Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Caylee Anthony

It’s Christmas Eve and as we prepare for the excitement and joyous time spent with family and loved ones, I can’t help but think of all the children who will not enjoy Christmas this year. The Newtown, Connecticut shooting has left a gaping hole in the heart of the nation and we grieve for those families who planned funerals instead of preparing Christmas activities and plans. Like the tragic loss in Connecticut, Florida has lost many children who will be missed this Christmas. Haleigh Cummings, Sabrina Aisenberg, Jessica Lunsford, Adam Walsh, Zachary Bernhardt, Jennifer Martilez, Trenton Duckett and Caylee Anthony. For all those who remember children who are missing or departed this world far too soon, Christmas is bittersweet. Caylee Anthony would be 7-years-old this Christmas.

Caylee Anthony only celebrated two Christmases during her short life. If she were still with us, she’d most likely celebrate with Barbies, Furbies, educational toys, and more. Her case continues to cause sorrow for many in Florida and throughout the nation, as some feel there was never a true and certain resolution. Some who felt deeply touched by the little girl with the big, hazel eyes will add a purple ornament to their tree in her memory. While Caylee’s story ripped the nation with grief, outrage and a cry for justice, there are countless other children who are missing or murdered. Their families will approach Christmas with broken hearts and wounded spirits as they try to move forward in life without their children.

There is no word on what the Anthonys plan to do for Christmas, or if they will reunite with Casey Anthony for the holiday.  

Earlier this year, in March 2012, media reported that Lee Anthony, Casey Anthony’s brother, married his longtime girlfriend Mallory Parker. Reports stated the couple married in an undisclosed location, however Casey Anthony did not attend. It is unclear how media reports know for certain that Casey was not present for the wedding.

One thing we do know for certain, is that Caylee Anthony was not present. Caylee Anthony would have most likely been the flower girl at her uncle’s wedding.  At 6 ½ years old, the age she would have been in March 2012, Caylee would have been darling in the wedding party. Caylee and other missing and murdered children nationwide may be gone, but they are never truly forgotten. While some continue to go through life never thinking about those who’ve departed, others remember them continually. In some aspects, strangers become like family members, grieving for the loss of children.

Their absences leave an indelible emptiness in the hearts of those who love and care for them.

Please take a moment to remember Caylee Anthony this Christmas, as well as other children who are missing or murdered, such as the 20 children who lost their lives on Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary school. Consider ways you can make this world a better place, in honor of their memory.

Merry Christmas Caylee Anthony. We will never forget you.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Jose Baez says arresting Casey Anthony quickly was a mistake

In Jose Baez' book Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story, Casey Anthony's criminal defense attorney says police made a mistake by arresting Casey Anthony on July 16, 2008, the afternoon following the evening that Cindy Anthony called 911. The arrest came after Casey Anthony lied to Orange County Sheriff officers regarding her daughter Caylee Anthony's whereabouts.

Jose Baez states, "You might wonder why the cops arrested her so quickly. According to Melich, the reason they did so was what occurred in the Melinda Duckett case. Duckett was a young woman from Lake County, Florida, who had a missing child. After going on the Nancy Grace show, where Nancy Grace attacked her repeatedly, Duckett came home and took her own life. She shot herself in her grandparents' home on Sept. 8, 2006. Melich said they didn't want a repeat of what happened to Duckett. But this case was different. Casey had shown no signs of depression. What was their hurry?" (page 18)

The likelihood of Casey Anthony taking her own life seems slim looking back in retrospect, but it's interesting to note that we have no way of knowing how events would have transpired if Casey Anthony had not been arrested. Jose Baez makes a very valid point as he continued in his book on page 19.

"I have always believed that at this crucial moment in the investigation, the police made a horrible decision. They should have stopped and realized, 'Wait a minute, we're not dealing with someone who's playing with a full deck here.' How much more evidence did the police need to see that this girl was taking them on a wild goose chase? Rather than thinking, 'This is a guilty person who is a horrible liar, why didn't they consider, this is a person who has built some kind of fantasy world, someone who lives within a mythical reality."

While some have argued with Jose Baez simply because he was the person who defended Casey Anthony, he makes a well-grounded and justifiable point.

Many people have remarked on Casey Anthony's ability to tell numerous lies to people and her capacity to keep her lies straight. There is no doubt that Casey Anthony is an expert liar, but do her lies go beyond the deviant, sociopath who is dishonest and manipulative and indicate someone who has created a fantasy world, as Jose Baez suggests?

It is in the next portion of the book that Jose Baez identifies what he believes was a mistake by authorities. After saying that the police should have brought in a psychologist to evaluate Casey instead of playing good cop/bad cop, he states, "They slapped the cuffs on her. They thought they were going to pull the truth out of her and that after a night in jail, she'd break down and tell them everything. If they had just let her remain free, they could have bugged her phones, watched her movements, followed her, and perhaps would have gotten a better idea of the extent of her involvement in Caylee's disappearance."

