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Who is Andrea Lyon? Will she save Casey Anthony?

May 31, 2009

Some of you may have already read the article below or at least read quotes from it, but I thought it was interesting enough and important enough to re-print here in it’s entirety.  Even though it was written in 1995, I think it’s the most revealing article I’ve found about Andrea Lyon.  It’s long but worth the read.

Andrea Lyon againAll I can say is, she’s very determined–whether she is defending Casey Anthony or someone else.  She doesn’t believe in the death penalty and apparently will go to any length to make sure even the most deserving of murderers is given that most precious of gifts, the gift, by the way, that they, in most instances, took without a second thought  from their victims–the gift of life.

Will she save Casey Anthony?  From being put to death?—maybe.  But, I doubt she will be able to free her. The prosecution has a strong case in spite of  what Baez says, and  Casey Anthony will most likely spend the rest of her life in jail, and for that, she probably will have Andrea Lyon to thank. That’s probably why she is on the case–to make sure Casey gets life instead of the needle.

The next big question is will she be able to get along with Jose Baez?  My guess is that she is Jose’s biggest mistake.  If what I’ve been reading about her is true, he will be no match for her in the lawyering department, in the intelligence department, or in a battle of the wills.  JMO

re-printed here with permission from the author,  Cheryl Lavin

Angel of Death Row
For Illinois prisoners facing execution, Andrea Lyon is the last line of defense

February 13, 1995
By Cheryl Lavin

The only thing standing between more than 100 convicted murderers and a John Wayne Gacy cocktail is Andrea Lyon, who runs the Capital Resource Center for the State of Illinois. After Death Row inmates have exhausted their direct appeals, she’s all they’ve got.

But she’s plenty. Lyon, a nationally recognized expert on death-penalty defense, is tough, smart, competitive, creative, charismatic, intimidating, passionate, unrelenting and absolutely committed to keeping her clients alive. No matter who they are, what they’ve done or how much the public would like to see them swing.

“Killing is wrong,” says Lyon. “Morally wrong. ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ you know? I believe in redemption. I’ve seen people change and do incredibly noble, generous things under horrible circumstances. People who have done nothing good in their whole lives, given one moment, one chance to do good, they can change.”

Lyon’s co-counsel on the case is Paul Dengel. Criminal attorneys, he says, sometimes need to maintain distance from their clients. But not Lyon. “She deals with our client as a person, she works with him, she relates to him. She cares very deeply about him as a human being in a terrible situation.”Lyon, 42, lives by a simple rule she learned as a child: “You see something wrong, you do something about it.” She grew up in Evanston in the ’60s, the oldest of four children in a family of far Left liberals, activists committed to civil rights, women’s rights, free speech, ending the war, saving the whales, the whole schmear. While Father was leading the family on peace marches, Mother was putting on plays by black activists and Andrea was leading walkouts, organizing demonstrations, singing in a mostly-black chorus and dragging home strays.

“She’d bring home wounded animals, even worms,” says Lyon’s mother, Yolanda Miller, head of the theater arts department at Roosevelt University. “She brought some old man home one time-she said he looked hungry-and scared me half to death. She’d come home and say, ‘Mom,’ and there’d be something about the tone of her voice. I’d ask her, ‘Two legs or four?’ ”

Before Kelly met Lyon, he knew of her. “I’ve done extensive reading, and I’d read a lot about her,” said Kelly from DuPage County Jail. “Everything told me she was a great attorney. She has spent her entire legal career defending the rights of individuals. She’s not a former prosecutor whose heart was left at the state’s attorney’s office. I came away from our first meeting feeling how dedicated she was. She gave me her home phone number, and she’s always available to me.”

Says Lyon, “I remember my mother picking me up after I had been leading a demonstration and saying, ‘Can’t you just break curfew like a normal teenager?’ ”

After graduating from Evanston Township High School and Rutgers University, Lyon, to no one’s surprise, chose to attend the non-traditional, liberal Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. “It was the place for people who saw the law as an agency for social change,” says Lyon’s father, Harvey Lyon, a management consultant.

“I wanted to save the world,” says Lyon.

Students worked on actual cases, and one of Lyon’s was a man accused of raping his daughter.

“He was a hillbilly, and he had no idea why he was in jail,” recalls Lyon’s father. “He said to Andrea: ‘She’s my property, isn’t she? If she’s big enough, she’s old enough.’ This to my daughter, a committed feminist. There was steam coming out of her ears. She had to decide right then whether her job was to judge or defend. It was a key event for her. She decided he was her client, and she got him off. There was a technical error in the arrest. But she hated him. She couldn’t look at him. I told her, in hunting, once a dog brings down its first prey, you say it’s blooded. After that, she was blooded.”

