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Casey Anthony nears her long awaited date with Fate. Tomorrow her case goes to jury

July 3, 2011

Finally back–what an inconvenient time for a computer to bite the dust! Luckily, I’d backed up the hard drive a month ago, so I didn’t lose much. ————————————————————————————————————————

Prosecutors wrapped up their rebuttal to the defense’s case on Friday. (and what a rebuttal it was!)  Without question, Cindy Anthony didn’t do the searches for chloroform and “neck breaking”.  She was on her work computer during the time those searches were done. This put the possibility of premeditation firmly back on the table. It means that Cindy Anthony perjured herself on the stand.  It also means Cindy thinks, like George, that Casey killed Caylee. Why else would she risk prison by lying under oath? It was a last ditch effort to save her daughter. Is anyone really surprised by her actions? She did what she has always done with Casey–she covers up her mistakes. She enables her.  Unfortunately, this time, she didn’t succeed.  What Cindy did for Casey doesn’t mean she didn’t love Caylee.  It just means she loves Casey, too, unconditionally and desperately.  It’s heartbreaking to watch Casey watch her mother.  It’s so obvious that she doesn’t reciprocate Cindy’s feelings.

As for George and his lies about River Cruz or whatever her name is, who can really blame him for lying about his affair with her? His wife was sitting in the courtroom.  She has been destroyed by her daughter–she didn’t need to be done in by her husband, too.  Not saying George should be given a pass for his indiscretion. Shame on him for turning to another woman.  Just saying I can see WHY he said what he said on the stand. Whether or not George lied for Cindy or for himself, I’m glad Cindy did not have to suffer the humiliation of a confession from him on national television.

I’ve been vocal in my criticism of Cindy and George Anthony. I’m not proud of that. Over the years, I’ve been flabbergasted and frustrated by their actions and behavior, and have let my exasperation control what came out of my mouth. What I didn’t do was put myself in their shoes.  If I had, I would like to think I would have been kinder.

In spite of what I might have said or thought over the last three years, I can honestly say that I never once considered that George Anthony might have had anything to do with the demise of Caylee Anthony. I have at times thought he, and more so, Cindy, have lied in an attempt to put a different spin on the facts that were plainly in front of their faces.  Denial is a such a powerful tool of the mind. It’s a self-preservation mechanism that has allowed the Anthonys’ to survive this horror in their lives. I hate to think what depths of despair George, Cindy, and Lee will sink to now that the truth can no longer be denied.

This case will go down in history as one of the most bizarre cases ever tried in the American court system.  It is also going to be remembered for another reason.  I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a family be so completely destroyed in such a public way as the Anthonys. It’s one for the textbooks, and has been brutal to watch no matter what you think of the players. We will all go on with our lives after the verdict is read, but  George, Cindy, and Lee Anthony will not.  They will live in the hell Casey created for them for the rest of their lives. I think Casey will actually take comfort in that fact. I hate to say it, but Caylee was the lucky one.  She’s in heaven.

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Jeff Ashton

TODAY, the prosecution did an excellent job with their closing arguments. Jeff Ashton methodically and matter of factly went through what Casey might have done to Caylee, what happened during the 31 days before Caylee’s disappearance was reported to police, and what Casey did after Caylee was reported missing. They gave their theory as to how Caylee was killed and how she ended up tossed in the swampy wooded area behind her grandparents home. Jeff Ashton did this in easy to understand terms and in a relatively short amount of time.  He was brilliant, and Casey knew it.

Jose Baez

Then the defense put on their closing arguments.  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Jose Baez didn’t do all that bad of a job–it was wayyyyy tooooo looonnnngggggg, but still not a terrible job. Ok, at times his arguments were ridiculous (or outrageous as he seemed to be fond of saying) but his passion was undeniable.(And, when you compare today to the amateur job he did putting on his case in the first place, you might even say his closing arguments were great.) He is without a doubt emotionally involved in this case. It’s not just about ambition and money. Don’t misunderstand me here.  No question he wants to win for HIMSELF.  No question he is using this as a stepping stone to what he perceives to be a wonderful career. But, it has also taken an emotional toll on him. He is vested in Casey. He is doing the best he can, using what little he has, to give Casey the defense she deserves. Unfortunately, if he had put his client’s interests before his own, he would have removed himself.  An experienced attorney might have done more. He didn’t do that, so some would say Casey IS getting the defense she deserves.

The prosecution was given a gift when Judge Perry said they can put on their rebuttal of the defense’s closing arguments tomorrow.  I was exhausted just watching the attorneys in my easy chair in front of the televison today. Can  you imagine how exhausted the jury was?  Tomorrow they will be fresh.  Tomorrow the prosecution will be fresh. Tomorrow, I have no doubt, the State will seal Casey’s fate.