Jose Baez also pointed out that within 24 hours following her arrest, she lawyered up with Baez. It didn't take long for Baez to ensure that Casey stopped speaking publicly, and when she did speak to her parents in jailhouse visits and calls, he made certain that ended quickly.

If Anthony had remained free, as Baez suggested, would Casey have slipped up on her own? Would she have said something to her boyfriend Tony Lazzaro? Maybe she would have led authorities to the crime scene off of Suburban Drive long before Caylee's remains were found on Dec. 11, 2008. If George Anthony had any involvement in Casey's death, disappearance or removal of her body from the home, that may have come to light if Anthony weren't behind bars.

Maybe if Casey Anthony hadn't been in jail, the truth of what happened to Caylee would have been revealed much quicker.

What do you think about Jose Baez' statements? Do you feel the police rushed to arrest Casey and could have possibly uncovered more details and evidence if they had let her remain free, followed her and bugged her phones?

When I finish reading Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story, I will read Jeff Ashton's book Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony. I hope to have both books finished before Lifetime premieres Prosecuting Casey Anthony on Jan. 19, 2013.
  This is a must see video as it shows the media camped outside Casey Anthony's house as she returns to jail.

Jose Baez on Casey Anthony and Mental Health Issues in Presumed Guilty

I am currently reading Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story by Jose Baez and am enjoying the book tremendously. I would say that anyone who is interested in the Casey Anthony case should read the book, regardless of how they feel about Jose Baez. Casey does not profit from the book, and Jose Baez proved himself as an expert criminal defense attorney throughout the trial. I will read Jeff Ashton's book Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony as soon as I finish Presumed Guilty and plan to have both books completed before the Jan. 19, 2013, premiere of the Lifetime movie Prosecuting Casey Anthony.

Multiple things have caught my attention from reading the book and I am impressed with Jose Baez' candor. Regardless of how you feel about his defense for Casey and the drowning theory, I think the book sheds light on why he took the case, the challenges he faced as a criminal defense attorney, and his personal insights and views on Casey Anthony.

One area that the trial overlooked was Casey's mental health. Though she did have a psychological evaluation to determine whether she was fit for trial, I have to wonder if the push to get Casey Anthony  convicted didn't impact her psychological evaluation. Jose Baez was not seeking an insanity defense, so the need to have psychologists or psychiatrists testify on the stand was unnecessary. I have spoken with numerous people who felt that Casey Anthony had mental health issues, and Jose Baez had no qualms about stating he felt the same.

When Detective Yuri Melich first discovered that Casey Anthony was habitually lying, it may have been a good idea to change tactics and get her to a psychological evaluation. After Casey Anthony lied continually regarding Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, her living arrangements at Sawgrass Apartments, and her continual lies saying that she worked at Universal Studios, it would have been reasonable to have her see a professional. Instead, Casey Anthony was taken in for questioning and to point out photos of Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.

In Feb. 2012, the Orlando Sentinel requested to have Casey Anthony's psychological evaluations unsealed and Judge Belvin Perry approved the request. While Jose Baez chose not to have Psychiatrist Jeffrey Danziger and psychologist Dr. William Weitz testify during trial, there were many confirmations between the doctors evaluations and Jose Baez' defense strategies. Many of the claims Jose Baez made during Casey Anthony's murder trial, though not proved, were repeated during Casey Anthony's psychological evaluations.

 Psychiatrist  Jeffrey Danziger evaluated Casey Anthony in 2008, first at the court's request then again in 2010, at the defense's request. I haven't read all of Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story yet, so I can't delve into Jose Baez' response to the evaluations, and there are NUMEROUS pages of documents to go through (approximately 500 in total), but it definitely backs up the claims Jose Baez made throughout the trial and in his book that he believed Casey Anthony had mental health issues.

The trouble with Casey Anthony, however, is she is an excellent liar. Is that indicative of a mental health condition or a personality disorder? The claims that Jose Baez made about Casey Anthony during the murder trial (such as sexual abuse at the hands of her father, the drowning death), Casey Anthony also repeated during her evaluations. Trouble is, we don't know which came first -- Casey Anthony's claims or the defense strategy.

You may read the deposition transcripts from the doctors who performed the psychological evaluation on Casey Anthony in the Scribd documents below. Casey Anthony Psychological Evaluations Deposition Transcripts Part 1 Casey Anthony Psychological Evaluations Deposition Transcripts Part 2 Casey Anthony Psychological Evaluations Deposition Transcripts Part 3 Casey Anthony Psychological Evaluations Deposition Transcripts Part 4

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Jeff Ashton talks trouble with jury in Casey Anthony case due to pretrial publicity (videos)

Jeff Ashton revealed in an interview that he chose the title "Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony," because he felt that pretrial publicity caused the jury pool to become thinned. It's an interesting concept and sheds light on Florida's Sunshine Laws. Did pretrial publicity cause the prosecution to not get the jury they hoped to have?

