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Casey Anthony: George Anthony Suspicions Influenced Jury

July 12, 2011

According to the jury foreman, the jury was so suspicious of George Anthony that they believed he could be covering up a crime or even potentially could be a killer himself.

From ABC News:

“There was a suspicion of him,” the juror said. “That was a part of our conversation that we had.”

The jury foreman, juror No. 11, voiced his feelings about George Anthony during an interview on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta van Susteren,” in which he was photographed from behind and would not reveal his name.

As with other jurors who have been interviewed, the foreman said the panel was unconvinced by the evidence that Casey Anthony, 25, murdered her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee — and was not even certain that a murder was committed.

“We don’t know the cause of death,” the juror said. “Everything was speculation.”

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Casey Anthony: How Much of an Obsession Has This Become?

June 17, 2011

It’s been talked about for years now. Did she or didn’t she do it? Will a jury find her guilty or will they acquit? What will be the final outcome?

So what about you? How often is this trial on your mind? Are you constantly watching on TV or waiting for the latest updates?

Do you consider yourself obsessed? CNN has a great article about this today on their website and an excerpt can be found below.

From CNN:

At Fields BMW in suburban Winter Park, no one has switched channels in the customer lounge since testimony began four weeks ago.

“I don’t think anybody’s brave enough to grab the remote,” said Whitney Lore, the cashier.

The drama sucked in Trevor Ball this week as he waited for his wife’s BMW to be serviced. He fired off a Casey update to her by text: The prosecution rests.

Half the people who turn on their TVs in Orlando during the daytime are watching the trial, says Steve Hyvonen, news director at WKMG, a CNN affiliate. That usually only happens here when a hurricane hits.

So it’s no surprise that all the local television stations have abandoned normal daytime programming to carry the trial live. Even the U.S. Open comes in second to Florida vs. Casey Anthony.

Casey Anthony: Blogger/TV Personality Added to Defense Witness List

May 31, 2011

…and it’s not Marinade Dave 🙂

According to court documents, the defense team has added Stephen Watts, journalist, blogger and TV personality, to its witness list.

From WESH:

Watts’ site said he has worked or appeared on shows and networks such as “Nancy Grace,” “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” TRU TV and “Inside Edition.”

He has covered cases such as Drew Peterson, O.J. Simpson, Scott Peterson, Haleigh Cummings and Casey Anthony, the site says. He also said he is working on a book about the media’s influence on the justice system.

The defense’s addition to its witness list was filed Friday, according to the clerk’s website.

Casey Anthony: How to Explain Her Skull Fixation

March 10, 2009

This is a full transcript from the March 9 episode of “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren featuring a discussion about the recently released documents surrounding the case and some interesting insight into Casey Anthony’s  skull fixation.

There is some interesting dialogue in this interview between Van Susteren and those involved in the case and I know that we typically have a very lively discussion so please feel free to live your thoughts/comments.

As I said on a previous post, we’ve seen the crime scene photos as well as all the other evidence. What do you think?

Circumstantial case or is there enough evidence to convict? I know that many say that emotion doesn’t determine a case, but I’ve seen it happen before.

Thoughts?

From Fox News:

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Just when you think the Caylee Anthony murder case cannot get any weirder, it just has. Caylee’s mother Casey sits behind bars, charged with her daughter’s murder.

As you probably remember, a meter reader found Caylee’s skull in December just blocks from the house the toddler was living in. Now we are learning that weeks after Caylee’s disappearance, Casey began collecting photographs of skulls and sketches of kissing skeletons.

Joining us by phone is former LAPD homicide detective Mark Fuhrman, and in Orlando, Florida, defense attorney Diana Tennis.

Mark, first to you. Boy, it’s peculiar, is it not?

MARK FUHRMAN, FORMER LAPD HOMICIDE DETECTIVE: It is really strange, and I would like to know the source of the sketches and the pictures of skulls, Greta. But sometimes it is just coincidentally things that people do fall into something that they’re involved with. And sometimes they’re not connected, sometimes they’re directly connected.

But it does none get much stranger than this case, I agree with you.

VAN SUSTEREN: Diana, what do you make of this, and is this sort of a weird distraction for the rest of us to be consumed with it, or does it have some sort of evidentiary value for the prosecution?

