Posted tagged ‘OJ Simpson’

Casey Anthony: America’s Most Hated

August 10, 2011

Guess what? Casey Anthony is the most hated person in America, this according to a new poll that tracks public perceptions of “celebrities”.

From Reuters:

Anthony, 25, who is now in hiding after being released from jail in July, was more disliked than California’s “Octomom,” former football star O.J. Simpson and socialite Paris Hilton, according to the poll released on Wednesday by E-Poll Market Research.

Anthony was acquitted in July of murdering her daughter Caylee in 2008, to the surprise and outrage of many legal pundits and millions of Americans who had watched her six-week trial live on television.

California-based E-Poll’s E-Score Celebrity research for the first week of August showed that 53 percent of those questioned were aware of Casey Anthony and her story, and 94 percent of those people disliked her.

Anthony was also considered “creepy” by 57 percent of those questioned and “cold” by 60 percent of respondents.

Casey Anthony: Will She Go Free?

June 24, 2011

Interesting article in People Magazine discussing the reasons why Casey Anthony might not be convicted. Click the link below for more details.

Most people believe that it’s an open and shut case. But these days, you never know, right? What are your thoughts? Do you see a conviction ahead? Or are we heading to controversy, much like the OJ Simpson case?

From the article:

“This is definitely not a slam-dunk case,” Karin Moore, a former criminal defense attorney and law professor at Florida A&M University, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “The state doesn’t have an eyewitness. They don’t have a confession, so most of the evidence is circumstantial.”

A prosecution source on the case acknowledges that there is “no one smoking gun” but counters that the evidence is “solid.”

Casey Anthony: Defense Files Witness List

December 1, 2010

Defense lawyers for Casey Anthony have filed an amended expert witness list which includes some big-name scientists expected to testify at the upcoming murder trial.

A few of the names can be found below, but check out the Orlando Sentinel link for the full list. LOTS of names!

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Among those on the list:

Dr. Henry Lee, the well-known criminalist and forensic pathologist often associated with the O.J. Simpson case. According to his website, Lee is founder and professor of the Forensic Science Program at the University of New Haven. During a 40-year period, Lee assisted with the investigations of some 6,000 cases.

Dr. Tim Huntington, an assistant professor at Concordia University, Nebraska, and a board-certified entomologist. Forensic entomology applies the study of insects to a legal context to help establish times of death and postmortem movement of bodies.

Richard Eikelenboom, a renowned Dutch forensic expert who, along with his wife Selma, is a partner at Independent Forensic Services, a Netherlands lab specializing in trace evidence recovery and Touch DNA testing. They are considered pioneers in the field of “Touch DNA.” Richard Eikelenboom is a DNA expert who handles blood-pattern analysis.

Surely You Can’t Be Serious: Actor Leslie Nielsen Dies

November 29, 2010

Leslie Nielsen, whose longtime career as a dramatic actor took a sudden turn into comedy with spoofs such as “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun,” has died at the age of 84.

Many of my memories of comedy films growing up featured Nielsen. He was definitely one of a kind. He pulled off straight faced comedic lines better than almost anyone I can remember.

RIP Lt. Frank Drebin!

From CNN:

The Canadian-born Nielsen’s career reached back into the early days of television, when he made frequent appearances on live drama series like “Goodyear Playhouse.”

He played the earnest starship captain in the 1956 science-fiction classic “Forbidden Planet” and made regular appearances on a wide range of TV dramas into the 1970s, including “Hawaii Five-O.”

He also played the captain of an overturned ocean liner in the 1972 disaster movie, “The Poseidon Adventure.”

Much of that changed in 1980, when he was cast as a doctor aboard an endangered jetliner in the gag-a-minute disaster-movie parody “Airplane!”

Nielsen’s deadpan response to the question “Surely, you can’t be serious?” with “I am serious — and don’t call me Shirley” helped launch a second career.

The film’s producers went on to cast him in their short-lived television series “Police Squad!”

He reprised that show’s bumbling lead character, Lt. Frank Drebin, a decade later in three “Naked Gun” movies, in which he shared the screen with O.J. Simpson and Priscilla Presley.

Author Dominick Dunne Dies

August 26, 2009

Another death to report this afternoon as Dominick Dunne, the author and journalist who covered the trials of celebrity defendants such as O. J. Simpson, has died at the age of 83.

If deaths come in three, who’s next? Ted Kennedy last night was #1.

From CNN:

Called “Nick” by his friends, Dunne was putting the finishing touches on his final novel, which he said he planned to call “Too Much Money,” when his health took a turn for the worse.

He flew to Germany earlier this month for another round of stem cell treatments at the same Bavarian clinic where the late Farrah Fawcett was treated. He was hospitalized upon his return to New York, then sent home.

As a correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, Dunne was a fixture at some of the most famous trials of our times — Claus von Bulow, William Kennedy Smith, the Menendez brothers, O.J. Simpson, Michael Skakel and Phil Spector.

He discovered his magazine writing career in his 50s, through personal tragedy — his daughter’s murder.