After law school, Lyon joined the office of the Cook County public defender, eventually heading the homicide task force. It’s a place that attracts “lawyers concerned about poor people getting a fair shake in the system,” says Mike Morrissey, current chief of the task force, who shared an office with Lyon.

She was able to win her clients’ trust, the key to any lawyer-client relationship. “It’s hard for public defenders,” says Morrissey, “because the client hasn’t personally hired you. Andrea would prove she deserved trust by keeping her word. She’d meet with a client and she’d tell him, ‘Look, I’m going to do the following things-interview witnesses, do research, file motions-and I’ll come back in a week and show you,’ and she would.”

“Most of my clients have never had promises kept to them,” says Lyon, “not by people of any authority.”

Her preparation for cases was legendary in the public defender’s office, and it still is. “For every hour in court, I’ll spend 10 to 20 getting ready,”says Lyon.

“That came from her last semester of law school,” says her father. “She was assigned to a judge who heard every kind of case. She said what she learned was that the lawyer who won was the one who was well-prepared. It wasn’t the facts of the case or the brilliance of the attorney, it was the preparation.”

Life on the line

Lyon would often do her own investigating, going into the city’s worst neighborhoods. “She put her life on the line more than once,” says Lyon’s sister Rachel Lyon.

“There was more than one night when she was down on the South Side trying to get witnesses to testify against gang members.”

In court, Lyon, who is 6 feet tall, would put on quite a show. “Juries would weep, people would faint,” she says, not altogether kidding. To make her point, she was prepared to cry, get angry, bully.

She says she once cross-examined a police officer so ferociously that he came off the witness stand and tried to choke her.

“That,” she says, “was a good moment.”

Another was when she delivered her closing argument handcuffed to the witness box so jurors would appreciate the conditions under which her client made his confession.

“I do a lot of acting,” says Lyon. “I once acted out a whole crime in front of the Illinois Supreme Court: shots ringing out, everyone running, falling to the floor. The justices looked bored; I figured I had to wake them up. I won seven-zip.”

Prosecutors use words like “dangerous” to describe her. “No question, when you went to try a case against her, you went to war,” says Anthony Calabrese, who was in the Cook County state’s attorney’s office for 13 years. “She can bully a judge as easily as a prosecutor, and if she senses any weakness, she’ll exploit it in a minute. It was clear she was protecting, not just her particular client, but all the potential clients in society and the Constitution.”

“Some lawyers are laid back,” says Cook County Circuit Judge Stephen Schiller. “Not Andrea. She lets very little happen without a challenge.”

“She’s a great trial attorney,” says Earl Strayhorn, presiding judge of the First Municipal District, “a real boss lawyer.”

Lyon might look comfortable in the courtroom, but she says that trying a case, which she still does occasionally, is “terrifying. I can’t eat. I wake up at 2 in the morning thinking of something I should have said. The whole time I’m afraid.”

“What I do is hard,” says her sister Rachel, a filmmaker, “but if I fail, it means I didn’t make as great a film as I could have. If Andrea fails, somebody goes down. They die. We all act like what we’re doing is life and death, but with her it is, all the time.”

“Eventually I’ll lose, won’t I?” says Lyon. “I’ve won 18 out of 18 death hearings. Eventually they’re going to get me, right?”

Lyon started the Capital Resource Center in February 1990 in a spare bedroom in the Evanston house she shares with her 5-year-old daughter, Samantha Lyon. (“I’m one of those single mothers Dan Quayle disapproves of,” she says.) The center is part of a federal program aimed at providing
representation for Death Row inmates and speeding up the appeals process.

Today the center’s offices are on West Jackson Boulevard. There are  16 full-time employees, including four attorneys, and an annual budget of $700,000. Lyon makes $62,000, “about $20,000 less than a starting associate in a big firm right out of law school. About a quarter of what I’m worth on the open market.”

Motivated by life and death

Money has never motivated her, although with a finicky boiler, car-repair bills and a child, it has its appeal. Still, she says: “I don’t understand why anyone would spend $100,000 on a car. You’ve got $100,000? Buy a car for $25,000 and give the rest to people who are hungry.”

What motivates her are the high stakes for which she plays. Once, when Lyon was depressed, her father asked her why she didn’t get out of criminal law.

She says she told him, “After you’ve defended someone’s life, one rich man suing another seems so unimportant.”

The center works only with Death Row inmates whose cases have been tried and lost and whose direct appeals have been heard and lost. The center’s attorneys look at each case from scratch. The public, which according to opinion polls is overwhelmingly in favor of the death penalty, thinks they’re looking for nit-picking technicalities.