DIANA TENNIS, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, I suppose they’re going to try to make a lot of what a bizarre coincident this is.

But even if this were some sort of telling sign, it would have been months prior to the body being discovered or the body even potentially being reduced to skeletal remains.

And I do not know that I give this particular woman the foresight to see that far down the road, whether she had something to do with it or not.

So I think it is creepy, but I do not know that I put a whole lot of weight on it.

VAN SUSTEREN: I guess the plot thickens with that aspect to it.

Let me turn then to the issue of her ex-boyfriend, Tony Lazarro, Mark, who was wired by police and cooperated with police — not that he was in any trouble. I don’t mean that he was in any trouble.

But he was wired by the police and then went and spoke to Casey’s brother. What did the police get out of that?

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FUHRMAN: Well, I don’t know if they knew what they were going to get out of that, but I think that they have Tony, that either because of guilt that he didn’t know what was going on, that his suspicion or his belief that Casey actually killed her daughter or was responsible for her death.

Or there is some other mitigating factor that the police were able to convince Tony wear a wire.

I think it is good police work that they actually go with as many places as they can, because they really do not know what is going to turn up, because they are still looking for a cause of death. Even though they have declared in a homicide, they would like to fill in between the point the child was last seen in the trunk of the car decomposing and then where she was ultimately found.

VAN SUSTEREN: Diana, there are 1,100 pages of discovery that were recently released, and in reference to part that they had some discussion about what Tony got when he talked to Lee.

One of the things that I thought was interesting, not that there seems to be much question, but it says Lee Anthony-that’s the brother of Casey- said to Tony, the ex-boyfriend, that Casey Anthony never said anything about a nanny.

Although, however, he thought recalled a Zenaida how hung out at the Anthony home. And you know that Lee is going to be put on the stand and this whole Zenaida thing will just be put to rest, right?

TENNIS: I would be curious to see in the transcript of that conversation. I am not sure what terminology was used during it, but he did say that he remembered a Zenaida being at the home.

And it was obvious that her brother Lee, talking to this insider, and he did not know they were being tape-recorded, so obviously, Lee let down his guard a little bit, and still, I believe in his heart of hearts, believes his sister.

So I thought was kind of interesting. I thought it was interesting to see kind of a snapshot of the investigation.

In July 2008, they were obviously in overdrive, because at that point everybody had their suspicions, but they did not have a body, they did not really have a lot. And they were really going, as Mark pointed out, covering all of the bases and then some to try to come up with something.

VAN SUSTEREN: Go ahead, Mark.

FUHRMAN: Greta, you know what was interesting, when I sat down to talk to Lee last August in 2008, he was–in my impression–he was very, very convinced that Casey either knew or was involved in the disappearance of Caylee Anthony, and I don’t believe that he believed that his niece —

VAN SUSTEREN: The story —

FUHRMAN: The fact of what he was presenting when he decided that he was going to do his own investigation, I think actually put himself on the police radar right at that moment, because he was actually, in some regards, obstructing justice.

VAN SUSTEREN: Mark, Diana, thank you both very much.

Casey Anthony: Newly Released Documents Analysis “On The Record”

February 19, 2009

This is a full transcript from the February 18 episode of “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren featuring in-depth analysis of the newly released documents in the Casey Anthony case.

There is some interesting dialogue in this interview between Van Susteren and those involved in the case and I know that we typically have a very lively discussion so please feel free to live your thoughts/comments.

As I said on a previous post, we’ve seen the crime scene photos as well as all the other evidence.

Will this be enough to convict Casey?

From Fox News:

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: In my hands I’m holding hundreds of pages of newly released documents in the Caylee Anthony murder case, the contents disturbing at best.

There’s new information about specific clues found at the scene where Caylee’s duct-taped skull was found, and that’s just the beginning. Joining us live is Adam Longo, reporter for WKMG Radio.

Tell me, Adam, what do these new documents show?

ADAM LONGO, REPORTER, WKMG RADIO: Greta, there are several things that these documents point out, namely there’s talk about duct tape that was found wrapped around little Caylee’s skull. Apparently the authorities have been able to match that same brand of duct tape to a piece of duct tape found in the Anthony home.

Of course, it’s not absolutely conclusive if this is the exact same duct tape, that according to defense sources tonight.