If you didn’t have a chance to watch today, Jeff Ashton did something extremely juvenile while Baez was in the midst of his closing argument.  He’d been doing it off and on ever since Baez took the podium–laughing.  Baez finally had enough and did something equally juvenile. He lashed out at Ashton, calling him the “laughing guy.” (Watch it at this  LINK)  Judge Perry immediately called a recess while he admonished both of them.  In the end, Perry said that if either lawyer does anything inappropriate again, that lawyer would be permanently removed from the case.

Casey responded on cue all day, crying into her kleenex when she felt it was appropriate and looking the martyr the rest of the time.  Surely the jury must be getting sick of watching her painstakingly wiping the fake tears from her face in slow motion.  Today though,  she looked as if she finally realized that the party is about over, and there is a very good chance she will be convicted of murder in the first degree. It hit her today that there is a better than even chance she will never see the light of day again whether she gets the needle or not.  I think she was also shocked at how close Jeff Ashton was getting to the truth of what really happened in his closing argument.

Tomorrow we will be in the home stretch. The prosecution will finish up with their rebuttal,  and the case will be in the jury’s hands. I predict a quick turn around. We won’t have to wait long for a verdict. :smile:


14 Comments leave one →
  1. offthecuff permalink
    July 3, 2011 9:12 pm

    It is rather difficult to know what the jury will walk away with. Hopefully their foreman will help them stay steady in their assessments. I would like to think they would see through all of Baez’ lies and propaganda that he set up for them today.

    I am just shocked by all the lies. If anyone says he did a good job, would that mean then that it was a good job lying? Yes. But what bothers me the most is the way he tore the Anthonys apart with lies. He had many strategies, one was deflecting the blame.

  2. Carly P. permalink
    July 3, 2011 9:31 pm

    I have to respectfully disagree with you on 2 points. The very best thing George could have done was sit up straight in his seat and admit to an affair. It would have done wonders for his credibility, and I’m sure Cindy has known the truth for a very long time now. In the grand scheme of things their marital fidelity (or lack thereof) is not a huge issue, but seeing any one of them tell the truth has been such a rarity in this case, and George is the poorest liar of them all. He made a fool of himself with his denial. And I firmly believe that George, Cindy and Lee will close ranks when this is over and go right back to “normal life” as far as the rest of the world will be able to tell. After all, they have been living neck-deep in dysfunction for so long now that they know no other way.

  3. itsamysterytome permalink*
    July 3, 2011 9:40 pm

    offthecuff

    I agree that Baez lied about some things in his closing arguments. Heck, lies were the cornerstone of his whole case. I also agree he had a plethora of strategies, and they were all over the place. He brutally trashed not only the Anthonys’ but also many of the witnesses, including law enforcement.

    His job is to poke holes in the prosecution’s case and to create reasonable doubt. I think he managed to create some reasonable doubt today. But, I think the prosecution will close up the holes tomorrow.(I hope!)

  4. itsamysterytome permalink*
    July 3, 2011 9:47 pm

    Carly P.

    We’ll have to agree to disagree about George. Yes, he should have told the truth on the stand, but it sure wasn’t the first time he lied under oath. At least this lie kept Cindy from being humiliated by him (again) in public. (I agree she probably already knew the truth) I don’t think his lack of a confession made or broke River Cruz’ aka Crystal Holloway’s testimony.

    You may be right about what the Anthonys’ will do after this is all over. But, even though everything might look fine on the outside, it won’t be on the inside. You don’t get over the loss of a child ever–no matter how dysfunctional you are..

  5. WesternMD permalink
    July 4, 2011 1:04 am

    Welcome back, Mystery! (You’ve been MISSED!)
    As usual, you hit the nail right on the head. I missed Jeff Ashton’s closing argument and had to go back to watch the video at wftv.. Though he did an excellent job, I ‘m anxious to hear Linda wrap it all up tomorrow – She was so precise in her opening statement and she has a way of driving it all home.
    I have to admit: I laughed my butt off when Ashton (Though unprofessional in doing so ) laughed at Baez. :)
    This case has stretched farther than the OJ case and I can’t help but wonder: Will any of us be the same after a verdict is reached?

  6. itsamysterytome permalink*
    July 4, 2011 12:41 pm

    Hi WesternMD,

    Thanks. Weird feeling when your computer dies! You spend a great deal of time wondering what exactly was on there that you might miss later! (Unlike Casey who would have LOVED it if her hard drive fried)

    The jury is deliberating after a brilliant rebuttal by the prosecution. Justice for Caylee is really close now. Will we be the same after the verdict is reached? I can only speak for myself. I have been permanently changed by this little girl.

    In what way? I am in CASA training as we speak–something I would have never considered doing before I knew about Caylee. It’s only a little thing, but if we all were to do just a “little thing” how many children’s lives might be saved or made better? I know for me, I will never bury my head in the sand again, and as a Christian, I have sincerely asked (as the song, Hosanna, suggests) Jesus to, “break my heart for what breaks His,” and to give me the courage and strength to do something about it when He does.

