Is Lee Anthony going to be charged soon for aiding and abetting Casey?
Rumors are swirling that Lee Anthony may be arrested shortly for obstruction of justice and possibly aiding and abetting.
What exactly does aiding and abetting mean?
A criminal charge of aiding and abetting or accessory can usually be brought against anyone who helps in the commission of a crime, though legal distinctions vary by state. A person charged with aiding and abetting or accessory is usually not present when the crime itself is committed, but he or she has knowledge of the crime before or after the fact, and may assist in its commission through advice, actions, or financial support. Depending on the degree of involvement, the offender’s participation in the crime may rise to the level of conspiracy.
For example, Andy draws a floor plan of a bank, knowing of Dan’s intention to rob it. After Dan commits the robbery, Alice agrees to let him store the stolen money at her house. Both Andy and Alice can be charged with aiding and abetting, or acting as accessories to the robbery.
Under federal law, the punishment for someone who aids and abets a crime is the same as the punishment for the person who principally committed the crime. In some states, the punishment may be less.
Obstruction of Justice:
Any interference of the administration and due process of law. This can happen during the investigation of a crime as well as during the actual trial. Any person that knowingly hinders the work of police, investigators, or government agencies can be charged. You can also be charged if you impair the efforts of a court trial.
Obstruction charges can also be filed when a person who is not considered a suspect in a case lies to investigating officers. It doesn’t matter if the person lied to protect a suspect—or even if that suspect is innocent. He can still be charged.
Charges can be made if a person alters or destroys physical evidence–even if he wasn’t asked at any time to produce the evidence.
I’ve never thought that the rumors that Lee was the father of Caylee was true, but I have thought his “personal investigation” independent of LE was suspicious and just downright odd. His conversations with Casey made him appear suspect as well. But, really, Lee hasn’t acted any different than the rest of his family. I take that back, Cindy and George have been a lot more vocal, but they’ve all acted suspiciously and spoken cryptically. I’m sure LE is pressuring all of them to tell what they know and they’re using these potential charges to “encourage” them to talk.
Megan Kelly interviewed Thomas Luka, Lee Anthony’s attorney last night on Fox news. The transcript from that interview is below:
LUKA: Well, first of all, there has been no announcement, formal or otherwise, that there are charges pending against Lee Anthony. This is all speculation and rumor at this time.
What I can tell you is that there has been speculation that he may be charged as an accessory after the fact for some sort of obstruction of justice charge.
The law in Florida, the statue in Florida dealing with obstruction of justice is very broad and gives prosecutors a wide latitude to use that power to charge individuals in order to motivate them to testify against other defendants.
KELLY: Right–in other words, this could be an effort to try to get them to tell them what they want to here with respect to Casey, or it could be that they think he actually did obstruct their investigation.
Did they give you any clue, Tom, what they may be thinking, what act think might be looking at that amount to obstruction of justice?
LUKA: I do not know. I can tell me that Mr. Anthony has been extremely cooperative with the police. Anything and everything, he has done. If there is anything that might throw a shadow or might conflict with any of the police evidence, it is that he has from the beginning has asserted his sister’s innocence and has also asserted that this is a missing-person case and not a homicide case.
Now that the dynamic of the case has changed, obviously that is no longer the case.
KELLY: How does he deal with that, Tom? Because we all watched him so many times come to his sister’s defense and say, as we heard the grandparents say, they believe they would find little Caylee, and now we know, of course, they have, but she was found dead.
How is he now, how does he deal with that news?
LUKA: Well, he, like the Anthonys and the rest of the community here in Orlando, are grieving. There are many broken hearts in our community right now. It was not just the Anthonys who thought that Caylee would be coming home safe.
There were many people not only here in Florida but all over the country who were hoping and praying that she would be found safe. Obviously, that is not the case, and we have to more forward from there.
He is grieving along with his family. He is trying to support his family as best as he can. But he is continuing to cooperate with the investigation and wherever it leads now.
KELLY: Does he still believe in the innocence of his sister?
LUKA: At this point, he has not made a determination as to that fact right now. That fact has yet to even be determined–that fact can only be determined by a court of law.
I can tell you that he is wanting to find truth in this case, just like everyone else is, both prosecution and defense, wherever that may lead. And I can tell you that Mr. Anthony, that is all he cares about at this point.
Whether it leads to the innocence of his sister or her guilt, he cares about the truth, and that is what is most important to him as far as it concerns his niece Caylee.
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