Lyon strenuously objects.

“My client needed 27 stitches in the back of his head and an operation on his testicles after the police finished getting a confession from him. That’s my technicality. What we do is look at all the facts surrounding the trial and the client’s life. We see if evidence should have been brought out that wasn’t and if there was evidence in the control of the prosecution that was hidden and other constitutional violations.

“To my surprise, even though I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve tried 130 murder cases myself, I can’t think of a single case where there hasn’t been some form of prosecutorial misconduct. I expected to find it sometimes, I didn’t expect to find it all the time. I was suprised.

“We have a lot of innocent clients. That is another thing that surprised me. I thought we’d have a case, two cases, but somewhere between 10 to 15 percent of our clients didn’t do it. Wrong guy. Wrong guy altogether.”

In addition to four staff attorneys, the center has a panel of 180 lawyers that work either pro bono or for a nominal fee.

One is Mark Latham, who had never tried a criminal case, let alone one involving a capital offense, before working with the center. The experience changed him.

“Before, if someone asked me how I felt about the death penalty for someone like John Wayne Gacy, I would have said, ‘Who cares?’ But now, I have a much better sense of why someone gets sentenced to death. It’s not the O.J. Simpsons of the world. It’s, by and large, people of color who are indigent. They come from abusive families, they have limited intelligence. These aren’t excuses, they’re reasons why people grow up and kill. These are the people we’re routinely sentencing to death.”

About the best the center can do for them is get a death penalty reduced to life without parole. It’s a bargain some don’t want to make.

“I tell them, if at some point they want to make a decision about ending their own life, it’s one thing, but if they think I’m going to sit by and let the state murder them, they’re crazy,” says Lyon. “Life is hope, and hope is good.”

Lyon believes in redemption. She says she has seen it happen. She has seen people-murderers-given a chance do something “noble.”

She is thinking, perhaps, of Robert Langford. At 15 he was convicted of murder when he handed a gun to another boy who killed a gang member. He served 20 years. He was released and killed two people in a drug war. Lyon was with the public defender’s office, and he became her client.

She explored his background with him. At 13 he watched his father try to kill his mother. At 15, while in jail, he was raped repeatedly. His life, he realized, was over, but he hoped he could save his two nephews. So he talked to them from jail, telling them over and over not to do what he had done.

Lyon brought both nephews to his sentencing hearing. One is working on his master’s degree at the University of Chicago, the other is a highly decorated Marine sergeant. Both credited him with keeping them off the streets.

“Now you tell me his life isn’t worth something,” says Lyon. “And he’s the rule, not the exception.”

Still haunted by the case she lost.

Of all the defendants Andrea Lyon has represented, the one that still haunts her is Steve Shore.

She says he was an innocent witness to a 1982 murder. Two members of the El Rukn street gang identified Shore as the killer and threatened his family if he told what he saw. Lyon, then a public defender, thought the case against Shore was weak. He had never been in trouble, and there was no physical evidence against him.

She told him to take a bench trial.

“Everyone knew I won the case but the judge. I lost. I wrote the appeal, I lost the appeal, 2-to-1 with a 60-page dissent.”

Although she left the public defender’s office in 1990, Lyon has continued to represent Shore at her own expense. The case has bounced back and forth between state and federal courts and taken many twists and turns.

One witness recanted, a new witness appeared and a gang member confessed to the murder.

“I go back to court. I beg the prosecutors on my knees: ‘Please, go talk to these witnesses, just talk to them. This is the wrong guy. He’s been in jail for a decade. Go talk to him.’ But they won’t talk to him. They won’t do anything. It’s on appeal. I argued it in June before the Illinois Appellate
Court, I’m waiting for a decision. It’s very hard to keep working on the case, to keep watching this guy who didn’t do it, to watch him get destroyed in prison. Every time I think about it, I feel like a failure. I don’t know if I’ll ever get him out.”

Lyon has said that she doesn’t believe in “pure evil,” that for every violent crime there is a reason, “a dark and complex key out of the defendant’s childhood.” Here is the “key” to one client, currently sentenced to die in three states for a seven-week crime spree that occurred 11 years ago and resulted in the deaths of eight people, including several children.

“When he was born, his mother put him in the garbage. She didn’t want him. His grandmother, who was 32, rescued him. She would tell him he was just garbage. . . . No one ever changed (his diaper). He only ate when his grandmother was home. No one else fed him.

