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Recently it has been reported by the Associated Press that Casey Anthony is asking the Florida appellate court to dismiss her four convictions of lying to law enforcement.

Casey’s attorneys, along with Attorney Cheney Mason are appealing the misdemeanor convictions on the grounds that her statements were inadmissible at her murder trial since she hadn’t been Mirandized.  Go Cheney!!

Mr. Mason, a well-respected Florida attorney who joined Jose Baez to help Casey get a fair trial fought long and hard to keep this matter out of her murder trial and off of her record, however Judge Belvin Perry Jr. was far too devoted to his  prosecutors to let truth stand in his way.

Shamefully Judge Perry also allowed “heart sticker on the duct tape” into evidence even though he knew Lorie Gottesman of the FBI would testify that there were NO heart sticker or sticker residue on the duct tape. The lies told by the media and prosecutors far exceeded the lies told by Casey Anthony.

In my opinion this was simply a desperate maneuver to tarnish the jury’s impression of Casey because what juror would want to acquit a mother who would kill her daughter with chloroform and as the coup de gras slap a heart sticker on top of the duct tape that she supposedly used to cover the child’s mouth.

At trial, prosecutors Jeffrey Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick were unable to prove any cause of death and the duct tape placement was inconclusive.

With Casey Anthony’s latest appeal, hopefully the truth will finally come to light. Casey was not read her Miranda rights when she was taken by Orange County detectives for the Grand Tour of Universal Studios.

After discovering Casey hadn’t worked at Universal Studios since 2006, detectives Yuri Melich, John Allen and Appie Wells decided to take Casey there to force her into confessing to something she didn’t do and without her pesky attorney.

It was obvious their only intent was to make her confront her outlandish lies. Instead of the officers putting on their detective hats and giving some thought for the reason WHY would this seemingly intelligent girl tell such ridiculous lies when the lies were so incredibly easy to debunk.

These Keystone Kops were so inadequate they didn’t even remember to read Casey her Miranda Rights at Universal Studios. Within seconds after walking down the hallway, Casey turns back around and says, “I don’t work here.” So the Kops sit down at a desk in some unknown office at Universal Studios with the mother of a child who hasn’t been seen in nearly a month, who’s told them lie after lie yet the only way they believe to solve the mystery is to ask her more questions.  Surely this was a set up giving reason to arrest her.  They thought by putting Casey behind bars for a few days that she’d decide to finally to tell the truth.  Little did they know that it would take months for her own attorney to gain her trust and learn the real reason why she felt she had to lie.

Ironically, while at Universal Studios, one of the detectives got a phone call from Casey’s mother Cindy Anthony.  She tells them that the day she came home from work on June 16th she remembered finding the pool ladder attached to the pool which was odd because she was always so deligent about removing the ladder. Hint, hint..

The next day Cindy related this story to her co-workers adding that she thought that perhaps the neighborhood kids were using the family pool because the gate was opened as well.


The Appeal

As for the appeal, Casey Anthony’s attorneys will argue that because Casey had been handcuffed and placed in a squad car, she was effectively under arrest and should have had her Miranda rights read to her. They will also argue that all four of her convictions stem from one single encounter with police which represents double jeopardy which is a person’s constitutional protection from being punished multiple times for one offense.

Does anyone recall a case  when a suspect caught lying to detectives were brought up on charges?

The attorneys for the prosecutors are expected to argue that 110lb. Casey Anthony was free to go at anytime regardless of the 3 or 4 big burly cops blocking the doorway. They admit she was handcuffed but that was only because Casey’s mother thought that Casey might flee — besides a supervisor ordered a detective to take the cuffs off a few minutes later. So not only were the Keystone Kops screw-ups, their supervisor was there too and though he knew she shouldn’t have been handcuffed,  he didn’t read the Miranda Rights to her either.

Earlier this year, unsurprisingly Casey Anthony was back in the news at the behest of former assistant State attorney Jeff Ashton. Jeff Ashton aka “Laughing Man” who sat so arrogantly, smirking in court thinking he had won the biggest case of his career. Fortunately he did not win but due to the vast amount of media exposure from the Caylee Anthony case, he did manage to win a political seat as an Orange County State Attorney.


State Attorney Elect Jeff Ashton confirms to WESH 2 News that when he takes office, he plans to find out how a major piece of evidence in the Casey Anthony case was missed. 

