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Casey Anthony: Parents Appear on The Today Show

August 13, 2010

George and Cindy Anthony once again professed their support for their daughter during their latest appearance on The Today Show early this morning.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Today host Meredith Vieira interviewed the Anthony’s live from a studio in New York.

“I’m not certain of all of the forensic evidence,” Cindy Anthony said, when asked why she still thinks her slain granddaughter Caylee is alive. “A lot of stuff doesn’t make sense.”

“I can see that Casey panicked, maybe something happened, I can see something happening,” Cindy Anthony said. “Casey may have seen something or someone else.”

George Anthony said that the family has always wanted to find out what happened to Caylee, no matter where “the path” leads them.

Casey Anthony: Psychopath?

April 15, 2010

Interesting words from criminal profiler Pat Brown on the Today Show today as a term that many of you have used to describe Casey Anthony came out: Psychopath.

I missed the segment. Did anyone have the opportunity to watch? What did  you think?


Pat Brown, a criminal profiler, told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira that in her opinion, Anthony is a psychopath who is trying to get potential jurors to feel sorry for her. The letters are the way she does it, Brown said.

“This will prove she’s a new woman. After all, she’s found God,” Brown said, adding that juries will frequently sympathize with a woman who claims she was abused and mistreated but now has found the light.

“A lot of time women go to court, juries start feeling sorry for them,” Brown said. “It’s manipulation.”

Brown called the letters “a wonderful window into how a psychopath thinks.”

Casey Anthony: Not Guilty of Killing Caylee?

January 7, 2010

…this according to her lawyer, Andrea Lyon, on the Today Show this morning.

All I can say is that I’m very interested to see all of the evidence at trial that both sides have said will win their case. Right now, there is a lot of facts floating around that point to her guilt, but there is also a lot of he said/she said.

I say….let’s wait and see what comes out in the trial.

From the TV Guy:

Lyon acknowledged that the death penalty puts a lot of pressure on a defendant even when they haven’t committed a murder. “She didn’t kill her kid,” Lyon said of Anthony.

There was a long pause.

“You’re absolutely sure without a doubt?” Vieira asked.

“I’m sure,” Lyon responded.

“Based on?” Vieira said.

Lyon pointed to the evidence. “There’s not even any evidence that this was a homicide, let alone any evidence tying her to it,” the attorney said.

Casey Anthony: Parents Still Believe in Her

December 15, 2009

I guess that is the way all parents should feel about their children. I know when my daughter Caitlyn gets in trouble, I stand by her no matter what. It’s a fathers job, right?

From WDBO:

Cindy told Meredith Vieira that she still believes in her daughter, Casey Anthony. Casey is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

George and Cindy said they could not sit through a hearing Friday when a prosecutor described how Caylee died. “It was too difficult. That’s why I had to get up and leave,” Cindy said.

“It was very hard for us to sit there,” George said. The prosecutor was “just so descriptive.”

Vieira asked why the couple hadn’t visited Casey in 14 months. “We’ve been advised not to,” Cindy said. “Everything we do or say, anything Casey does, any look that she gives or doesn’t give, she’s so picked apart. Even her tears on Friday, people are just picking her apart.”

Family Ties Star Comes Out

December 2, 2009

Meredith Baxter, who played Elyse Keaton on the popular television series Family Ties, told Matt Lauer on TODAY this morning that she is a lesbian.


“I am a lesbian and it was a later-in-life recognition,” she told Matt Lauer on TODAY. “Some people would say, well, you’re living a lie and, you know, the truth is — not at all. This has only been for the past seven years.”

Baxter, 62, though anxious, decided to come out on national television after her sexuality became tabloid fodder.

“I’ve always lived a very private life,” said the actress, who’s never even had a publicist. “To come out and disclose stuff is very antithetical to who I am.”

Baxter has been with her current girlfriend, Nancy Locke, a contractor she met through mutual friends, for the past four years. Because Locke is openly lesbian, their relationship has not been kept a closely guarded secret.

“I had to reach a level of comfort because it wasn’t fair to push her back into secrecy,” she said. “We live very out lives in Los Angeles.”

But, until now, that level of comfort only extended so far. Last year, Baxter and her former “Family Ties” cast mates reunited on TODAY. Locke stayed back at the hotel, still a part of Baxter’s life that she wasn’t yet ready to reveal to the world.

Balloon Boy “Spills His Guts” on Live Television

October 16, 2009

What’s up with this whole situation. To me, it seems like the family put on this entire fabrication that was witnessed by much of the country yesterday.

Now, the poor kid spilled his guts (literally) on the Today show.

