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Casey Anthony – Hey Chowder Head! IXNAY HETAY AWLAY OOKSBAY!

05/26/2010 8 comments

I must say I always enjoy ritanita’s articles on the mountain of motions that have been filed in the Casey Anthony murder case.  Her latest is no exception.  The two motions to be heard on June 1 have, as usual, some flaws as ritanita points out!

Sealing Jail Visitation Log by Cheney Mason.  To quote, “I find it curious that a seasoned attorney such as Cheney Mason would forget to notice the target of the motion, Orange County, the entity which administers the county correctional facilities.”

Reconsider Prior Rulings by Judge Strickland.  This all revolves around the TES documents for the gazillionth time!  Quote, “NeJame stated that Casey Anthony’s defense team scheduled the hearing without coordinating with him, and he had a pre-planned family holiday that day.

NeJame stated his office is coordinating a new hearing date with Casey Anthony’s defense, and that he was filing the conflict notice simply to assure his portion of the hearing be canceled and rescheduled.”

So, this got me thinking.

Way back in 2008 when it was pretty much Jose Baez on his own, we got a glimpse of his smugness and arrogance and his need to grab as much media face-time as he could.  But, the more media time he received the more folks began wondering how competent he was.

Think back to the extreme patience shown by Judge Stan Strickland.  It seemed Mr. Baez filed motions just for the sake of arguing motions in court because it was a lawyerly thing to do –

‘…well, the State has it so I want it too…’

‘…we need access to the crime scene before it is disturbed…’

‘…because of Ms. Anthony’s status, her situation and her unpopularity we find ourselves in a muck…’

Again and again, Judge Strickland explained many of the motions contained no substance or were thin on legal precedent, or out-and-out incorrect and pretty much sent Baez back to the drawing board.

Now enter Andrea Lyon and Cheney Mason.  They haven’t really been fairing much better!

Ms. Lyon has provided a flurry of motions on the death penalty – her forte – many of which ignore or show a lack of understanding of Florida law or are based on her value system rather than actual law.

Cheney Mason stunned people when he notarized a document with an expired notary stamp.  When he asked Judge Strickland in open court, ‘you trust me, don’t you?’ Now, he wants jail visitation logs sealed, but obviously doesn’t notice the proper party!

Just how incompetent are these attorneys?  Seriously, I would be embarrassed especially with the public scrutiny this case receives.  The bogus motions, the missed deadlines, being unprepared at hearings and, ok I just have to say it, some of the ‘mistruths’ they have provided in sound bites is startling!

It has been quite amusing to sit back and wait for the next gaffe from the defense team.  One begins to think of them sitting around the office as:

I’ve worked out in my head who’s who – I’ll let you use your own imagination!

So, this really started out as a tongue-in-cheek article, but as I reviewed old articles and videos it started to lose the humor aspect and began to really make me mad!

Casey Anthony has been sitting in jail since October 14, 2008 – on the taxpayer’s dime.

The volumes of inappropriate motions, nonsensical motions, and the fact the defense has done little or nothing in terms of deposing witnesses, conducting their investigations and preparing their defense does nothing but postpone the inevitable.

March 18, 2010 Anthony was declared indigent so in addition to feeding, housing and clothing her, Florida residents now get to pay for a huge amount of her defense.

Now, after a year-and-a-half, we see the defense finally climbing out of the ‘muck’ they were in and beginning some forward motion.

Lets not forget, it was Casey’s lying and wild goose chases that began this charade!

Yep, those things really make me mad!

What makes me most angry?

Caylee Marie Anthony disappeared June 2008

Caylee’s body was discovered, discarded like so much trash, in the woods December 2008

Caylee is still waiting for justice May 2010

Casey Anthony trial doesn’t begin until May 2011.

“No, I, actually my position is not to protect the family, my position is to protect the child who is deceased.”