“When he was 8 or 9, he was at school-he was already a troublemaker-and he refused to sit down when the teacher told him to. So she sent him to the principal. The principal ordered him to sit down. He wouldn’t sit down. The principal reached over and pushed him on the shoulder and forced him to sit down. He jumped up screaming, leaving a pool of blood on the chair. He was being used as a prostitute and had been sodomized so much he couldn’t sit. You know what they did for him? They gave him an ice pack. That’s it.    “Now, I feel like saying: ‘What did you think he was going to grow up and do? What did you think was going to happen to that boy?’ You know who he is? Alton Coleman. That beast you’ve read about.”

Although her office handles only appeals, Lyon likes to try one or two cases a year, to keep her skills honed. She does them pro bono, on her own time. She is using her vacation time to work on the trial of James Kelly Jr., a former vice president of Merrill Lynch accused of murdering his ex-wife in 1991.

58 Comments leave one →
  1. ostella permalink
    May 31, 2009 8:16 pm

    I do not like the SwampLady. She pounds her chest, touting herself as a bleedinghearted liberal, even though she withheld a murder confession and let an innocent man rot in jail for 26 years….where was her “passionate concern” for that innocent man’s life? No, this one strikes me as being frighteningly sociopathic; a theatrical ogre who pulls on people’s heartstrings to get what she wants. And all she wants is to win. Period. Cuz it makes her feel important…

  2. itsamysterytome permalink*
    May 31, 2009 8:28 pm

    Yeah, my first thought was that she only cares about winning, too. She’s right up there with the rest of the limelight mongers. She’s got a new book to promote and what better vehicle than the “crime of the century” to get the word out.

    You can’t win every case (and I think she is saying that getting her clients “life in prison” rather than “the needle or the chair” is winning. Kind of false advertising if you ask me (not than anyone did ask me.)

  3. Hilde permalink
    May 31, 2009 8:30 pm

    Personally this new DP Attorney Andrea Lyon rubs me the wrong Way.
    I know from what I have read so far and heard Andrea Lyon is very well respected in the Legal Field.
    I do believe she will go to Extreme to save her Client from the DP.
    Myself I didn’t like to hear her stating to the Media that she hopes Casey Anthony will be acquitted and according to her the Reason the State put the DP back on the Table was strategic.

    It is one Thing for Andrea Lyon to join the Defense to keep Casey from getting the DP it’s quite another to try to convince the Public that Casey A. is innocent
    of killing her own Daughter and should be acquitted.
    It doesn’t matter how good of an Attorney that Woman is, matter of Fact that remains to be seen in the near Future regarding the Anthony Case.
    Caylee Marie Anthony was murdered and Justice needs to be served for this
    innocent Child.
    I believe the right Person is sitting in Jail. Do I believe she should get the DP,
    No, Life in Prison without Parole will be fair.
    Should Andrea Lyon be able to get Life in Prison for Casey A., her Job would be well done and Justice would be served.
    Casey would be spared getting the DP like she gave to her own Daughter Caylee, who was not that lucky, her Life wasn’t spared. JMO

  4. Hilde permalink
    May 31, 2009 8:41 pm

    Ostella~~~ if that is true what You are saying about Andrea Lyon, People have a Right to know about it , that is disgusting!
    She is so praised by other Attorneys .
    I guess the more ruthless You are as an Attorney the more Respect You earn from Your colleagues? Shaking my Head in Disbelief! Really not surprised though.

  5. itsamysterytome permalink*
    May 31, 2009 8:42 pm

    I agree with you Hilde–Casey spending the rest of her life in jail sounds fair to me.

    I believe the prosecution in this case has crossed their t’s and dotted their i’s. They are more than capable of taking on someone like Lyon. I don’t believe she will be able to run ramshod over them.

  6. Hilde permalink
    May 31, 2009 8:44 pm

    Mystery, You really put a lot of Thought and Time into Your Post as Always.
    All the Information is very much appreciated! 🙂

  7. itsamysterytome permalink*
    May 31, 2009 8:50 pm

    from “The Greater of Two Evils: When is it okay to let an innocent man rot in jail?”

    “Informed of this grave miscarriage of justice, Coventry and Kunz, and two other lawyers, Andrea Lyon and Marc Miller, felt they could do nothing more for the falsely accused man than file away a statement that one day—26 years later, as it turned out—might free him.

    On March 17, 1982, they signed a notarized affidavit that said: “I have obtained information through privileged sources that a man named Alton Logan who was charged with the fatal shooting of Lloyd Wickliffe at on or about 11 Jan. 82 is in fact not responsible for that shooting that in fact another person was responsible.” Coventry put the affidavit in a metal box and put the box away. They made no copies.”

  8. itsamysterytome permalink*
    May 31, 2009 8:51 pm

    Thanks, Hilde!