Why did Meredith Vieira keep asking questions? Couldn’t they have cut to a commercial?

Daddy’s Girl Tosses Away Foul Ball

September 17, 2009

This is so cute and I know that it’s something that my son or daughter would no doubt do as well!

From Yahoo Sports:

America just can’t get enough of the Monfortos.

Less than a day after the now-famous video of three-year-old Emily’s foul ball rejection at a Phillies game went viral, the family from Laurel Springs, N.J. appeared on Thursday’s Today Show to talk about the highlight that has captured the country’s heart.

The foul ball — which was hit by Jayson Werth(notes) and ranked as the first Steve had ever caught — was quickly deposited over the ledge by Emily, who learned the reaction by playing catch with Steve at home. Though the family doesn’t know what happened to the original ball, they were given a replacement Rawlings by a Phillies rep later in the game. During Thursday’s TV appearance, each of the four family members were given personalized Phillies jerseys by the team and Steve was presented a ball that was signed by Werth.

Matt Lauer Injured in Bike Accident

March 23, 2009

Did I mention that it was with a deer? :)

“Today” show co-host Matt Lauer was absent from his morning talk show Monday after an incident with a deer that caused the TV personality to flip off his bicycle.

From the Associated Press:

A flip off his bicycle took “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer off the air Monday.

Lauer was riding his bicycle this weekend when a deer jumped into his path. He flipped over the bike’s handlebars and was slightly hurt, NBC said.

His broadcast partner, Meredith Vieira, joked on the air that Lauer thinks the deer was hired by the competition.

“Matt’s banged up with a displaced shoulder, it popped out,” she said. “So hopefully he’ll be on the mend soon.”

Lester Holt filled in as Vieira’s co-host Monday.

Woman Who Jailed Man For Rape Now His Friend

March 10, 2009

Huh? OK, at first glance it sounds strange but read the article below and you’ll understand how this is possible.

Early this morning, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and the man she mistakenly put in prison, Ronald Cotton, shared a couch on the TODAY show as they told co-host Meredith Vieira a tale about pain and redemption — and the tricks that memory can play on people with the best intentions.


For 11 years, a North Carolina woman slept comfortably, secure in the knowledge that she had put the man who raped her in prison for life. And for 11 years, that man endured the endless days of confinement praying that someday, somehow, his innocence would be proved.

“This can happen to anyone. And hopefully it does not happen to them,” Cotton told Vieira.

Friends and co-authors
Today he and Thompson-Cannino are best friends. In fact, they’ve written a book together: “Picking Cotton: A Memoir of Injustice and Redemption.” They sometimes travel together too, giving talks about the ways memory can deceive us, and they are working to change the way police conduct photo lineups.

They are also a testament to the power of the human spirit. When DNA evidence ultimately proved that another man committed the rape and Cotton was freed, Thompson-Cannino was consumed by guilt and shame. She was also terrified that the man from whom she felt she had stolen 11 years would attempt to exact vengeance on her and her triplet children.

But Cotton had long since forgiven her. “I couldn’t carry on serving my time in the prison system holding grudges and thinking about retaliating against a person that made an honest mistake. I had to proceed on in life regardless,” he told Vieira.

In 1984, Jennifer Thompson was 22 and a student at Elon College in North Carolina when a man broke into her house during the night and raped her. As he assaulted her, she memorized his face, his voice, everything she could about him. She intended to survive, and when it was over, she wanted to put him in prison for what he did.

After the rapist assaulted her, she offered to make him a drink, and when he agreed, she fled the house, wrapped only in a blanket. A couple living next door let her into their house and called police. After being treated for her injuries, Thompson-Cannino helped police draw a composite sketch of her attacker.

‘100 percent certain’
Her description seemed to fit Cotton, who was the same age as the victim. He had had several minor scrapes with the law, and several years earlier, when he was 16, he had sneaked into his girlfriend’s bedroom through a window and was caught snuggling with the girl by her mother. The mother called police, and Cotton was charged with several offenses, including breaking and entering and sexual assault. The charges were eventually all dismissed, but Cotton’s name and mug shot were now on file.

Investigators showed Thompson-Cannino a number of photos of possible suspects. She now knows that her mind was trying to find the person in the group who most closely resembled the sketch she had helped the police artist draw.

“There’s six photographs in front of me, so consciously I’m trying to figure out the person in the photographic lineup that most closely resembles the sketch, as opposed to the actual attacker,” she told Vieira.

She picked Cotton. Later, police put him in a physical lineup and she picked him again. “It was 100 percent certain,” she said.