Is this truly a definition of "imperfect justice" as Ashton describes in his book, or does the public have a right to access evidence photos, documents, and transcripts of a case before it gets to trial?

What do you think?

Did pretrial publicity cause the jury to render a not-guilty verdict? Did the Casey Anthony case have the "wrong" jury?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Press Release: Lifetime Movie 'Prosecuting Casey Anthony' (videos)


Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award Nominee Portrays Jeff Ashton in Film Based on Former Prosecutor’s Book about High-Profile and Controversial Caylee Anthony Murder Trial
LOS ANGELES, CA (December 10, 2012) – Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee Rob Lowe stars in the Lifetime Original Movie Prosecuting Casey Anthony, which will make its world premiere on Saturday, January 19, at 8:00pm ET/PT.  In the gripping film, Lowe portrays Jeff Ashton, the Florida prosecutor in last year’s controversial Caylee Anthony murder trial, and author (with Lisa Pulitzer) of the best-selling book Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, upon which the movie is based.

Prosecuting Casey Anthony reveals Ashton’s inside story of the true crime drama that captivated and then shocked the nation when Caylee Anthony’s mother, Casey, was acquitted of killing her daughter, despite what many thought to be overwhelming evidence of guilt.  But much of that “evidence” had nothing to do with direct evidence of guilt, but rather her behavior in the weeks between the disappearance of Caylee and Casey’s mother’s call to the police.

The movie is seen from Ashton’s (Lowe) perspective and takes viewers behind the scenes of both the investigation into Caylee’s tragic death and the ensuing trial, shedding new light on the many questions of what happened to the two year-old girl, how Ashton and his fellow prosecutors built their case and why a woman so shrouded in suspicion was proclaimed innocent.  Also starring in the movie are Elizabeth Mitchell (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), who portrays lead prosecutor Linda Burdick; Oscar Nunez (The Office) as Casey Anthony’s attorney Jose Baez; Marisa Ramirez (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena) plays Ashton’s wife Rita; Kevin Dunn (Transformers) as George Anthony and Virginia Welch (A God Named Pablo) is Casey Anthony.

Prosecuting Casey Anthony is executive produced by Jean Abounader (Lifetime’s We Have Your Husband, Held Hostage), Michelle Manning (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles), Rob Lowe (Dr. Vegas, The Lyon’s Den) and Alison Cross (Rizzoli & Isles, Raising the Bar).  Peter Werner (Justified, Medium) directed the screenplay by Alison Cross.  Jeff Ashton serves as a consultant on the film, which is produced by Fox Television Studios.  Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony is published by HarperCollins.

Rob Lowe can currently be seen on the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, and recently appeared on three episodes of Showtime’s Californication.  He also starred in the ABC dramaBrothers & Sisters from 2007–2010.  Lowe received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his work on the hit NBC drama The West Wing.  He has also been successful with highly rated television miniseries such as Lifetime’s Beach Girls, Salem’s Lot for TNT, The Christmas Shoes for CBS and The Stand for ABC.  Some of Lowe’s feature films include The Outsiders, St. Elmo’s Fire, About Last Night, Bad Influence, Wayne’s World, Tommy Boy, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and most recently, TheInvention of Lying.  Last year, Lowe added author to his credits with the release of his memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, a New York Times best seller.
In January, Lowe starred in the Lifetime Original Movie Drew Peterson: Untouchable, which averaged 5.8 million total viewers.  The movie is 2012’s second most-watched movie telecast across cable among all of the demographics, second only to the Lifetime Original Movie Steel Magnolias (excluding miniseries).

Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families.  In the Third Quarter 2012, the network posted major growth in viewership versus Third Quarter 2011, including a 14% increase among Women 18-49, +9% in Women 25-54 and +5% among Adults 18-49, marking the third straight quarter Lifetime has registered year-on-year growth among the key demographics.  Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, asubsidiary of A+E Networks.  A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

Check out the video trailer below.

Actress playing Casey Anthony in Lifetime movie says she doesn't watch a lot of news

On Nov. 6, 2012, Celeb Buzz sat with actress Virginia Welch, who stars as Casey Anthony in the upcoming Lifetime film "Prosecuting Casey Anthony" and she spoke about the role she is playing.

 Referring to the part as the opportunity of a lifetime, Welch admitted that she had to do a lot of research in order to get into character as she doesn't watch a lot of news.

Welch stated, "I don’t watch lot of news. I really didn’t know much about the trial prior to filming. Once I was cast, that was when it was, like, in the cave."

 Her ignorance of the case might have contributed to her decision of accepting the role as there has been public outcry against the movie and anyone who attempts to take part in anything seen as glorifying Caylee Anthony's death.

 It has been reported that Casey Anthony is a minor character in the film that is based upon prosecutor Jeff Ashton's book.

 Check out the video interview below.

