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And So the Trial of Casey Anthony Begins!!

Its official!  As of Friday, May 20, 2011 after almost 2 weeks of jury selection, opening statements will begin Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 9am. The much awaited trial of Casey Marie Anthony will take place at the Orange County Courthouse. Presiding Judge Belvin Perry Jr. along with 12 seated jurors and 5 alternates will hopefully come to a final decision in a 1st degree murder indictment that State Attorney Jeff Ashton deemed as fit.

The indictment is 1st degree murder with death penalty pending.  Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty of the unclassified murder of her beautiful 2½ year old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony. The trial is expected to last at least 6 weeks.

As I reflect on TheJBmission.wordpress.com blog I’m amazed and stoically proud of our accomplishments as we meticulously probed into every minute detail and aspect of this case.  I think this case has been a true learning experience for me and I feel as though I’m ready to take the Louisiana Bar Exam.

 Wow Almost 3 Years!!

 If ever I have the opportunity, it would be a privilege to shake the hand of Jose Baez.   As Casey Anthony’s lead defense attorney he has portrayed himself as a courteous, well-mannered and a true gentleman in the face of the worst condemnation I’ve ever witnessed upon an Officer of the Court of Law.

He is a perfect example of what every lawyer should strive to be, an immovable believer in his client’s innocence and their Constitutional right to a fair trial.

It would also be an honor to shake the hand of Cheney Mason, Ann Finnell and Dorothy Sims who had the fortitude to stand up and help their fellow colleague Jose Baez when he stood alone and other colleagues chose to write disparaging news articles about his personal life and his defense of his client Casey Anthony.

As I’ve tried to convey to anyone who has asked, my focus isn’t only on Casey Anthony and the consequent bizarre charge of 1st degree murder in the unclassified death of her daughter but also on the enormity of other injustices in our country due to the unashamed media whose objective is to try and convict presumably innocent citizens and/or suspects in order to sell commercial ads at a thousand dollars a slot depending on how sensational they write their stories. Their crime is that they take advantage on the public’s belief in their journalism which makes them ever more irresponsible for their actions. In some cases, lives have been ruined.

With the investigation, hearings and motions behind us and the actual trial soon to begin,  kardan, a blogger who occasionally comments here gave me an idea for this thread.  He/she suggested that I observe this trial in a new light, as a virgin so to speak. I should clear my mind of the 20,000 pages of documents I’ve dissected, the numerous news articles I’ve been forced fed, all of George and Cindy Anthony televised interviews, the last 48 Hours Special and most importantly any Nancy Grace segments that introduced me and thousands of other viewers to this case. As instructed by Judge Perry, I’ll keep in mind that the Defense doesn’t have to prove anything or point to someone else but to simply raise reasonable doubt.  The State has the burden of proof.

So as not to confuse anyone, I’ll become commenter “Juror 209” but of course the JB Mission will have her opinions too.  It might be fun.  Feel free to join in as a pseudo juror. Give yourself a name or a number and be sure your juror persona is aware of the unwritten rules that we’ve all managed to follow. Please be polite and as always, no name calling or derogatory remarks toward others who comment here. Remember nobody wants to be that snarky juror.


 Meet the 12 Seated Jurors

1.) Juror #1398

  • Female, 67, Worked in counseling for 35 years
  • Has a son and daughter, three grandchildren
  • Gets News from TV
  • Served on the jury for a murder trial
  • Used to work in nursing, has smelled a dead body

2.) Juror #1019

  • Male, African-American, IT Specialist
  • Married, 2 children, girl, 4, boy, 9

3.) Juror #1055

  • Female, 32, Nursing student
  • Single, no children, youngest of 5 siblings
  • Never served on a jury
  • Didn’t know about the case until recently
  • Never been a victim of a crime

4.) Juror #1319

  • Female, African-American,
  • Admitted few friends
  • No opinion for or against death penalty

5.) Juror #1429

  • Female, retired, was a nurse’s aid
  • Divorced 14 yrs ago, lives with boyfriend of 12 yrs
  • Doesn’t own a computer
  • 3 children, ages 52, 49 and 48, 3 grandchildren
  • Son, grandson have had trouble with drugs

6.) Juror #1025

  • Male, 33, chef
  • Married, 6 yr-old son, daughter is 21 wks old
  • Parents live in Flagler
  • Watches sports and sitcoms on TV
  • Gets news from phone

7.) Juror #1007

  • Female, 41, office worker
  • Divorced, born in Miami, works in child welfare
  • Has one younger sister
  • Was a victim of armed burglary in 1990
  • Mother is a real estate lawyer

8.) Juror #3015

  • Female, service rep for Verizon
  • Married, 2 sons; ages 27 and 23
  • Recent kidney transplant
  • Father worked in law enforcement in NJ
  • Youngest son attended Full Sail

9.) Juror #3185

  • Male, 53, unemployed
  • Single, no children, 2 sisters, 2 brothers
  • Enjoys photography
  • Watches PBS, Discovery, History channel
  • Nephew recently became Manatee Co deputy

10.) Juror #3310

  • Male, 57, retention specialist for Verizon
  • Single, no children, has brother and sister
  • Little knowledge of case
  • Doesn’t watch much TV news, likes TVLand
  • No opinion on death penalty

11.) Juror #3016

  • Male, teaches high school, PE and Health
  • No children, has 2 dogs, 1 sister, 1 brother
  • Uncle is retiring from the FBI
  • Working towards Master’s degree in Special Ed
  • No feeling against the death penalty