We call also tell you that there’s information in these hundreds of pages of documents about a friend of Casey Anthony’s. There’s also new information about the meter reader who found Caylee’s body in December.

Apparently back in August he reported to friends of his that he was standing with, that hey guys, look other there, it looks like a skull. And then two days later a deputy came out and said “Mr. Kronk, we think you’re wasting the county’s time.”

And then, of course, it was four months later when he did actually make that discovery.

So in going through all these documents today, we did find that there is a big effort on the part of law enforcement to try to trace items found at the crime scene there when Caylee’s body was found and try to trace them back to times recovered at the Anthony home that was searched twice, once just later that day after the remains were discovered. Greta?

VAN SUSTEREN: Has there been any response from the defense team after this latest document dump? The public does, under Florida law, get to see this, but have they responded to these documents?

LONGO: Right. And, actually, for the first time, we’ve seen a concerted effort by the part of the defense to reach out and try to talk about some of this discovery that was released today.

They are calling it, quote, a lot of the forensic tests that are contained in here, they’re calling it “junk science,” and they’re also saying it’s very important to point out that nobody’s fingerprints were found on the duct tape that was recovered that was wrapped around Caylee’s skull. They say that there’s much to be learned from what’s in these documents, and also what’s not in them.

VAN SUSTEREN: You say that there’s no finger prints on the duct tape. There’s rather one unfortunate piece of information for the defense on that, and on the duct tape around the babe’s skull was an imprint from a heart-shaped sticker.

LONGO: Right.

VAN SUSTEREN: And according to another document I have, when they searched the home of Caylee Anthony, they found a sheet of multicolored heart-shaped stickers which had been cut in half. So it’s not like these stickers were remote to the child.

LONGO: Right. The defense is pointing out tonight, though, that the heart sticker found at the crime scene is not the same as the sheet of stickers that was found at the Anthony home.

Also, if you look, there are two c.d.’s that were handed out to us today from the clerk’s office containing some 700 pictures.

And while there might have been an impression of the heart shape on the duct tape they’re saying was wrapped around Caylee’s mouth, the sticker was actually not fixed to any duct tape. It was found attached to a piece of cardboard. There is a photo of that there at the scene.

And, again, defense sources are saying that’s not the same sticker as any of the stickers that were recovered from inside the Anthony family home.

VAN SUSTEREN: Any idea how Casey Anthony is doing in jail?

LONGO: The jail will not release certain things about her emotional state or how she is doing, as you put it.

But we have learned, again from this discovery today, apparently on the day when it was discovered that her remains were located and when she was notified, she apparently had some sort of nervous breakdown there in jail and had to be medicated. And that’s really the last we’ve heard anything about her emotional condition behind bars.

VAN SUSTEREN: I don’t think we could read anything into it. That could be a sign of a guilty person getting caught or an innocent person being stunned by the shock of finding a child murdered, right?

LONGO: And that’s for the analysts to say, not for me.

VAN SUSTEREN: That’s the least of her problems. It’s more the forensic evidence that may come back to haunt her and give her lots of problems.

Adam, thank you.

Watch Greta’s interview

Former LAPD homicide detective Mark Fuhrman joins us live. Mark, have you looked through any of these documents, and your thoughts?

MARK FUHRMAN, FORMER LAPD HOMICIDE DETECTIVE: I have. And I thought it was insightful, some of the comments that the reporter made and yourself.

The one thing that stands out for me is there is one thing that is very hard to have a coincidence-that cloth laundry bag that was found at the scene was a certain brand. It had a brand tag inside, it was cloth, and it was inside of a black plastic bag, which, obviously Caylee Anthony was inside, or her remains.

Inside the Anthony home in the laundry room there was the same brand, same type, size, color cloth bag that was inside of a black plastic bag, supposedly to be used for laundry.

Now, there is such a flow of this investigation. Let’s not forget that on June 16th, that is when Casey Anthony actually backed her car into the garage, and that is also the day that she borrowed a shovel.

And all these items we’re seeing recovered and identified in the Anthony home are coming from the Anthony home and in a certain area that we know Casey Anthony was not only at, but she borrowed a shovel from the neighbor.