This was in response to a Casey Anthony news report claiming that someone searched “foolproof suffocation” from the Anthony computer June 16 — this is not breaking news.  Why Mr. Ashton is so interested in this particular trial faux pas is beyond me.

Has he forgotten?

The State computer forensic expert John Bradley erroneously testified at trial that he found chloroform searches on the Anthony computer 84 times. The next day the expert alerted State Attorney Linda Drane Burdick that this was an error due to an inaccurate computer program he used.  The jury would not hear the expert admit this error. Judge Belvin Perry simply didn’t inform the jury of the error or state the correct number of searches was “one.”

For those interested in the truth, on pages 180-181, you’ll find that Jose Baez’s computer forensics team discovered several computer searches months before trial. In Baez’s book, “Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story” he revealed the “fool proof suffocation” computer search and more.

On the morning of June 16, the defense computer experts discovered computer activity. Someone logged in at 6:52am to 7:52am. This information jives with what Casey related to Baez — that she had woken up early that morning with Caylee.

The records also show someone later logged in at 9am to 10:59am. It was determined based on the type of searches made that the person behind the computer was Casey. Casey logged in to Facebook and MySpace. From there she searched for cute outfits for the shot girls. Being the shot girl manager, apparently she was trying to help her boyfriend Tony Lazarro who at the time was a promoter for Fusion Nightclub.

George Anthony

However, the computer records show another log in. At 1:50pm someone signed in to AOL Messenger. George had an AOL Messenger account, his user name was george4937. Right after someone logged in to Instant Messenger, someone searched “foolproof suffocation”. George, always a bad speller misspelled the term. Google automatically corrected the spelling and the first link clicked was “venturing into the pro-suicide pit”.

And as we all know, George Anthony attempted suicide January 22, 2009.

For those who want the truth and did not follow the Caylee Anthony case via television media and the internet, I suggest that you buy a copy of Jose Baez’s book.

Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story” is a riveting story as to how Jose Baez became Casey Anthony’s attorney and all of the trials and tribulations he faced trying to save her life.

The story that he and co-author Peter Golenbock tell is a shockingly true and sad story of family dysfunction at its highest level.

What’s Casey Anthony doing now no one really knows. She has been in hiding for the most part due to numerous death threats after her acquittal.

It’s been rumored that Casey is interested in attending law school so I imagine these unlawful charges of lying to cops during an un-mirandized interrogation may stand in the way of that if she is planning on becoming an attorney. I wish her the best of luck and pray that she finds happiness in her life.







I’m pleased to report today that Judge Belvin Perry Jr. of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court has come to a decision regarding money allegedly owed to Orange County Florida by recently acquitted Casey Anthony.
Casey Anthony, mother of Caylee Anthony was acquitted July 5, 2011 of all major charges regarding the death of her daughter Caylee Marie Anthony.
Subsequently, then Assistant State Attorney Linda Drane Burdick who lost the case, quickly filed a motion holding Casey Anthony liable for all investigation and court costs. She contends, had Casey Anthony told the truth, they would not have wasted OCSO or the Orange County Court’s time and money.

This matter came before the Court for a hearing on September 2, 2011. Linda Drane Burdick presented an itemized statement totaling over $515,000.
Casey Anthony’s defense attorney Cheney Mason argued that the false statements, which led to the Defendant’s convictions for providing false information to a law enforcement officer, related to a missing person investigation, and testimony provided at the hearing indicated that as of September 30, 2008, there was no longer a missing person investigation but a homicide investigation.

For this, he contends that all investigative costs should have stopped as of September 30th since it was sworn by the lead detective Yuri Melich on the stand, during the trial that “they” meaning the investigators had officially stopped looking for a “live” Caylee so all monies spent from this point on was not to prosecute Anthony on her daughter’s disappearance but to prosecute her on first degree murder.
However the issue isn’t completely resolved.

Judge Perry added:
(snipped from Motion)

Further, upon review of the investigative costs expense reports filed by the OCSO, the Court found that several of these reports were not adequately broken down in order to determine the work performed during the time from July 15, 2008 through September 29, 2008. Therefore, in order to reimburse OCSO for additional investigative work performed during the applicable time period, OCSO is directed to file revised investigative costs expense reports that the state the investigative work performed from July 15, 2008 through September 29, 2008 for the below listed OCSO employees. The revised investigative costs expense reports shall be filed with the Court, by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2011.

These are the OCSO employees who inadequately broke down their reports.

