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!