During many of those years in prison, Cotton actually knew who the real rapist was. His name was Bobby Poole, and he landed in the same prison as Cotton. The two bore a striking physical resemblance to one another, and to the police sketch of Thompson-Cannino’s attacker.

The fragility of memory
Cotton even asked Poole if he raped Thompson-Cannino. Poole denied it, but one of Poole’s friends told Cotton the man confessed to him. Cotton used that information to win a retrial, but Thompson-Cannino’s memory by now had firmly replaced her rapist’s face with that of Cotton. When she saw both Poole and Cotton in the same courtroom, she again identified Cotton as her rapist with absolute certainty.

“That’s just the way memory works,” Thompson-Cannino now knows. “Memory takes certain visuals. In my case, after doing a composite sketch, that was the last visual I had in my memory, and it’s very subconscious.”

The second trial came three years after the first, and during that time, Thompson-Cannino’s memory cemented Cotton’s image as that of her attacker.

“Now three years have gone by and Ronald Cotton was the rapist. Period,” she told Vieira. “That’s how memory works. It’s so fragile. It’s so easily contaminated.”

The years in prison were a nightmare, Cotton told Vieira. “I just had to keep myself together, which wasn’t easy at all. I was missing my family, my loved ones. I took it day to day and hoped that true justice would prevail and open a door for me.”

Cotton’s break came in 1995 when he was watching the O.J. Simpson trial on television. Attorneys and investigators kept talking about DNA evidence, something he had never heard of before. He contacted his attorneys, who were able to recover one tiny sample of sperm from the rape kit that had been used to treat Thompson-Cannino 11 years earlier.

There was enough DNA in the sample to prove Cotton was innocent and Poole was guilty. And just like that, Cotton was a free man.

A new life
“It was like a dream come true. I couldn’t believe it,” Cotton told Vieira. “The warden of the penitentiary called me in his office and told me I was going home tomorrow. I told him, ‘Please don’t pull my leg, it’s already long enough.’ But it was true. I finally went home to be with my family and loved ones.”

Cotton began the difficult task of beginning a new life. He got some money in compensation from the state of North Carolina, but he also worked two jobs to get himself back on his feet. He married and today is the father of a 10-year-old daughter.

As for Thompson-Cannino, she was torn apart by the revelation that her dead-certain testimony had imprisoned an innocent man.

“I was devastated, I really was,” she told Vieira. “One of the things that is really important is that I never felt any shame being a rape victim. I knew that I had been innocent that night. I now felt this debilitating guilt and shame over 11 years of a man’s life [that] was just gone.”

She lived with her mental torment for two years before finally reaching out to Cotton. When they met, she told him if she atoned every day for the rest of her life, it would not be enough to make up for the years Cotton had lost.

Her fears that he would want revenge were unfounded, and he quickly allayed her guilt. Cotton simply told her he had forgiven her long ago; it wasn’t her fault.

Today, when they travel together to give speeches, people sometimes assume they’re a couple and ask them how they met.

Casey Anthony Case Mirrors “The Fugitive”

February 6, 2009

Casey Anthony’s defense attorneys appeared this morning on the Today Show and compared Anthony with the lead character from the popular 1960s TV show, The Fugitive.

For those of you, like me, who are not old enough to remember the show, they later made a movie with Harrison Ford :)

From the Orlando Sentinel:

In that television show, actor David Janssen plays Dr. Richard Kimble. He blames a one-armed man for the murder of his wife, but no one believes him and he is convicted in her death. Kimble runs from the law but is vindicated in the end.

“The person who seemed to be so guilty that the locals have made this person so guilty,” attorney Linda Kenney Baden told Today Show host Meredith Vieira. “He was so hated and he ran from the law and it turns out he was innocent. In this case, we believe our client [Anthony] is innocent.”

Casey Anthony, 22, is charged with murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee Marie, and is being held without bail at the Orange County Jail. Caylee’s remains were found close to the home the toddler shared with her mother and grandparents.

Anthony claims Caylee was kidnapped by her babysitter, Zenaida Gonzalez, who investigators think does not exist.

“The comparison [to the television show] is for everyone has to wait. You have to stop saying someone is guilty,” Baden said.

Lead defense attorney Jose Baez said “it’s her [Anthony] against the world.”

He spoke little about the change of venue, saying he plans to “keep the location we’re asking for secret.”

“I don’t want that disclosed,” Baez said. “I don’t want what’s going on in Orlando to happen in the new location.”

Baez added, “I am doing the best I can for my client…I am quite frankly, doing the oath that I took.”


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