John Allen, Yuri Melich, Tanya DePalmo, Awilda McBryde, Kelly DeGuzman, Sharon Clarke, Susan Hempfield, Darrell McCaskill, Samara Melich, Mike Erickson, Mark Hussey, Joy K. Mecabe, Thomas Manderville, Dale Mack, Melissa Harrielson, Carla Willis, Pedro Rivera, Charity Beasley, Katie Garlinghouse, Ricardo Lee, Eliu Muniz, Brenda Gregory, Susan Carver, Jerold White, Sandra Osbourne, Ronald Murdock, Mike Vincent, Christine Narkiewicz, Arthur Rubart.

Also added was Carolyne “Kari” Roderick who submitted 1,106.5 hours of work for a 15 day period as per her testimony at the hearing!!

She claimed in her report that from July 16, 2008 through July 31, 2008 she worked 1,106.50 hours. There’s only 360 hours in that time period. Yes, a definite revision is needed and perhaps an indictment for perjury, lying while under oath.

Thanks to the ever-so-insightful Cheney Mason, the finder of this huge discrepancy, OCSO was caught red handed with this blatant fraudulent attempt to garner money from an acquitted defendant.
This also raises doubt as to all reported expenses for which I’m sure Judge Perry took into consideration therefore requesting a more detailed expense reports from all OCSO employees previously mentioned.

Judge Perry denied request by the Office of the State Attorney for special costs incurred for the purpose of prosecuting on Counts 1 through 3, for which Casey Anthony was acquitted. However Casey Anthony does have to pay $50.00 for the costs of prosecution for the misdemeanor convictions, Count 4 through 7, just as Cheney Mason argued in the September 2nd hearing.

As of today, Judge Perry ordered Anthony to pay $97,676.98.
She will reimburse:

• Florida Department of Law Enforcement: $61,505.12
• Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation: $10,283.90
• Orange County Sheriff’s Office: $25,837.96
• State Attorney’s Office: $50

However Judge Perry said in his order he may require Anthony to pay back additional costs to OCSO. As mentioned earlier several members of the Sheriff’s Office inadequately broke down their expenses but Judge Perry, being the fairer judge as I originally thought is giving them till Monday, September 19th to get their numbers in order. Hopefully with America watching, they’ll double check their adding machines and abacuses and come to a reasonable amount.




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Judge Perry’s Order


It’s official. The opinionates have reached a verdict. According to Judge Stan Strickland, Nancy Grace and the majority of the general public, it’s been decided.  The 12 seated jurors of the Casey Anthony trial are Guilty of reaching a false verdict after only 2 days of deliberation. Some claim that the jurors were more interested in having a fun filled 4th of July holiday than deliberating the droves of circumstantial evidence and junk science. Some go as far as to say that the jurors were paid by the wealthy defense lawyer Jose Baez and his high powered defense team which Casey Anthony luckily found written on the wall of the Orange County jailhouse.

So Sayeth the shepherd, So Sayeth the Flock

Apparently, the American judicial system which is said to be the best the world, has taken 180 degree turn in the opinion of the popular realm because shockingly the Casey Anthony verdict was not the slam dunk as most expected. On July 5th, she was found not guilty of First Degree murder, Manslaughter and Felony Child Abuse. However, she was found guilty of 4 counts of Lying to LE.

Yesterday, Chief Judge Perry the Chief of his Circuit Court and the Chair of the Florida Innocence Commission, a group designed to look at the causes of wrongful convictions and design reforms for preventing wrongful convictions in the future is back on the proverbial hot seat.

Friday’s Hearing

Judge Belvin Perry held a hearing yesterday to determine how much money Casey Anthony may have to pay back for costs in the investigation of her daughter’s disappearance.

Prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick called several witnesses to testify about the hours detectives worked and other investigative costs.

Prosecutors in the hearing on Friday said that they have all the right to demand the money back from Anthony because she was convicted for lying to detectives in the disappearance of her daughter in 2008.

However Defense attorney, Cheney Mason, accused the State Attorney’s Office of trying to punish Anthony by ordering her to pay the full cost of the murder investigation and prosecution – even though she was acquitted in July.
Mason argued, “I think it is time [prosecutors] accept the fact that they lost this case,”
He added that the reimbursement request had “nothing to do with justice.”

Judge Belvin Perry said he expected to rule by Sept. 22.

Judge Perry has made several decisions in regards to Casey Anthony. During her trial he allowed wishy-washy chloroform evidence, the invisible heart sticker, police K-9s, the lone hair with possible death band and the illusory trunk stain.