  9. Hilde permalink
    May 31, 2009 9:06 pm

    mystery~~ you are welcome~~ well deserved!

    Thank You for this Article. I have read about Andrea Lyon being involved and responsible for keeping Alton Logan an innocent Man in Prison for 26 Yrs.
    knowing her Client was the real Killer. I wasn’t sure if it was a Fact, I don’t like
    paying Attention to Rumors.
    In this Case, the Public has a Right to know about this and Andreas Lyon’s
    I guess it really shouldn’t surprise me that she was picked to be on Casey’s
    Defense Team, she will fit right into with the Rest of them. I guess the
    Truth doesn’t really matter in this Case, just saving poor poor Casey, the Victim
    in their Eyes. Have they forgotten the real Victim Caylee Marie?
    I am sorry, but that just aggravates the Heck out of me. 😦

  10. Hilde permalink
    May 31, 2009 9:08 pm

    Error~~ Andrea not Andreas (Andreas is my Dads Name btw 🙂 )

  11. Hilde permalink
    May 31, 2009 9:12 pm

    Time for me to go.
    It’s been a long Day.
    We been remodeling our Living Room, taking off old Paneling and Dry Wall and putting up new Dry Wall and Insulation, didn’t have any before, then the painting starts and the Clean Up.
    Right now we have a big Mess, but it will all be worth it when it’s done.

    Good Night!

  12. Molly permalink
    May 31, 2009 9:42 pm

    Well it is all about winning. Racking up those wins to boast about. Putting them on their resume, getting admiration from other lawyers. she said it herself, i’ve won 18 of 18, eventually “they’ll get me”. Doesn’t matter who’s right or wrong.
    What a hypocrite. That case where the gang member admitted to the murder, she “begged” the prosecutors that her client was innocent but they wouldn’t do anything. It’s so hard for her to see this man destroyed in jail, she feels like a failure. Guess that’s not the case for the innocent man who spent 26 yrs in jail & died there & she KNEW he didn’t do it. She’s o.k, with that one though.
    And don’t worry about her living on a mere $62,000 – she has a list of books that she’s written & I’m sure she gets paid fees from her sisters films for consulting as those films were cases that she handled.
    I love the part about “10 to 15% of our clients didn’t do it”. ummm, what 85-90% DID do it & she’s doing battle to get them cleared? I hope she meant get life in prison instead of the DP.
    I’m all for getting the innocent ones out of jail or cleared, but the ones that actually did it should be in jail. Winning a case just because you’re a big, loud, ballsy, theatrical, intimidating lawyer doesn’t impress me at all if it’s not for the right reason. I guess she made her moral choice when she defended that hillbilly & got him off knowing that he raped his daughter. That says it all…

  13. Molly permalink
    May 31, 2009 9:49 pm

    She may get the DP taken off, but that’s it.

  14. Molly permalink
    May 31, 2009 10:21 pm

    Humble has nice blog set up to post support & encouragement to Jesse Grund. The link was sent to the Grund’s & Jesse has already graciously responded.

  15. ostella permalink
    May 31, 2009 10:43 pm

    I’m really curious how she’s gonna get along with sindy, and baez for that matter…who gets to steer the case? They’re all such control freaks, they’ll spend most of their time butting heads… Good Lord, I wouldn’t wanna be around for that…Swamplady’s fists are bigger than her head! Tweedle Bozo would spin like a top if she slugged him in the face….and sindy….she could try and run away, but those saggy boobs would just punch her in the face and knock her out, and then she’d be done for….Swamplady will stop at nothing! Must win!!! MMMMWAHAHA!!!!!!

  16. ostella permalink
    May 31, 2009 11:34 pm

    Thanx for the link Molly! I left a comment to support jesse…I feel so bad for the Grunds…its amazing how outrageously cruel the A’s are. Down with the Turd Herd!I’m tired of waiting! I’m reminded of a quote from Reno911 (one of my favorite shows): “Some turds float to the top, some sink to the bottom. But eventually they all get flushed.” I guess I should just keep the faith…

  17. Jill from Western Australia permalink
    June 1, 2009 3:02 am

    Thanks Molly! I too left a little note of support.

