Do you think there’s any truth to this? 

Dr. Richard Weinblatt, a criminal justice educator, had this to say in mid August 2008 in an article titled, “What law enforcement can learn from the Caylee Anthony case”  It was in response to the media storm surrounding this high profile case.

Dr. Weinblatt wrote an article on quoting this admission that it’s true, television ratings are up.   “George and Cindy’s” television appearance on CBS’s 48 Hours Mystery, a newsmagazine which takes a 48-hour slice of a single topic and breaks it down into a single broadcast hour had yanked the chain of the blogsites and television commentaries nationwide.   The Anthony’s had made $20,000 and went on a cruise  thanks to CBS.  The Anthony’s claim this was to get away from the media.  Don’t you hate it when they’re right?  Without the media, they would not have been on “48 Hours Mystery”.   Everyone wins except for the victim.

Although Judge Perry doesn’t care to address the publicity and the magnitude of this case may seem arbitrary to him, I believe Dr. Richard B. Weinblatt would disagree.  I don’t know why either Judge Strickland or Judge Perry hadn’t called for more privacy.  Showboating Baez and Cheney are now complaining for a reason.  Perhaps it’s because of the mistruths that have been reported by the media as of late. 

 As Dr. Richard Weinblatt explained:

We can’t censor the press nor should we be able to do so in a democratic society. We can’t stop them from using as talking heads any person they deem appropriate. But what we can do is provide them with meaningful statements grounded in solid law enforcement training, educational credentials, and experience. And we can do so in an open and non-defensive manner All too often, law enforcement agencies circle the wagons when they see the media approaching and issue a terse “no comment.” That way of doing business has long gone the way of the covered wagon. Ask yourself: “Has my agency gotten savvy in its dealings with the media?”  If they haven’t become progressive in their approach, than they need to do so.

Perhaps the prosecution should take this advice, instead of allowing media owned legal analysts to dissect what we could hear straight from them.  Just a thought.

This week WFTV reported that Casey’s attorneys had met the judge’s deadline to turn over the list. The list is public record, but the defense did not file it with the clerk.  Instead, it was sent directly to the judge while he was on vacation. It’s been reported, if either party should want to keep it private they must file a request by July 13 at 4:00pm; if a motion isn’t filed, it will be released.

Also, Cindy, and her son, Lee, are ordered to testify on July 15th about the panicked 911 call that Cindy made, which launched the murder investigation against Casey. During the phone call, Cindy said her daughter’s car smelled like there had been a dead body in it.  Prosecutors say that call was an excited utterance and they want it admitted as evidence, but the defense says it is hearsay and wants it thrown out. 

This is a factual report by WFTV.  After I watch the hearing Thursday, I won’t need legal analysts and investigative reporters to explain in a commentary what I’ve watched.  If I do need their commentary, hopefully they can find a way to be responsible and try not to sensationalize the negativity and stick to the facts.  This may be conducive for ratings but it might NOT be conducive in finding an impartial jury.