However on February 10, 2011 Judge Perry did rule favorably for the Defense on a few key motions.

 Motions Ruled February 10th

02/10/2011 Order Granting
Motion in Limine to Preclude the Use, in Any Fashion Whatsoever, of a Certain “Jib Jab” Cartoon

02/10/2011 Order Granting
Motion in Limine to Preclude Testimony or Alleged Statements of Witness Anthony Rosciano Connected to Inquiries, Conversations, or Interrogations by Corporal William Edwards Related to Sexual Relations with Defendant

02/10/2011 Order Denying
Motion in Limine Regarding Any Testimony That the Defendant has a History of Lying or Stealing

02/10/2011 Order Denying
Motion in Limine to Prohibit the Use, in Any Fashion, of Internet Myspace References Attributable to the Defendant as “Diary of Days”

02/10/2011 Order Denying
Motion in Limine Regarding Testimony of Neighbor Brian Burner in Reference to Shovel

02/10/2011 Order Denying
Motion in Limine to Exclude Irrelevant Evidence of Tattoo

02/10/2011 Order Granting
in Part and Denying in Part Motion in Limine to Preclude Testimony or Alleged Statements of Witness Anthony Lazaro Connected to Inquiries, Conversations, or Interrogations by Corporal William Edwards Related to Sexual Relations with Defendant

Of course, one of the of motions JibJab cartoon was an easy denial but interestingly he denied motions allowing testimony of Casey’s history of lying, reference to Casey borrowing a shovel from her neighbor, reference to a poem written on Myspace “Diary of Days”, her past sexual relationships and the “Bella Vita” tattoo she had done during the mysterious 31 days prior to reporting her daughter Caylee missing. Is it possible this evidence would have changed the verdict?

What Will Judge Perry Do?

Almost 2 months after the acquittal, Judge Belvin Perry will have to decide if Casey Marie Anthony IS responsible for all costs of investigation and WILL she be ordered to reimburse $517,000 to Orange County Florida.  That is the question.







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Incidentally, A hearing is also slated for Sept. 28 on whether to release a sealed jail video taken on the day Caylee Anthony’s remains were found.
Officials said the video showed Casey Anthony doubled over while watching news reports of the discovery.
The video was sealed two years ago by Judge Stan Strickland. Strickland said the video was too inflammatory and could affect Anthony’s right to a fair trial.
Hmm…probably not..

No one knows where Casey Anthony is, but America’s most notorious recent murder defendant doesn’t have to fret about her legal bills reaching her so says Chris Lehmann, editor of Yahoo News.
That’s because $119,000 in defense fees racked up during her trial which produced a shocking not-guilty verdict in her home jurisdiction of Orlando, Fla., earlier this month have been picked up by Florida taxpayers. The same is true for another spending $5,800 in fees that Anthony’s attorney Jose Baez has billed to his client’s case, putting the overall taxpayer tab at just shy of $125,000.
This is an incredible amount of money, especially when you add $200,000, the amount ABC paid to Casey Anthony for pictures of her daughter Caylee Anthony, the 2 ½ year old victim of the alleged crime that Orange County Florida indicted, making this entire disaster a $325,000 waste of tax-payer money so far. Obviously first degree murder with possible death penalty doesn’t come cheap.


According to an article titled “The Costs of Capital Punishment” by J. Rank, provider of thousands of free legal articles;
In 1989, the state of Florida executed 42-year-old Ted Bundy. Bundy confessed to 28 murders in four states. During his nine years on death row, he received three stays of execution. Before he was put to death in the electric chair, Bundy cost taxpayers more than $5 million.

In the good old days of 2003, the cost of a proper execution without the bothersome appeals was minuscule. In 2003 the state of Florida paid $150 to the executioner, $20 for the last meal, $150 for a new burial suit, and $525 for the undertaker’s services including a coffin, the cost on a decent execution was less than $1,000.

But thanks to a Supreme Court decision, Furman V. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238, 92 S. Ct. 2726, 33 L. Ed. 2d 346 (1972), states found it necessary to introduce a complex appeals process that would guarantee the rights of death row inmates.
Apparently capital trials are much more expensive to carry out than are their non-capital counterparts because of the price at stake, a human life.
Evidence gathering is also more expensive. Evidence must be collected not only to determine the guilt or innocence of the accused but also to support or contradict a sentence of death. All sentences of death face a mandatory review by the state supreme court, at an additional cost of at least $70,000. If a case advances further in the state or federal appeals process, the costs are likely to jump to $275,000 or more for each appeal. Incidentally these figures are those of 2003, not 2011.