    Thanks Mystery for all your research…I’m with Hilde and others…AL {aka Swamplady} is definately OFF my Christmas card list :mrgreen:

  18. June 1, 2009 3:47 am

    Hi ya Mystery!!! Hope all is well! Nah, she won’t save Casey, nor will Baez or any of those D-team members. Casey made her cott, now she has to sleep on it! I also will not be contributing to her book buying frenzy! 🙂

  19. Diana permalink
    June 1, 2009 6:09 am

    I could care less if Tranny Andrea gets the death penalty off the table. For WF to spend the rest of her life behind bars would be a sweet vivtory for Caylee

  20. maxineme permalink
    June 1, 2009 9:01 am

    Golly, I read the article and was almost convinced of her goodness.. Then I remembered poor logan spending those 26 years in prison, when she KNEW he was innocent.. Also, I would have become a prosecuter that day I was face to face with the hillbilly daughter rapist, if I had been lyons… thanks for the article..

    molly, I think logan was freed after 26 years,,,, the real killer, simmpson who was a client of lyons, died, and with his death, they brought out the confession and freed logan.. at least, That is my understanding of events.. Soo sad,.

  21. paula permalink
    June 1, 2009 10:17 am

    Whatever happened to integrity and strength of character? I guess I’m showing my age! After reading about Andrea Lyon and the innocent man (Logan) who spent 26 years in prison, I can now understand why Baez pointed a finger to Jesse Grund last week. She probably advised him to do that. Also, Geraldo Rivera had Baez and Linda Kenny Baden on his show last night and they were all bashing the prosecution – Geraldo too. What a jerk! I think that no matter who comes on board for the defense Casey will still get a life sentence and that’s just fine with me. This group is just unbelievable in a scary kind of way.

  22. June 1, 2009 10:39 am

    Hi Mystery, Wow I am always amazed at how good you are at putting all this information together, Thank you my friend, great job!

    I read over the article and cannot believe the double talk that comes out of this woman’s mouth! She says and I quote, “Killing is wrong”, “morally wrong”, “Thou shall not kill”,! HUH!!!!! I think she should chant this while she’s looking at pictures of Caylee’s skull and bones! By what Lyons mother says, “She would bring wounded animals home, even worms.” Well, well, well, she has more regard for worms than she has for a 2-year old baby girl who was killed by her own mother! WHAT A FRIGGIN MORAN!! She spits about morals and then abandons them when it comes to murdered children, she leaves them to fend for themselves and goes and helps the ones who created their untimely death! Exuse me!!!!!! I just don’t get it!!! She says she believes in redemption, well she just had to go there didn’t she! Yep I believe SHE’S going to be the one educated on redemption because it’s gonna come and slap her when she leasts expects it. Well Lyons you might talk and speak of your killer’s rights and innocence, but Caylee’s innocence is what REALLY is important here, she didn’t ask to be killed and stuffed in her own mother’s car and thrown like trash. IMO, the jury WILL see that the center of all of this is that a baby girl is not only dead but murdered, and Lyons can turn on the waterworks all she wants, but I believe what will stun the jury will be Caylee and Caylee alone.


  23. ostella permalink
    June 1, 2009 10:56 am

    I’m totally fine with LWOP in this case. Princess Porkchop can sit in a cage counting her stretch marks and cellulite dimples forever, for all I care. I think they should line her cell with mirrors so she can watch herself inflate to peak fugliness… And they should just shave that greasemop right off her head so she can’t fidget with her hair anymore…

    Geraldo (birthname Jerry Rivers, by the way) can go suck eggs. He’s no better than NG in my opinion; a tabloid sensationalist hungry for ratings. Did Bozo get his Geraldo poster autographed on-air? I bet its hanging above his bed right now…

    I was trying to remember all the different causes that our Anthony Awareness Club promotes:
    Turd Herd Awareness
    Free Jesse Grund Foundation
    Casey Ebola Virus Prevention
    Whack-a-Troll Down Unda Mate, Inc.
    Save Amy Huizenga Foundation
    Squirrel Amnesty International
    Rescue Tim Miller Organization
    Did I forget any? Feel free to add….

  24. Molly permalink
    June 1, 2009 11:14 am

    Maxineme – Sorry ! You are right, Logan did not die in prison, the Real guilty guy did die & they pulled out their locked box with the signed piece of paper stating that they knew all along that Logan was innocent.
    As you can see by the length of my post, I’m pretty riled up about this & Lyon’s.
    I agree with Diane, I could care less if she “wins” getting the DP taken off, as long as Casey spends her beautiful life in prison.

  25. ostella permalink
    June 1, 2009 1:32 pm

    you’re never gonna believe what I just found…I might have to change my avatar; its too perfect! Check this out:

    🙂 !!!!!!Whack-a-troll!!!!! 🙂

  26. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 1, 2009 2:40 pm

    You are right that she made a moral (immoral?) choice when she chose to defend the man that she knew for a fact raped his daughter. She could have chosen not to do that.

    I realize that someone has to do the dirty job of defending the guilty, but does she have to do it with such relish and bravado?

