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Is Lee Anthony going to be charged soon for aiding and abetting Casey?

December 30, 2008

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.

Watch the interview

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.

read the full article below:

foxnews.com

22 Comments leave one →
  1. MAND permalink
    December 30, 2008 11:06 pm

    Lee,interested in the truth?? That’s one for the books…since NO ONE in that family would know the truth if it bit them in the A$$…Lee is worried about his own A$$ and what will be best for him…if his attorney gets it out there now, he has a chance to make a deal…and in that family you had better take what you can because they will throw you under the bus in a New York minute if the shoe were on the other foot.

  2. Nina permalink
    December 31, 2008 1:30 am

    This whole family is all about ME ME ME.What the hell is wrong with these people. There grandaughter and neice was murdered in a horrible way..Murdered and thrown in damn garabage bag.AND all they seem to care about is there own A$$….Poor little Caylee,this is sickening all of this…LE should be putting pressure on them to tell the truth.If Lee cared about the truth for Caylee’s sake he would of told what he knew in the beginning.Dont they have any shame at all?I never believed Lee was the father of Caylee either but I do believe Lee knows a hell of a lot more then he is willing to say…I am discusted with this whole thing.This family is darn right cruel as far as I am concerned.The truth needs to be told ,and if they have any concience at all they need to tell what they know for once.They need to not worry about saving there own a$$ and do what they should of done from the beginning and tell the damn truth!

  3. Paul in PG BC permalink
    December 31, 2008 2:07 am

    Now the anthony’s want immunity,do not want there own words used against them.say Heehaw!!The Whack-job[SiNdy] washed her deathly smelling cloths-yes!gave the cops wrong hair brush,lied,lied,lied.Seems the only one to tell the truth was George!!I think Lee boy helped Spacycasey dispose of the childs remains!!Hose B is crapping his pants as the cops want to talk with the P.I.he had hired,just where does confidentially stop,he no longer works for Hose B.What are they doing to this poor childs remains,the hired assassins,Kobi,Baden.Enough is enuff!
    Sindy why you so quiet,waiting for em too throw bags of cash at you for your verbal diarrhea and thats all it is.Yer gonna get your chance IN COURT and the prosecutor is gonna shread you,with your own words and they will come back too haunt you WHACKJOB.

  4. December 31, 2008 8:37 am

    “..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…”

    HORSE PUCKY!

    I agree with the Blogger’s Above.

    Their Actions and In-Actions have shown exactly the opposite! They have all tried to divert investigators and their resources off the TRUTH since this started.

  5. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 31, 2008 10:03 am

    I think so, too. I’m having trouble giving any of these people the benefit of the doubt anymore.

  6. niecey456 permalink
    December 31, 2008 11:32 am

    I think it’s all about to blow up on them. I think that is why the media circus and ridiculous statements from lawyers. I think they are trying to discredit the meter reader for a reason.

  7. WolfmanJack permalink
    December 31, 2008 11:44 am

    The whole family belongs in prison if you ask me.

  8. Molly permalink
    December 31, 2008 12:43 pm

    I agree, they all make me sick. Stand up for Caylee, if no one else & just tell the truth for once. No immunity for any of them. And I can’t wait to hear what Lee’s involvement is in this ever growing mess.

  9. REBECCA HOOVER permalink
    December 31, 2008 1:14 pm

    WHERE IS THAT “BLUE DRESS” ? REBECCA

  10. December 31, 2008 1:16 pm

    this poor child caylee must be disgusted by these low lives that once cared for her (if that’s what you call it). no immunity for any of them! when are these scumbags (any of them) going to come clean? how can they sleep at night? thank god caylee is in a better place now – away from this nightmare of a family….

  11. Nina permalink
    December 31, 2008 1:23 pm

    I can almost bet we will see some one else in handcuffs before this is over with.

  12. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 31, 2008 2:23 pm

    I don’t know. If LE thinks what they know is important enough, they will trade immunity for their testimony. I’d bet on that.

