Casey Anthony’s Lawyer Walks The Labrador

Casey Anthony's lawyer walked the Labrador


Yesterday’s testimony was all about forensics—touch DNA, botany, chloroform, gas chromatography–mass spectrometry, genetic analyzers, electropherograms, capillaries, alleles, loci, evidence found on a piece of carpet, and more. One by one, Casey Anthony’s defense attorney, Jose Baez, called his team of expert witnesses to the stand. And, one by one, each of them did exactly what the defense did not need to help make their case…they told the truth. In fact, Dr. Wise from the Oakridge Lab seemed more like a witness for the prosecution. And that’s what happens in a trial when you’re working with a defendant whose story, in this case “stories,” is based on a sack of fabrications.

One thing I found particularly interesting was the fact that we’ve blogged about the science experts used to reach their conclusions in this case. Here are the links to a couple of those articles. These should help you understand some of the mumbo-jumbo the legal teams discussed yesterday.

Touch DNA


DNA testing, genetic analyzers, electropheragrams, capillaries, etc.

So what’s your take on the Casey Anthony trial? Did Jose Baez score any points yesterday? Or did his entourage of experts hurt his case by merely telling the truth?

How about the fact that there was no usable DNA found on the duct tape?

Did botanist Jane Bock help or hurt the defense when she testified that, according to leaf litter, the body could have been in the woods for as little as two weeks…or much longer?

What about the new revelation about one of Casey’s dorm mates, April Whelan? She had a 15-month-old son who drowned in his family’s pool and was eventually found by his grandfather. Sound familiar? Will that have an effect on the case now that Casey is saying that’s what really happened to her daughter.

And what about dear old dad? Did he really molest Casey when she was a child? Did he pull little Caylee’s dead body from the swimming pool and then help conceal the death?

Finally, what do you think of Jose Baez? Is he doing a good job? Or, is he breaking every rule he can find to get his points across? What will happen to him after the trial is over? Does he gain the fame he seems to love? Or will he slither under a damp rock and fade out of sight?

So far, well, he’s no Johnnie Cochran.

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7 replies
  1. Shelia
    Shelia says:

    I think Casey Anthony is guilty. I don’t think she is upset that her daughter is dead, I think she is upset that she got caught. Just looking at her, makes my stomach roll.

  2. J.D.
    J.D. says:

    How, at this point, could Baez not know what Wise would say? Given his testimony, why call him? How can Baez not have known what the testimony of his witness would be! The question I have is, since Baez has put up a farcical subsitute, is there actually a credible argument that could’ve kept her off of death row or even reduced her charge to manslaughter.

  3. JJ
    JJ says:

    After today’s head-scratching performance by Baez, where he asked his own witness what other useless duties she performs in her job, I’m wondering if he’s not trying to get thrown off the case or out of court, thinking that may be the only defense his client has. He obviously hadn’t done his homework on how National Labs retain rights to employees’ inventions while they’re employed there. So he kept badgering the Oak Ridge National Labs guy, Mr. Wise, to admit to something that just doesn’t happen (again, his OWN witness). While the prosecution is nailing down facts, I have to say that Baez is putting on a mind-numbing, head-shaking show.

  4. Pat Brown
    Pat Brown says:

    They’ll line up if he wins. But I can’t see it happening if he loses. I wonder if Casey could claim incompetent representation and get a retrial? I can’t say I’m following the case religiously, but when it comes up on the news or where ever, I will listen. I’d love to know what the jury is thinking, is anyone buying the defense? All it takes is one to hang them in the end.

  5. Rick Bylina
    Rick Bylina says:

    Obviously, I’m not standing in line and rushing for a ring-side seat to this circus; however, from what I’ve seen and read, Baez and lawyer’s like him should be taken out to the backyard Lawyer woodshed and be severely punished. Lawyers are obligated to put on a defense for their clients, but this shotgun approach (put it out there and it may stick) and sometimes just plain silliness deserves censorship for wasting everyone’s time and patience.

    Under a rock, not a chance. Every big time loser will lining up for this shill.

  6. Susan Reynolds
    Susan Reynolds says:

    Thank you for blogging about this case. I’ve been mesmerized, like most Americans. A young woman who murders her daughter to spite her mother and who will throw the rest of the family under the bus is fascinating, if diabolical. I am pleased to see the prosecution handling this case rather brilliantly, and find Baez puzzling. It seems as if he deposes his witnesses to the point where he thinks they’ll refute the state’s evidence, and then, once on the stand, they end up having to tell a bit more, which favors the state’s case. I thought he was holding his own until the defense began, but then again, it seems as if there’s nothing to present. At best, this was a terrible accident (not a drowning) but there’s no way I believe that George Anthony, a former policemen, would even dream of attempting to cover it up. That whole family is dysfunctional, but I don’t buy the sexual abuse, and I do think Casey is a sociopath. Anyway, fascinating to watch. I’m very interested in your take on the case and look forward to future blogs.

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