Casey Anthony Daily News
Volume 1 Issue 6 Sunday, October 12, 2008
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Day 118 Since Caylee last seen.
JUDGE HEARS MOTIONS FROM CASEY ANTHONY’S ATTORNEY
FROM QUICKATTACK’S DESK
Hello, loyal readers. I apologize for my absence on Friday. I got roped into helping with a civic event in my little town on Friday morning and through the weekend. My folks raised me to be a civic-minded individual, and I encourage each of you to do the same. So today I’ll publish a much larger issue of the Daily Casey, and I hope you’ll forgive my absence on docstoc on Friday. My plans are to publish daily issues of the Daily Casey on Monday through Friday, as well as updated newsflashes during the day when something huge breaks. You may not always “hear it here first” but you’ll always hear it here best, because I have editorial leeway that the more “objective” journalist aren’t given. I can snark with the best of them, and sometimes my inner redneck escapes in my writing. If you’ll allow me, I’ll always take Saturdays off to do my own thing—grill on the back porch, grocery shop, you know, that kind of thing. Today I’m going to present to you my synopsis of the hearing on Thursday. Also, we’ll have a couple of feature columns in the paper. So read on. And I welcome your email with ideas, comments, rants, suggestions. Anything you wish to say to me, my email box is always open. Thanks for taking a little time each day to read my paper. I do appreciate you.
SUMMARY OF HEARING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10
Judge Stan Strickland heard numerous motions on Friday morning from Casey Anthony’s defense attorney Jose Baez and his team in a two-hour hearing regarding child neglect charges against Casey Anthony related to her missing daughter Caylee Anthony. Strickland granted most of those motions and did not rule yet on the most controversial, which would allow Casey Anthony to travel in secret to “key points of interest.” On the motion to Allow Casey Anthony to travel to places Of interest in secret, the court heard testimony from two witnesses called by Jose Baez. The first witness was Robert Haney of McDonald Bail Bonds, which put up part of the half-million-dollar bond for Casey Anthony. Haney testified that he would accompany Casey and Baez to any places they travel, day or night. The next witness called by defense was Meg Hughes, Casey Anthony’s confinement field officer, whose testimony hurt Baez more than it helped him. She said that she allows Casey to leave home at 10AM to spend time at her attorney’s office every day, and that she must be home by 4PM. She said that this is a very unusual request, that most people on home confinement don’t visit their attorneys for six hours each day. She also said that Casey asked for time extensions twice this week. Hughes most damaging testimony regarding Baez’ motion was that allowing Casey to travel to unknown places at random times completely defeats the purpose of home confinement and monitoring. Hughes stated that she has a responsibility to the court and the public to (continued on next page)
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~~Daily News Page 2~~ HEARING – CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 account for Casey’s whereabouts at all times, and if this motion is granted, she will not be able to do so. She also pointed out that the county will have to have deputies escort Casey any time that she is not being monitored, which will cost Orange county vast resources in manpower and dollars. Hughes said that the most important purposes of home monitoring are to keep the subject from fleeing, from committing any additional crimes, and from destroying evidence. Baez stated to the court that Casey should be allowed to take him to places that she took police. He asserted that she’s been a model participant in the home confinement program, and that the bondsman who will accompany them will prevent any attempt by Anthony to flee. He said that current home confinement restrictions impede Casey’s right to assist in herdefense. The state opposed this motion because of it vagueness, in that Casey would be allowed to travel to unknown locations, and it would be impossible to monitor her while she’s out. They also mentioned that it would be a “huge administrative burden” to change the terms of Casey’s home confinement, and added that there would be no way to know if she attempted to flee, because, in essence, Baez would become her confinement officer. Judge Strickland said that, “from a skeptic’s point of view” he was concerned that she could destroy evidence while out. Baez replied that he would in no way jeopardize his own ability to practice law in the state of Florida by allowing anything like that to happen. The Orlando Sentinel attorney also spoke to the court on the matter of sealing information related to Casey’s location, and said that information related to Casey Anthony’s whereabouts are public records. She argued that she doesn’t think that the defense has given enough evidence to seal records related to Casey’s location. She said that sealing this information would not be effective in protecting Casey’s safety, because, once the information is sealed, the media and public will follow Casey to find out where she is each day.. Strickland said that he would take the motion under advisement and issue a ruling on it either later today or Monday. The court next heard Baez’ motion to inspect, test, and photograph evidence held by the state. Of particular interest to Baez was the air samples taken from Casey Anthony’s car. The state countered that the car is not part of the evidence in the neglect case. Baez said that the car was an instrument of the crime of child neglect, and evidence from the car was one reason that Casey’s bond was set so high. The judge ruled that Baez can inspect the vehicle, but he cannot remove or destroy anything from the car. On the motion to compel results of forensic testing, Baez specifically asked for cadaver dog records, including “veterinary records.” He also requested test results related to chloroform and body farm air samples. The judge denied Baez’ request for cadaver dog records and instructed Baez to use the tools of deposition and public information requests to gather that information. He granted Baez’ motion for access to test results on hair samples, chloroform, DNA, and body farm air samples. The next motion brought by Baez was that the state provide favorable evidence to the defense. The