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Casey Anthony – Verdict Watch Begins


August 2005 ~ June 2008

What a long and torturous day we had, yesterday.  The benefit was storms caused my feed to go wonky and I missed 99% of Cheney Mason!

Today, Linda should do her normal, logical presentation and tie everything up nicely for the jury who will, for the first time, have the freedom to discuss the case.  And boy, do the have a lot to talk about!

Casey looking rather pensive today.

8:30 Judge Perry takes the bench.  Final jury instructions have been given to both sides for review.  Baez objects to the court allowing the split up of the final argument.  Judge says this is rebuttal and rebuttal only.

Jeff begins with the science and tells the jury it is up to them to decide what to believe or not to believe.  All the anthropologists and pathologists agree there is no trauma to the bones.  They all agree the skull and mandible were found in anatomical position.  The mandible was only held in place by the tape!  However, Dr. Spitz claimed someone came along and picked up the skull and mandible and taped it together and placed it back in the woods!

Dr. Spitz also claimed the hair draped over the skull was placed there by the medical examiner’s personnel!

The brain dust that Spitz claimed he could see did not exist.

Jeff moves on to entomology.  Haskell has been in the field for over 30 years whereas Huntington has been in practice for 3 years.  You have to decide who is more credible.  They both agree the body was placed in the swampy woods in June or July.

They only disagree about the car trunk and Huntington admitted he never dealt with a body in a trunk in real life.

The chloroform needs to be looked at in terms of perspective.  Wise and Vass saw shockingly high levels of chloroform and they have spent years testing environmental samples.

Dr. Rickenbach from the FBI also tested the air sample and the tire cover and found chloroform.  The tire cover was sent in a box, not in a sealed container and he said he was surprised that he even found chloroform.

Don’t forget, the Anthony’s aired out the car for hours.  Chloroform is volatile and evaporates.  There is no evidence as to why the chloroform was there.

The odor of decomposition, the defense attacked Dr. Vass for developing a device that can be used to identify decomp.  Dr. Vass is an unapologetic science geek!  He has a scientific curiosity and shouldn’t be discounted for that!

The garbage bag contained no food except for a small remnant of cheese.  Even Dr. Furton admitted the smell could not have caused the odor in the trunk.

There was no DNA of the duct tape.  Everyone agrees heat and moisture destroys DNA so of course there was no DNA.

The hair band testimony showed that only occurs with death, it can’t be reproduced.

Why would George, after finding a drowned child, place duct tape over her face?  Why would you make an innocent accident look like a murder?

The defense wants you to believe George called the police about the gas cans to somehow implicate his daughter in this crime.  Then George used the very same tape to post pictures of his missing granddaughter.  It’s absurd.

The accidental drowning has been refuted by the evidence in this case.

Remember counsel said in opening statements to follow the tape.  First it was George then it was Roy Kronk they connected to the tape.

Jeff shows photos of the crime scene and says only Mother Nature staged the scene.  The leaf litter is 3-4 inches deep.  The crime scene is as it appears due to nature, animals and decomposition.  It is not staged!

Jeff is speaking to 1st degree murder which can be premeditated or felony.  Mason objects for misstating law.  Jeff is reading directly from the jury instructions!

Duct tape or chloroform, Jeff makes a very strong case for 1st degree murder.

Jeff ends by saying what a good father and grandfather George was and reads from George’s suicide note pointing out, this is a man in pain and it was wrong of the defense to denigrate him for that!


Baez has an issue with the computer searches.  He says there was false testimony and some of the information was incorrect.  Judge Perry says he doesn’t know what correct or incorrect and file a motion and they will cross that bridge when they get to it.

Linda thanks the jury for their sacrifice.

Linda says what she told them in openings she meant and the evidence backs that up.

Mr. Baez said he was afraid you would make decisions based on emotions.  We didn’t ask that.  Linda’s biggest fear is that common sense will be lost in all of the rhetoric of the case.

Look at the evidence as a whole, look at the big picture.

Linda calls Casey the most documented liar and pointed to everybody, accusing others of lying.

Pop Tart keeps objecting!

Mr. Baez suggested those 31 days mean nothing.