~ Linda Drane Burdick ~

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Michael Jacques Attempted to Pervert Justice While Behind Bars

05/20/2010 3 comments

He is being held at a federal jail in Brooklyn, N.Y, charged with the June 2008 kidnap, drugging, rape and murder of his niece, 12-year-old, Brooke Bennett.

In a 91-page document filed this week in U.S. District Court in Burlington, federal prosecutors laid-out the reasons for the government seeking the death penalty in the Jacques case.

The document was in response to a defense motion asking a federal judge in Vermont to declare the federal death penalty unconstitutional. They claim federal capital punishment is discriminatory and capricious, and it shouldn’t be allowed in Vermont because there is no state death penalty.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan counters Jacques relied on interstate communications to carry-out the sexual assault and killing of Brooke which indeed allows the issue to be heard in federal court.

Of more interest, two stunning pieces of information were revealed for the first time in the prosecutions filing.

Now, we have learned sometime in July 2008 while jailed, Jacques came up with a whole new plan to control the direction of the investigation by sending out a series of e-mails to the 14-year-old girl he had sexually abused for five years, the media and law enforcement.

It was this young girl, J1 – Juvenile 1 – who Jacques used to lure Brooke to his home with the promise of a party to be held the evening of June 25.

The e-mails were intended to appear they were from various members of the sex ring ‘Breckenridge’.  Breckenridge was how Jacques controlled J1.  Police determined the sex ring is non-existent.

The newly filed court document indicates Jacques enlisted the help of a friend. Via phone and letters, Jacques laid-out explicit instructions as to when and to whom various e-mails should be sent.  One of the e-mails he prepared for J1 was a threat against her 9-year-old sister – she would ‘die like Brooke’ if J1 did not continue to give false information to officials.’ Apparently the plan was foiled when Jacques’ friend decided to cooperate with police.

The document also revealed that Jacques allegedly sexually assaulted Brooke for a 12-hour period before her murdered her.  This information had never been made public until now.

No trial date has been set.

Also of interest: Feds defend death penalty in Michael Jacques case

Burlington Free Press

Vanessa Coleman, No Win Situation – What Happened and What’s Next

05/14/2010 4 comments

What happened…

It took the Jury over 10 hours to reach their verdict.  I admit I was one of the many who was shocked and disappointed with verdict.  In fact, for an hour or so afterward, I wandered aimlessly around the house just trying to get my head around it and wondering what went wrong; or did it go wrong?

Three significant red flags were raised for me:

Daphne Sutton – The several questions as to why Daphne had not been charged was obviously a sticking-point for one or more jurors although Judge Baumgartner addressed the issue and told the Jury that was not a consideration in the trial.  The prosecution also addressed it. In my gut I think it did play a part in the verdict.

Criminal Responsibility – When the Jury asked the Court for a definition of ‘criminal responsibility’ it was clear where the Jury was headed.  It is apparent the Jury did not understand the concept…

‘Criminal responsibility applies not only to those who perform criminal acts but also to those who aid and abet a perpetrator by encouraging or in any way knowingly helping in the commission of such an act’.

Clearly, Ms. Coleman aided and abetted!

Perpetration of a Crime – Seriously, I was shocked that the Jury wanted to know what ‘perpetration’ meant.

I believe one or more members of the Jury couldn’t or didn’t get beyond Daphne Sutton.

I believe the Jury either, never really figured out the definitions of criminal responsibility and perpetration of a crime, or they took the definitions so literally they limited the scope so narrowly they would have had to see Coleman committing the actual act.

Regardless, the red flags were a recipe for disaster!

What’s next…

An appeal

Will the Defense appeal?  Lavit expressed he believed this would have been a hung jury and on retrial he could have gotten Coleman off.  He also said the State didn’t deliver its complete burden of proof.

It’s anybody’s guess what funds the Coleman family has left to bankroll an appeal.

Sentencing

There has been wild speculation over the length of prison time Coleman faces.

While the Judge has leeway in sentencing Coleman he must take into consideration she has no prior criminal record – boy, did she pick a doozey of a way to begin a criminal record!  Also to consider is the fact she has already spent in excess of 3 years in jail.