Video, transcript: Casey Anthony home interview with police July 16, 2008

Here is the video (audio) and transcript of Casey Anthony's police interview from July 16, 2008 Casey Anthony Interview July 16 2008

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Photo: Caylee Anthony Death Certificate

Caylee Anthony Birth Certificate: Photo

Cindy Anthony is Licensed Registered Nurse in Florida 1990

According to the Florida Department of Health,CYNTHIAMARIE PLESEAANTHONY LICENSE NUMBER: RN2087282 first received her Florida license on Feb. 12, 1990. At this time, she remains a licensed, registered nurse.

George Anthony worked as Trumbull County Sheriff Department in Ohio

According to a report by Trib Today, prior to moving to Florida, George Anthony worked as a Trumball County Sheriff's Officer in Ohio.

"Chuck Eddy, Caylee's great-uncle, said the past two months have been surreal, to say the least. "You normally watch TV and see things going on about someone else," said Eddy, of Bob and Chuck Eddy Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep in Youngstown.

"It doesn't seem real that that's your family."

According to Eddy, Casey and her parents, Cindy and George Anthony, originally are from Niles and moved to Orlando in 1989.

Eddy's wife, Kathy, is George's sister. Casey's brother, Lee, also lives in Florida. Eddy said George Anthony was a Trumbull County sheriff's deputy and retired from the department before moving to Orlando in 1989.

"He was a great sheriff's deputy and, I believe, a homicide detective," Eddy said. Eddy said Cindy had worked as a nurse in Florida and George in security. Eddy said his wife has kept in touch with her family throughout the ordeal"

Cindy Anthony's brother gives family background history on Topix

On Aug.19, 2008, a man believed to be Cindy Anthony's brother Rick spoke about his family on the site Topix. He stated, "I am one of Cindy's older brothers. She has three all total. I have two older brothers. Cindy was the baby of the family and the only girl.

She married George when he was a cop in Warren, Ohio. She talked George into going into his dad's car business. George didn't get along with his dad very well then. They scuffeled and George put his dad through a window at the dealership.

George was asked to leave. No charges were filed. George started his own car lot and 2nd mortgaged his and Cindy's home. The business failed and they lost their home. They moved to Florida where Cindy got a job at a doctors clinic. She was the lead nurse at a really good orthepedic doctor office before she met George. She quit when she had Lee. That is some basics that will get everyone up to speed."

Oh Well" thread III" page 729): (RICK: Aug 19, 2008 #14681

Photos: Caylee Anthony's Remains (warning, graphic content)


The following slideshow consists of Caylee Anthony's remains as they were shown to the jury during Casey Anthony's 2011 trial.

While some of the photos have been pixelated; others have not.

 Meter reader Roy Kronk discovered Caylee Anthony's remains on Dec. 11, 2008. Today marks four years since that discovery.

 There are graphic photos included in the slideshow. Please view with caution.

Videos, Photos: Caylee Anthony's Remains Found: Four Years Later

Today is Dec. 11, 2012, it also marks the four year anniversary of when Caylee Anthony's remains were found off of Suburban Drive in Orlando, Florida. Caylee Anthony died on June 16, 2008 meaning her body was left in the hot Florida sun and submerged under water for a period of up to six months.

By the time authorities found her remains there was nothing but bones that had been left for wild animals to graze upon. Her skeleton and skull revealed little about the way she died. The only piece of evidence that hinted at murder by suffocation was duct tape that was affixed to the skull, going across the mouth and nose.

Jailhouse video of Casey Anthony's reaction to the news Caylee's remains had been found was kept under wraps until finally it was made public. Casey's reaction was of great interest because Caylee's remains hadn't been identified at the time Casey was taped reacting to the news. You may watch those videos below.

 To this day, there has not been justice for Caylee Anthony. While the defense argued that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family's swimming pool, the medical examiner said it best. When children drown people call 911. I would add that when children drown, parents don't discard their children's bodies in woods and leave them for mother nature and wild beasts to devour.

 The first part of the video is Casey getting the news. You can see her defense attorney Jose Baez speak to her during the second video.

WARNING! The slideshow below contains state of Florida evidence that was shown to the jury. It contains graphic photos of Caylee Anthony's remains!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Watch Casey Anthony movie video trailer 'Prosecuting Casey Anthony'

Lifetime has released an official video trailer for their new film "Prosecuting Casey Anthony" scheduled for a 2013 premiere. The movie is based upon Jeff Ashton's book and stars Rob Lowe as the prosecutor.

The following description is from the official Lifetime site for the movie.

Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee Rob Lowe stars in the new Lifetime Original Movie "Prosecuting Casey Anthony." Lowe portrays Jeff Ashton, the Florida prosecutor in last year’s controversial Caylee Anthony murder trial and author of the best-selling book Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, upon which the movie is based.