state countered that Baez could simply depose Cindy Anthony, because she is the source of most of the tips they had received. Strickland granted Baez’ motion for access to past tips, and instructed the state to provide tips on any active investigations within a reasonable time. Strickland next addressed Baez’ motion to compel Florida’s Department of Children and Families to supply defense any records related to Casey Anthony. The judge informed the court that he had no intentions of “stepping on the toes” of DCF, and said that Baez could depose first responders over any allegations of child abuse. Judge Strickland said that he will address this point at another time, when DCF has a representative present in court. Next on the agenda was Baez’ request for a flight manifest related to a July 2 flight. The judge stated that this request was a moot point, because Baez already had access to this information, which had been provided to him by the state. The next motion, a demand for discovery of digital forensic evidence, was granted by the judge. Baez wants access to images taken of Casey’s hard drive. The state had no objection to providing Baez with this data. Baez’ next motion was for discovery related to polygraph examinations. The state contested that, since polygraphs are not admissible in court, it should not have to provide this information to Baez. The state was willing, however, to give Baez all statements made during the polygraph. Baez countered that he wanted not only those statements, but also information about the polygrapher, including his qualifications. The judge (continued, page 3)
~~Daily News Page 3~~ HEARING – CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 ruled that Baez could have access to the statements, but that he must depose the polygrapher to get any additional information he seeks. Next addressed was the motion to preserve DNA evidence. Baez wants the right to have his own team of experts examine DNA evidence, and the court heard from defense expert Larry Kobilinsky by phone, who said that evidence can be destroyed during DNA testing, and that the state should preserve half a sample for defense testing, when samples are large enough to do so. The judge was a little stunned by this motion. He said, “I would expect the state and the labs affiliated with the state not to overuse or destroy evidence. I don't quite know what to say...it's the law.” He made no decision on this motion and will rule on it later. The final motion to be addressed by the court was in reference to the “babysitter.” Baez wants the state to turn over all investigative work that they've done in reference to Zenaida Gonzales. The state said that they have no problem with providing information to the defense about the “phantom Zenaida Gonzalez,” as long as investigative work was complete. The prosecutor said that Baez is asking the state to conduct the investigation for him. “He has yet to avail himself of those things under discovery, which includes deposition of witnesses who may have done investigating. When those reports are completed, they will be turned over.” Baez responded that he wanted the whole binder of information on Zenaida Gonzales, not just “a sheet of paper.” The judge instructed Baez that the state has met its burden to provide Baez with a witness list, and that he should not expect the state to do his work for him. Judge Strickland admonished Baez, “She (the state) just needs to provide you with the name of the investigator, and you're going to have to do the tough sledding from there. She has to give you what she has, and she's already given it to you, so you need to do a little leg work yourself. Finally, the judge adjourned court, with, “That’s a wrap.” Strickland kept three motions under advisement, the most important of which is the motion to allow Casey to travel in secret to points of interest. He should rule on this motion later today or on Monday. Sheriff's Capt. Angelo Nieves spoke briefly after the hearing and said that the sheriff's office will comply with the rulings of the court and will turn over documentation that were ordered. "One of the things we'd like to know is where Caylee is. That's what our main goal has been since the beginning of this case," Nieves said. "The truth that we want is where is Caylee. The Anthony family released a statement shortly after the hearing adjourned. "Judge Strickland's decision today to grant access to all of the tips regarding Caylee's sightings is a victory for Caylee Marie. This is the first step in bringing Caylee home safely." What is not known is how the motions will be affected by impending homicide charges against Casey Anthony. A grand jury is expected to convene for a special session on Tuesday, October 14, to hear evidence against Casey regarding possible homicide charges. Stay tuned to the Daily Casey on Tuesday—and all week—for breaking news related to Grand Jury proceedings and, if there is any justice in this case, for our newsbreak that Casey has had her last breath of freedom and has been taken into custody for murdering her daughter. Photos from the October 10th hearing: McDonald Bail Bonds representative Robert Haney:
Casey Anthony’s attorney Jose Baez:
~~Daily News Page 4~~ HEARING-CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 Judge Stan Strickland presides in October 10th Hearing:
SOME ANTHONY NEIGHBORS ANGERED THAT GRAND JURY DETAILS LEAKED
Central Florida News 13 October 12, 2008
ORLANDO -- Casey Anthony's defense team and neighbors in her family's community are outraged that the grand jury will meet, and that information on the meeting was leaked to the media. Information that 15 to 21 randomly chosen people will decide Tuesday whether Casey Anthony is indicted on homicide charges was leaked earlier in the week. The Supreme Court states the secrecy to all grand jury proceedings is of the utmost importance to protect grand jury members from outside pressure or intimidation. "I thought that info was confidential," said Shelly Soltis, a resident of Lee Vista. "I don't know how it got leaked or where you would even find the information for the community to be involved in that, to see what's going on. I was very surprised that press knew all about this jury." Florida only holds a grand jury for capital cases, any crime for which the maximum punishment is death. Although it has been quiet in the Anthony neighborhood, residents said they just want the hearing to be over with, so they can start getting life back to normal, without protesters or media.