Perhaps, the good citizens of Florida should send out a big “Thank You” card to Jose Baez and the entire defense team for their hard work in getting Casey Anthony acquitted of first degree murder relieving them of the cost and the expense of several hundred thousand dollars for each of her appeals.
Had she received the death penalty another $275,000 bill would surely come their way. The tax-payers wouldn’t be delighted and possibly remorseful after hearing that the State had withheld evidence that proved Casey Anthony only searched “chloroform” once and not 84 times as Linda Drane Burdick claimed. They would most likely wonder if it was worth the price to execute someone on unreliable evidence.

Instead, I would suggest that the tax-payers of Florida should spare no expense in getting answers and possibly financial retribution from their own State Attorney’s who erroneously over-indicted Casey Anthony without solid evidence or proof of premeditation and for withholding exculpatory evidence that perhaps would have stopped the trial before it began had they doubled checked CacheBack’s reliability.


I recall Cheney Mason’s plea to Judge Perry for acquittal during the course of trial on June 16, 2011. Cheney Mason argued for acquittal, but nonetheless Judge Belvin Perry rejected this motion. Judge Perry claimed “the state has established substantial competent evidence for the jury which is the trier of fact in the case to decide.”
Defense attorney Cheney Mason vehemently shot back that the State has not even proved that a murder occurred. The cause of death is unknown. Only the manner of death was established, to rule Caylee`s death as a homicide. The cause of death “homicide” was an opinion of medical examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia.

In any first degree murder indictment, one of the criteria is premeditation. Suspicious internet searches were deemed premeditation thus manufacturing more ammunition in their quest to charge Casey Anthony with First Degree Murder and possible death penalty.
Considering the latest revelation and the computer evidence now debunked thanks to the State’s own computer expert John Bradley and his software, CacheBack’s erroneous calculations, there’s a few flies in the ointment that needs tending to.

A person’s freedom
A person’s reputation
A person’s ability to earn a living
A person who will forever live in fear because she is in the scope of lunatics who want her dead

She did not premeditate murder as Asst. State Attorney Linda Drane Burdick alleged.


In retrospect, the State of Florida is also responsible for sentencing Casey Anthony unreasonably as a first offender on check fraud charges stemming from checks she had written from Amy Huizenga’s checking account during the time she failed to report Caylee’s death.

By making Casey Anthony a 6-time convicted felon which was a legal maneuver on the part of the prosecution meant to add drama for the media and create doubt of Casey’s credibility if she were sentenced to death and put on the stand to testify in her own behalf.
Another possible reason the State Attorneys wanted Casey Anthony to be a 6-time convicted felon was to further her eligibility for the death penalty.

However, even though she was found not guilty of all major charges the fact remains, she is still a convicted felon which now impedes on her right to earn a decent living. Many employers look down upon convicted felons and refuse to hire them.

Since Casey Anthony was acquitted of first degree murder, first degree child abuse, first degree child neglect and with the check fraud charges still hanging over her, I’m hoping after 5 years of good behavior, that there’s an extraordinary attorney out there who’ll be willing to fight to have those charges expunged from her record.

Linda Drane Burdick perhaps?


As an Afterthought..
What I’ve learned from the Casey Anthony case is that law enforcement is not always honest and that if the crime a person is accused of is against a child or another helpless human being that any zealous prosecutor in need of help at the polls or some other nefarious reason could build a case against anyone with the right amount of help.
In this case, the crime was against a child and the suspect’s own family did the helping.

Given the right amount of dysfunction and public outcry, the worst almost happened yet miraculously our judicial system worked through it all proving hate and revenge is not the answer.
Sadly, what I witnessed was by and large an egregious violation of trust from some elected officials. The state of Florida deserves better.


Headline: Taxpayers foot bill for Casey Anthony defense

 Editor, Chris Lehmann of Yahoo news


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After 900 days of reading, discussing and probing this unbelievably bizarre case of a once thought murdered toddler to now drowning victim, beautiful baby girl Caylee Marie, I’m making a solemn effort to accept and relish in the much awaited verdict, NOT GUILTY.  Within the first week of trial, I was convinced the State of Florida’s case against Casey Anthony could never be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in an American courtroom.  As I hoped and prayed, Casey Anthony was indeed acquitted of all charges pertaining to Caylee’s death along with indictments of felony child abuse and neglect. For all intents and purposes this case is “Closed”

As I am slowing backing away, feeling pangs of withdrawal to my addiction to the Casey Anthony saga, AGAIN I am utterly amazed and concerned with the aftermath we are witnessing.  Understandingly, as Casey Anthony’s freedom nears with so many left feeling hopeless in their quest to see her sentenced to death, they’ve hit thePetitionSiteDotCom.  There’s no better place to vent their anger than the “freebie” petition site Care2 dotCom.  I counted 32 separate petitions pertaining to Casey Anthony as of yesterday.