Mr. Baez accused Yuri Melich, Mr. Forgey, Dr. Vass, Mr. Bloise of lying.

Whether live or dead, LE, the FBI, Texas Equusearch, volunteers were searching for a kidnapped little girl.  It was a lie, she was already dead.

Casey said to her mother when she picked her up she wanted another day.  She told her brother she needed more time.

That first night, July 15, 2008 nobody from OCSO thought Caylee was dead.  Casey was asking them for their help in finding her!

These are statements that show a consciousness of guilt on Ms. Anthony’s part.

Casey told investigators she was conducting her own investigation.  Really?

As they backtracked they find out everything she was saying was a lie.

Response to guilt is predictable.   Guilty people lie, they run, they divert attention from themselves and act like nothing is wrong.   That’s what she was doing those 31 days.

She ran from her family because they would be the ones to ask her questions!  Friends are easy to placate with stories.

The lies got bigger, they got better, they involved more people.  Mr. Baez calls them imaginary friends, they weren’t imaginary friends, they were lies to get Casey out of a jam.

Baez, may we approach?  No.

When the remains were found the lies changed.  Maybe Caylee died because of an accident.

Was this an accident?  The defendant’s own mother first brought up the drowning.

Casey’s lies and behavior are inconsistent with an accidental death.

If this was an accident in the pool Caylee would have been floating in a pool, not floating in a swamp!

The way these remains were found shows complete indifference to the child, how the person who disposed of her really felt about her.

Linda plays the phone call Casey made to the house from jail.  The jury has to be reeling about the blatant lies!

Her focus on that call and the 31 days proceeding was Tony Lazzaro.  She’s not grieving.

Casey had access to all of it.  The duct tape, the blanket, the laundry bag, the shorts, the car.

The bag of trash was a decoy.  The car was backed into the spot next to the garbage as a decoy.

The ‘Big trouble comes in small packages’ shirt was kept in the car, in a diaper bag.

Ask yourself a simple question, whose life was better without Caylee?

Linda puts up these photos and says…

There’s your answer —->

Wowser, what a powerful ending!

Baez asks the court to declare a mistrial based on two statement made by the State in closing arguments.

Motion denied.

The jury will be instructed in 10 minutes.  No one may leave the room, move around or talk during instructions or they will be removed.

Instructions take just under an hour.  Jury sent to the jury room at 12:10pm.  And so, this afternoon the jury will begin deliberating Casey’s fate!

The alternates will be separated and given additional instructions.

It’s been a long time coming!

  1. Kim
    07/04/2011 at 12:19 pm

    LDB is billiant! She had me in tears from almost her first sentence – I think it’s just me since I have been weepy all day.
    Playing the tapes was inspired but closing with the pictures – WOW

  2. donchais
    07/04/2011 at 12:23 pm

    It was unbelievable! I cried also!

  3. BusterBluth
    07/04/2011 at 12:25 pm

    “If this was an accident in the pool Caylee would have been floating in a pool, not floating in a swamp!” That was my favorite part. I think it really dug in how ruthless Casey was. Linda did a phenomenal job!!

  4. jimsilveira1@cox.net
    07/04/2011 at 12:26 pm

    donchais–Thanks for all your hard work during this trial. You have been captivating with your reporting.Here’s hoping the lying little Murderer gets he4r due. God bless Caylee.RIP sweetheart.

  5. BusterBluth
    07/04/2011 at 12:27 pm

    How long do you think it will take for the jury to make a decision?

  6. Kim
    07/04/2011 at 12:28 pm

    jimsilveira1@cox.net :
    donchais–Thanks for all your hard work during this trial. You have been captivating with your reporting.Here’s hoping the lying little Murderer gets he4r due. God bless Caylee.RIP sweetheart.


    Thank you ever so much!!

  7. BusterBluth
    07/04/2011 at 12:29 pm

    “donchais–Thanks for all your hard work during this trial. You have been captivating with your reporting” I second that! Thanks a lot 🙂

  8. donchais
    07/04/2011 at 12:30 pm

    Yes Buster, Linda was phenomenal!

    jim, you’re welcome! We still have the possible mitigation phase, I’ll be there!