She was found guilty of 17 charges of facilitation.

The verdict form and the convictions can be found here, halfway down the page.

Facilitation of Channon’s murder carries a sentence that ranges between 15 to 25 years.

Facilitation of the lesser crimes kidnapping, rape, theft, etc carry sentences of 8 to 12 years each.

Will some charges be merged?  Most likely.

Will they run concurrently or consecutively? That is the conundrum Judge Baumgartner has to grapple with and will address at the July 30 sentencing.

Finally, we shouldn’t forget the investigation is ongoing according to prosecutors!

WBIR

KnoxNews

Wate

Vanessa Coleman Verdict In!!! Not Guilty of Much

05/13/2010 10 comments

The 30-page verdict will be read at 1:00 p.m.

Vanessa is dressed in black shirt and blue slacks!

1:03 pm The Judge took the bench.

1:04 the Jury arrives.

Check back!

Not guilty on the counts for Chris Newsom!

Not guilty on murder count for Channon Christian.

Guilty of facilitation.

Rape – Newsom, not guilty

Rape – Channon, guilty facilitation

Kidnap – Channon, not guilty

Faciltation – guilty

Rape – Newsom not guilty

Nessa is looking pretty pleased.

I’m sick!

Seems like the Jury had a game plan, no charges for Newsom,  but charge facilitation for Channon.

I am devastated for the families and the prosecution.

Check back for updates after I calm down.

Sentencing June 24th.  Check that…it is now July 30th!

My love and prayers are with the Christian and Newsom families!

Vanessa Coleman Trial – Day 9

05/13/2010 Comments off

The Jury from Nashville deciding Coleman’s fate, did not reach a verdict yesterday.

After deliberating for many hours, they called it a day and returned to their hotel at approximately, 5:15 pm.

Check back for updates!

Vanessa Coleman Trial – Day 8

05/12/2010 8 comments

UPDATED! 11:43

UPDATED! 3:15

The Jury begins deliberations at 9:00 a.m.

What hanging out with the wrong people can do to you!

Some good wrap-ups from yesterday…

WBIR

KnoxNews

Update 1

11:30 am Everyone called to the court!

11:34 Jury enters the courtroom

Harry is the foreman

“Criminal responsibility” is mentioned throughout the charges and seems to need definition/explanation.

The answer is in the language on page 7, which Judge Baumgartner read to the jury.

The jury seems satisfied and the Judge sends them back to their lunch.

Update 2

3:00 p.m. The Christian and Newsom families just arrived in court!

3:09 p.m Judge takes the bench

The families have been brought in for a preview of their impact statements if they are needed!

Judge Baumgartner will probably approve them as we have been here before and the families already know what the Judge will allow to be said.

Every family member is crying, as am I.

Vanessa is totally detached and unemotional.

Vanessa Coleman Trial – Day 7

05/11/2010 2 comments

Random thoughts…

Well, yesterday turned out to be quite a day!

Mr. Lavit, in my opinion, crossed the line several times during cross of Dave Jennings.  I do believe though the immunity issue should be clear in everyone’s minds – it was never, in any way, discussed with ‘this little girl’ Vanessa.  It is SOP to draw up an immunity request IN CASE IT IS NEEDED!

The Daphne Sutton issue is still a sticking point in my mind and hopefully when Judge Baumgartner charges the Jury he will make mention of the fact this case has nothing to do with Daphne and the Jury should disregard it.  And, I hope Ms. Fitzgerald also hammers that home in closing arguments.

If I am correct Linda and Gregg Coleman will be the next witnesses and unless she changed her mind overnight, Nessa will take the stand.  Nessa taking the stand is crazy in my opinion as she leaves herself open to impeachment on anything and everything.  It’s like giving the State the green light to ‘chew her up and spit her out’!

I’m wondering how Nessa will dress for court today if she really is taking the stand today.  Will she sport a ‘this little girl’ look as Mr. Lavit likes to portray her?