Home confinement officer Meg Hughes speaks in court:
TIM MILLER, EQUUSEARCH, TO RESUME SEARCH FOR CAYLEE LATER THIS WEEK
Tim Miller of Texas Equusearch has been in Orlando for several days, evaluating ground conditions to see if he can safely bring his team and volunteers into the area to search for Caylee Anthony’s remains.
FATHER OF CASEY ANTHONY’S FORMER FIANCE TALKS OF MOLESTATION
Richard Grund, webvangelist and father of Casey Anthony’s ex-fiance Jesse Grund, has started posting audio sermons on the blog page of his myspace account. In a recent recording, Grund hints that molestation may be part of Casey Anthony’s family history. Grund may know something, or he simply may be trying to keep his name in the news. We won’t guess why. You can listen to Grund’s audio sermon “How Did I Get Here?” here: http://www.myspace.com/rjgrund
Miller says that the ground is still quite saturated, but he thinks that this should change soon, and the search can resume within the week. Miller had over 2000 volunteers assist in the search for Caylee in late August. Miller founded Texas Equusearch in 2000, in memory of his daughter Laura was abducted and murdered in 1984. The Daily Casey supports the efforts of Tim Miller and his team. We hope you’ll consider reading more about his organization, and donating either time or money to Equusearch if you see fit. Texas Equusearch is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and your donations are tax deductible. You can find Equusearch on the internet at: www.texasequusearch.org
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THE DAILY VICTIM: ZENAIDA FERNANDEZ-GONZALEZ
Every person following the case of missing toddler Caylee Anthony knows the Zenaida FernandezGonzalez, or “Zanny the Nanny” who was implicated by Casey Anthony in the disappearance of her daughter. Since Zenaida Gonzalez was named by Casey, she’s been interrogated—and cleared—by investigators, stalked by the public, and she is unable to find employment. Zenaida hired an attorney and has filed a civil suit against Casey for besmirching her name. We applaud Ms. Gonzalez for filing this lawsuit…and we hope she wins in court. That way, any lucrative media, movie, or book deals that Casey may make will seem a lot less appealing, once she knows that any checks she will end up in Ms. Gonzalez’ pocket. Here’s to you, Zaneida. You have probably unintentionally ended the Anthony family’s quest to profit off of the disappearance of Caylee.
READERS SOUND OFF
Thank you for your docstoc newspaper. I print out every one and put it on the bulletin board in my office because all my co-workers are keeping up with the case. I pray every day that Caylee will be found and I can’t believe Casey won’t tell where she is. I hope she spends eternity in prison. Christina Memphis, TN Christina, Thanks for keeping up with the news through my silly little paper! Be sure to tune in Tuesday and Wednesday—we just may see an indictment and arraignment. Let’s hope that eventually Casey will see that the cards are stacked against her and gives investigators the location of Caylee’s remains. In a case in Oakland, California. Hans Reiser was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his wife Nina, whose remains had never been recovered. Recently, Hans offered to reveal the location of Nina’s remains in exchange for his conviction being reduced to second degree murder. The state took him up on his offer, and Nina’s body was located on July 7, 2008. Let’s hope something similar happens in Caylee’s case. QuickAttack
Above, Zenaida Gonzalez appears on Nancy Grace.
THE DAILY PHOTO
At right is a photo of Caylee from late 2007. She is standing in the kitchen of the Anthony family home, her hair damp from a bath. In the lower left-hand corner of the photo, you can see one of the family’s little dogs. It’s been rumored that the pups have been traumatized by Caylee’s absence, and these days can be found lying on the toddler’s little bed, waiting for her to come home. Caylee’s little pajama top says “Life of the Party.” It is obvious that this little girl was loved by her grandparents, as they provided everything Caylee had—food, clothes, toys. How they can stand behind the mother who murdered Caylee, we’ll never understand. Caylee deserved…and deserves…so much more.