Here’s the most popular one:  

Petition For The Federal Government to Prosecute Casey Anthony = 8,066 signatures

In light of the travesty of justice perpetrated on the American people on July 5, 2011, by and through a verdict of acquittal on murder charges against Casey Marie Anthony in the Florida courtroom, we the undersigned hereby request and petition United States Attorney for the Central District of Florida, Robert O’Neill, and U.S. Attorney general, Eric Holder, to bring forth Federal charges against Ms Anthony for various civil rights violations committed against her deceased daughter, Caylee Anthony. We further believe that a federal prosecution against Ms Anthony would serve legitimate interests central to the American system of justice, which was impeded and undermined with respect to the verdict of acquittal rendered by the jury in that case.

“Obviously, the term “double jeopardy” means nothing to 8066 people. I suspect this is a knee jerk reaction to the verdict”

As supported by the 5th Amendment

The Fifth Amendment (Amendment V) to the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, protects against abuse of government authority in a legal procedure. Its guarantees stem from English common law which traces back to the Magna Carta in 1215. For instance, grand juries and the phrase “due process” both trace their origin to the Magna Carta.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.[1]

Taxpayers vs. Casey
= 25 signatures

Target 5000

 Target: Prevent the state from spending any more taxpayer dollars on/for Casey Anthony.

Are you wondering why Florida would spend our tax dollars to protect a person who for the last three years has:

  • Lied to everyone involved in trying to find her daughter
  • Manipulated our police officers
  • Accused (thru her attorney) our police for not conducting a thorough investigation
  • Incriminated innocent people (i.e., Zanaida)


There’s an oxymoronic petition.  The petitioner doesn’t want to waste anymore tax-payer money to protect Casey Anthony.  I suggest people should stop threatening her life and the lives of her attorneys so there will be no need to protect her.  That’s the quick fix.  Talk to your people!





This petitioner doesn’t want Jose Baez to earn any money either.  Maybe they should ask Linda Drane Burdick and Jeff Ashton to hand over to charity any future monetary gains having to do with the death of Caylee Marie Anthony.  Not to mention the Talking Heads along with their networks, HLN, TruTV, Fox News, WFTV, WESH, etc, etc, etc. should hand over to charity any financial gain they  incurred while reporting the story of Caylee Marie Anthony. And if all else fails, ask the Gods That Be to toss them and their families onto the street and may they never be employed again.

Casey Anthony, the falsely accused mother of a dead child should never be given a chance to earn a dime along with Jose Baez, her attorney is preposterous!

 I propose a new petition. 

The Petition to End All the Petitions






The Constitution of the United States Amendment VI
In alll criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and
district whereins the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.


Fortunately for Casey Anthony, Judge Belvin Perry did not grant defense attorney Cheney Mason any of his motions for a mistrial.

Mistrials are generally not by the double jeopardy clause. If a judge dismisses the case or concludes the trial without deciding the facts in the defendant’s favor (for example, by dismissing the case on procedural grounds), the case is a mistrial and may normally be retried. Furthermore, if a jury cannot reach a verdict, the judge may declare a mistrial and order a retrial as was addressed in United States v. Josef Perez, 22 U.S. 579 (1824). When the defendant moves for a mistrial, there is no bar to retrial, even if the prosecutor or judge caused the error that forms the basis of the motion. An exception exists, however, where the prosecutor or judge has acted in bad faith. In Oregon v. Kennedy, 456 U.S. 667 (1982), the Supreme Court held that “only where the governmental conduct in question is intended to ‘goad’ the defendant into moving for a mistrial may a defendant raise the bar of double jeopardy to a second trial after having succeeded in aborting the first on his own motion.”

Jose Baez

Casey Anthony was sentenced Thursday to four years in jail, two days after a jury in Florida found her not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony.   As Mr. Baez said in the first press conference, its a somber moment.  Subsequently, Casey will be released from jail as a free citizen on July 17, 2011.