Keep in mind; much of Nessa’s defense strategy mimics that of her boyfriend, Letalvis Cobbins.

My prediction is that the Jury will begin deliberations tomorrow morning if Coleman actually takes the stand today.  We shall see!

Vanessa comes in wearing a pink blouse and black slacks.  She has a smile for her lawyers.

9:06 Judge Baumgartner takes the bench.

Housekeeping issues on the charges.

Price wants the charge changed to ‘anal penetration’ because the ME didn’t address multiple penetrations by an object.  So, this charge will be a bit different from the previous 3 trials.

Lavit doesn’t even want the charge included.

Judge rules with Price.

Judge hasn’t ruled on the immunity issue, but will rule this morning.  He wants it included.

Lavit objects.

Judge Baumgartner will include it in the charges.

He asks Nessa if she will be taking the stand.  Holy cow!  She decided not to testify!

9:16 The Jury enters.

Greg Coleman, Nessa’s father is called to the stand.

Lavit wants to know if he was present at the Grand Jury testimony.

Yes, he was here to support his daughter.  Linda and Aja were also present.

He was not present for the first and second interviews by ATF Agent Waggoner.

Did you stay the night?

Yes, we had to be here for a subpoena.

The subpoena was for the Grand Jury, not for the State on Thursday, Jan 18th.  You met with law enforcement, correct?

Yes.

Was anybody under arrest at this point?

No.

Lavit asks about when he and Nessa drove around pointing out specific locations.

Were the officers in the car treating her politely?

Yes.

Was Vanessa cooperating?

Yes, I told her to tell the truth.

When you returned was there another interview?

Yes.

What did they tell her?

That they didn’t think she had told them everything and she told them she told them everything she could think of.

Did they believe her?

Not in my opinion.

Did you stay over another night?

Yes, they wanted to talk to Vanessa in the morning.

Did they ever ask her about the red purse?

No, sir.

Did they ask about the journal and why she wrote this or wrote that?

No, sir.

Did the give her back her drivers license?

Yes.

Other items from the red purse?

I don’t know nothing about a red purse.

Now we go through Waggoner called and said that word had gotten out that Vanessa was identified as a witness.

Coleman says Waggoner said he want to protect Vanessa as a State witness.

What was Vanessa’s attitude about this?

She was scared.

Did she say why she was afraid?

Price objects – bench conference.

Vanessa told her father she was afraid because there was a gang here and something could happen to her.

Did you come back to Knoxville with her?

No, the next day, Thursday Vanessa and her mother came back to Knoxville with the police.

Greg got a call from his wife on Saturday the 27th.

Greg picked up Vanessa and Linda at 2:30.  They went back to Kentucky.

What did Vanessa say?

She was afraid.

What happened in Knoxville that made her scared?

They heard people going up and down the hallway, shouting and throwing rocks at the window.  Vanessa didn’t think they were protected because no one was with them at the hotel.

Were you present at the last interview on the 31st?

No, they came to my house and surrounded it.

Did you think that was strange?

Yes, the police presence seemed strange if they only wanted to talk to her.

Coleman gave them directions to the Pizza Hut where Vanessa was working.

When Vanessa was at Chipman Street did she tell you why she cooked breakfast?

She was made to.

Now Lavit gets him to say Vanessa told him there was always loud music and television going.

Pass the witness.

Price asks where he works.

He works as a supervisor in a prison kitchen.

Do you love your daughter very much?

Yes.

Would you do anything to protect her?

Yes, but not to break the law.

You weren’t here on the weekend of the carjacking and when Channon’s body was found?

No.

Did your daughter tell you she witnessed a murder?

No, she never told me that.

Did she tell you she lied to police about being there that weekend?

No.

You didn’t know she was in Knoxville?

No, I didn’t know she was out of town.

Did she tell about a cut foot or ankle?

No.

Did she tell you she hurt her head?

No.

When was the last time you spoke to her before she came to Knoxville?