  7. WesternMD permalink
    July 4, 2011 8:50 pm

    Awesome song – One of my favorites! ( It’s a song by Hillsong United for those who aren’t familiar with it – Here’s a video of it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQGJdTpMUcU ) I’ve never seen Hillsong ( My kids have) though our church has always played their songs. I love Brooke Frasier’s voice – It’s so beautiful! Hubby and I did get to worship with Third Day and Tenth Ave North this spring, catching their Make Your Move Tour. I’d love to again in autumn but it’s a 2 hr drive and I can’t bear to board our dog overnight.. so I guess we’ll see… )

    It’s been difficult for me ( Christian also) throughout this trial – I was constantly searching myself and didn’t like many of the things I’d feel at times – I constantly had to step back, check my emotions, and ask God to let me see through His eyes instead… Today, after listening to the closing remarks, I actually cried – I’m so grateful that I’m not on that Jury; I’d be a wreck.

    It’s awesome that you’re in CASA training! That takes a special kind of person,to help children in that way. A few nights ago my husband left the scanner on at night – At 3a the dispatcher alerted local police and an ambulance crew to a domestic a few miles away from the area we live in – I nearly lost it when she said that a 6 year old boy ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911… I couldn’t sleep for worry about that little boy or what his parents might do to him for dialing 911. :(

  8. July 4, 2011 9:49 pm

    Dave,
    It is hard to believe that today has finally come! We have waited for so long to see justice done for that beautiful child, Caylee Marie Anthony, I am sure that no one who has tracked this case will ever be the same again. It was agony watching the Anthony family being torn apart in such a public display.

    One thing that bothers me is whether Baez knew that Casey killed Caylee, or if Casey lied to him and convinced him that she was the victum in all of this. It just does not make sense to me that someone that is supposedly educated enough to become a lawyer, although that was a long and bumpy road for Baez, how he could possibly believe the story that he placed in front of the jury.

    So any innocent people were thrown under the Casey/Baez bus, lied about and ridiculed, accused of being a child molester, and suspects in the death of this child. It has taken such a toll on the families, not just Cindy, George and Lee, but the rest of their family members. Aunts, uncles grandparents, sisters and brothers. They have all been affected by the horrendous actions of a very sick young woman.

    Thank you Dave for writing about this case and helping some of us to better understand the ins and outs of the different characters in this sad story.

  9. itsamysterytome permalink*
    July 4, 2011 10:39 pm

    Western MD
    Hillsong is one of my all time faves! Third Day IS my favorite Christian band. Would love to see them in person. Thanks for finding the link to Hosanna!

  10. itsamysterytome permalink*
    July 4, 2011 10:46 pm

    Carole

    I’m afraid you have me mixed up with someone else. I’m not “Dave” In fact I’m not a guy at all.lol

    But, to answer your question, I find it hard to believe Jose Baez believes the stories he was putting out there for the jury. But, who knows. Maybe Casey Anthony was able to pull the wool over the eyes of one more victim. (Just kidding!) More likely, Baez knows the truth but as a defense attorney he is obligated to give Casey the best defense he is capable of giving. It’s her right under the law. Unfortunately, he didn’t have much to build on. I think he must have thought his best hope was to confuse the jury.

  11. WesternMD permalink
    July 5, 2011 12:57 am

    Did you notice that, in his closing argument, Baez admitted she drove around with a body in the trunk then said she searched for chloroform in curiosity after seeing the chloroform pic on Rico’s MySpace? I don’t think he’s a very good attorney at all. :(

  12. July 5, 2011 5:52 am

    Hello itsamysterytome,
    Yes, I did think I was posting to a different blog……..I do read your blog but have never posted to yours. I think that my brain has fried due to watching too much of the casey trial for the past many weeks and all of the other hearings and doc releases for the past 3 years.

    Now, as far as the computer problems…….I use a program named Carbonite. It is a sponsor of Kim Kommando’s news letter. It backs up data daily. You never loose your important files and it is cheap and easy to use. Just a hint of a program that has saved my butt a couple of times ;)

  13. itsamysterytome permalink*
    July 5, 2011 7:09 am

    No problem, Carole! All our brains are fried at this point, lol!

    You aren’t the first person to tell me about Carbonite. I’ve been using McAfee for a long time, but after this I think I’m going to switch. I had backed up a month ago, but I’m still agonizing over what I lost in June. (in particular any pictures of my grandson, I took, and all my notes and photos on the CA trial for that month.)

  14. itsamysterytome permalink*
    July 5, 2011 7:12 am

    WesternMD

    I missed that! I had to be away from the tv for part of his closing. I agree with you that he’s not a very good lawyer–maybe because he’s so inexperienced. Most attorneys have a lot of trials under their belts, plus several assists at a murder trial before actually taking on a 1st degree case. And I would think there are very few attorneys who in their lifetime gets a case as big as this one. Dumb on her part cuz’ she could probably have cherry picked any of the best attorneys in the country as lead on this case and they would have done it for free.

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