Casey Anthony Circus Car Is Sitting In the Break Down Lane Waiting To Be Towed
We were all waiting with bated breath for today’s ‘rock ‘em sock ‘em’ hearing and it was a bit of a bust!
So, as many of you, I spent a good portion of yesterday reading the flurry of motions and these are just a few of my favorite things. Let me preface this by saying I have no doubt, NO DOUBT, when the Honorable Judge Belvin Perry asks, ‘anything else?’ Baez will surely have something else he wishes to make known to the Court!
Seriously now, this one just left me gobsmacked! Not sure there will be any discussion on this, but WTH was Bozo doing with that Amended Notice Of Hearing? Who died and left him in charge of setting the hearing schedule? And, was he intimating that JAC could not phone in??? I really loved…PLEASE BE GOVERNED ACCORDINGLY!
Before we continue, the Orlando Sentinel did a great job determining the monies spent so far, How much has Casey Anthony’s defense cost? Not claiming I know it to be totally accurate, it is a must read and shows Baez and Mason’s whining about the State having unlimited funds to torpedo Casey Anthony as the piffle it truly is!
George and Cindy make an appearance!
We begin with Motion for Reconsideration
Baez is yet again claiming the release of Orange County jail records serves no purpose other than to embarrass Casey (oh, heavens!) and the recent Bent ruling from the Fourth District Appeals Court should hold sway.
He also claims this presents a unique opportunity for the court to follow the Appeals Court decision.
Both the County and The Orlando Sentinel make some pretty strong arguments against Baez’s claim. The strongest being that the Brent decision isn’t even final and we are in uncharted judicial territory here!
Bottom line as Judge Perry states, the Bent decision isn’t even final!
You lose Mr. Baez!
Judge Perry reminds the Court we have already had a budget hearing.
Finnell interjects she knows from years of dealing with JAC, they want a budget so that’s what she did for the penalty phase only.
Perry says he already approved dollars and time for Ms. Barrett, mitigation specialist, and he wants to know what has been used to date. Finnell says maybe a 1/3 to 1/2.
She indicates there are still a number of witnesses that have to be interviewed. Finnell concedes she will obtain more clarification from Barrett.
We move on to an investigator. Baez jumps in and says he also needs additional time for an investigator (yup, this is in addition to what Finnell wants) because of all the TES searchers they need to interview and they have burned through their budget.
So this is just becoming a defense grab bag for investigative funds with little to no proof to back up either request!
Perry says taxpayer dollars are not to be used for fishing expeditions!
Baez whines if they had better access to the TES records earlier, they could have avoided a lot of this. It was difficult because we were monitored and couldn’t openly discuss during the court ordered review and these were the worst kept records he’s seen.
This is where they claim they found another 150 people!
Perry says wait, you led me to believe one thing about viewing the records and now this isn’t the case!
At this point, Baez, Finnell and Mason are all at the podium!
OMG, Baez now says they may be missing TES records.
Perry says you wanted to view the records because you didn’t trust TES to tell you and again, this is not a fishing expedition!
Mason now adds that people are refusing to speak with them or were told not to.
Perry tells them he is not writing an open check!
Finnell interrupts and say that this isn’t what she needs an investigator for, it’s a separate issue.
Perry reminds her he has done several death penalty cases and he needs more substantial information to back her request and he was under the impression the mitigation specialist was doing the investigation per Andrea Lyon. Did Mr. Baez explain to you that’s what they asked for originally? Finnell says she wasn’t privy to what went on before.
So, Baez didn’t tell her crap?
Moving on to Psych evaluation. It was requested that $7.5k be budgeted for pretrial. Finnell says for pretrial only she can live with $2.5k.
Copying costs. Finnell admits Barrett has already done some of this, but she has new, additional ideas! The original budget has not been used up yet.
Travel for Finnell. Perry hits her with JAC said because Baez was privately retained, JAC will not pay travel.
Finnell starts in with ABA standards – Perry says he is not bound by ABA standards. She ends by saying if the court says no to expenses she will remain on the team anyway.
Travel to Ohio by mitigation specialist of investigator. Finnell says it is necessary because that’s where Casey comes from. Judge Perry wants to know how old she was when in Ohio – turns out from age one through three! Perry wants to know why they can’t be interviewed by phone. Finnell said they tried, but some won’t cooperate. Perry wants to know what makes her think they will cooperate if visited in person.
Finnell said in her 32 years, she has seen it work sometimes and the ABA guidlines say she should do everything she can. Perry again reminds her he is not bound by ABA standards! He tells her if she can prove it’s necessary, he may approve.
JAC Assistant General Counsel Bradley Bischoff says JAC will not pay estimates of costs and they will definitely not pay for attorney travel!
Back to copying costs – Perry asks how much is left. Baez says he has some money left, but doesn’t have the figure with him. He also argues that his money was for obtaining public records, not copying! Perry asks that when he gets public records, aren’t copies made for him? He tells Baez he is just playing ‘word gymnastics’!
Baez continues to whine that Finnell should have her own copying budget so the requested $1k gets knocked down to $500.
The investigator needs much better accounting before being decided, but Finnell is granted 100 hours.
Baez has fumbled and found his records and asks for a sidebar! Oy vey!
Baez gets an additional 60 hours for now.
Finnell will get no travel or hotel expenses.
Baez asks the Judge to clarify the amount experts can charge for meals, hotel, etc. because it was not laid out.
JAC agrees it is not laid out, but the 9th Circuit rates will be used.
Perry apologizes and said he will issue the guidelines by Wednesday at the latest.
JAC is done and excused.
The release of Linda Kenney Baden is approved.
Linda Drane Burdick memorializes the problems with the defense not providing proper information on a timely basis. She was provided witnesses with no addresses and cannot locate them.
Baez admits there is a witness from Norther California who has since moved and they haven’t found him yet.
The State’s request to extend depositions for another 30 days is met with no objection.
Judge Perry reminds Finnell that mitigation witnesses must be laid out by the end of November. Finnell kind of balks and Perry says the mitigation expert has been working all along!
Again, I don’t think Finnell was told very much by Baez! How long do you think Finnell will be around?
Perry asks if the defense depositions of the State’s experts are complete. Jeff Ashton says two are still scheduled. The Body Farm depos are complete.
Perry asks if there will be motions on Frye and Mason says he can’t file till he has copies of the depositions. The court is informed Baez has them on CD’s, Mason wants paper copies (insert eyeroll here). Judge Perry offers to have the transcribed at a minimal court and Baez is quick to accept!
Jeff Ashton tell the court he hasn’t received the defense list yet and that is needed for any Frye hearing.
Things get testy between the State and defense. Burdick complains that the defense isn’t cooperating on several issues or providing information by the deadlines already established.
Baez whines that is unfair and they are working diligently and they are having problems scheduling things with the State and he doesn’t appreciate the mudslinging by the State.
Linda was pretty reserved in my opinion!
Perry ends by saying they will meet the deadlines or he will schedule them and nobody will be happy about the schedule he lays out! He also indicated he was not happy with the exchange in the last ten minutes.
He reminds them if he has to, he will take things into his own hands – just get ‘er done!
So, nothing on Amy H’s deposition and nothing on Jeremy Lyons and witness tampering!
To be continued at another date I guess!