I don’t know that date.

Was it before Christmas?

I don’t know.

Did you see her on Christmas?

No.

Do you believe Vanessa was telling the truth about the weekend of the carjacking?

Yes, I believe she was.

But you weren’t here that weekend so how do you know what the truth was?

I wasn’t here.

When she came back to Kentucky, did she stay with you?

No, she stayed with friends.

Do you know which friends?

No.

These parents have no clue about where their kids are or what they are doing or the unsavory characters they hooked up with!

No more questions.

Lavit is back up.

He gets Greg to say they are Jehovah Witnesses to refute the question of them not seeing her at Christmas, however Greg added that was not the specific reason – she wanted to be with her friends.

After the 9th of January when Vanessa returned were you aware she stayed with cousins?

No.

When did you know she stayed with cousins?

I don’t know that she stayed there.

Coleman says he believed police indicated she would not be prosecuted.

Price asks

Did anyone tell you she was immune to prosecution?

They wanted to use her as a witness.

Lavit asks

Is that why you believed she would not be prosecuted?

Yes.

Greg Coleman steps down after just about an hour on the stand.

Lavit tells the Judge the next witness will be about that long on the stand.

Linda Coleman is up next.

Lavit asks if Vanessa had money when she went to Knoxville?

Yes she had her paycheck and Christmas money.

When did you learn she was in Knoxville?

New Years Eve.

Do you know why she was cooking at Chipman Street? 

She was made to cook.

Linda claims Vanessa told her she had a knot on her head and it was hurting her real bad so she made a doctor appointment.  Linda also said Vanessa showed her a scratch on the back of her ankle and said Rome had thrown her against a wall.

How did Linda know all of this and Greg didn’t?

This 6-page letter you received, why was it sent to you?

She tells everything she saw in Knoxville and she wanted it given to her lawyer.

So why did you receive it?

She wanted you to have it and she didn’t have your address.

Was it marked legal information?

It might have been on the back of the envelope.

Linda says she and Aja also received subpoena to testify on the 17th along with Vanessa.

Did you testify before the Grand Jury?

No.

Did Waggoner speak with you about Vanessa?

Yes, he felt she wasn’t being forthcoming.

Did you speak with your daughter?

Yes, I told her to tell the truth.

What did she say?

She said she was really scared because she saw some very bad things that they did, then she broke down.

What do you mean she broke down?

She just started crying really, really hard.

Linda claims Waggoner told her they only wanted to use Vanessa as a witness for the State to put those men away and she wouldn’t be prosecuted.

She goes through the whole deal of staying at the hotel under protective custody.

I find it interesting the Linda starts answering questions before Lavit finishes asking them.

She goes through the numerous interviews that Vanessa gave.  She admits everyone treated Vanessa cordially.

Linda talks sweetly but it’s apparent where Nessa and Aja get their major attitudes.

Vanessa sold her mother a bill of goods about being held hostage in Knoxville and how she was always being watched.

Pass the witness.

Fitzgerald asks where Vanessa was living in December?

Campbellsville for two weeks and then she came to live at Natosha’s.

Before Campbellsville?

Here and there, with friends and relatives.

Did she call you when she was in she was in Knoxville?

Once.

Did she indicate she was scared?

No, she wished me Happy New Year and said she would be home in a few days.

She never said she was scared?

No, but the TV and music were so loud.

On January 2nd, did she speak with you?

No.

She never told you a rifle was pushed in Stacey Lawson face?

No, maybe she didn’t have a phone.

Mama has gotten pretty testy!  Her answers have gone from yes ma’am, no ma’am to yup, nope.

Did she ever tell you she was held hostage?

Yes.

By whom?

Rome.

Mr. Davidson?

Yes.

Bench conference –

May there be things Vanessa never told you?

Yes.

She had money and could have gone to the store and called you?

Yes.

Fitzgerald takes Linda through 2 people were brought in the house blindfolded.  She never called you about it?

No.

Did she call you to tell you she just saw a girl raped in the house?