VAN SUSTEREN: The defense will, and I’ve done this myself, when you’re trying to poke holes in the prosecution’s case, which is the job of the defense lawyer, talks about that these are just coincidences.

The problem is, though, is that when you have so many coincidences that it’s really hard not to — it’s a problem. You have the duct tape coincidence. You have the laundry bag coincidence. You have the sticker coincidence. You have the lies, no concern, not reporting the child.

That’s the problem. If it was just one thing, Casey wouldn’t have such a problem. But the problem is there are so many things.

FUHRMAN: Greta, and the biggest problem that the defense has is the lie that Casey Anthony comes up with, was Zenaida Gonzalez.

Some of these things can be a coincidence, but when you put all the blame onto your nanny, Zenaida Gonzalez, who was fictitious in her role as the nanny for Casey Anthony taking care of Caylee, and then having that person never be at the Anthony home yet acquire all these items that they’re finding inside the Anthony home in an innocent state, and then finding them at the location of the final resting place of Caylee Anthony.

But I want to say that the Orange County sheriff’s department has identified three crime scenes. One is the Anthony home, where they believe and I believe that that’s where the homicide occurred. That is where the first disposal of the body either went from that home or in a close vicinity of that home.

And then the final resting place was, of course, in some period before the 27th when the car was dumped, that the decomposing body of Caylee was put in the car, and that evidence was left in the car.

So all these problems, the defense doesn’t just have one crime scene problem that Casey’s connected with, or even two. They have three.

And I would agree with you. The coincidence starts becoming not only not believable, it starts creating the motion picture of a murder, and I think that’s what we have in this case.

VAN SUSTEREN: And I imagine having to explain all of them away.

But the other thing too is that her parents will also be called to the witness stand, and they have some information that no doubt is going to be — go ahead.

FUHRMAN: Greta, when you bring up Cindy Anthony and their testimony. When they did the search warrant in December, about a week after the discovery of Caylee Anthony’s remains, they were looking for certain items that they were trying to identify things from the Anthony home.

And one was a Winnie the Pooh blanket that was supposedly found at the scene that had been faded from the weather. And Cindy Anthony had made a spontaneous exclamation that we’re missing a Winnie the Pooh blanket of Caylee’s.

Now, that doesn’t get any better for testimony than that. They are not asking-they make a statement of what they’re looking for, and she states it’s missing. I think that’s another powerful pieces of evidence.

VAN SUSTEREN: Mark, thank you.

FUHRMAN: Thanks, Greta.

Bristol Palin Wishes Pregnancy Could Have Come Later

February 17, 2009

Bristol Palin says that she loves motherhood, but the daughter of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says she’s not getting much sleep these days.

From the Associated Press:

Bristol Palin says in a two-part interview on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record” that she wishes her pregnancy had “happened in, like, 10 years so I could have a job and an education and be, like, prepared and have my own house and stuff.”

Palin goes on to say that son Tripp, born Dec. 27, brings her so much joy, she doesn’t regret having him at all. She’s engaged to the baby’s father, Levi Johnston.

The governor also made an appearance in the interview, which took place Sunday in Fairbanks.

Part one of the interview aired Monday night and the second part was scheduled to air Tuesday night.

From the New York Times:

Bristol Palin, Gov. Sarah Palin’s 18-year-old daughter, sat for her first interview since giving birth to Tripp, which aired Monday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

News of the unmarried high school student’s pregnancy emerged within days of her mother’s introduction as Senator John McCain’s running mate in August. In addition to being a mother, Ms. Palin appears to be embracing a potential role as an advocate against teen pregnancy, saying that abstinence is “not realistic.”

Ms. Palin, who said she was “exhausted,” at moments seemed to have a poise and world-weariness that belied her age. But there were still flashes of a defiant teenager.

She said she had been particularly irritated by media rumors that her mother, a social conservative, had forced her to have the baby.

“It doesn’t matter what my mom’s views are on it,” she said. “It was my decision, and I wish people would realize that, too.”

Though she declined to elaborate, Ms. Palin’s views on abstinence appear to differ from those her mother, a proponent of abstinence-until-marriage education, would like to see espoused.

“Everyone should be abstinent, but it’s just not realistic at all,” she said, adding that among people her age, “it’s more and more accepted now.” But though she said she hoped her story would help change that acceptance, she did not advocate the use of contraception or go into greater detail as to how to prevent teen pregnancy.

