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Casey Anthony Defense Up In Smoke?

02/05/2011

Not only is the defense going up in smoke, but Jose Baez’s career might be also!

Ok, so we all had some belly laughs and did some head scratching head trying to follow Laura Buchanan’s August deposition.  What we do know is Laura was in possession of TES documents nobody on the face of the earth had.  And this was the star witness the defense was offering to save Casey Anthony.  Problem is, we know she made stuff up!

Her November 2010 deposition continuation, Part 1 and Part 2 , will make you head throb and your blood pressure rise into the danger zone, but she pretty much comes clean about never searching where little Caylee’s remains were found.

If you do decide to wade through all Buchanan’s nonsense, be on the lookout for Baez being a rude, infantile jerk toward Linda Drane Burdick and pay attention to how hard Cheney Mason tires to get Laura back to her original story.  Mason, it appears didn’t really know what the heck was going on!

Then the huge bombshell of Brad Conway’s interview with LE where we learned that Mr. Baez allegedly made one of the most grievous blunders an attorney can make – he told the court a lie uh, mistruth (Anthony vernacular, not mine!).  Read it here.  Brad’s interview was part of LE’s tampering investigation that was kick-started by Laura Buchanan!

Brad is pretty much spilled the beans that Baez had made statements to court that were not true.

“It’s against the rules of professional conduct. You are an officer of court, and so you’re held to that standard of telling the truth as best you know. If you happen to mistaken that’s one thing, but if you’re intentionally misrepresenting facts to a judge, you’re putting your bar license on the line.”

So things certainly heated up because we now know that yet another ethics complaint had been lodged against Senor Baez.  This one could cost him his license.  We don’t know who filed the complaint but the Florida Bar Association will most likely allow the Anthony trial to conclude before taking any action.

WFTV‘s Bill Sheaffer says, “If this is true, other than stealing or being accused of stealing a client’s money, there is no more serious charge that a lawyer can face.”

Sheaffer was interviewed by Kathi Belich and voiced some pretty strong legal opinions!

Now we get to yesterday’s status hearing!
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Judge Perry was not a happy camper and spent a great deal of time jiggling in his chair and rubbing his hands – two dead give-aways as to his mood.

The meat of the hearing was the outstanding reports of Drs. Spitz, Logan, Reichs and Rodriguez.  Baez tells the Judge that he wants to meet face-to-face with these experts to provide them with information so they may complete their reports, i.e. Baez hasn’t even talked with them!  He wants the luxury (his word, not mine!) of meeting with them on February 21st at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting!

Baez then goes on to say he hasn’t been able to reach Logan as he is not returning voice mails or emails.  Rodriguez has just come on board and hasn’t had time to review the information.  Reichs is traveling and can’t be reached. Werner Spitz has a severe medical condition.

Baez happily informs the court that he has complied with the rest of the court’s order!

Jeff Ashton, also not a happy camper, said while it may be convenient for Mr. Baez to meet with his experts at the Academy meeting, it is just far to late!  The deadline was January 26.  He takes no issue with Dr. Spitz.

Jeff then pulls out a report on Dr. Reichs’ Twitter account! Brilliant! Since January 14 she has been home with her sick cat, working on her new book and is now vacationing in Tahiti!!!!

Perry pretty much goes round the bend after this and asks, “The experts, do they have telephones? If they don’t have the reports in by February 15, I guess they will not be testifying.”

Baez says these folks are all working pro bono and he can’t ask them to bend over backwards and they are all important people and very busy and he can’t stop them from going on vacation…yada, yada, yada.  Oh yeah, before I forget, he also told the Judge he doesn’t know if there is a phone in Tahiti!

So, Judge Perry totally gets it that Baez hasn’t spoken to these folks and that the Academy meeting is more than like a fishing trip because he is desperately seeking any expert who may be willing to dig him out of the hole he’s in!

Baez also blew the deadline for the DNA report on Caylee’s shorts and the laundry bag. Judge Perry instructed Baez to give him the name of lab director as well as the phone number and he will personally call the lab!

There was a bunch of discussion about the upcoming Frye hearings and it is painfully apparent that there is no agreement as to what is or isn’t a Frye issue. The Judge has set the hearings for March 23, 24, and 25.

