Posted tagged ‘Caylee February 10’

Casey Anthony Trial Leads to Potential “Caylee’s Law” in Michigan

February 10, 2012

The Casey Anthony trial has prompted a proposed bill in Michigan that would make it a crime to lie or give misleading information to police officials during a criminal investigation.

From MLive:

Michigan prosecutors asked lawmakers to craft the law, said the bills’ sponsor, Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia. More people have been willing to lie to police, and the law would give law enforcement one more tool to help fight crime, he said.

“It’s a level of disrespect for our police officers and our criminal justice system,” said Walsh. “This will send a very strong message that if you are going to speak to a police officer about a crime you’ve witnessed, you better tell the truth.”

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Casey Anthony: Objections to Release of Audio Recordings

February 10, 2012

Casey Anthony’s lawyers have filed a formal objection to the request by attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez to produce the audio recordings mentioned in Anthony’s video diary.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Her attorneys object to the request because it “is vague, confusing, over broad, irrelevant, unduly burdensome, intended to harass, not reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence, an invasion of privacy, and seeks confidential and/or otherwise privileged information.”

The objection notes that Anthony again asserts her privilege against self incrimination.

The objection was filed by her attorneys with the court Tuesday in the defamation case.

Casey Anthony: Defense Files New Motion

February 9, 2010

Casey Anthony’s defense team has filed a new motion that they hope will help gain them access to all of Texas Equusearch’s records.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

According to court documents filed today, the defense says the organization’s argument that releasing all its information, including the volunteers’ cell phones and other identifying details, to the defense could have a “chilling” effect on volunteers in future searches.

The defense argued that last year Texas EquuSearch’s attorney, Mark NeJame, invited a local television station to view some of the records — which makes the chilling effect argument moot.

Casey Anthony: More On Baez, Juror Survey

February 9, 2010

Interesting update on our discussion from earlier this week.

Since I’m not located in Florida, I’m not up to speed on the local newscasts but it seems that WFTV reporter Kathi Belich has obtained jury surveys from cases that Casey Anthony’s lawyer, Jose Baez defended.

Doesn’t seem like the surveys were very positive towards Baez. Examiner.com has copies of the survey if you’d like to read them.

From ABC Action News:

“Ambulance chaser and rat,” “a jerk” who “should find another line of business,” “not a good lawyer” who is “full of himself” and “is out to become famous,” were among the comments.

A legal analyst, Bill Sheafer, told Belich it’s likely jury members were venting their anger on Baez.  Just days earlier, Caylee’s remains were found in the woods in a trash bag near her home.

“The community’s emotions were raw,” Sheaffer said.

Time apparently softened the feelings of many.  Surveys taken a year later about Baez were less harsh, with negative comments dropping sharply.

Caylee Anthony: Summary and Video From the Memorial Service

February 10, 2009

Relatives of  Caylee Anthony spoke at her public memorial service today, recalling a little girl who was full of life and love and expressing their grief at her death.

CNN has a great summary article which can be found below.

From CNN:

“Sure, Caylee might be in God’s heaven right now, but her presence is still at home with me every day,” said George Anthony, the girl’s grandfather.

“I can close my eyes and I can see her coming from her bedroom with her silly little glasses on, her beads, whatever it might be, to make me laugh.

“She was a comedian to me,” he said. Video Watch the grieving grandfather’s eulogy »

An estimated 1,100 mourners — many of whom have never met Caylee — gathered at the First Baptist Church of Orlando to honor her.

Absent, however, was the girl’s mother, Casey Anthony, 22, who faces first-degree murder charges in the toddler’s death. Jail officials said Casey Anthony was meeting with her attorney while the service was taking place and did not ask to watch it on television. Video Watch why she opposed the public service »

Both the Anthonys expressed support for their daughter. George Anthony asked those present to withhold judgment, to pray for his daughter and to write her letters. “I miss my daughter, Casey,” he said.

Cindy Anthony, Caylee’s grandmother, said one of the things she misses most is watching the love Caylee shared with her mother.

“It breaks my heart that Casey’s not with us today to honor the child she loves so very, very much,” she said. Speaking to her daughter, she said, “I love you, and I wish I could comfort you right now. … Caylee was so much like you. She got your beauty and your compassion, and she got your spirit.”

She asked mourners to stay hopeful. “Hope is what we need more of. With hope, we can concentrate on our faith. Faith is why I stand before you today with a smile.”

Casey’s brother, Lee Anthony, said his family is “incomplete” and the loss of Caylee has left him broken. He spoke in defense of his jailed sister.

“If I could ask something from anybody that was willing to hear it, it would be this: For those of us that are frightened or angry or mournful or that just don’t understand, I ask that you fill your heart with patience and grace, and that you allow yourself to yield any judgments that you may already have,” he said.

He continued, “For those of us who will never be the same again, I ask that you fill your heart with hope and forgiveness and you allow yourself to cope and heal.” Video Watch Caylee’s uncle talk about his loss »

But mostly, the Anthonys spoke about Caylee, a little girl with a big spirit who called her grandparents “Cee Cee” and “Jo Jo,” loved green beans, Bambi movies and singing and dancing.

“She cherished not only the time that I had with her but cherished every day that she was around each and every one of us,” George Anthony said.

Cindy Anthony remembered Caylee coming to wake her up on Sunday mornings. “Her face would be right in my face, ‘Cee Cee, wake up,’ and she’d be right there,” she said, holding her hand just in front of her face. She said she missed swimming in the pool with Caylee and talking with her on the phone. Video Watch Cindy Anthony sing, talk, and grieve »

Caylee was 2 when she was last seen in June. Her remains were found in December in a wooded area about a half mile from the Anthonys’ home. Authorities said her remains were found in a laundry bag wrapped in a plastic trash bag, and her skull was wrapped in duct tape, according to police documents.

“I believe today Caylee’s home,” said the Rev. David Uth, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Orlando, where the public memorial service was held. “I believe today she’s there. My goodness, if she could step into this room for just a moment, in a childlike way she would tell us … she would jump up and down to somehow … show us the incredible place that heaven is.”

A picture of the smiling mother and daughter was among those in front of the church’s altar, sitting next to a candle lit by Caylee’s grandparents during the service, along with a large picture of Caylee, a teddy bear and other items. The program featured many songs, a fitting tribute for a little girl who, according to her family, loved music. A slideshow of Caylee as a baby and a little girl was played.

Uth and the Rev. Shane Stutzman, pastor of Eastside Baptist Church, acknowledged that many people may have questions — some of which may never be answered. But both urged mourners to trust in God. Video Watch mourners pay tribute to Caylee »

“He has the answer. Let the peace that surpasses all your understanding hold you now in the palm of his hand,” Stutzman said. “I don’t think we understand all the things he could show us right now, but I know that he understands us.”

The Anthonys released doves at the end of the service. Mourners gathered outside the church afterward to talk and embrace.

The service took place amid heavy security — attendees had to pass through metal detectors, and were not permitted to carry bags inside.

Caylee Anthony Memorial: Who’s Day Was It?

February 10, 2009

For anyone who watched the memorial today…did this day end up FINALLY being about Caylee?

Or was it about George, Cindy, Lee and the rest of the people involved?

I won’t be able to watch until this evening but am curious as to what the general consensus was surrounding today’s memorial.

Caylee Anthony’s Uncle Breaks Down During Memorial Service

February 10, 2009

CNN has video of Caylee’s uncle, Lee Anthony, as he spoke during today’s memorial.

The service was obviously very emotional to all, and I would assume that it was especially difficult for the family, as demonstrated in this video.