Judge Stan Strickland recuses himself from the Casey Anthony case
After a motion from the defense stating that Judge Strickland had inappropriate contact with a blogger and should be removed from the case, he has done just that–recused himself. He is being replaced by Judge Blevin Perry Jr..
Judge Strickland’s Order on Defendant’s Motion to Disqualify Trial Judge LINK
I loved what Judge Strickland said at the end of the motion. There were some other great digs, but this one was the best.
At it’s core, defense counsel’s motion accuses the undersigned of being a “self-aggrandizing media hound.:” Indeed. The irony is rich.
Appointment of Judge Blevin Perry Jr. LINK
Corrected Motion by defense to disqualify Judge Stan Strickland LINK
read it below:
I decided not to post on this motion until it played out. In spite of the protests of foul play from many fellow bloggers and commenters, I knew there was a very good chance that Judge Strickland had very little choice other than to remove himself from the case if he didn’t want Casey’s defense to win on appeal down the road.
I have to say, that as much as I like and respect Judge Strickland, I agree 100% with his decision. Judge Strickland made a major blunder by speaking with a blogger. Whatever in the world was going through the man’s mind when he called the owner of a blog featuring Caylee and Casey Anthony up to the bench with the camera’s rolling? Worse, why did he think it would not cause problems when he made the decision to give this man a jingle??? (although, no mention of that phone call is included in his decision) The truth is that whether Judge Strickland watched the news, followed the media stories, or read the blogs, he should never have approached any blogger for any reason. It’s all very disappointing and makes one wonder why such a seasoned judge would knowingly do something that he had to realize would most certainly come back and take a big bite out of his hiney!
And what about “The Blogger”? He’s a blogger for pete’s sake, and he did what he does–blog. Is he at fault, or is he a victim? He says the defense took what he said out of context, and used trickery to get him to talk about Judge Strickland, and that’s most likely true. He is not a professional and was ill-equipped to go up against an experienced PI and trained reporters. BUT, should he have insinuated himself into this case as far as he did in the first place? (showing up in the courtroom, approaching key players, etc. ) If by doing those things, his intention was to acquire more readers, achieve greater face-recognition, and to gain more notoriety, he achieved his goal. He couldn’t have anticipated Judge Strickland speaking to him or the defense using that incident to oust His Honor from the case. I seriously doubt that his intention was to change the course of this trial, but unfortunately that’s exactly what happened. If he had not been sitting in the courtroom, FOR SURE Judge Strickland would not have had the opportunity to speak with him while the cameras rolled. Now, it appears that because he has spoken and continues to speak with the media, his notoriety is growing. (Why would he do that? See sentence 7 of this paragraph) So, is he at fault? No more than Judge Strickland. Is he a victim? No.
Anyway, it’s all water under the bridge now. The blogger will have to decide if he wants to milk this for all it’s worth. (That will be a matter for his own conscience), and we will have a new judge. We will also, more than likely, have a new trial date. We can only hope that Judge Perry will be as fair as Judge Strickland was, and with a little luck, maybe he’ll even be a little stricter!
But what about the murder of Caylee Anthony? An innocent was murdered and tossed away like trash. In the end, will there be any kind of justice for this child? At the end of the day, after all the liars, leeches, scoundrels, and opportunists have fed on this child’s bones, will the person who killed her be held accountable? Isn’t that what this is supposed to be about? Will anyone, ANYONE, even remember that sweet baby’s name after what may possibly end up being the worst debacle in the American judicial system’s history? I wonder. But, you can bet they’ll remember her mother.