"Prosecuting Casey Anthony" reveals Ashton’s inside story of the true crime drama that captivated and then shocked the nation when Caylee Anthony’s mother, Casey, was acquitted of killing her daughter, despite what many thought to be overwhelming evidence of guilt. The movie is seen from Ashton’s (Lowe) perspective and it takes viewers behind-the-scenes of both the investigation into Caylee’s tragic death and the ensuing trial, shedding new light on the many questions of what happened to the two year-old girl, how Ashton and his fellow prosecutors built their case and why a woman so shrouded in suspicion was proclaimed innocent. With in-depth information about the case and the accused, "Prosecuting Casey Anthony" examines what the prosecution got right, what they got wrong and why Ashton remains convinced of Casey Anthony’s guilt.

"Prosecuting Casey Anthony" is executive produced by Jean Abounader (Lifetime’s "We Have Your Husband", "Held Hostage") and Michelle Manning ("The Breakfast Club", "Sixteen Candles"). Peter Werner ("Justified", "Medium") directs the screenplay by Alison Cross ("Rizzoli & Isles", "Raising the Bar"). The film is produced by Fox Television Studios. Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony is published by HarperCollins.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Video: George Anthony congratulates Jeff Ashton on win

The following video shows George Anthony, Casey Anthony's father, as he congratulates Jeff Ashton on his win for the state attorney's seat.

Videos: Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, Dr. Phil interview

The following is the full interview with George and Cindy Anthony on the Dr. Phil show. The interview took two days, and is a good look at what George and Cindy think about Casey and what happened to Caylee.

Video: Jeff Ashton talks losing Casey Anthony case

Video: Jeff Ashton talks losing Casey Anthony case

Monday, September 3, 2012

Zenaida Gonzalez arrested (video)

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The woman suing Casey Anthony for defamation was arrested in an undercover, Florida sting on August 17, 2012. Zenaida Gonzalez, 41, is accused of selling a Four Loco drink to a minor while working at a Circle K store. It is important to remember that an arrest does not equate guilt and Gonzalez is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Gonzalez was released from jail on a $250 bond.
Gonzalez made headline news in July 2008, when Casey Anthony stated to authorities that her missing daughter, Caylee Anthony, was last seen with a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez. Though the investigation would prove that no such woman existed, the real Zenaida Gonzalez stated her life was ruined by the claims. The law firm of Morgan and Morgan represents Gonzalez and it is estimated a civil trial will begin in January 2013.
According to John Morgan, Gonzalez was forced to go into hiding, lost her job, and received multiple threatening phone calls as many believed she was responsible for Caylee’s disappearance. Caylee Anthony’s remains were located on December 11, 2008, less than one mile from the home she shared with her mother and grandparents.
The current charges facing Gonzalez are not expected to have any bearing on the civil suit.
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Read Casey Anthony jailhouse letters

Though the murder trial against Casey Anthony may be over and the Florida mother was acquitted in the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, that doesn't mean the search for justice has finished. While Casey Anthony was in jail, she wrote a series of letters that provide one of the most in-depth looks into Anthony's mind ever revealed.

Since the trial, Anthony has refused to conduct public interviews and chose not to testify during her May-July 2011 trial. The jailhouse letters provide a new viewpoint for those seeking to understand the truth of the actions from June 2008 that ultimately culminated in the remains of a nearly three-year old girl found less than a mile form her mother's home.

Casey Anthony Jailhouse Letters

Photos of Caylee Anthony's remains shown to jury in Casey Anthony trial

On June 9, 2011, the jury in the case against accused Florida mom of murder, Casey Anthony, witnessed graphic photos of Caylee Anthony’s remains.  Casey Anthony is charged with first degree murder in the June 16, 2008 death of her then two-year-old daughter.  The state alleges that Casey Anthony drugged Caylee with chloroform then placed duct tape over her mouth and nose.  The defense argues that Caylee Anthony drowned in the family swimming pool.  Caylee Anthony’s remains were located on December 11, 2008 just blocks from Casey Anthony’s home.

Warning!  You may see photos of Caylee Anthony’s remains in the slideshow to the left.  The photos of Caylee’s skull have been blurred.  These photos may prove disturbing to some.

Casey Anthony Trial VideosThe photos were too disturbing for George and Cindy Anthony to view and they left the courtroom before the images were shown; they did not return back to the courtroom.  The jurors and those in the courtroom saw the photos unedited.

Casey Anthony Photos

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Videos: Casey Anthony Murder Trial

Here it is folks...hours upon hours...upon hours...of the State of Florida vs. Casey Anthony murder trial.

Charisse Van Horn announces new column: Casey Anthony Examiner

Freelance writer Charisse Van Horn has just been named the Casey Anthony Examiner for She will follow Casey Anthony's current legal woes as well as provide updates regarding pertinent people involved in the Casey Anthony case.