  13. Nina permalink
    December 31, 2008 5:05 pm

    Happy New Year Mystery, and to everyone else who blogs here…

  14. niecey456 permalink
    December 31, 2008 5:18 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 31, 2008 6:56 pm

    happy new year!

  16. detwill39 permalink
    December 31, 2008 7:29 pm

    Let the New 2009 Be Happy!

  17. niecey456 permalink
    December 31, 2008 7:53 pm

    And the MOST BLESSED ONE YET!!!

  18. MAND permalink
    December 31, 2008 9:35 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR ..MYSTERY..AND ALL!!

  19. December 31, 2008 9:50 pm

    Mystery, I am STUNNED that the charges are so heavy!! Goodness, if I read correctly, they could get the SAME sentence as Casey. Is that correct?? I mean, Cindy gave wrong hairbrush, washed pants, lied etc…. hmmmmm, Hope u will comment on this.

  20. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 31, 2008 11:03 pm

    Hi Leslie–
    The punishment IS heavy and I imagine the Anthonys were stunned, too, and that’s why they are seeking immunity!

    As I understand the definition of aiding and abetting, the Anthonys could be in serious trouble IF they had knowledge that Casey killed Caylee and then helped her in some way to cover it up. I’m no expert, but if I’m reading the definition correctly, according to what state they are in, the punishment could be equal to hers.

    I just have a hard time believing they were involved at that level–
    I tend to agree with Kari’s comment on a previous post: “Cindy and George Anthony Want Immunity Before They Will Talk to Investigators” found here:
    https://itsamysterytome.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/cindy-and-george-anthony-want-immunity-before-they-will-talk-to-investigators-again/

    Kari said in Comment #6 of that post:

    “As for what the Anthonys might need immunity from—my best guess is that Casey has told them she was involved in some illegal activity and that Caylee was stolen away by her drug pusher, or her pimp, or her bookie… Now that they know Caylee is dead, they want to tell all they know in the hopes of getting this person arrested for Caylee’s murder. But they don’t want to be charged, either with withholding evidence, nor with anything having to do with whatever illegal activity it was.”

    Them doing something like that makes more sense to me than the idea that they might actually be covering for Casey murdering Caylee. The drug pusher scenario probably wouldn’t be considered aiding and abetting at all. This is JMO.

  21. January 1, 2009 3:44 pm

    Mystery, Thank you so much for this information! I really appreciate it. I imagion that the Anthonys are scared”bigtime”! T his the weirdest investigation I have ever seen. Especially now that all of these investigators are saying they have photos of the area where Caylee’s little body was found, and they saw NO SIGN OF HER. Something undercover is going on, and I can only pray that LE and FBI can find the guilty parties.

    Again, thank you so much for answering my question.

    Have a terrific New Year!!

  22. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 1, 2009 5:12 pm

    Leslie

    See comment 30 from Christina from the following post:
    https://itsamysterytome.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/do-george-cindy-and-lee-anthony-deserve-immunity/

    She is an attorney in California, and when I asked her what she thought about whether the A’s will be charged with aiding and abetting, she said the evidence is incriminating enough to charge them. I copied and pasted her comment below: (THANKS Christina!!)

    “I have to be honest…… I think under the Blacks Law Dictionary definition of aiding and abetting this is a plausible and possible charge. I would even go so far as to say it could possibly almost rise to conspiracy after the fact.Except for the Pizza Statement. Washing the Pants after the statements made both on the 911 Tape, Statements made to the Impound Employee and others shows that they were not ignorant. Further, he is a ex-detective and she a nurse and both admit on Video they were familiar with the smell. Knowing all that they in what seems to appear knowingly, willfully and intentionally disturbed the scene and after that turned it over to the authorities. If the statements she made in humor to others about the hair brush and toothbrush is in fact true and can be proven to be true …… yeah that is a real problem for her.

    And who knows what else the authorities have we have not hear or scene. I think it is a very possible. It would also serve the State well if they did file those charges because to save their own butt they would sing sing sing. Getting this family and it’s attorneys to turn on each other could be enlightening for all.

    It’s not so much the acts….. but the knowledge and/or suspicion they had or might have had prior to committing the acts. And well the answer to that is in their statements.”

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