    Thanks for the link to Humble’s blog to show support for Jesse Grund.

  27. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 1, 2009 2:43 pm


    My money’s on Andrea. Cindy and Jose will rue the day she she came on board. She will never let Jose damage her “pristine” reputation with his incompetence.

  28. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 1, 2009 2:45 pm

    Jill–you’re welcome!

  29. MAND permalink
    June 1, 2009 2:56 pm

    Molly..I also thought Logan died in prison…and I have said she (Lyon) was guilty of murder…which she is not since the man is still alive…but I would have to say I’m sure it killed his soul.
    I find it so hard to believe that judges and attorneys hold her in such high esteem knowing what she did to this man and his family.
    I at one time had a lot of respect for the legal profession and judicial system…after reading this I find it difficult to feel like I once did…this can-not be the only time this has happened??
    Barry Sheck is part of those attorneys that help to free innocent people wrongly imprisoned…I would love to hear his views on this women and what she has done??
    Hi Humble…and all…I agree with all of you!!

  30. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 1, 2009 3:39 pm

    Hey Humble!

    Yep, she may keep the needle out of her arm, but she’ll never get her off. The facts are the facts and there ain’t no way around em’. I suspect Ms. Lyon is well aware of that,too—or she will be when she studies the case. It’s “all about the book”.

  31. June 1, 2009 3:52 pm

    Thank you for the post. I don’t see anything so admirable in freeing babykillers, myself. Although Lyons may think this is her cause in life, who is going to make poor innocent little Caylee their cause?
    Barbie Girl

  32. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 1, 2009 3:54 pm

    I’m with you Diana! As long as they throw away the key, I don’t care!

    maxineme How do you suppose she slept at night knowing that man was sitting in that cell for all those years? I couldn’t be a defense attorney either.

  33. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 1, 2009 4:02 pm

    paula Integrity and strength of character has gone down the tubes with everything else that once made Americans and this country great. Our children’s children are growing up in a different world. Very sad.

    Thanks, nancy! She must be able to compartmentalize things in the same way Casey does. She must shove the sad fact that a baby was murdered into a lock-box in the back of her mind. She must consider only her client’s life. She must not consider the heinous crimes these people have committed. How is someone that murdered 8 people capable of redemption in any ones eyes other than maybe God’s?

  34. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 1, 2009 4:13 pm

    Great list, Ostella–I think you covered it–LOL

    And, I LOVE the Daffy avatar–You need to own it, girl—it’s you!

  35. kiss825 permalink
    June 1, 2009 4:40 pm

    I don’t know how those lawyers can sleep at night or look themselves in the mirror when they get up in the morning. Money is the root of all evil!

  36. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 1, 2009 5:34 pm

    Mand–I agree with you. In the Alton Logan case the attorneys’ excuse was that they couldn’t break the attorney/client privilege. Lyon was NOT an official attorney in the case though she said she had worked on it so much she considered herself to be. Does that mean she made a personal decision not to reveal what she knew to be true or was she also bound by the attorney/client privilege?(she wrote the statement and acted as notary that proclaimed Logan’s innocence–the statement they locked in a box.)

    Our system somehow needs to be fixed. Somethings wrong when the criminal is treated better than the victim.

  37. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 1, 2009 5:35 pm

    Barbie girl–I guess somebody has to do it, but I sure couldn’t.

  38. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 1, 2009 5:38 pm


    I’m not defending the lengths these attorneys go to, but they are a necessary part of our judicial system–I just really think there needs to be a postscript added to the attorney/client privilege. It’s just wrong to let an innocent man spend 26 years in jail when the attorneys for the real killer KNEW FOR A FACT that he was innocent. Just blows my mind!!!

  39. theclablue permalink
    June 1, 2009 8:54 pm

    Mystery, Thanks for all the great information. I hope some lawyer some day figures a legal way around the client attorney privilege that lets them inform the law when an innocent person is serving time for something he didn’t do. They seem to know how to twist facts around all the time to save a person who does not deserve saving. Lyon seemed pleased by the fact that she got a man off who was guilty of raping his own daughter (even though she hated him and knew he was guilty!) because she was keeping score and couldn’t stand to lose. What kind of convoluted reasoning is that? Casey is in a fight for her life and look at all the people who are there to help her. How many people were there to help little Caylee when she fought for that last breath? I hope the people on this jury will be there for her at the trial.

  40. MAND permalink
    June 1, 2009 9:26 pm

    Mystery…I’m sure that rule could be amended…a lot of these attorneys are so engrossed in getting their names out there and winning takes presidence…it becomes WIN at any cost….there has to be a better way?

