Jose Baez going for insanity plea in the Casey Anthony case?
Terance Lenaman, a lawyer hired by Casey Anthony’s defense team gave the prosecution a 30 page report outlining why she should not get the death penalty today. The documents attempt to explain why her case does not meet the state criteria for putting her to death. It talks about Casey behaving erratically after Caylee’s birth and suggests that she showed signs of emotional and mental distress. The report even included pictures of Casey as a child.
The argument did not mention the baby sitter whom Anthony said she left Caylee with at an apartment complex before never seeing her again. The argument is not a case strategy, Local 6 News reported, but rather only an attempt to get the death penalty option off the table.
“Casey Anthony is a unique individual. A close inspection of her case clearly supports not filing a notice seeking death,” Lenamon wrote in a report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. He stated that she doesn’t have a criminal record or a history of abuse. The crime wasn’t cold, calculated, and premeditated. And in the months leading up to Caylee’s disappearance her friends and familly said she was acting “erratic and not entirely rational.”
”In this case, no one knows how death might have happened, if at all,” stated the document, which was also obtained by Local 6 News. “If death did occur, the death was almost certainly a tragic accident.”
Anthony’s defense team also raises the possibility that Caylee may have been poisoned by chloroform, saying, “Death may have occurred while the child was sedated or from an unwitting overdose of a sedative.”
He used Andrea Yates and Susan Smith as examples. These two women who murdered their children received life in prison as opposed to the death penalty.
Lenamon wrote that experts will likely agree that Anthony as “suffering from episodes of extreme emotional distress and disturbance since her daughter’s birth.” Even the lack of emotion after her child’s disappearance and arrest “is not normal,” he wrote.
“A careful consideration of the totality of the circumstances in this case leads to a clear conclusion that filing a notice of the death penalty is not the right thing to do,” he wrote.
.The State Attorney’s Office would not confirm whether it received the report, which is not public record.
This information was obtained from an article by Sarah Lundy for Orlando Sentinal, and from Local 6 Orlando New
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This sure sounds like they are preparing a case for insanity. It particularly sounds like they are going to try and prove postpartum psychosis. Does that mean they believe Caylee is dead and that Casey killed her? What about the story that someone stole her? Do they believe TES is going to find Caylee’s body this weekend, and they are changing their defense to “innocent by reason of insanity”? I’ve wondered for a while now if that was the road they were headed down. And frankly, if it turns out she’s not a sociopath, because of all the bizarre, incomprehensible behaviors she’s exhibited–even before Caylee disappeared-I would tend to believe she was crazy.