No.

If she did, would you have gone to get her?

Yes.

Linda is in defensive mode and has her arms crossed over her chest.

Takisha is making mincemeat out of Linda!

I have counted at least 2 cases of contradiction in testimony from Lavit’s questioning to Takisha’s questioning!

Fitzgerald takes Linda through the various interviews Vanessa gave.

Takisha shows Linda the red purse.  She’s never seen it before.

Takisha then shows her the contents of the purse.  She doesn’t recognize any of it.

Lavit

Did Vanessa have a phone while she was in Knoxville?

No.

Did she tell you she couldn’t use Davidson’s phone?

Yes.

She had no access to a phone while she was at that house?

No.

So she couldn’t have contacted you.

Correct.

When they were all at Natosha’s house, did Rome have a gun?

I don’t know.

Is there anyway Vanessa could have gotten in touch with you on the 6th and 7th?

Not to my knowledge.

Wow, Fitzgerald is asking a few more questions and Lavit hasn’t left the podium…he’s still standing there!

Yikes, they lost the feed so I missed last few minutes!

Jury wants to know why she didn’t share with her husband that Vanessa had a bump on her head?

I just figured it was just a bump.

Linda steps down.

Defense rests!

Court breaks for lunch.

Lavit again calls for an acquittal and again the Judge said nothing changed from yesterday and it would be up to the Jury.

Price says he expects closing to be about and hour.

Judge says anything over that, you wear out the Jury.

Lavit chuckles in a agreement (those of you who believe Laiy will keep yo an hour, press your true buzzers now!) and Baumgartner quickly adds, good I’m going to hold you to that!

The closings and charging should take up the afternoon.  The Jury may get the case this afternoon, but there may not be time for them to deliberate today!

1:15 Court resumes

Charges for the Jury

1:17 pm – 2:39 pm

Specific charges as well as the elements involved are being read.  Definitions, as well, will be provided!  This will be very lengthy due to the number of charges – 46 – and the discussion of the verdict forms.

Through all my years of trial watching, charging the Jury has always been the most problematic element of a trial for me.

One has to wonder how the jury can absorb all this information especially based on the volume of the charges in a case such as this.

  1. the volume of information is literally staggering
  2. most of the information is in legal jargon that the ordinary person doesn’t understand or utilize in daily speech

Jury Instructions for Dummies’ – me included – really needs to be considered for all courts.  It would lead to more perfect and just verdicts.

A break is called before closings.

Closing Arguments

3:05 pm – 3:47 pm

Price for the prosecution

I honestly believed Takisha would handle closing because she has done it so flawlessly, previously!

He opens with the abuse committed on Chris’s body.

Within 3 minutes, he has me in tears.

He says Chris suffered terribly, but Channon wasn’t so lucky, she suffered for days.

He delves into the horror she suffered.

Who’s responsible?

Vanessa Coleman was in on it too, from the beginning to the end.

Price stops to thank the jury for their service and tells them this case is about the evidence not the lawyers!

What were the actions or inactions that Vanessa Coleman took?

You are the judge of that – she came here voluntarily.

She saw the guns lying around the house.  She knew that!

Vanessa Coleman said Davidson has violent temper.  Daphne Coleman testified to this.

Stacey Lawson had a gun shoved in her face.  She offered a ride to Vanessa on Jan 2 and she said no, I’m staying.

Daphne comes to the house and Davidson got violent with her.  What does she do?  She left.  Vanessa Coleman stays!

Her folks would have come to get her out, but she never called them because she was in on it.

Cobbins said both Chris and Channon were in the house in Vanessa’s presence!

I’m impressed with job Price is doing…no notes, all of the top of his head!

Vanessa claims Cobbins was orally raping Channon and nobody else was in the house.  She never attempted to leave the house!

That Sunday she says they got up around 12:16.  She didn’t get up and try to escape.

She made breakfast for everyone.  Who had breakfast?

Cobbins, her, Davidson and Thomas.  She never mentioned Channon!

