Indigency hearing scheduled for Casey Anthony
Casey Anthony will be in court next week for an indigency hearing with Judge Strickland. The hearing has been scheduled for March 18, 2010.
The Orange County Court Clerk, Lydia Gardner declared her indigent late Monday. It remains to be seen whether or not Strickland will approve her declaration. Jose Baez stated that Casey Anthony has given full financial disclosure and she has signed a form detailing how it has come to be that she has no more money to pay for her defense.
According to Richard Hornsby, the form she filled out is, “the most vague and superficial affidavit you can possibly have.” He says that before Strickland can approve her indigence status, he needs to look deeper than a 1 page form.
“You have Casey Anthony, who is now a convicted fraud, who is claiming indigence and is claiming that she somehow had $111,000 while she’s been in jail,” Hornsby said. “I’ve got to think that Judge Strickland is going to make Casey Anthony and Jose Baez make a full disclosure of how much he was paid, who brokered the deal, who managed the funds, where the funds have been sitting since Casey Anthony has been in jail.”
A citizen in Fernandina Beach wrote a letter to the court, Wednesday, asking Strickland to decline Casey Anthony’s request and to appoint a public defender. That woman voiced what a lot of people are thinking.
“It doesn’t sit well that she had the money and spent it and gave it all to the lawyers and now expects us to pay for it,” the letter said.
read it below:
Good for “the citizen” from Florida, I say! I hope the court is receiving lots of letters and emails from the taxpayers of Florida saying, if she’s indigent she should be using a public defender. I couldn’t believe my ears last night when, on either JVM or NG it was stated that she has the right to any defense she wants.
It’s a freaking mystery to me why someone who says she has “NO” money is given the privilege of having the state pay for the expenses of any high-powered attorney she might want, but someone with “a little money” (namely the long-suffering middle-class) is only entitled to the defense they can “AFFORD”.
Not a problem for people that work like dogs for a living and still barely keep their heads above water to take out second mortgages on their homes in order to pay for their own defense. Uh, are you listening Anthonys’ and your gang? That would be the homes they have deligently made payments on so as NOT to go into foreclosure! (And while I’m on that soapbox—that would be homes they have taken second mortgages on to pay for their own educations, their own food, their own childcare, etc. etc. ETC.) But, free-loading good for nothings like Casey Anthony, and a whole lot of other people that take advantage of and “work” the system, get all those things and more free gratis.
I don’t know, maybe they are all patting themselves on the back for their “cleverness” at using the system to their own advantage. I just know this a concept that I, and a whole lot of people like me, have trouble swallowing, let alone understanding.