  41. niecey456 permalink
    June 1, 2009 9:46 pm

    Mystery, Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this. I have been fuming over this issue and I just believe she’s as dirty as Bozo and LKB if she could do that. What happened to “Justice”? I’m sorry has it been forgotten, for the sake of money and winning??? It really saddens me to think this is where we have come. Our forefathers would be rolling in their graves if they could see some of the foolishness and misinterpretation of the foundations they set forth. I know God’s not happy about it. I don’t know what else to say………..

    Ostella, I think you covered our orgs. We must get busy on those t-shirts. I agree with Mystery, you need to own that avatar!

  42. T-L-I-O-T-G permalink
    June 1, 2009 10:58 pm

    They’ve got to get her ready for prison,so they brought in the AMAZON Woman.Now they can fight for the Crazseyones attention.
    What are gramma/grampa gonna do for the anniversary ,go for surf and turf.
    I say they should go for a long ride on the SSCaylee,say HEEHAW,in a hurricane..glub,glub,glub!!

  43. Molly permalink
    June 2, 2009 12:42 am

    I’m with you Niecey, I’m a history buff & often think about our forefathers and how they formed “these United States” & crafted our (basically) mission statement for the country. Some things going on now, I don’t think that’s what they had in mind. It saddens me too.

    Mystery – I don’t think you’re supposed to be a notary on a document that you’ve signed, as you said above that Lyon’s did. wth?

  44. Molly permalink
    June 2, 2009 12:46 am

    I wonder if that rapist she “saved” had more children at home. The thought turns my stomach.

  45. Jill from Western Australia permalink
    June 2, 2009 2:37 am

    Hey Mystery 26 years KNOWING you are innocent must have been horrendous! This SwampLady is 👿 we must continue to spread the word!

    Thanks Ostella I knew you would find a better name..proud to be known as Whack-a-Troll Down Unda Mate, Inc. You must change your avatar to Daffy with a mallet…it will scare the living “heck” out of the trolls when you appear 😆

  46. azrenee permalink
    June 2, 2009 9:24 am

    Lyon is gung ho to change the death penalty system, how about changing the system so when a mans spiritual life, his soul, his family, is at risk, an attorney can step up and tell the TRUTH. Just because you are charged with ensuring a person has a fair trial, does not mean you lie, cheat to help them go free. The system wasnt broke until lawyers decided to twist and bend and use the media to taint jury pools. Mr Logans life was literally in jeopardy by sending him to prison when he was innocent of the crime. She sent an innocent man to his virtual death. What is the motto of DP opponents? If one innocent person is saved, it balances the scales of hundreds getting out of the dp. Guess she doesnt practice what she preaches. Hypocrite.

  47. MAND permalink
    June 2, 2009 2:13 pm

    I agree Azrenee…I find this so be so cold and uncaring about an innocent man…to deliberatly destroy his life as well as his families.
    I haven’t read anymore about Logan…was he married.and did he have a family? Just curious???

  48. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 6, 2009 7:54 am

    I’m sure that when the attorney/client privilege was put into place the intention was good. It made sure the client would, if so inclined, be able to tell his attorney any and everything–But, there should be a way for a defense attorney to make sure some innocent person is not punished for their client’s crime without that attorney being punished himself. The attorney/client privilege, as it stands, forces a lawyer to be, IMO, an accessory to the crime (at least morally) whether he wants to be or not.

  49. Lynn permalink
    June 16, 2009 6:38 pm

    I don’t

  50. Samantha permalink
    June 18, 2009 2:35 pm

    I know Andrea Lyons personally and her ethics are so botched, I can’t even BEGIN to explain. She is a Hypocrite! And I can’t even vouch for her as a good person in general life. My personal experience with her (not as a client either) has been as an overbearing and conniving human being (and calling her human is actually nicer than what I really think of her) She is a spotlight HOG!

  51. Sheller permalink
    September 19, 2009 5:05 pm

    Spotlight Hog is right on. Leaving an innocent man in jail for any reason is a crime of morality. “Only takes appeal cases” must have been waived when “spotlight of the century” arrived in the C.A. case. Interesting that “conveniently” she has a book coming out.

  52. November 20, 2009 1:07 pm

    Im so Sorry to hear,that someone like Lyons is willing to help,those who murdered in cold callious ways.I have a compasion,but not for those who murder children.Sorry

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  54. gisele permalink
    June 11, 2011 10:14 pm

    I would like to ask Andrea why she redraw from Casey Anthony’s case. Was it before she thought her client was somehow or entirely guilty?

  55. gisele permalink
    June 11, 2011 10:15 pm

    I mean withdrew.

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