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.

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