The trial seems to be heading down the home stretch and barring any unexpected delays, will sparks fly on July 4th? Judge Perry is doing his utmost to keep his promise to the jurors. His words when one potential juror said he had vacation plans in the month of July, “we’ll have you home by then.”
Today, June 27th, 2011, Defense attorney, Ann Finnell filed a motion to get the death penalty off the table. Stated in the motion; “Because Florida’s death penalty is unconstitutional, the death penalty should be precluded as a potential sentence.”
Finnell requested the prosecution file a response and memorandum of law. She also asked for a hearing to be held immediately. She wants the court to declare a mistrial and then pick a new jury that are not death qualified. This would mean starting all over again from scratch.
The big mystery finally was revealed by Judge Perry at the start of court proceedings today, and before the jury entered the courtroom. On Saturday, the defense requested Casey be tested to see if she was competent enough to continue with the trial. Casey was evaluated by three court appointed, independent, mental experts and they all found her fit. IMO, she certainly isn’t one hundred percent competent but she is definitely not insane. She seems to be a mixture of several mental issues which include sociopathy, narcissism, and psychopathy. Casey was well aware of her actions at the time of Caylee’s murder and she is cognizant of her surroundings in the courtroom at the present.
I am beginning to wonder if little Miss Manipulator didn’t like the story about the accidental drowning and sexual abuse and told her counsel a bigger and better tale. It is kind of late in the game to try the ‘mental’ way out. Baez should have taken Terry Lenamon’s advice way back around November/08. When Lenamon was on Casey’s defense team, he suggested mental issues was the route to take but Baez was having none of that. Shortly thereafter, due to the conflict between the two, Lenamon made his exit. Even back then, Baez seemed to echo, “I’ll handle this job all by myself.” Now look where it has got him. He is flailing around like a fish out of water and it leaves only two options, sink or swim.
Yuri Melich was the first witness to be called by the defense. Baez seemed to be in his glory trying to trip the big fella up but with no success in his efforts to implicate Roy Kronk for body snatching. José didn’t seem to be making much headway with the seasoned witness but that didn’t stop him from going after George in his line of questioning. Baez seems to be prone for punishment at the lectern and it all appears to be self-inflicted. Would he be a good candidate to undergo a competency evaluation?
Baez then had several witnesses play musical chairs. They were coming and going so fast, even I lost count. I love the way that CSI, Geraldo Bloise calls Baez, “counsellor.” Maybe that is why José keeps bringing him back. It also makes Baez feel very superior having the corridors outside of courtroom 23 filled with witnesses ready at his beck and call.
I am not going into Dr Furton’s time on the stand. It just substantiated my theory that Baez has a garbage/trash fixation. Jeff Ashton came flying through with brilliance and, once again, turned a defense witness into a state’s witness.
James Hoover and Dominic Casey’s testimony did not bolster the defense’s theory that Caylee’s remains were moved to their final location. Frank George did a good job on his cross while Ann Finnell’s recross seemed to be lame.
If you missed any of the trial, you can watch the proceedings.. Here