Baez also whined again about where the jury will come from and he and Mason want the right to challenge the Judge’s decision – basically insulting the Judge’s intelligence by indicating the Judge can’t be fair in his decision! I have to be totally honest here – if Baez says one more time, “this case is different,” I may just explode!

Waiting for the smoke to clear!

Baez and Mason leaving court

My apologies to all Cheech and Chong and LOTR fans!

NO DOGS WERE HARMED DURING THE FILMING OF THIS EPISODE. THE CAT GOT SICK AND SOMEBODY SHOT A DUCK BUT THAT’S ABOUT IT.
— The Simpsons

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  1. ritanita
    02/05/2011 at 9:45 am

    Lovely article, Donchais! The defense is literally exploding in the defense’s face. After reading Laura Buchanan’s second deposition, I am starting to believe that the investigation is not so much about her as it is aiming somewhere further up the chain of lies.

    I note that Linda made a comment about the “ongoing” investigation into the TES situation yesterday!

    As for the hearing… it knocked me out! I’m just waking up from the exhaused sleep it caused me to have. It was Baez at his whining worst. Thank goodness that, once the trial starts, somebody else will have a proper turn to speak. Hopefully, Judge Perry will just have to be the ring-master half of the time.

  2. 02/05/2011 at 11:56 am

    I had a good chuckle when I saw the cheech & chong photo. You have always had a way of putting up the most appropriate visual to your articles.

  3. LVSusie
    02/05/2011 at 2:10 pm

    If you look on Dr. Reichs twitter account she has been tweeting from her phone….so she does have her phone when she goes on vacation.

  4. donchais
    02/05/2011 at 2:42 pm

    LVSusie,

    Exactly! Which made Baez’s statement about not knowing if there were phones on Tahiti all the more ludicrous! In fact, you can hear Jeff Ashton whisper that from the prosecution table!

    One word for Baez…BUSTED!

  5. katydid
    02/05/2011 at 4:52 pm

    Duh-fence…..There is no duh-fence.

  6. donchais
    02/05/2011 at 5:02 pm

    katydid!

    Bwaahahaha!

  7. 02/05/2011 at 7:02 pm

    I had heard Laura B fessed up to doctoring the TES paperwork in her deposition, but haven’t had time to read those depos yet. You have peaked my curiousity so I’ll go read them…..plus I’m procrastinating working on my post from Sheley’s hearing yesterday….well that and laundry. LOL

    I’m not sure whether Casey’s defense is exploding or imploding…but now I get it….they are just ploding (up in smoke) or is that loding. LOL Thanks for the laugh. In Casey’s letters to Robyn, Casey had nothing good to say about Brad Conway when he was still working for the Anthonys…like to hear what she has to say now.

    I can picture her clinching her fists….grrrrowling….nobody listened to me about that guy!

    Always fun to hear your take on this case Donchais!

  8. Jo
    02/05/2011 at 7:53 pm

    Is it just me that thinks JB stuck his foot in his mouth once again near the end of LB depo where he questions her that she might be nervous because of a “criminal investigation” and then finishes up and then LDB asks her where she heard about the criminal investigation and Jose says “HOLD ON”! LDB had picked right up on that point. Such a smart woman! And LOVE your use of C&C photo. So appropriate.

  9. Jose Disliker
    02/06/2011 at 11:51 pm

    Despite what that repulsive worm Baez says, this case is NOT different or unique. Hundreds of children are murdered by their mothers every year. Casey is not special. She is not unique. She is not intelligent, attractive or remarkable in any way. She is simply a severely personality-disordered woman who murdered her child and enjoys the support of an incomprehensibly evil and vindictive family.

  10. donchais
    02/07/2011 at 4:53 am

    Jose D,

    Agree that this case is not different or unique. We will however, have to let the jury decide guilt or innocence after being presented all evidence.

  11. 02/08/2011 at 10:29 am

    I believe there will be a plea– an Alford plea such in the Darren Mack case. Darren stayed out of prison and was housed in jail for a long time knowing he was going to offer the Alford at the last minute. I do not believe Casey Anthony will ever go through a trial and allow all her “friends” to testify. That is why JB an CM are not worried about any expert reports or DNA results. I think the Alford plea is her only way to go. The longer JB can go before offering a plea the longer Casey stays out of prison. The goal has been to keep her in jail and out of prison as long as possible. Just my opinion as a long time trial watcher.

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