December 2, 2010
Casey Anthony: E-Mail Spat Leads To New Motion In Anthony Case
Anthony's lead attorney, Jose Baez, and Assistant State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton
exchanged emailed jabs over a recent order in the well-publicized case.
By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Anthony, 24, is charged with Dr. William Rodriguez, is
Sentinel first-degree murder in the only described as, "Expert."
death of her 2-year-old
A disagreement in the Casey daughter, Caylee Marie, in the That list led to a series of
Anthony case has led to an summer of 2008. The state emails back and forth
email spat between the has said it would seek the between the two sides of the
defense and state prosecutors, death penalty if she is well-publicized case.
who filed a motion convicted.
Wednesday accusing the Ashton replied that, "If this is
defense of trying to avoid According to the state's all you are sending we do not
complying with a judge's motion, the prosecution was find it to be in compliance
order. expecting a description of the with the courts order," to
testimony the expert which Baez replied, "You
The controversy comes after witnesses will give when they know what are all of the
the court on Monday ordered take the stand. But in an email forensic issues are. If you
Anthony's defense team to sent 10:47 a.m. Wednesday, have a question about any
provide prosecutors with Baez only included what he particular witness, just ask
information about the subject describes it in his message as and I will be more than happy
matter of planned expert "the field of [each expert's] to answer it."
testimony. Since then, the anticipated testimony."
disagreement arose about just A few emails later, Baez sent
how detailed that information For example, the first expert a revised list about 11:42 a.m.
needs to be. listed is Dr. Henry Lee, of Wednesday. This time, Lee
Wednesday's motion filed by the University of New was described as "Criminalist:
the state contains an email Haven's forensic science He inspected the car and was
exchange between Anthony's program. His listing includes at the evidence inspection and
lead attorney, Jose Baez, and his address, employer and a inspected the scene ALL OF
Assistant State Attorney one-word description of his WHICH YOU ALREADY
Jeffrey L. Ashton. It is that field, "Criminalist." KNOW."
exchange which is the
apparent source of the Other experts' fields are The prosecution filed its
controversy. described as "forensic motion later Wednesday,
pathology," "anthropology" asking the court to "clarify its
and "K-9 issue." One expert, order," and compel the
defense to provide additional that he had not complied with experiencing marital
information. the court, but said this wasn't problems.
the first time he and the
"It is the State's position that, Ashton have disagreed. "Without detracting from the
despite protestation to the "I told him if he had any case involving their daughter
contrary, the defense is questions, he could call me," please be advised that they are
attempting to avoid Baez said. "He chose to file a not having any type of marital
compliance with the court's motion." issues," the couple said
mandate," the motion states. Meanwhile, Anthony's through their attorney. "Any
parents, George and Cindy rumors or speculation about a
Asked to comment on the Anthony, issued a statement separation or divorce are
motion, Baez said he Thursday responding to exactly that, just rumors or
disagreed with the assertion rumors that the couple were speculation."