Does Jose Baez have a strategy for his defense of Casey Anthony?
A few hours after Judge Strickland gave Jose Baez’ defense team permission to access the crime scene, they were Johnny on the spot. ( for a change) According to them, this will be the first of many visits made to the site. They are looking for clues–any clues that might support the theory that someone planted the body, or that could point to anyone other than their client, Casey Anthony as the killer. Did LE overlook any clues at the scene that might help in Casey’s defense? The general consensus is, no, of course not. (But aren’t you glad to see Baez follow up on something for a change? I was beginning to think he felt his only job was to piss and moan about the prosecution and the media!)
Baez, an inexperienced(in spite of what he would like you to believe) 3 year attorney has yet to lay out his defense of Casey Anthony. Over the past months he has done nothing much– other than smirk and posture and make smug statements echoing the Anthony’s theories: First, with Casey’s story that Zanny the nanny did it, and later, when it was apparent the nanny never existed, by suggesting cryptically there was a deeper darker force at work in Caylee’s disappearance. Like Cindy, he has said that the truth will come out at trial and has insinuated that the real story will be a stunner. It’s apparently SO shocking that it will cause us all to go down on our knees to beg forgiveness for even entertaining the idea that the saintly martyr, Casey, could have possibly hurt her own daughter. We will all know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Casey Anthony was and is the “Mother Of The Year”–at the trial.
And what exactly could that truth be as far as a defense? Well, Baez isn’t saying, but, he had to be delighted when it was discovered that Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found Caylee’s remains, had contacted LE twice back in August in regards to the same location. No one saw a body. It gave credence to the mysterious conspiracy theory by suggesting the body was moved and it couldn’t have been moved by an imprisoned Casey. Baez’ latest motion requesting information about TES searchers rumored to have been in the same area seems to be aimed at supporting that theory. Did someone or some people take Caylee to “teach Casey a lesson” and then later dump her body near her house to implicate her? Perhaps she owed them money, she scammed the wrong person, she was up to her eyeballs in a prostitution ring or illegal drugs or a gang or….?? It only takes one juror with reasonable doubt.
On the other hand, maybe ex-fiance, Jesse, took her or her real father snatched her. Baez has also requested Jesse Grund’s proof of non-paternity. Is he part of the conspiracy theory or is this an alternate scenario? The Anthonys have, almost from the beginning, pointed an accusatory finger at Jesse. Casey, too, by telling her parents to stay away from him in a jailhouse conversation. Apparently Baez is considering jumping on the “Jesse did it” bandwagon as well. The trouble with that is– it has already been established that Jesse met Casey AFTER she became pregnant with Caylee. Even if he were the father what motive did he have to kill his own child? Besides Jesse, George and Cindy have tried to throw several of Casey’s other friends under the bus, and if the information leaked from George’s recent suicide note are correct, they’re still trying. Again, where’s the motive? Was Caylee’s vocabulary getting big enough to rat someone out for something?? It only takes one juror with reasonable doubt.
All the above could be plausable defenses–except for the white elephant that’s firmly planted in the room. Casey Anthony didn’t report her daughter missing for 31 days and then only because her mother, Cindy, finally took the bull by the horns. By all accounts, Casey showed no signs of stress and she exhibited no questionable behavior around her friends. There was no indication that someone was threatening her in any way. Everyone, right down to her current boyfriend, Tony Lazaro, was shocked that Caylee was missing. Casey partied, went on a crime spree, and in general behaved like someone that didn’t have a care in the world. Yet, her baby had vanished. When confronted by police, she lied. She lied without batting an eyelid. She refused to help them find her missing baby. What mother would do that??
So, does that mean maybe Casey is just crazy? Under the circumstances that could easily be a believable defense. Unfortunately for her, being a sociopath, as many think she is, is not considered a mental illness, and she certainly doesn’t fit the profile of an Andrea Yates. In any case, insanity is the hardest defense to prove, so I doubt Baez’ is ready to put it on the table yet.
What does all this say? Unless I’ve missed some pertinent piece to this puzzle, it says to me that even after all these months, Jose Baez isn’t keeping his defense strategy under wraps–he just plain doesn’t have one yet! He has brought in a million dollar dream team, supposedly the best of the best, and they are still grasping at straws. If Mr. Baez has his client’s best interest at heart as he says he does, then, unless he really is sitting on a bombshell, he only has a few options left. He can either try to make a deal with the prosecution–which they may or may not be willing to do at this point–or he can advise Casey to wait until after the trial and scream incompetent counsel. His chances for stardom dim considerably if he makes a deal, and I don’t think his rather inflated ego will allow him to advise her to do the later, so where does that leave Casey Anthony’s defense? I don’t know about you, but it’s a mystery to me!