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Casey Anthony: 911 Tapes Played in Court…

May 31, 2011

Cindy Anthony put her head down on the witness stand and sobbed earlier today as recordings of her 911 call to police were played during testimony in Casey Anthony’s murder trial. The call was made after she discovered that Caylee had been missing for a month.

Another call featured today was the jailhouse call between Casey, her mother, brother and friend Kristina Chester.

From CNN:

“We’re talking about a 3-year-old girl,” a hysterical Cindy Anthony says on the call, made July 15, 2008. It was her third call to police that day, but this one was different — made after Cindy Anthony’s daughter Casey Anthony admitted to her brother that Caylee — who was actually 2 at the time — had been missing since June 16 and said the girl’s nanny had kidnapped her.

Also played for jurors Tuesday was a phone call Casey Anthony made to the Anthony home from jail on July 16, following her arrest. In the call, she speaks to her mother and brother and to her friend Kristina Chester, but wants her brother to give her the phone number of her then-boyfriend, Tony Lazzaro.

On the call, a tearful Kristina Chester tries to get answers out of Anthony regarding Caylee.

“I got arrested on a f—ing whim today,” Casey Anthony tells Chester on the call, “because they’re blaming me for stuff that I would never do, that I didn’t do.”

“Casey,” Chester said later in the call. “Your daughter, your flesh and blood, your baby.” But Anthony cut her off, saying, “Put my brother back on the phone. I don’t want to get into this with you. … I haven’t slept in four days.”

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Casey Anthony: Partying Was Frequent While Daughter Was Missing

May 25, 2011

As we had been led to believe, it appears that Casey Anthony was a carefree young woman who gave no hint that her daughter had disappeared. This is according to her former friends who testified today at her murder trial.

From Reuters:

“She seemed normal. Happy. Like everything was fine,” said Nathan Lezniewicz on the second day of testimony in Casey Anthony’s first-degree murder trial in Orlando.

Lezniewicz roomed at the time with Casey’s then-boyfriend Tony Lazzaro and two other young college men at an Orlando apartment.

Lezniewicz said he was at a local nightclub when Casey entered a “hot body” contest. Jurors saw a photograph of her and Lezniewicz grinning at the club.

“She was partying, having a good time,” testified Roy “Clint” House, another roommate.

House said Casey gave clothing and sales advice to “shot girls” who sold premium liquor by the shot glass at the club.

Casey began living at the apartment nearly full-time after Caylee’s death, the roommates said.

“When she started staying at the apartment on a regular basis, that’s when we stopped seeing Caylee,” House said.

Casey Anthony: Ex-Boyfriend Says George Anthony Abused Her

April 21, 2011

In a newly released deposition filed in court yesterday, Casey Anthony’s ex-boyfriend Tony Lazzaro said Anthony told him that her father, George Anthony, physically abused her.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

“From what I remember, I think it was just hitting – that she was physically abused,” Lazzaro told attorneys during a Feb. 18 deposition.

A transcript of that deposition was placed in the court file late Wednesday along with another deposition of Casey’s former friend Amy Huizenga.

He said Caylee never appeared to be neglected or abused, but when asked about Casey, Lazzaro said she had told him about being abused herself.

“I just don’t recall it being sexual in nature,” Lazzaro said. “It could have been. Honestly, it would have been much better to do this at that time. I just know she said that they didn’t live together and she made it sound like her dad was like this really bad guy.”

Casey Anthony: Tony Lazzaro Hires Lawyer

July 7, 2009

WDBO is reporting that Tony Lazzaro has hired attorney William R. Jay to represent him.

From WDBO:

Attorney William R. Jay tells WDBO that he’s been told by lawyers for Zenaida Gonzales that Lazarro will soon be deposed in Casey’s civil case – though nothing had been filed in court as of Monday.

Lazzaro was previously deposed by lawyers for Casey in her criminal case, and Jay said he expects his client to again by questioned in that case “now that they have a death penalty qualified lawyer” – referring to the addition of Dr. Andrea Lyon to the defense team.

Jay said he will represent Lazzaro in both cases.

Casey Anthony: Tattoo Artist Speaks Out Again

July 6, 2009

Well, I’m gone for a few days and the news remains the same, Casey Anthony’s tattoo could end up as a major part of the case against her.

From MyFox Orlando:

The tattoo artists name is Bobby Williams. And he gave Casey Anthony a tattoo with the word’s Bella Vita on her left shoulder. Bella vita means beautiful life.

Williams knew that and didn’t think twice about it. He says Casey came in and was there for about an hour. She was very normal and most of the time he was doing her tattoo she was on the phone with her then boyfriend Tony Lazzaro.

Williams said Casey never mentioned her daughter Caylee or that she was missing. He did not learn that until he heard about Casey’s arrest on the news, and now looking back.

“It’s definitely, definitely strange now that you put two and two together and the child’s missing and she comes in and gets something like that. And acts totally normal? Yeah, like nothing happened. It’s like is it because she’s living a beautiful life or beautiful life because her daughter is missing.”

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?

Watch Greta’s interview

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: FAMU Hires Jose Baez To Teach Law Students

January 23, 2009

According to WFTV, Jose Baez has been hired by FAMU law school to teach up-and-coming lawyers.

For those of you who do not like Mr. Baez, just imagine what he will be teaching his new students? Thoughts?

From WFTV:

Baez is not teaching freshmen, he’s teaching upper-level classes how to get ready for trial.

Jose Baez passed the bar exam just three years ago. He has already confused jurisdiction and botched a motion in the Casey Anthony case. Now, he’s teaching law students at FAMU.

“How’s it going so far?” WFTV reporter Sean Lavin asked FAMU College of Law Dean Leroy Pernell.

“I don’t know yet. We’ve only been in session since here for a couple weeks at best,” he said.

Baez is also under Florida Bar investigation over allegations he spread false statements about the prosecutors.

“If he’s being investigated by the Bar, there’s a reason why, and they’re supposed to be setting examples for us,” FAMU law student Chris Hancock said.The law school’s dean did not even know about the Bar investigation until Eyewitness News told him.

“Are you guys going to stay on top of it and see how it comes out and review it?” Lavin asked Pernell.

“Well, I think with any teacher or instructor, if there are matters that occur that would interfere with experience of students in course, we’ll monitor that and take appropriate steps,” he said.

Pernell said he will take no action until the investigation is over. That means Baez will keep teaching at FAMU and will earn $4,500 per semester.

Even though students were told not to talk to Eyewitness News, several said Baez has hired FAMU students to help him work on the Anthony case outside of the classroom.Eyewitness News was unable to reach Baez for comment.