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Casey Anthony and The Ever Changing Dream Team or Where Are They Now?

04/26/2010

There are so many wonderful blogs about all the rigmarole and shenanigans surrounding the Casey Anthony case.  A few of my favorites writers are ritanita, katfish, and valhall.  They all have fantastic research abilities and each brings something different to the coverage of all-things-Casey.

While I’m certainly not competing with the above-mentioned bloggers, I did recently begin to think back to the early days, specifically late 2008, just after little Caylee’s remains were found and got to wondering, where have they all gone?

With the addition of Orlando defense attorney, Cheney Mason, who is death penalty qualified – and the, what could be deemed disastrous motion to recuse Judge Strickland – the ‘dream team’ continues to morph.

With the continuing recruitment by Baez for the ‘dream team’, why does the Beatle’s Magical Mystery Tour keeping playing in my head?

Jose Baez, Florida – still present

Just as many question Baez’s ability and experience, there will always be lingering questions as to why and how quickly Jose Baez arrived to represent Casey’s ‘best’ interests, but I have to admit I really don’t care!

Linda Kenney Baden, New York – still present

In all fairness, Baden has been doing some pretty high profile forensic work since the 1980s.  Most of us will forever remember her and her husband, Dr. Michael Baden, from the first Phil Spector murder trial.  ‘Nuff said!

Terence Lenamon, Florida – quit


Lenamon was brought in as the needed death penalty attorney.  The Miami based attorney has defended many high-profile cases, but several of Lenamon’s clients were sentenced to death, i.e. ‘The Miami Strangler’.

Jose Garcia, Florida– still present

Young Garcia worked as a public defender for a short time in Orlando.  He is working with Baez and is also the focus of a Casey Anthony ‘crush’ according to the jailhouse letters recently released.

Dr. Henry Lee, Connecticut – status unknown

Lee has been around high profile cases for what seems to be an eternity.  His forensic investigations include the death of Laci Peterson, JonBenet Ramsey, OJ Simpson, and a career-damaging performance in the Phil Spector case.

His Casey Anthony status is listed as unknown because we haven’t been able to confirm if he has received his crate of oranges as of yet.

Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, New York – status unknown

Kobilinsky’s expertise is in DNA, but he also consults with attorneys in areas including forensic biology and serology.

In the early days of the case he got as much TH face-time on camera as he could.

Dr. Kathy Reichs – status unknown

Reichs divides her time between Charlotte, NC and Montreal, Québec.  She is a nationally recognized expert in the field of forensic anthropology as well as a bestselling author.  She has traveled the world assisting in the identification of war dead and genocide victims.

The popular, fictional television show ‘Bones’ is based on her work.  She also produces the show.

Dr. Timothy Huntington, Nebraska – status unknown


An expert in forensic entomology, he has participated and consulted in more than 50 death investigations.  Have we heard anything from him?

Dr. Werner Spitz, Michigan – status unknown

A noted forensic pathologist, Spitz has worked on such high profile cases as OJ Simpson, JonBenet Ramsey and Mary Jo Kopechne.  Many agree his performance at the Phil Spector trial was less than stellar.

Todd Macaluso, California – forced to quit

Macaluso specialized in accident reconstruction and had 20+ years of trial lawyer experience.  He also pronounced Casey to be innocent and the defence had proof.  The proof was never forthcoming.

Poor Todd got himself into hot water with the California Bar Association and therefore cannot currently practice law.

Andrea Lyon, Chicago – status in limbo?

Lyon was brought in as a death penalty qualified attorney.  Baez doesn’t have enough experience to be first chair in a death penalty case.

Is Lyon being cut from the herd with the arrival of Mason?  Or, will the defense continue to use her law students for research and motion writing?  And how has that been working for them?

So, back in 2008 Baez was tossing around some pretty high-profile names.  And, I must say, I do wonder how many of these folks actually signed-on to the ‘dream team’.

Have they been biding their time waiting for Casey to be declared indigent and for the Florida coffers to be opened?

Do some of these highly recognized experts really want to throw their lot in with Mr. Baez?

Is the ‘dream team’ done morphing or will a new, sleeker model be introduced?

Through it all, we should never lose sight of the fact that a beautiful toddler named Caylee is the reason we are all here to see justice is done.

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  1. Linda
    04/26/2010 at 10:20 am

    Excellent article! You are absolutely right when you said, “never let us lose sight of the fact that a beautiful little toddler named Caylee is the reason we are all here to see that justice is done.” In my heart of hearts I truly believe that at the end of the day, justice will certainly be served for this precious angel.

    Keep up the great writing…………………….

  2. Lona1
    04/26/2010 at 11:02 am

    Your article is refreshing and thank you!

  3. ritaanita
    04/26/2010 at 11:05 am

    Isn’t it amazing how many people have had their names attached to the case!

    One thing we DO know. Aside from Dr. Lee’s visit to inspect the Pontiac Sunfire (which he cut short to have a long lunch), none of the evidence has been investigated to date.

    The defense has been at a standstill for over a year with a minimum of depositions having been taken.

    Casey spent a whole lot of money on a whole lot of nothing!

  4. David From TN
    04/26/2010 at 11:29 am

    We have seen many of this cast of characters in previous trials, haven’t we?

  5. donchais
    04/26/2010 at 11:37 am

    Thank you Linda and Lona1 for stopping by!

    rita, I don’t know…seems to me Casey got EXACTLY what she paid for!

    David, they are like bad pennies that keep showing up, lol.

