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Casey Anthony – Defense Tap Dance


Today’s hearing should prove to be interesting to say the least!

The defense wants to add some additional, last minute witnesses, the two that have raised all sorts of eyebrows are Dr. Jeffrey Danzinger and Dr. William Weitz.  Danzinger has been around since the beginning of the case as he was ordered by Judge Stan Strickland to examine Casey way back at the bond hearing.  Dr. Danzinger now works for the defense!

Dr. William Weitz specializes in PTSD.

Now, you may be scratching your head saying, ‘wait, these guys are already on the witness list’ and you would be right, they are listed for the penalty phase. The slight of hand here is that Ann Finnell informed Judge Perry that she wanted one or both now included in the guilt phase!

The defense has no intent on using a mental illness defense, but they now appear to be trying to address ‘state of mind’ and ‘consciousness of guilt’.  Good luck with that!  Casey’s own behavior and statements will sink that theory!

Mason is here, but no Baez!

Well, this was short…the Drs. reports were just received and the depositions are scheduled for April 7, so we won’t know until the hearing on the 8th!

The hearing tomorrow is now scheduled to start at 9 am.

When all is said and done, this is about Caylee.

  1. Hilde
    03/31/2011 at 10:59 am

    It sure was a very short Hearing today. It started and within 15 Minutes the Hearing ended.
    donchais, I agree with Your last Sentence “When all is said and done, this is about Caylee.”!
    It’s getting very close to the Trial and there is still so much to do on Both Sides.
    Like Judge Perry said, they will be working some Saturdays and Evenings to get ready for the Trial.
    It seems the Jury Selection needs to begin within the next Month if the Trial is scheduled to start on May 9th? JMO

  2. donchais
    03/31/2011 at 11:02 am

    Hilde, I was waiting for much more today! Jury selection begins on the 9th!

  3. Hilde
    03/31/2011 at 11:31 am

    Yes I was waiting for more too and must admit it was kind of disappointing to even watch todays Hearing.
    Thanks for the Info about the Jury Selection.
    Hopefully tomorrows Hearing will accomplish more.
    It’s really getting too close to the Trial. Lets just hope Judge Perry is right and nothing will delay the upcoming Trial.
    Nothing is guaranteed in this Case and unexpected Surprises still can pop up and delay the Trial yet again, however I will stay positive and believe Judge Perry is right and will be able to achieve the planned Trial Date.
    It’s been almost 3 Years, I believe it is about time.
    I realize DP Cases take longer and I guess we will just have to be patient a little while longer and make sure this Case is dealt with the right Way, so there will be no Chance of a Mistrial!
    I understand Casey deserves a fair Trial and a good Defense at the same time all I can think of is the Victim in this Case, Caylee Marie and how long she has to wait for her Perpetrator to finally have to face the Consequences of what has been done to Caylee. JMO

  4. Molly
    03/31/2011 at 12:16 pm

    A high profile case here in CT for a triple murder is 2 weeks into jury selection & only has 3 jurors selected so far. I’m wondering how long casey’s case will take for jury especially with baez. He’ll want to be striking everyone he doesn’t want in.

  5. donchais
    03/31/2011 at 12:32 pm

    Hilde, IMHO, nobody has given more leeway to a defense team than Judge Perry. He is a well respected judge who knows his stuff better than most and will keep this on track. The jury will be in place and short of death, the opening arguments will begin May 16th!

    Hi Molly! I am following the Petit trial as I have family from that town. The procedures are much different from the Anthony case. The jury selection process for the Hayes trial took months for several reasons. 1. trying to get impartial jurors, but 2. in CT, each side gets 38 challenges. I recall the defense used 30 and the prosecution used 26 or 28, hence the reason for beginning jury selection in March for a September trial!

    Basically most of the jury pool that was eliminated for Hayes cannot be used here and that would account for the many who have been struck for this trial. The defense asking for the trial to be moved to Stamford probably wouldn’t have produced a much different situation.

    Is it fair? Not by any stretch of the imagination!

  6. Hilde
    03/31/2011 at 12:44 pm

    looking forward to May 16th!
    thanks again for the Info, I thought it was May 9th, I guess I was mistaken.
    I agree Judge Perry has been fair to both Sides and has shown more patience than some
    would have.
    His Reputation as a well respected Judge is well deserved as we have witnessed so far in this Case.

  7. donchais
    03/31/2011 at 1:00 pm

    No problem Hilde and you weren’t actually mistaken. To me, a trial starts with opening arguments, for many, the trial begins with jury selection.

    As you can see with my comment to Molly about the Petit trial, I just don’t say a trial starts till the opening arguments begin, but that’s just me, lol!

  8. ritanita
    03/31/2011 at 1:18 pm

    Well, I’m done writing and kudos to you, Ms. Speedy! I was so disappointed that we have to wait a week and a day to hear the stuff about the shrinks. I, for the life of me wonder how they will say, in professional terms that PTSD, or whatever explains Casey’s “flat affect”, her not-so flat affect when partying, and her incessant lying. How do they explain her angry, profanity-laden language when talking to her parents? There’s no flat affect there either.

    I’m sure the State’s Assistant Attorneys have their experts on speed-dial at this point.

    Have a great day!

  9. donchais
    03/31/2011 at 2:24 pm

    Missy ‘r’! It wasn’t the nail biter, edge of the seat I had expected! Darn! Lol! No doubt, the State has all this covered.

  10. bingoteaz
    03/31/2011 at 6:16 pm

    I can’t believe that the duhfense would use the same shrink on their penalty & guilt phases as the one the State ordered to evaluate her at the beginning of her incarceration! Then, for the cadaver k9 motion, they use a ‘non-expert’ witness that they say is an expert & LDB dismantles him in record time! And, for the post-mortem hair banding Frye hearing, they don’t produce even 1 witness to counter the State’s expert witness. I thought Foghorn Leghorn was supposed to be The Silent Partner guiding the ship, but he’s not just silent, he’s nonexistent. Except for his vindictive, baseless, ill-advised motions like the accusatory one he wrote in reply to the suppression denial. They have no case, they know it – Foghorn Leghorn knows it, can’t Foghorn Leghorn convince the juvenile calling himself “Lead Counsel” of it? jmho

  11. bingoteaz
    03/31/2011 at 6:21 pm

    ps – I also thought that Sims’ expertise was in attacking psych assessment tests…she seems to be AWOL in this courtroom drama of “state of mind & consciousness of guilt”, what a surprise. Is the strategy of adding the State’s shrink to the duhfense’s witness list on both phases her idea, do you think? It seems odd. Should “we” expect that she’s going to conduct the examination of the expert shrinks during the trial? jmho

  12. donchais
    03/31/2011 at 8:25 pm

    Quite simply bingoteaz, IMHO, the defense has nothing…nada…zip!!!

  13. 04/02/2011 at 8:53 pm

    Is there a set number of jurors each side is allowed to excuse?

    I just completed jury service on a felony violent criminal case. It took 3 days to empanel the 12 jurors 2 alternates from 250 potentials.
    Jury selection will be arduous, yet crucial. It only takes one to derail the entire process. The DT is banking on it. It’s all they have JMO.

  14. donchais
    04/03/2011 at 5:09 am


    Criminal law in Florida allows for ten challenges for each side,if the offense charged is punishable by death or imprisonment for life.

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