Judge Strickland rules-Casey Anthony’s check fraud case to be in the “near future” plus a docu-dump tomorrow
The prosecution requested a trial date be set for the fraud case as soon as possible, but Anthony’s defense team argued that preparing for that case would be a deterrent for their preparation in the murder trial. Judge Strickland sided with the prosecution.
The spokeswoman for Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, said the defense team’s reaction to the judge’s ruling is “disappointing.”
“All our resources need to be focused on defending Casey Anthony from the State’s determination to seek the death penalty,” spokeswoman Marti Mackenzie said in an e-mail to the Orlando Sentinel.
The state submitted an affidavit from Amy Huizenga, the victim and friend of Casey, to support its motion for the trial to be held as soon as possible. Strickland wrote in his order that he found Huizenga’s affidavit “compelling.”
“The affidavit states that the duration of this legal process over the last year has caused her a great deal of mental stress,” Strickland wrote.
“After considering all of the factors and argument of counsel, this Court feels that the best resolution is to set the matter for trial in the near future,” Strickland said. “In terms of legal skill and analysis, this case is rather simple.”
He added that there will be few witnesses in this trial, and not counting jury selection, it should not take more than a few days to reach it’s conclusion.
“This Court cannot justify making the victim wait even longer to have this matter resolved,” Strickland wrote. “Therefore, in the coming days the Court will set this matter for pretrial and trial.”
The State Attorney’s Office announced that more evidence will be released tomorrow (Friday) morning. The information will include several audio and video clips and it’s expected to include an interview with California bounty hunter Leonard Padilla.
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FINALLY! and good for Judge Strickland! I still think the only reason the defense wanted to delay this trial was so that Casey wouldn’t go into her murder trial, already a convicted felon. Their argument was quite lame–and I bet they are VERY disappointed with this latest ruling!