

New witness! Trial must be going a little later today.  Ahhh…it’s the poker.  Mr. Casey.  Whoa he had just gotten his license for private investigation the same year he got working for George and Cindy and he had worked for Baez’s law firm.  Oh yeah, I expect him to be real professional like.   He has an interesting accent. Sometimes it’s southern, sometimes it’s British.

I can’t believe people would take time away from their own family and life to go “protest” in front of the Anthony’s house.  What sad people.  Pathetic people actually.  What good does that do?  Like protesting is going to make her parents tell her to confess?  It’s just like people lining up to get tickets to sit in the courtroom.  I felt like after that last big fight out there in the queue, the judge should have closed the trial to outsiders.  It’s enough that it’s being broadcast live.

Oh Mr. Casey is hilarious!  He’s not allowed to say anything anyone else has told him and he’s all, “Well…I can’t tell you…so what do I do?”  I hate that I have to go grocery shopping because he’s a lot better than Mr. Hoover.  And the whole “to prove a psychic wrong” was really good.  I like this guy.  Poker or not.

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Really Cindy?

Back to our regularly scheduled programing!

The ball is in the defense’s court and at this point, I don’t even think they know what game they are playing.  After a few delays, all I’ve seen until today has been forensic experts contradicting what the State’s have said.  I think you can tell how half assed Baez is coming at this case because they had this guy who said that there was no dead body in the car based on an experiment he did with a pig.  However, any good scientist is going to follow the exact conditions and this guy just threw a pig in the trunk of a car and Caylee was supposed to have been wrapped in a blanket.

Want to understand what an unfeeling bitch Casey is?  When this guy was asked why his pig wasn’t in a blanket, she laughed.  LAUGHED.  That pig is supposed to represent her daughter and she laughs.  WOW.  Yet we are supposed to believe that she’s truly crying at a replica of Caylee’s skull.  Uh no.

Today they bring in Cindy.  I have major issues with this woman.  Why is Casey the way she is?  She gets it straight from Cindy.  From seeing Cindy’s interviews compared to her testimony today, I think it was pretty obvious that she was lying.  And really that was the best they could come up with?  The dogs were eating bamboo and she was worried and some how that ended up with her looking up how to make chloroform 84 times?  I’m pretty sure the forensic computer expert was specific, the searches were for how to make chloroform.  And that was 84 times.  The only think I could look up 84 times is David Boreanaz’s face.  And I research the shit out of everything.  I’ve read just about all the crime stories on Wiki and still, I’ve never read a case 84 times.

Of course the prosecution was all over that.  Records show Mama Liar was working.  When asked if she could remember if she used the computer (because remember she’s gotten on the witness stand, sworn she’d tell the truth and told detailed details about all those internet searches), she said it was possible.  Uhhh….either you did or you didn’t.  Her excuse was she went home early to look up these things.

I have to say that the difference between Casey’s lies and Cindy’s lies is that Casey whole heartedly believes her lies.  Cindy looked and sounded nervous.   Baez should have had Casey train Cindy on this.  I’m amazed that Cindy got on the stand and tried lying to save the daughter that accused her husband and son of molestation and killing her granddaughter.  But then again, even shown proof that Casey’s friends were all made up, Cindy wouldn’t believe it.

Their lawyer made a statement that they don’t think Casey is innocent but then he kinda clarified that it doesn’t mean they think she’s guilty of what she’s charged with.  But he didn’t take back his statement so I was honestly surprised to see Cindy up there lying her ass off. Especially considering that Baez was fighting to keep the Anthony’s out of the courtroom.

Today, Baez has to tell the judge how many more witnesses he plans on calling so he can get an idea of when this circus will end.  Any takers on how long the jury will deliberate?  I know people are calling it the new OJ trial but any educated, reasonable person could put the pieces together and come up with Casey killing her gorgeous little girl.  So far, we haven’t seen Baez prove anything from his opening statement.  He can call George to the stand but he’s already said he had no part in killing Caylee.  And he never touched his daughter.  They can call Lee and he’ll say the same thing, he didn’t touch his sister.  How will he sway the jury?  Honestly, I don’t think he will.  He clearly doesn’t know what he’s doing and I think he’s banking on appeals.

 

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