  6. pammi
    04/26/2010 at 1:07 pm

    Don’t you mean the “dreaming” team!!!!

    • donchais
      04/26/2010 at 1:16 pm

      LMAO pammi, thanks!

  7. auntdeedee
    04/26/2010 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks, donchais, for this post. Its nice to see all of the defense players in one place and to know their status.

    As for Lyon, her only interest now, I believe, will be to get to the Apellate Court to declare Florida’s DP unconstitutional. She managed that in my state, Illinois, to the degree that all DP inmates had their executions stayed under George Ryan’s watch.

    Have a wonderful day, Caylee’s friend.

    • donchais
      04/26/2010 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks for your comment auntdeedee!

      I do not believe Lyon can get the DP declared unconstitutional in Florida – at least not at this point in history. I also have to say even I found some of the arguments up to this point pretty frivolous, but that’s just me.

      Hopefully, precious Caylee considers all of us her friends!

  8. jon
    04/26/2010 at 3:55 pm

    I think it should be called the “Dream On” team at this point. Henry Lee and Kobilinsky have been noticably quiet on this for a long time. Wonder if it’s a ploy to disassociate themselves from it?

  9. katfish57
    04/26/2010 at 5:02 pm

    Donchais, Great write up! Thank you for your kind words! I think it will take more than a village of bloggers to consider all of the possible issues related to this case.

    Here are some deadlines regarding forensic anything set by Judge Strickland a short time ago:

    All defense experts must complete review of the evidence by 10/31/10.

    Defendant must list all experts by 11/30/10.

    I am curious about Larry Kobilinsky, he used to be a steady panelist on NG, even after he took on this case. I think about the time the COV motion was filed was when he seems to have disappeared from the airwaves. I guess we know by 11/30.

    Defendant must file any motions related to forensic evidence by 11/30/10 and all such motions must be heard no later than 2/28/11.
    I noticed you still can’t get a comment through at my place. 😦 I’m glad you come by anyway!

    • donchais
      04/26/2010 at 5:26 pm

      Hi ya katfish!

      Oh crap, a village? I think I must be out on the farm and maybe that’s why yours is the only blog I can’t comment on, lol!

      Kobilinsky has seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth.

      Not sure ’bout the others, but gut feeling is they never agreed (maybe just got an inquiry?) to sign on to this case…just sayin!

  10. katfish57
    04/27/2010 at 4:14 am

    Yep, could also be once they looked at the evidence the defense can’t use their opinions, even if they were willing to work for free. They are going to have to go into court and say the FBI crime lab and the body farm are wrong….that could burn some bridges. We’ll see! Dang my blog is the ONLY one you can’t comment on? Maybe I’m the one on the farm. What is up with that, I wonder.I’ll just have to come over here to see what you have to say. 🙂

  11. 04/27/2010 at 12:32 pm

    I was quite surprised by the length of this list donchais, mostly because I’ve not been able to follow the case as closely as you and ritanita have done.

    Withe the change in judges, I think we will now see the case move away from the snail’s pace we’ve observed in the past year. Or, at least, I believe Perry will do his best to get the various players on the defense out of their recliners and onto the track at a faster pace.

    Any predictions on what may happen this Friday?

    • donchais
      04/27/2010 at 2:04 pm

      Hey Sprocket!

      Yup list is long, but all the defense really has done (in all this time) is work the death penalty phase. Think the majority of the ‘name-dropping’ was just that!

      As for Friday, I believe this will be Perry letting the defense, Casey, Cindy and George know that there is a new sheriff in town, this how things are going to get done and fools will not be suffered lightly. There may be some minor fireworks, but I’m pretty sure Mason knows Perry’s MO.

      Think of Perry = God and Mason = Moses…Perry gonna hand down the ten commandments, lol!

      Their disrespect of Stickland and foolish motion to recuse has come back to bite them on the butt, methinks!

  12. FRG
    04/28/2010 at 8:52 pm

    Donchais,
    Thanks for the article!!! I guess AL is staying for the time being, who else would file for another 9 Motions in one day besides AL’s students? LOL
    Yes, this is about a defenseless little girl named Caylee whose family has long forgotten about her. Sad, isn’t it???

    • donchais
      04/28/2010 at 9:18 pm

      FRG

      I am beyond sad for this beautiful baby!

      I am more saddened for the drama and theatrics by the so-called lawyers. The system has really gotten beyond the right and the wrong…and has succumbed to the better theatrics of the defense or prosecution.

      I hate that we have to accept this abuse happens, but unfortunately, we know it does!

  13. FRG
    04/29/2010 at 2:53 pm

    Donchais,
    I am sure the Anthony’s will be at the hearing tomorrow supporting muffin, what do you think?

    • donchais
      04/29/2010 at 3:36 pm

      FRG

      Am waiting to see if they are chewing gum, lol!

      BTW, the whole Muffin thing just creeps me out!

  14. FRG
    04/29/2010 at 4:51 pm

    Donchais,
    It is creepy I know it!!! I just finished yesterday to read the book “Small Sacrifices” by Ann Rule and Diane Downs also loved to write, very weird. What’s up with these two disorder that they have to have a journal? Have you read this book? I saw it at The Kinky Meter’s book club and I got interested. Diane and KC share a lot of traits. Scary!!!!
    As far as the chewing gum, we all are kind of waiting to see if Cindy read the court room decorum, if she didn’t do, I am sure Cindy reads the blogs. LOL
    Is it Friday yet? Geez, it’s taking forever, isn’t it??? LOL

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