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Catching Up On Casey Anthony, Joran van der Sloot, Drew Peterson and Vanessa Coleman

07/11/2010

UPDATED!

It wasn’t a stellar week in the news, but there were some noteworthy items!

Casey –

For your viewing pleasure, don’t forget we have what promises to be an explosive hearing on Thursday at 2pm!

Cindy’s infamous 911 calls, exactly 2 years ago, will be discussed and we may get to see Cindy and Lee on the hot seat…uh, witness stand.  

We will also, yet again, hear from the defense how they are entitled to the TES files.  I’m looking forward to Mark NeJame putting the defense in their place!

The other explosion could possibly come from Judge Perry himself!

Remember at the July 2 emergency hearing when he ordered the defense to turn over a list of evidence they want to inspect?

Well, in a ‘cutesy’ move, Baez filed a notice of compliance with the Judge, not a list of items.  Seems the defense doesn’t want the public to know what they want to look at.

From the Orlando Sentinel: In an update at 5 this evening, Kealing reported that a court official said the defense team e-mailed Judge Perry a link to property forms from the sheriff’s office and not an evidence list.  Perry is on vacation.

A freaking link??????

And now, the depositions at Oak Ridge have had to be postponed!  Watch the video at Fox35!

Judge Perry returns from vacation on Monday!

Updatealso see ritanita’s great entry at T&T, she’s the go-to-gal on all things Anthony!

Joran

He sits in his grimy, rat infested prison cell in Peru scheming and dreaming up new ways to make money!

As we all know, van der Sloot gave a detailed confession of Stefany Flores’ murder. Later he told Dutch newspapers he was scared and confused and he had been forced into making a confession.

His private attorney, Maximo Altez, filed a lawsuit Friday insinuating van der Sloot confessed due to conspiracy, abuse of authority that was intent on finding that he had committed a crime, and poor representation by his past lawyer.

We also learned that sources from Castro Castro prison say van der Sloot believes he is so popular he will sit down for a television interview with anyone willing to pay him $1 million.  So far, no takers!

Joran, Joran, Joran!  Get a grip and just remember, Alabama has a cell waiting for you!

Drew –

A last-minute appeal by Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow delayed the start of the Drew Peterson murder trial.  Jury selection was slated to begin on Thursday.

Prosecutors hoped to introduce more than a dozen hearsay statements–including some from Kathleen Savio herself.

Glasgow argued for those statements to be admitted and cited an Appellate Court ruling upholding the use of such secondhand statements in criminal trials.

Judge Stephen White disagreed and again ruled many of those statements would not be allowed at Peterson’s trial.

The appeal is expected to delay the murder trial for at least six months.

The defense rushed to have Peterson released from jail during the appeal process and said the appeal could end up in the United States Supreme Court, possibly delaying the trial for two years or more!

Judge White ruled that the court had sufficient reason to keep Peterson in jail and bond should remain at $20 million!

Vanessa –

Coleman was convicted earlier this year for facilitating the 2007 kidnapping, rape and murder of Channon Christian, but acquitted of crimes committed against Christopher Newsom.

She will be sentenced July 30.

Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price filed a stunning sentencing memorandum in Knox County Criminal Court asking for the maximum punishment for Vanessa Coleman.

In her role in the crimes, Coleman went along with the “exceptional cruelty” employed by her co-defendants and “allowed Channon Christian to suffer cruelty in the extreme prior to her death.”

“Any claim that (Coleman) tried to distance against herself from the crimes is belied by the many opportunities she had to leave and/or report the crimes but did not.”

“Any claim that she is not a dangerous offender with little or no regard for human life is belied by the callous indifference to human suffering exhibited in her journal, and the fact that she kept so many of Channon Christian’s items after witnessing the murder.”

From Vanessa’s infamous diary: Lets talk about Adventures!  I’ve had one HELL OF AN ADVENTURE since I’ve been in the big T.N.  its a crazy world these days!  But I love the fun adventures & lessons that I’ve learned.  Its going to be a long interesting year!

HA!  HA!

The jury obviously didn’t get it, but Judge Richard Baumgartner presided over all four trails and has a crystal clear picture as to Coleman’s participation.

If Baumgartner orders each of the sentences to be served consecutively, that would be a total of 77 years in prison!

That would be fitting!

van der Sloot Sources:

Apex News

NY Daily News

Peterson Sources:

Chicago Sun-Times

CNN

Coleman Source:

KnoxNews

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  1. Ritanita
    07/11/2010 at 11:04 am

    Donchais, thanks for the multi-update.

    Casey’s defense has made so much of those deadlines! Here we are, two years into the case and a year-and-a-half into discovery (from the State), and the defense is “rushed” to do it all in a few days? Balderdash! They are in a situation of their own making.

    Joran wants a cool million? Hah! Doesn’t HE feel entitled!

    I am disappointed that the Drew Peterson trial is on indefinite hold. I’m not disappointed he’ll have to wait in jail.

    As for ‘Nessa, let’s hope Baumgartner throws the book at her as hard as he did all the others.

  2. donchais
    07/11/2010 at 11:09 am

    You are more than welcome and I totally agree with everything you said!