12.) Juror #3140

  • Female, works at Publix as a cook
  • Married for 2nd time, daughter, adopted son
  • Retiring in September
  • Doesn’t watch much news, doesn’t have cable
  • Not familiar with computers

Meet the 5 Alternates



1.) Juror #3093

  • Female, 48, surgical technician
  • Married, husband out of work, 2 grown children
  • Served on a civil case jury
  • Likes watching sports and history channel
  • Makes yarn and weaves

2.) Juror #3170

  • Male, teacher, married for four years
  • 1 son from previous marriage
  • 2 teenage stepchildren
  • Is originally from Cincinnati
  • Never served on a jury

3.) Juror #4013

  • Female, cashier at car dealership
  • Widower, mother to 12-yr-old son
  • Followed case on TV
  • Husband was in jail on drug charges
  • No opinion on death penalty

4.) Juror #4192

  • Male, 25, carpenter
  • Single, half-brother and sister
  • Lives with parents
  • Once charged with drug possession
  • Visited Orlando before for theme parks, magic game

5.) Juror #3308

  • Male, 39, water plant operator for St. Pete
  • Married, no children, has 3 dogs
  • In Coast Guard for 12 yrs
  • Had plane and baseball tickets to see Grandma
  • Never served on a jury

 Carpe Diem

Lastly, I wholeheartedly pray that this trial will be judicially fair, unbiased and factually presented.  I pray that the presiding Judge will heed to his oath that ensures Casey Anthony’s right under the Constitution VI Amendment, her right to a fair trial and  justice for her precious daughter Caylee Marie Anthony.

The Sixth Amendment (Amendment VI) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights which sets forth rights related to criminal prosecutions. The Supreme Court has applied the protections of this amendment to the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.










Looking ahead to the next obstacle for Judge Belvin Perry will be selecting a proper county to choose Casey Anthony’s peers. I have no idea how this is done. I do know that there are hired panels who study this field because in high profile cases such as this one, the alternate city is always crucial for the Defense Team but as you would have guess, that’s not going to happen in this case.
Having no knowledge as to the proper criteria’s in which to make the best decision, I’ve substituted with my own idea of what factors would be important to me.
I chose population of the city crossed with the population of the entire county for comparison because Orlando is small but is in a larger metropolitan area.
Because I couldn’t find the amount of registered voters, I subtracted the percentage population of “under 18” from the “population of entire county” to get an estimate of the amount of registered voters. From there I can estimate what county would have the greater jury pool which I think would be good idea for this case considering the massive amount of press coverage. The percentage of “persons over 65” can give you an idea of the age of the possible juror. The larger the percentage of this age can tell me if the jury will consist of several older individuals. This could be a problem for Anthony because she’ll need a very compelling reason for not reporting Caylee missing for 31 days, something an older person might not understand. I’m using the percentage of “women” to indicate how many male or females may be on the panel. Looking at most percentages, I would say it’s 50/50, which would be very good for a jury. I actually think that women would be more sympathetic to Anthony than men but this is only my opinion.
The percentages of the race could play a part but not likely, in my opinion although I do think because of the negative press coverage towards defense attorney Jose Baez, there could be a few sympathetic Hispanics who may not want him to lose and therefore vote not guilty.


“Orlando is the Model City”
Here are some demographics of Orlando: It’s my understanding that the alternate site should resemble Orlando.

Orlando-population: 228,765
County: Orange
Population of entire county = 1,086,480
Persons under 18 years old, percent 2009: 21.9%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent 2009: 17.2 %
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.8%
White persons, percent, 2009: 79.4%
Black persons, percent, 2009: 16.1%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009: 21.5 %
Approximate Number of Registered Voters: 902,796

These are the comparable cities I chose:

Tampa-Population: 336,264
County: Hillsborough
Population of entire county = 1,195,317
Persons under 18 years old, percent 2009: 24.5%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent 2009: 11.8%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.7%
White persons, percent, 2009: 77.3%
Black persons, percent, 2009: 16.9%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009: 23.4%
Approximate Number of Registered Voters: 896,488

St. Petersburg-Population: 253,369
County: Pinellas
Population of entire county = 909,013
Persons under 18 years old, percent 2009: 18.3%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent 2009: 21.0%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 51.9%
White persons, percent, 2009: 84.5%
Black persons, percent, 2009: 10.5%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009: 7.4%
Approximate Number of Registered Voters: 745391

Fort Lauderdale: 179,971
County: Broward
Population of entire county = 1,766,476
Persons under 18 years old, percent 2009: 23.1%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent 2009: 14.0%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 51.3%
White persons, percent, 2009: 68.6%
Black persons, percent, 2009: 25.9%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009: 24.6%
Approximate Number of Registered Voters: 1,360,186

Tallahassee: 176,429
County: Leon
Population of entire county = 265,714
Persons under 18 years old, percent 2009: 19.6%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent 2009: 9.2%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 52.2%
White persons, percent, 2009: 63.5%
Black persons, percent, 2009: 32.0%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009: 4.7%
Approximate Number of Registered Voters: 212,571

Other Information:

Here are 5 urbanized areas reaching over 500,000. Orlando is included.

• Miami Urbanized Area – 4,919,036 (Miami-Ft. Lauderdale- Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area)

• Tampa – St. Petersburg Urbanized Area – 2,062,339 (Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area

• Orlando Urbanized Area – 1,157,431 (Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area)

• Jacksonville Urbanized Area – 882,295 (Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area)
• Sarasota – Bradenton Urbanized Area – 559,229 (Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area and Punta Gorda, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area)


FYI: I have chosen Fort Lauderdale, Broward County because I think it comes closest to the demographics of Orlando, Orange County.


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