Judge Seidlin who has no reason to be subtle boldly spoke his mind today on HLN.  He blames the over zealous prosecutors Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick for losing this case.  Had they not gotten caught up in the media hype perhaps they would not have over over charged Casey Anthony.  He went on to say if they’d indicted Anthony with manslaughter instead of first degree murder, the prosecution would need 6 jurors instead of 12 for a guilty verdict.

Quote Alan Dershowitz: Article titled “The System Worked”

“This case [is] about seeking justice for Caylee . . .” So argued the
prosecutor in the Casey Anthony murder case. He was wrong, and the jury
understood that.

A criminal trial is never about seeking justice for the victim. If it were,
there could be only one verdict: guilty. That’s because only one person is on
trial in a criminal case, and if that one person is acquitted, then by
definition there can be no justice for the victim in that trial.”

FYI: Judge Eaton answered when asked, “what was the reason for the media frenzy?”  Judge Eaton said it was when Casey Anthony story became a death penalty case.


The JB Mission Unleashed!!

 From the day I began blogging about the heart wrenching case of the disappearance and subsequent death of Caylee Marie Anthony, I gave it my best effort to keep my blog respectable knowing that I would be despised for speaking out my personal viewpoint.  I did NOT think Casey purposely harmed her daughter.  Like the jurors, I wanted to believe it but the evidence was not there.

But the day has come for me to speak my mind no matter what anyone thinks of me.

In my opinion, Casey Anthony doesn’t owe ANYONE a damn thing!  She paid her debt to society for lying.  Perhaps it’s she who should sue?  Sue the pants off of the over zealous prosecutors who over charged her and the media who vilified her.

I commend Judge Perry for doing his best to accommodate the angry lynch mob after the acquittal of murder by sentencing her with 1 year for each count to run consecutively NOT concurrently which isn’t the normal.

I commend Judge Perry for not granting Casey Anthony a true change of venue.  He picked a Pinellas county. A county said to have 97% of their population who thought Casey was guilty before the trial began.  The Voir Dire of this trial went through over 200 potential jurors in order to find the 12 selfless citizens willing to be sequestered in a hotel room for a month or more.  What more does the public want?

From Judge Belvin Perry actions, obviously he knew his star prosecutor Jeff Ashton had over indicted Anthony with first degree murder.  He knew the difficulty it would be to find a death penalty qualified jury.  He did his best to compensate for the prosecutors failures by granting as many motions as he could filed by the State of Florida and in turn he cordially helped the prosecution by denying the majority, if not all of the motions filed by the Defense.

What more does the public want?  Without a doubt, we all want Justice for Caylee but “justice delayed is not denied!”  Had Yuri Melich and team readjusted to Casey lying at Universal Studios, stepped back and reassess the reason for such obvious lying they may have gotten closer to the truth.  Befriending George Anthony was not a good idea.  An astute investigator would have looked at the entire family because no one who says he went back to work after smelling what he thought was death coming from his daughter’s abandoned car.  Most people would have called authorities immediately.

The investigation should have continued leaving no stone unturned before arresting Casey Anthony on first degree murder charges.  Before indicting her the State of Florida should have demanded viable evidence from Orange County Sheriff’s Office and not depended on popular opinion to convict Casey.

This is just part of my rant. There’s much more.  Stay tuned.






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It’s so nice to start my day and not have to think about what I need to write about or what bit of factual information I need to share with the public.  Everyday my objective was to get someone else to see this case for what it was.  It was a farce.  It was a lie.

I can accept lies from Casey Anthony but I can not accept lies from elected officials who are supposedly legally knowledgeable and trustworthy nor can I accept mistruths and exaggerations from televised news sources.

State Attorneys Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick knew they did not have a case against this lying skank yet they wasted tax-payer money in order to please the masses. This is not what our judicial system is about. Many suspects walk free because there is no case.  What about Drew Peterson, ex- cop who’s 2 of 4 wives mysteriously disappeared?  It took 5 years to build a case against him.  Today he sits in jail awaiting his day in court.

I’m happy to say that Jose Baez and his co-counsel troop, Cheney Mason, Dorothy Sims and a few other tenacious, law abiding defense attorneys have succeeded in their quest to prove Casey Marie Anthony innocent of all charges involving the death of her daughter Caylee Marie yet the media refuses to acknowledge their victory in a positive light.

Again the media is focusing on Casey’s counsel!  Again the media is making it a difficult decision for any attorney who is asked to represent a defendant whose crime is against a child or any other horrible deed.