  3. Hilde
    07/11/2010 at 11:46 am

    donchais~~the Updates are appreciated 🙂
    I realize Casey’s Defense Team is just doing their Job at the same time the Tactic’s used by them are so predictable and frequently a Waste of precious time.
    Some of the Motions brought in front of Judge Perry already have been ruled on by Judge Strickland. Do they believe there will be a different outcome the second or third time around? Myself I don’t think so.
    As for Joran, I guess he just can keep on dreaming about getting a Million Dollars for giving Interviews, he got some Nerve that is all I can say.
    As for the Nessa Case, I am not familiar with that one but if she did what she is accused of, than by All means I agree throw the Book at her, she wouldn’t deserve anything less! JMO

  4. donchais
    07/11/2010 at 12:10 pm

    They all seem to be missing the same thing Hilde – intelligence!

  5. Hilde
    07/11/2010 at 12:13 pm

    I just read about the Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom Case.
    What a horrific Crime!
    All of those Monsters including Vanessa Coleman who obviously did nothing to prevent
    the Torture and Rape of this Young Couple, deserve the Maximum Penalty the Law allows! No Exception for Vanessa.
    What really would be fitting in this Case that All of them would get the same Punishment as what they did to those two Young People they tortured,raped and killed!
    Makes me sick to my Stomach just knowing People are capable of doing such monstrous Things to other Human Beings! JMO

  6. donchais
    07/11/2010 at 12:19 pm

    Hilde, those 4 trials were the hardest I ever followed!

  7. tezi
    07/11/2010 at 5:05 pm

    Baez sent the judge a link? A link? OMG…..

  8. donchais
    07/11/2010 at 5:34 pm

    And Tezi, I’m damn sure Judge Perry appreciates it……..NOT!!!!!

  9. 07/11/2010 at 6:19 pm

    Donchais, Those updates are much appreciated on all 4 of the cases.
    I’m so glad you and David from tn covered those trials (was there 4 or 5?)for the deaths of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. I only saw bits and pieces and honestly that was all I could handle, those kid’s torture and murders are without a doubt the most brutal and heinous of crimes.

    I agree with every thing everyone has said here. I don’t know why I feel kind of peaceful after reading this. I think it’s that sense that justice will be done, eventually. I must be mellow today ;], seriously though, There has been progress in all these cases.

    I’m glad the state is appealing the judges ruling in Drew Peterson’s case. I need to read up on the new IL law that seems to support the state’s position at least some of these statements can lawfully come in. I think it’s a new forfeiture statute.

    The hearing in the Anthony case may be a long one on Thurs…IIRC after that June hearing that Cheney Mason worked alone, he said that the defense no longer feels that the area where Caylee was found was searched by TES…..the question now is the “when”? Also some carp about the difference between Caylee being “missing” and Caylee “disappearing”? Maybe lead attorney Jose Baez didn’t go along with that plan.

    Even though only 1 of the 4 in this update has been convicted, these are two women and two men who deserve all the bad karma they have coming without even factoring in the murders they are charged with……unfortunately, things don’t always work out fast in the justice system. Joran will find out for us how fast the Peruvian justice system works.

  10. tezi
    07/12/2010 at 8:54 am

    donchais :
    And Tezi, I’m damn sure Judge Perry appreciates it……..NOT!!!!!

    Can you imagine? I hope Judge Perry find Baez in contempt or something. Maybe makes him take some remedial courses?

    Baez didn’t realize how easy he had with Judge Strickland…..

  11. FRG
    07/13/2010 at 2:35 pm

    donchais,
    Hello! I believe you would like to watch this video, it is hilarious:

    http://www.wftv.com/video/24243769/index.html

  12. donchais
    07/13/2010 at 9:02 pm

    FRG :

    donchais,
    Hello! I believe you would like to watch this video, it is hilarious:

    http://www.wftv.com/video/24243769/index.html

    One word…PRICELESS! Thanks, FRG!;-)

  13. David From TN
    07/14/2010 at 11:04 am

    katfish :Donchais, Those updates are much appreciated on all 4 of the cases.I’m so glad you and David from tn covered those trials (was there 4 or 5?)for the deaths of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. I only saw bits and pieces and honestly that was all I could handle, those kid’s torture and murders are without a doubt the most brutal and heinous of crimes.
    I agree with every thing everyone has said here. I don’t know why I feel kind of peaceful after reading this. I think it’s that sense that justice will be done, eventually. I must be mellow today ;], seriously though, There has been progress in all these cases.
    I’m glad the state is appealing the judges ruling in Drew Peterson’s case. I need to read up on the new IL law that seems to support the state’s position at least some of these statements can lawfully come in. I think it’s a new forfeiture statute.
    The hearing in the Anthony case may be a long one on Thurs…IIRC after that June hearing that Cheney Mason worked alone, he said that the defense no longer feels that the area where Caylee was found was searched by TES…..the question now is the “when”? Also some carp about the difference between Caylee being “missing” and Caylee “disappearing”? Maybe lead attorney Jose Baez didn’t go along with that plan.
    Even though only 1 of the 4 in this update has been convicted, these are two women and two men who deserve all the bad karma they have coming without even factoring in the murders they are charged with……unfortunately, things don’t always work out fast in the justice system. Joran will find out for us how fast the Peruvian justice system works.

    Regarding the Christian-Newsom murders, there were 4 trials in state court and 1 trial in federal court. The federal trial in 2008 was of Eric Boyd as an accessory. Boyd was convicted of helping Lemaricus Davidson to escape. Davidson was the ringleader and was sentenced to death.

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