Though Casey Anthony was acquitted of murdering her two-year old daughter on July 5, 2011, the demand for truth regarding the death of Caylee Anthony has not ceased.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Videos: Read Casey Anthony transcript from Piers Morgan interview on June 12, 2012

Casey Anthony spoke to Piers Morgan by phone on June 12, 2012. Here is the full transcript along with CNN videos regarding the phone call and interview, as well as interview with Casey's attorney J.Cheney Mason.


Good evening. Two big stories tonight. An extraordinary day in the Sandusky trial. We'll get to that in a few moments. But we begin with my exclusive conversation with Casey Anthony. I spoke to her and her attorney just a little while ago. She's been hiding at a secret location ever since she's found not guilty in the death of her daughter Caylee. 

What she told me was about her life now and she's gone what she says through hell, and she says she weren't wrong by not being honest with law officials. 

J. Cheney Mason is a member of Casey Anthony's defense team. He joins me now exclusively. 

Welcome to you. It was an extraordinary moment. We were in my office. And you put your client on the phone. You put it on loud speaker. It was your phone. And we had a sort of 10-minute conversation. A random conversation in many ways. But it gave me an insight into I guess her state of mind. How she's feeling about her life now. 

Before we get to that, how would you categorize where she is now? 

J. CHENEY MASON, CASEY ANTHONY ATTORNEY: Well, she's in a different prison in reality. She's not in 24-hour a day or 23 out of 24-hour a day lockdown like she was for three years in Norris County jail. But she's in a home where she can't go outside. She fears and we fear for her to go outside at all. She can't be seen. So she spends the day in the house and she cook, cleans, and reads books and exercises and watches some programs on TV. And movies particularly. That's what she does. 

MORGAN: Some of the things that she said were fascinating. I asked her about her public perception, which by common consent is not good. She says it's bad, it's absolutely horrible. She seemed very aware of the fact that she has a reputation as one of the most hated people in America. How does she deal with that, do you think? 

MASON: Well, she's -- she accepts her reality. She knows that right now she can't do anything about that because we can't have her be in public to answer things. She knows that the hate mongers are out there in legions. Those people who don't believe in the jury system. And just reject the verdict out of hand, or believe evidence that was never there. 

There's nothing she can do about that at this time. So she has to accept people hate her. And that's because they don't know her. And I can tell you there's an awful lot of people that like her and respect her for what she did. Having the courage to go to trial. And she gets a lot of favorable mail, too. 

MORGAN: I said to her, what are the biggest misconceptions, do you think, about you? And she said, well, I -- I mean there's obviously several misconceptions. Obviously I didn't kill my daughter. She said that very firmly. If anything, there's nothing in this world I've ever been more proud of and there's no one I loved more than my daughter. She's my greatest accomplishment. 

Clearly, a lot of people in America believe she killed her daughter. But I was struck by -- that was what she wanted to get over straight away loud and clear. I didn't kill my girl. 

MASON: And she said that to you without any prompting, without any rehearsal. Without any lawyering whatsoever. She just -- just told you that. And that's an interesting -- the way you said that. I just want to read part of one of the favorable letters that I brought. The parts that she's gotten. One of the -- one of these people, of course, anonymously had a very perceptive statement in here. "At no time did any of the horrible news media ever choose to portray Casey as a good mother. And I never saw one photo, one video, that did not show a very loving and caring mother. A small child is so open that there would have been clues in her expression or interaction with her mom if she had been mistreated in anyway." 

This is from one of the unsolicited letters. We had thousands of them. 

MORGAN: I mean, she was very strong I felt to me about her media perception. She was very cynical, actually, about what she called, in her view, the no different type of scrutiny from magazines like "The National Enquirer" to what she said was supposed to be credible media organizations like the "New York Times," the "Boston Herald" she cited. All just running with rumors about her which she said was simply not true. 

And she then began to go through some of them, which I thought was interesting. I have never been a, quote-unquote, "party girl," she said. I don't drink now. I probably had a handful of beer since I've been on probation. I've never done drugs apart from a little bit of marijuana in my early 20s. 

She said this with quite an emphatic tone to her voice. As if to say I'm a bit fed up with this stuff being peddled around. Like I was a wild, out-of-control young woman. 

MASON: When the case began, one of big thrusts of the prosecution in building -- well, attempting to build prejudice in my opinion was to paint her as some sort of non-motherly type person. This is a young generation. She's 22 years old. Kids these days go out to start their evenings when I've long been asleep. 

And that doesn't mean they're out doing anything different than any other 20 or 22 or 23-year-old kid in the country. That's what the modern youth does. We didn't used to do that. But the opportunities weren't there so -- 

MORGAN: I mean, there's persistent rumor that she's trying to sell her story. Is that true? 

MASON: No. Simply is not. Nothing's being sold. Nothing being marketed. From her. I'm the one that's responsible for doing those things for her or with her. We're sitting back watching. We're watching what other people have done, are doing, what's coming out. And when the time comes, she will have her story to tell. 