  9. 07/04/2011 at 12:34 pm


  10. donchais
    07/04/2011 at 12:36 pm

    Buster, I have no idea, but there is a hell of a lot of evidence for the jury to go through. Lol, they’ve been at it for 25 minutes!

    Thanks to all of you for being here also! It made it worthwhile!

  11. ginny
    07/04/2011 at 1:01 pm

    I’d like to give the prosecutors a hug. Also, Linda’s closing was sensational! She brought the case to a logical close.

  12. 07/04/2011 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks for everything, Donchais. Your humorous asides gave me a laugh when I was feeling down.
    Boy, did Ashton and Burdick give me hope. Yesterday I thought maybe the jury would buy some of Baez’s Alice in Wonderland story; but today, common sense came back. Thank goodness Judge Perry postponed the rebuttal till today.

  13. Anonymous
    07/04/2011 at 1:24 pm

    How can I get advance warning that the verdict will be announced?

  14. kas
    07/04/2011 at 1:24 pm

    Baez objecting to Linda calling his slut of a client (his words, mind you) a liar, which he himself has also called her.

    Ok, then.

  15. 07/04/2011 at 1:27 pm

    How can I get notice that the verdict is coming?

  16. donchais
    07/04/2011 at 1:29 pm

    You are welcome Maria!

    Anon, go to the WFTV site, you can sign up for text or email. They will get the info 1/2 hour before.

    kas, Baez is Baez, lol!

  17. ritanita
    07/04/2011 at 1:32 pm

    Donchais, thanks so much for the nitty-gritty low-down on the case! I know how hard you have worked and let’s hope we get a decent verdict soon! I’m reaslistic, at least 3 days is the soonest soon I can think of.

  18. donchais
    07/04/2011 at 1:42 pm

    Robert, see my response at 1:29!

    Thanks ritanita! 🙂

  19. Golfing Granny
    07/04/2011 at 2:16 pm

    wow I was away for much of it this am but LDB was brilliant the last 60 seconds. The effect was stunning of Cindy’s 911 call and then picture of Casey in her party mode. Indeed little Caylee was just in her way. Donchais thank you SO MUCH.

    Please what is the WFTV site. I want to be notified when verdict is coming in? I’m so going to miss all these nice folks I have met on line.

  20. donchais
    07/04/2011 at 2:25 pm

    Yes, Linda was brilliant!

    Google WFTV.com and click on Casey Anthony. There is a spot on the right side, I believe, to sign up for updates! Takes less than a minute to enter the information they need to register you.

  21. 07/04/2011 at 3:14 pm

    Yes, I add my thanks for your perspective on this sad tale… I will keep stopping by for the other updates.

  22. donchais
    07/04/2011 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks Sandy, glad to have you here!

  23. Ms W - Oklahoma
    07/04/2011 at 3:31 pm

    Because I work all day (and unlike Casey Anthony, I have a REAL job that requires me to show up), I would miss the testimony during the day and would have to review the recordings at night. Because I couldn’t possibly watch all 8 hours every night, I always pulled up your blog first and read the notes, then decided what sections I wanted to watch. I agreed with your assessments of the proceedings and I want to thank you for your hard work on this! It was extremely helpful and I’m grateful that I stumbled across it early in the trial. Thanks for everything, Donchais!

    I wish Linda had included one more thing in her closing that really stood out for me throughout the trial: Early in the trial (5/26), when Melissa heard Casey call some friends to lie about her plans for the evening to get out of doing something else and then she threw the cell phone down on the dashboard of the car and said “Oh my God, I’m such a good liar!” That said it all for me right there! She really thought that she was such a good liar that she could convince anyone (including the jury) to believe her lies. It had worked for her for years with her family, why wouldn’t it work with the police, the media, the public and anyone else? She never thought it would come down to being arrested for it because she was sure she could lie her way out of it! I thought the prosecution did a good job of listing her lies, but if I had been them, I would have mentioned that testimony to the jury again. Regardless, I believe the jury will make the right decision. Happy 4th to all!

  24. donchais
    07/04/2011 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, Ms W!

    I agree that was quite the statement. I can’t even fathom how to pick and choose what you touch on because there is just so much more that we know from following the case for 3 years!

  25. TOM
    07/04/2011 at 5:14 pm


    Thank you for all your efforts. Your daily summations and color commentary were must reading for me during this case.