He vented his anger at the legal system in “Justice: A Father’s Account of the Trial of his Daughter’s Killer,” following the murder trial of John Sweeney, the estranged boyfriend who strangled 22-year-old Dominique Dunne, in 1982. Sweeney spent fewer than three years in prison.

Casey Anthony: Jose Baez Discusses Case, Defense Team

July 17, 2009

Interesting video from MyFox Orlando which has an exclusive interview with Casey Anthony’s lawyer, Jose Baez. You can view the video by clicking on the link below.

From MyFox Orlando:

Jose Baez sat down with FOX 35 reporter Holly Bristow to talk about the defense team.

Baez has teamed up with several nationally renowned experts to help him save his clients life. Andrea Lyon is a law professor from Chicago. She’s known as the “angel of death row” because she has never lost a death penalty case.

High profile New York attorney Linda Kenny Baden specializes in forensics. “There are ranges of the spectrum where you have science presented in the courtroom that completely relies on empirical data and then you have an area of science that relies on a person’s opinions and beliefs. That is where the area of false convictions comes up that’s where false interpretation comes up and that’s where scientists become advocates,” said Baez.

Forensic expert Dr. Henry Lee’s is also part of Casey’s team. His testimony helped free OJ Simpson. So why are they helping to defend an unemployed single mother? “There wasn’t one person that I was able to talk to that wasn’t fascinated by this case when I was done.”

Jeff Dunham Review: San Jose, April 18, 2009

April 19, 2009

UPDATE: I caught Jeff Dunham on Letterman. Did exactly what he said he would during the San Jose show. Good stuff. Letterman seemed to enjoy!

*If you’ve seen Jeff Dunham live, let me hear your thoughts on his live show*

It wouldn’t be prudent if I didn’t begin with “Silence….I kill you!”

Comedian Jeff Dunham made a stop in San Jose last night at the HP Pavillion, home of the San Jose Sharks. It was a great night for comedy as a sell out crowd filled the arena for the 8 p.m. show.

For those of you who don’t know him, Dunham is a ventriloquist and stand-up comedian who has also appeared on numerous television shows, including Star Search, Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents and The Tonight Show. Most people know him from Comedy Central and his three specials on that network: Jeff Dunham: Arguing With Myself, Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity, and Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special.

The night began with Brian Haner, also known as “Guitar Guy”. He joined up with Dunham recently and has been featured on the Christmas special as well as numerous videos on YouTube. Haner warmed up the audiences with a few songs about OJ, Oprah, The Octuplet Mom and others. Really good stuff and a talented guitar player.

After a fifteen minute intermission, it was time for the main event! Dunham did some great standup (minus puppets) talking about his trip to Medford, Oregon which was diverted to Klamath Falls instead. To make a long story short, the military had guns drawn, pointed at their heads and Dunham asked if anyone knew Achmed the Terrorist! Ha Ha!

Walter came out first, and did his usual schtick. Good joking with Dunham about “Manuel” the bathroom attendant and of course, Walter’s wife.

My personal favorite, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, was second and he had us rolling in the aisle with not only his signature “Silence, I kill you” but he had plenty of good stories about his terrorist days and dating. I loved his discussion with Dunham about the cotton “missiles/bombs” that he found in his drawers. The little string “fuse” and the special guided missiles “with wings” classic.

As always, Guitar Guy came back out to perform with Achmed and Dunham did his best to make him laugh. I’d love to give away a lot of what was said, but number one, I need to keep the site clean, and number two, I don’t want to ruin the show for anyone else who goes. If you want answers, just email me!

Peanut came out third and was accompanied (only briefly) by Jose Jalapeno…on a steeeek! Peanut was in rare form tonight with lots to say. He easily had the largest laughter of the night during his “Taste of China” routine. I’ve heard this before but its just as funny the second, third and fourth time.

Dunham also brought out some jokes with Peanut to practice for the Late Show with David Letterman, which he’ll be performing on tomorrow night. Can’t wait to see that!

I’d love to tell everyone what the phrase of the night was, but like I said, this is a clean site. OK, I’ll just put some symbols in to cover up the actual words 🙂 Smooshed P*&%y! Sometime early in the show, the term was used and it ended up being used the rest of the show for some good laughs. Note to Dunham, keep this in the act!

Bubba J was brought out for the encore and did the same act as the DVD. What was great was that the audience was reciting the act word for word. Dunham looked to be having a good time with it!

It appeared that the night was over when a large cake with Walter, Achmed and Peanut came rolling out on stage. It turns out that April 18 is Jeff Dunham’s birthday! Sweet! He seem genuinely appreciative of the GREAT looking cake and the crowd sang happy birthday! Great end to the evening!

This was my first time seeing Dunham live and it won’t be my last. Overall, a great show with a lot of new material. Even the old stuff was good! I loved getting nearly an hour of Achmed who was the character I had hoped to see most. I highly recommend taking in this show if it comes to your town. If you can’t, be sure to pick up one of the DVD’s!