MORGAN: She, on this very subject, said I'm not making gazillions of dollars at the hands of other people, or trying to sell myself to anyone willing to throw a couple of dollars at me. I don't give a -- expletive -- about money. I may have in the past. Other reasons before any of this stuff started because I was a stupid kid. But I'm 26 now. I've gone through hell. And even I know the situation isn't what it should have been when my life totally changed almost a year ago but I'm dealing with it. MASON: Well -- 

MORGAN: In a way, I thought that she is a different person now in her eyes to the one she was before. 

MASON: Well, and keep in mind, she spent three years being vilified 24 hours a day by all of the news media in the country or a lot in the world, you tell me. Being accused and insulted and degraded by some of the other talk show-type people that don't deserve to be mentioned. And that's all there was. 

And keep in mind, at the same time, Casey was in lockdown, 23 out of 24 hours a day. Seven days a week for three years. The only time that she got out is when we visited with her or other team members or experts met with her. And then trial. She had to endure all that. That whole process for all that time. 

MORGAN: There will be people watching this. You have a fixed view about your client. Who will say, "I'm not buying any of this stuff." I don't know what -- you know, soft soaping it. She probably killed her child, they'll think. But even if she didn't, she was found guilty of lying. Again, it was interesting talking to her. She didn't try and hide from this. 

On the subject of the lying, she said -- well, I said to her, where are you self-critical. I said to her. She said, by not being honest. "I didn't trust law enforcement. Because of my relationship with my father who was ex-law enforcement himself. I didn't give them the benefit of the doubt, which is part of the reason they didn't give me the benefit of the doubt. People can think they are critical of me and the 31 days of my lying to law enforcement and my not being forthcoming. But they don't understand the reason why." 

And then she went on to say something very interesting. "I've looked back at some of the interviews that she did. In the way that I've come across. It's horrible. It looks absolutely horrible." And, "I'm ashamed in many ways of the person that I was. Because even then that wasn't who I am." 

Strong stuff. 

MASON: Strong person. Casey had a bad background. A lot of problems in her history that don't need to be talked about now. Indeed, she didn't trust anybody. And of course when she -- questioned as intensely as she was without benefit of her constitutional rights, warnings, lawyers, or whatever. Just let her in the Casey world. Casey world was made things up. Casey world denied things. She just closed in. She had a very difficult time dealing it. 

She is now trying to emerge from that. She learned at the same time a lot of the world did how she grieved differently after her child disappeared. We had an expert explain that. 

And interestingly in the courtroom, Piers, when that was done, it was the first time that she really seemed to have an understanding what had transpired and why she was there. 

MORGAN: Yes, and I thought it was interesting when she said to me, I wouldn't even have been able to begin to tell you the person I was outside of being a mom. I was 22, I was scared and confused with life in general, not having a direction. You get a picture of a young woman -- like she said, lacking direction. With family issues. 

But let me ask you difficult question. You represent her legally. You spent so much time with her that in many ways you've become a surrogate family to her. She has no relationship with her parents now. People will be watching this thinking, fine, if she didn't kill her girl, who did? Have you formed any kind of opinion about that? 

MASON: Well, I don't think anybody killed her. That term implied an intentional act. The child obviously died. We presented that evidence in trial, theory of the defense. And we believe it. We're staying by it. There's no reason to change that. There's going to be people who deny it and will not accept it. There are still people out there that totally and mistakenly believe that somehow chloroform had something to do with this case. We proved in trial that it did not. 

That was a fabrication from the prosecution. There's no such evidence of chloroform having anything to do with this child's death, period. But there are -- there are those who will never admit that. 

MORGAN: Just hold that thought for an moment, Cheney. I want to come back after the break and talk more about my extraordinary conversation with Casey and get your reaction to it. 


MORGAN: I'm back with my special guest Cheney Mason who's Casey Anthony's attorney. 

And let's talk about her as a -- as a young woman. She said to me, "The caricature of me that is out there couldn't be further from the truth. Where people get these ideas from, it's so far beyond my own comprehension at this point. I don't even know where it comes from." 

You've spent a lot of time with her. What kind of woman is she? 

MASON: Well, she's a young woman, just slightly older than some of my grandchildren. She's very, very personable. She's very likable. She's very polite. She's respectful. She's all the good things that you'd expect from a young person. And to imagine that she -- meet and talk with her now as a person who's been vilified by some of the -- the other network people and some of the press and just the lynch mob mentality. 

It's hard to imagine this person be this person. You heard her voice. You didn't see her face but you talked to her spontaneously today. MORGAN: I was -- I'll be honest. I was surprised by her apparent maturity. The self-awareness. I mean putting aside the debate over whether the conviction was, you know, sound or otherwise that she was convicted of lying but not of killing her, her child, but whether you believe the outcome or not, I've always believed you got to respect the justice system. 

And the justice system decided there wasn't enough evidence that she killed her daughter. And if you do assume that she didn't kill her daughter, then the hellish time that she's had becomes even more hellish. 