In the tiny house, there is no way she could not have heard Channon’s screams reverberating off the walls even if the TV on.

YES!!!!! Price nails the whole question of why Daphne was charged like Vanessa…thank you Lord!

Vanessa claimed to see Davidson ‘snap her neck’.

The ME says there is no evidence of injury to Channon’s neck.

Price says he believes Vanessa caused the horrendous blows to Channon’s crotch because of her jealousy that her boyfriend, Cobbins had sex with Channon, multiple times.

The next day they go riding around in Channon’s 4-Runner.  Did she ever try to escape?

No attempt!

Vanessa is looking at Price with disdain!

Kudos, Mr. Price, brutal yet brilliant closing, but I am sure Chris, Channon and their families are grateful…I know I am!

3:47 – 4:29

Lavit for the defense

He has the podium moved to face the Jury because he has tons of papers he needs to use in his closings!

He begins by thanking the jury.

He shouts there is no evidence…all the witnesses rely on feelings not truth!

He claims that Chris being brought in the house was based on lies!  It’s all speculation and insinuation.

Oh, this is not pretty!

You need logic to decide this case and if you don’t have that, it’s speculation.

I feel for their parents and families…terrible.

But I have to go to the law, not speculation.

He claims Vanessa had no benefit from the crimes, she did not aid in the offenses.

He is not effective because he has to rely on notes to make his case and he constantly fumbles with them to find his place and loses his place that he apologizes.

Look at Judge Baumgartner’s instructions and every charge must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

The burden of proof is on the State, if they fail and you must make that call.

If you say not guilty, they failed, but you are not saying they are innocent…they didn’t prove guilt!

Lavit is on the immunity request form.  Jennings went into a lengthy explanation.  The form is not just what the Federal government thought of Vanessa as well as what the State thought.

The just kept plying Vanessa with questions.

She lied to them just like Daphne and her 2 girlfriends did.

Where was the criminal responsibility?

Oh good Lord, screaming at a Jury won’t get you anywhere!  Make him stop!

This is beyond disjointed.

He’s asking the Jury to look at page 3…they don’t even have the transcript in front of them and he can’t even find it!!!

Uh, if he sits down now Nessa may have a slim chance.

This to me is proof the defense is desperate, has no defense and is grasping at straws.

Ok, we are back to how young and naive Vanessa was, but that doesn’t make her guilty.

She wanted out was being watched.  She knew it was wrong hanging out with those killers.

Lavit acknowledges what happened to Chris and Channon was horrendous, but Vanessa had no part in it…it was the 4 men.

This is based on Vanessa’s stories.

Guilt by association is not acceptable…you need to find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Lavit now compares Vanessa with Jim Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird!

4:30 – 4:52

Takisha on rebuttal

We can all believe everyone lies on their first interview with police.

She very quickly goes through a timeline and it is impossible transcribe, but will certainly discredit much of what Vanessa said.

The gist of the rebuttal is the number of sexual assaults on Channon.

Vanessa didn’t hear Channon screaming in the bedroom?

She heard Boyd and the other 4 men whispering in the living room over the running water in the shower!

Takisha says Vanessa has been threatened, says she saw Channon’s neck ‘snapped’, but she goes riding around in Channon’s 4-Runner!

She nails the immunity issue again as well as blasting the Daphne Sutton guilt issue.

All the issues I felt were of utmost importance, got nailed by Price and Fitzgerald.

4:55 – 5:28 pm

Judge Baumgartner continues Charges to the Jury…

Judges asks the Jury to turn to page 71 of the charges to finish the instructions.

All instructions have been laid out and the Jury now owns the case!

Judge Baumgartner suggestion –  wait till tomorrow till they deliberate.

5:35 he has now handed the case to the Jury.

Dinner and drinks on me because we, who have followed all these difficult trials, deserve it!!

Ladies and gentlemen, we are now on VERDICT WATCH!!!

Check back for the announcement of the verdict…