Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Read ruling in Casey Anthony appeals case (videos)

Casey Anthony appealed her four convictions of lying to law enforcement officers in July 2011, when she gave them false statements and false information regarding the whereabouts of her daughter Caylee Marie Anthony. On Jan. 25, 2013, a Florida appellate court ruled that two of the convictions should be thrown out, while two would stand.

You may read the full ruling below.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Casey Anthony Liar: True Crime with Aphrodite Jones focuses on Casey's lies

Aphrodite Jones has returned for a new season of her show that airs on Investigation Discovery, but her big show may be the Jan. 14, 2013, airing of an episode focusing on Casey Anthony.

Check out a preview of "Casey Anthony Liar" where Aphrodite Jones focuses on Casey Anthony's numerous lies to authorities. Criminal defense attorney Jose Baez weighs in.


Casey Anthony: Appeals heard, no decision handed down yet


On Jan. 8, 2013, criminal defense attorneys representing Casey Anthony appeared at the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach, Florida to appeal Casey Anthony's four, misdemeanor convictions of lying to law enforcement officers. At issue is whether Casey Anthony was aware she wasn't officially under arrest at the time she made statements regarding the whereabouts of her daughter Caylee. Casey Anthony did not attend the appeal.

It was also noted that officers didn't read Casey Anthony her Miranda rights at the time she made false statements to law enforcement. Lisabeth Fryer stated that because the statements were made during a continual, time period, Anthony was overcharged.

It could take between a week to several months before a decision is rendered.

Wesh reporter tweets photo of Cheney Mason arriving for Casey Anthony court appeal

On Jan. 8, 2013, Cheney Mason and Lisbeth Fryer presented arguments for Casey Anthony's appeal in Daytona Beach, Florida. Bob Kealing of WESH 2, snapped a photo as they headed for the courtroom and shared it on Twitter.

You may see that photo below.


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias fight for television coverage

According to a new Orlando Sentinel report, Casey Anthony may not be the most popular woman accused of murder. As the notorious Florida mom acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee returns to a courtroom on Jan. 8, 2013, she faces some competition regarding whether In Session chooses to air the proceedings live on television. The competition comes in the form of Arizona woman Jodi Arias. In Session may choose to broadcast Jodi Arias’ trial leaving those who want to watch the Casey Anthony proceedings to choose online streaming instead. We will have the video on the site and will also provide updates on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, regarding where viewers may tune in.

There have been numerous comparisons between Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias, and it is interesting that both are in a sense fighting for air time. Though Casey Anthony was acquitted of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse, she was convicted on four charges of lying to law enforcement officers. Her attorneys say she was overcharged and are appealing the misdemeanor convictions on grounds of double jeopardy.

Arguments will be heard in Casey Anthony’s appeal at 1:30 p.m. The Orlando Sentinel states that if In Session doesn’t cover Anthony’s appeal on Tuesday, they will do so on Wednesday.

What do you think about Casey Anthony’s appeal? Are you going to watch? Are you following the Jodi Arias trial as well?


Jose Baez compares Nancy Grace to wrestling, talks ‘schtick’ of the show (videos)

There’s no love lost between Jose Baez and Nancy Grace...that’s for sure. In Jose Baez’ book “Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story,” Jose Baez speaks about his second appearance on the famous HLN program “Nancy Grace.” According to Jose Baez, he was unfamiliar with Jane Velez-Mitchell or Nancy Grace at the time he appeared on the show. Jane Velez-Mitchell sat in for Nancy Grace during his first appearance.  On July 23, 2008, Jose Baez appeared on the show a second time. Nancy Grace was there for the interview. This appearance was just 8 days after Caylee Anthony had been reported missing.

You may watch the interview in the video below and the tension between the two is clearly evident. Nancy Grace and Jose Baez spent much of the time speaking over each other. Nancy Grace called Jose Baez out on not pushing Casey Anthony to help find Caylee Anthony alive. Jose Baez continually highlighted he couldn’t violate attorney, client privilege.

Jose Baez denied that he had asked for immunity for Casey Anthony, and continued to point out that Nancy Grace was interrupting him.

One thing that is notable, is that Nancy Grace tends to intimidate a lot of guests. They become tongue-tied, twisted, frustrated and back down. It is interesting that Jose Baez continued to hold his own and never backed down to Nancy Grace.

Nancy Grace conducted the interview like a pitbull for justice and it appeared her attacks were motivated by the hope of finding Caylee Anthony alive.

It’s also interesting that Jose Baez brought up several points during the interview that were overlooked--points that he addressed in his book. One of these was the way the state handled the case. He remarked that investigators arrested Casey, then turned to the media to say they had a missing child. Jose Baez continually criticized the handling of media throughout the book and mentioned several times that media would hear about developments in the case or release of evidence before he did.


Jose Baez addressed the interview in his book on page 37. You can fast forward to 15:00 to find the part Jose Baez speaks about specifically, but you may watch the entire video to get the full depth of the interview.

Jose Baez wrote, “Grace, a former prosecutor from Fulton County, Georgia, grilled me about my conversations with Casey, and I told her I couldn’t discuss any of that. Immediately she accused me of hiding behind the attorney-client privilege.

“I’m not hiding behind anything,” I said. “I’m keeping my license, and I’m shocked you even asked a question like that.”


She replied haughtily, “I don’t represent criminals. I represent the victims.”

I was thinking, “Who is this quack?”


I quickly discovered that Grace’s show was a lot like professional wrestling, where the action and drama are more important than truth or facts. She would attack me, and we’d go to a commercial, and she’d say, “Hey, you’re doing great. This is just the schtick of the show.”

“I understand,” I said.


“You’re doing wonderfully,” she said. “Keep up the good work.”

What do you think about Jose Baez’ comments and the entire interview?