Archive for January 2012

Casey Anthony to Fire Jose Baez

January 11, 2012

Reports are surfacing today that Casey Anthony is planning to fire her lead attorney Jose Baez.

The New York Post is reporting that Anthony is angry over the fallout of her case, and thinks Jose Baez hasn’t done enough to secure a sit-down interview with a TV network on her behalf. This is the main reason that she wants to get rid of him.

From The New York Post

Sources tell us Anthony is furious that Baez has been basking in the limelight and rubbing shoulders with top TV talent, but hasn’t nailed down a big interview deal for her.

Anthony’s original attorney, Cheney Mason, will take over as her representative to the media, and sources say an announcement is imminent.

“Casey doesn’t want to be reading that Jose’s working on all of these deals on her behalf,” a source said, adding that Anthony avidly pores over online reports about herself and her camera-hogging lawyer. “She thinks he’s using her name as a meal ticket,” the source said.

Casey Anthony’s Psychiatric Evaluation Revealed

January 11, 2012

A psychiatrist says in newly released depositions that he could find no evidence that Casey Anthony suffers from a mental illness.

From MyFoxOrlando:

Dr. Jeffrey Danziger and Dr. William Weitz both conducted psychological evaluations on Anthony and before her murder trial, both doctors were deposed on what she told them regarding the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008 and alleged sexual abuse by her father.

The depositions were done on April 7, 2011 and April 13, 2011 and were ordered sealed by Chief Judge Belvin Perry until the end of the trial. The Orlando Sentinel filed a motion with the court to have the depositions unsealed.

One of the psychiatrists, Danziger, says the results of a psychological test that Anthony took were normal, something he regarded as surprising.

Joran Van Der Sloot Pleads Guilty

January 11, 2012

Joran van der Sloot has pleaded guilty to charges that he killed Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel room back in 2010.

Most believe that the case saw global attention because van der Sloot was arrested twice but never charged in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

From CNN:

“I am really sorry for what happened,” he told the three magistrates overseeing his trial in Lima, Peru, after pleading guilty to the “qualified murder” and simple robbery of Stephany Flores. There is no jury.

The 24-year-old Dutch national faces a sentence of 30 years in prison, but his attorney hopes his guilty plea, called an “anticipated conclusion of the process,” will reduce that term.

He will be sentenced Friday morning.

Joran Van der Sloot Murder Trial Postponed ‎

January 6, 2012

Joran van der Sloot has asked for more time to decide how to plead in his trial for the 2010 murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores. The case has been postponed until January 11.

From the Associated Press:

When asked how he would plead, Van der Sloot answered in rudimentary Spanish, “I want to give a sincere confession, but I don’t agree with all the charges that has placed on me by the prosecutor. Can I have more time to think about this?”

Judge Victoria Montoya agreed to the postponement.

Van der Sloot entered the courtroom Friday morning in a blue blazer and faded blue jeans with a bulletproof vest beneath the jacket. He sported a crew cut and wore a long-sleeved gray shirt.

Defense attorney Jose Luis Jimenez told The Associated Press Friday that there was a 70 percent chance Van der Sloot will plead guilty, which could help him get a reduced sentence.

Casey Anthony: First Video Diary

January 5, 2012

Casey Anthony’s “first video diary,” which was apparently recorded back in October, appeared on YouTube this week. But, her lawyer says she did not put it there.

George and Cindy Anthony said earlier today that they’re concerned that the video diary is circulating online because it could put her in danger.

From MSNBC:

“It’s just a little surreal how much things have changed since July and how many things haven’t changed,” Anthony says in the 4 ½ minute video, which aired on TODAY Thursday morning.

NBC News confirmed that it is Anthony on camera. But one of her defense attorneys, J. Cheney Mason, while confirming she is the subject of the video, told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper Thursday that the video was ”unauthorized” and “inappropriate” and that his office is investigating how the video got before the eyes of the general public.


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