MASON: It is a remarkable, you, not being an American citizen, have a greater appreciation for the American Constitution and our system of laws than so many other people who choose to just ignorantly ignore the system that our country's built on. And you're right. She has suffered unjustifiably and continues to. And after this show is put out, I suspect there'll be another round of hate mongers (INAUDIBLE). 

MORGAN: Well, I mean, I knew the moment I spoke to her and we'll be talking about this on air I can predict exactly what will happen. You know, Twitter and Facebook. You know, they'll all explode. There will be people with incredibly strong opinions who will be outraged we even aired this. Outraged we're debating it, who just think she's guilty, guilty, guilty. But I come back to the fact that she was found not guilty of the charge of killing her daughter. So whatever people think, I think there has to be a respect for the justice system. 

MASON: There has to be a respect for the system and in particular respect and admiration for the jury. Those 12 folks who came from out of town and listened to the evidence directly. Not talking head comments and not news spinnings -- 

MORGAN: Do you think the whole -- I mean I don't like cameras in trials. I wonder if it would have been very different, the perception of her, if we hadn't had the cameras in the courtroom. What do you think? 

MASON: Well, I don't know. I'm an older lawyer. And I was one who vigorously opposed the whole project of having cameras in a courtroom. I have tried a dozen or more trials of cameras in the courtroom. And what I do know is everybody in a courtroom acts differently. I don't care what they try to deny or say. I watched it, I've been there. 

MORGAN: They perform, didn't they? 

MASON: Judges, clerks, deputies, witnesses, lawyers, jurors. They all -- you can watch them. The jurors even in some cases I've tried, when clearly they're not going to be shown, their faces -- the cameras can't show them, they still will do -- will dress up with their -- as we used to say, their Sunday best to come to court. 

MORGAN: You're a very experienced lawyer who's been in this game a long, long time. You're used to clients presumably over the years lying to you. We know from Casey Anthony that -- by her own admission she lied for a long time to law enforcement officers. Could she be pulling the wool over your eyes? 

MASON: Well, I guess anything is possible. But I've been defending cases a long time. First time I defended -- my first murder case was 1973. And I've tried well in excess of 300 jury trials. I'm older. I have experiences in the world. Military experience and lawyer experience. World experience. Anything is possible. 

If so, she's probably the best there is. I do not believe for a minute that she has or even attempted to pull the wool over my eyes or anybody else's on the team. We all believe very strongly and committed to her. 

MORGAN: She said to me, I'm trying to adjust the best that I possibly can. You know, given everything that continuously being thrown at me every day. I have good days and bad days. I'm trying to take the best out of everything. 

What is the reality of Casey Anthony's daily life? What will she be doing tomorrow for example? 

MASON: Well, she will read books. She'll watch movies. She told me -- the other day, goes, I mean a couple of notes of what she likes to watch. She of course doesn't watch the news. She told you she'll watch this if it's -- 


MASON: You know, she doesn't watch the news. She doesn't watch these so-called reality shows that are about as real as wrestling. She is reading now this trilogy of books called "Hunger Games," which I'm not familiar with. 

MORGAN: I've heard these, yes. 

MASON: But she's read Grisham books she likes. And she particularly likes books dealing with international travel. 


MORGAN: I think the "Hunger Games" is about -- it is about -- kids killing each other. 

MASON: Yes, yes. 

MORGAN: Weird subject matter. 

MASON: Apparently has taken on like the "Harry Potter" stuff, I guess. She's very interested in photography. Her -- she works out a lot. Her favorite shows, "I Love Lucy," "The Three Stooges." Old movies. Particularly ones in black and white. Travel. Those types of things that she some day would like to be able to do. And she will be able to do. 

MORGAN: You think she'd like to be a mother again? 

MASON: She probably would. It would take a long time for her to be accepted in a new world, a new life. But to take that risk, I think. She certainly was very committed to it and loved her daughter. Like this one letter said and all the photographs, there's tens of thousands of photographs. That child was a photographed child by the family. All of them with Casey in a very loving relationship and playing and so forth. 

MORGAN: And on two points of detail, she said to me, I do not weigh 500 pounds as one magazine has stated. And I'm not moving to Costa Rica. 

MASON: Yes, you know, we get called and hear about these rumors all the time. And I can assure you that she doesn't weigh 500 pounds. It's doubtful that she weighs 120 pounds. Costa Rica. I don't know where that comes from. I don't know where any of this stuff comes from. But you know, there are people who will say and make up anything and others that will hear it and will choose to believe it and run with it and fabricate more and make up more stuff and it never ends. 

MORGAN: Well, it was a fascinating experience to talk to her. She is, in many ways, an iconic figure in this country for the wrong reasons. But it's certainly interesting to get her take on where she is and on some of the issues about her. 

I appreciate you guys coming in. Cheney Mason, thank you very much indeed. 

MASON: All right. Thank you. 

MORGAN: Thank you.