Motion for Acquital Denied. Defense prepares for tomorrow
Motion for Acquital: Denied on all counts. Court is in recess until 9:00 AM Thursday morning when the defense will take over.
Today, after 59(if I counted correctly) witnesses, the State rested it’s case. Did they do enough? Did they connect the dots?
IMO they laid out the perfect circumstantial case. What an undertaking it must have been! These dedicated prosecutors were determined to give justice to Caylee, and I think they’ve done it. Piece by piece they put together the puzzle of how this angel most likely died. We may never know exactly what happened to Caylee. (even if Casey actually told the truth, how would we ever know it was in fact, the TRUTH?) The State made a very good argument that she died from an overdose of chloroform and/or suffocation from the duct tape wrapped around her little head. All roads lead straight as an arrow directly to Casey Anthony. No one else had a motive– no one else’s life was “enriched” by Caylee’s absence. (absolutely not George’s) Only Casey’s world became a ” beautiful life” when that sweet baby breathed her last breath. Everyone else’s world became a living hell. Only Casey cared so little for Caylee that she was not affected by the loss of her daughter until she was incarcerated and charged with murder.
The defense begins damage control tomorrow morning, and I’m thinking we can expect a few dramatic surprises. The defense amended their witness list to include Vasco Thompson, an Orlando felon convicted on kidnapping charges in 1988. Apparently the defense’s investigators found this “recently discovered witness through the ongoing efforts of defense investigators.” According to the filing, Vasco Thompson was “connected to George Anthony through his cell phone records.” Those records include 4 phone calls between George and Thompson on July 14, 2008. (this was the day before they found out Caylee had been missing for 31 days.) The records say that this man has a violent criminal history and has served a 10 year prison sentence for kidnapping. The court papers don’t say if it was a stranger kidnapping, a child, a girlfriend or what. Look under defense witnesses on this link. http://www.wftv.com/index.html to see the PDF file.
Mr. Thompson has refused to talk to the defense and called LE when they tried to question him. Because of the defense’s accusations against George, finding that he had contact with this man 4 times, and considering his “violent criminal history,” the defense is claiming they have shown good cause for the late disclosure of the witness. Mason wants to depose Mr. Thompson to see if he can provide anything relevant to the trial.
Mark Lippman, the Anthonys’ attorney says George has no clue who this man is, and he has no idea what the calls were about.
Lippman said there were apparently four points of contact between the two men, but he has no idea what those calls entailed or the duration of them. Lippman also said the numbers were very similar to George’s new(at the time) work phone and he felt it was possible the numbers were transposed and it was just mis-dialings. He doesn’t know at this point who called who.
Here’s my question. Weren’t George’s phone records (along with everyone else in the family) scrutinized back in 2008? If not, why not? Hasn’t the defense had access to those records for 3 years now? Why did they just now decide he would be a good witness? These calls must have been checked out by the prosecution and found to be nothing.
I’m really thinking this is nothing more than a distraction. (something the defense has gotten quite good at over the last 3 years)