When Ms. Van Susteren asked if she knew how to take care of a baby, Ms. Palin responded, “Yeah,” with a note of irritation. She added, “Because I’ve been babysitting my whole life. So it’s not just the baby part of it that’s hard, it’s just realizing that I’m not living for myself anymore; I’m living for another human being.”

Casey Anthony: Lee Anthony’s Attorney Goes “On The Record”

January 27, 2009

This is a full transcript from the January 26 episode of “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren featuring Lee Anthony’s attorney discussing his relationship with his sister, Casey, and how the police plan to further investigate him surrounding Caylee’s murder.

There is some interesting dialogue in this interview between Van Susteren and Luka and I know that we typically have a very lively discussion so please feel free to live your thoughts/comments.

From Fox News:

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Now to Florida, where Casey Anthony’s brother, Lee, could soon be meeting with investigators. According to reports, investigators in Orange County, Florida, want to meet with Lee Anthony about the murder of his niece, Caylee. Why would investigators want to talk to Casey’s brother?

Lee Anthony’s lawyer, Tom Luka, joins us live. Tom, nice to see you. And have they actually — have investigators actually contacted you about talking to your client, Lee?

TOM LUKA, ATTORNEY FOR LEE ANTHONY: Good to see you, too, Greta. Actually, no. Police officers have yet to contact me. They are, in fact – – I did try to contact them this morning, but I have not received a call back as of this evening.

VAN SUSTEREN: Now, we know Lee’s father is taking this particularly hard. We know what’s happened the last several days, and of course, we know Cindy. How is your client doing, the brother of Casey?

LUKA: My client is both grief struck, both from the incident with his niece and with his father. But he’s trying to make it as best he can.

VAN SUSTEREN: Has he spoken to investigators?

LUKA: He has. He gave two statement-one, a short, probably one-hour statement to the police on the day the disappearance was reported. About three months later in August, he gave a long statement, four hours, taped statement to police.

He has also given numerous written statements, as well.

VAN SUSTEREN: What’s his relationship like with his sister now?

LUKA: To be quite honest, he has not had any contact with his sister since December. So we do not really know what his relationship is with his sister.

VAN SUSTEREN: How about prior to December? Let’s go back after the child was reported missing on July 15 in the days and weeks after that before the remains were found in December-what was it like?

LUKA: He and his sister have always been close, and his main focus at that point was trying to find Caylee, because at that point it was a missing persons case. It was not a homicide investigation.

So he was trying to get information from Casey as to where Caylee might be. And as the tapes from the jail, audio tapes and videotapes, bear that out, as well.

VAN SUSTEREN: Tom, when you go through the police reports, Casey looks like a biggest liar there ever was-this whole business about her employment and taking the police on this long, ridiculous to Universal before she fessed up. And all these lies and webs.

Did your client ever think — was he ever lied to? Did he think that she was a liar, or was he fooled by her?

LUKA: I do not think he was fooled by her.

I take that back. First of all, we are talking about Casey Anthony, not Caylee Anthony. Casey Anthony, my client does admit that Casey did bend the truth and did lie in the past, and that she has done that.

However, there is a big stretch between knowing your sister is a liar and then thinking that she might have murdered or daughter. I don’t think that Mr. Anthony is at that point yet, even to this day, that he’s willing to accept that fact, that his sister is responsible for his niece’s death.

VAN SUSTEREN: What does he think happened to the child? Who murdered her?

LUKA: At this point he doesn’t know. This investigation is still ongoing. Down here in Florida we do not even have a cause of death. We barely have a time of death at this point.

VAN SUSTEREN: What’s his relationship like with his parents?

LUKA: His relationship with his parents is good. He has actually moved back into his house with his parents so that he can further support them both financially and emotionally.

Right now he is working out of town, but next week he will be back in the Orlando area, and he will, obviously, be cooperating with police if they need him. And he will be, of course, be helping out with his family.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you expect him in court on Friday for a hearing that his sister has?

LUKA: I don’t anticipate anything, and no one has contacted me about his appearing at said hearing.

VAN SUSTEREN: Tom, thank you.

LUKA: Thank you, Greta.