  26. donchais
    07/04/2011 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you!

  27. Teresa
    07/04/2011 at 5:49 pm

    The only question here is “Original or Extra Crispy?” To that precious angel Caylee – Baby Girl, it’s almost over. Justice is on it’s way. You are so loved.Soon you will be running free in Heaven to play with all the other children. xxooxxooxx

  28. Paideia
    07/04/2011 at 5:57 pm

    Ms. Burdick is extremely competent/professional. I was mesmerized by her comment in closing, as I was also of Mr. Jeff’s. Baez was about as boring as can be, topped off with floundering words, emotion at the wrong times (hmmm, just like Casey) and objections by the prosecution were sustained 5 plus time. Not the same when Burdick spoke, maybe 1 was sustained only. She just has an excellent demeanor and presentation combined with intelligence (and good enunciation and use of grammer!!!). Baez (holy cow when I read his bio!!!!!) is shockingly loserish. In the little leagues….ok, that is my love affair with simply the best side in terms of presentation.

    That said, I really hope Casey gets the max on all. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in this world. It IS easy when it is fun (as per opening close by Mr. Jeff), but obviously Casey had a priority of “fun” things to do which included late nights, men, and more men. Abysmal Mom. Hardly even adequate as Ms Burdick was kind enough to acquiese to.

    Lastly, I am proud that George did not go down the slippery slope like Cindy in terms of complete and utter lies to “save” Casey. Nancy Grace (sorry to those who love her, she is WORSE than Jerry Springer to me) tearfully stated several nights ago that now that she had the “twins” she knows that she would lie for them. Ha. If one teaches their child morals/ethics, but then caveats truth with disregarding it to save a family members ass… what the heck, what kind of example is that. One’s legacy and teaching of a child should continue in even the most unexpected and difficult of times. I don’t envy Cindy’s position, but NOT impressed….and my opionion of Nancy Grace just reached lower than low.

    Again, Casey is a disgusting example of a mother, period. All points direct one to consider there is no other plausible explanation than the states (and Baez is an idiot, sad that his bio listed that he was in the Navy, embarrassing for the Navy….)

  29. 07/04/2011 at 6:26 pm

    Paideia, thanks for putting my thoughts into words. I couldn’t believe it when Baez said any father would throw himself on the sword for his child. HUH? If you didn’t do it apparently, you were supposed to confess to anything to get your child off. HUH?

  30. 07/04/2011 at 9:38 pm


  31. Anonymous
    07/05/2011 at 5:58 am

    excellent closing arguments….Thought Linda started out kind of slow and overly methodical, but good God….did she end with a bang! If I was a juror….after that….may the defendent die a slow death….wracked with no chloroform and many yards of duct tape.

  32. Golfing Granny
    07/05/2011 at 6:16 am

    I wonder if Casey’s life is “going to be better” now – NOT.

  33. April
    07/05/2011 at 10:03 am

    Where do you sign up on WFTV to get the alert?

  34. donchais
    07/05/2011 at 10:12 am

    On the Casey Anthony section, right side.

  35. Gia
    07/07/2011 at 2:50 am

    All of you jurors will have to live with this forever knowing you aloud a convict to the walk the streets after what she did to her own child,I can’t believe that you all found her not guilty.well every nite before you go to bed think of that little baby laying in the swamp and when you wake up think of her with duck tape on. I hope that all of you know that you made the biggest mistake for our country there are our people fighting for you and our country and sacrificing there own life for you and this is what you do to protect our children and caylee, shame on you. Do us a favor stand up and show your faces get on tv and tell us that you let a criminal go free and we do not want to hear why you gave a not guilty we really dont care.Just show your faces.

  36. Golfing Granny
    07/07/2011 at 5:35 am

    Let’s see Juror #3 (maybe alternate juror not quite sure) got a prize of sending all his/her family to Disney World for speaking to I believe ABC.

    And I believe Juror #6 said they would talk, etc but not unless $$$ is involved. WOW – they are also crooks in MY book. Shame Shame. Whoever let’s Casey live with them temporarily better hid your checkbooks, car keys, and anything else of value. This liar will do well in my observations.

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