We don’t have to like the defendant. We can despise the accused but to malign and disrespect the lawyers of our country who represent them is an atrocity and a direct slap in the face to our 6th Amendment right to fair trial.

There is no fair trial when trained prosecutors of the law accuse a person of a crime and the accused can not find a lawyer willing to take their case in fear of what the media will print in the press.  Are there lawyers who are willing to face the alienation of their friends and colleagues because of the person they represent?  Lawyers are now faced with this question.

If someone accuses you of a crime, why should the attorney you hire have to endure the wrath of what you are accused of?  This is not what our U.S. Constitution intended.  Instead of dishonoring,  the media should applaud the attorney who represents a despised client.  They should publicly thank him or her for their fortitude for taking on such a case.  The attorney is not on trial.  He is doing his or her job and in most cases, a very hard job.  Jose Baez’s job of defending Casey Anthony wasn’t hard!  His fight in the media and courtroom antics was near impossible but no one wants to see it that way.  They’d rather think that what they witnessed yesterday July 5, 2011 in Judge Perry’s court room was a miscarriage of justice.  Casey Anthony got away with murder. That was a misconception.

What we saw was the American judicial system at its finest. There was no evidence, therefore there was no conviction. Applaud.

Obviously Nancy Grace, the ex-prosecutor thinks it’s great to beat down and publicly assassinate the character of defense attorneys.  To Nancy Grace, defense attorneys are the enemy but should they be yours?  After all they’ve always been her adversaries. She claims she’s been a victim so she can relate to victims of crimes.  I think not!  She can not relate to Somer Thompson’s mother.  She can not relate to the father of Shaniya Davis.

Nancy Grace, an officer of the court is now critiquing the way Jose Baez celebrated his well-earned victory.  He has overcome a monumental amount of defamation of his character because of the hatred of his client Casey Anthony but Nancy Grace wants more. You should despise Jose Baez because he celebrated too close to the court house which happens to be directly next to Cheney Mason’s office.  I say enough to Nancy Grace!  Move on to another case that you can profit from.  Its okay Nancy, we know Jose Baez poetically speaking kicked your ass.

I’m appalled and afraid that if I or a member of my family are accused of a crime that finding a good lawyer to represent us will be impossible.

I’m appalled and afraid that the good people who worked hundreds of hours to win this case will be sought after by a few of the maladjusted fanatics who have religiously followed this case.  There have been warnings and death threats of what may happen to them if they make a step out of their homes.  This is the Monster that the news media created.

The people I saw standing outside of the Orange County Courthouse reminded me of a scene from the 1692 Salem Witch Trials.  The mob came but they left disappointed because the jurors decided there would be “No Lynching” today.  Casey Anthony was  acquitted of all murder charges of her daughter Caylee Marie Anthony. The mob chanted “Bull Shit” as Orange County sheriff’s tried to disperse the crowd and asked them to go home.

The story is not over.
There is talk of lawsuits in the making. Zenaida Gonzalez who happened to have visited Sawgrass Apartments on June 17, 2008 is waiting in the wings for Casey Anthony to walk out of the hoosegow.  Tim Miller is talking about suing Jose Baez because he contends “Caylee was never missing” but Tim Miller fails to realize it wasn’t Jose Baez who hired him.  It was Cindy Anthony, the mother of Casey Anthony.  Casey refused to put an X on the map to indicate the location of Caylee’s remains when Tim Miller asked. Perhaps Mr. Miller should’ve taken that as a sign that she really didn’t know.  Maybe he acted out of greed for the limelight.  As he said, there were lots of other people who were seeking out his help so what made the Anthony case so special?

From the onset of this debacle, I realized immediately that something wasn’t right about George and Cindy Anthony regardless of the 911 calls.  I take pride in heeding my Mother’s warning “never believe everything you hear and only half of what you see”.

I don’t blame the masses for being upset by the verdict after all they were lied to. Each and every hour of the day since July 15, 2008 they were force fed misleading information and media rhetoric adding more fuel to their fiery demand for justice for Caylee.

Who on God’s green earth wouldn’t want justice for a beautiful innocent 2 ½ year old little girl?
Who wouldn’t hate her mother depicted as a party girl out shaking her ass while her daughter was presumed missing?

I’ve been told that I’m hard to make friends with.  That’s true. When someone tries too hard to be my friend, I put up my hand and stop to think.  Why is this person trying so hard?

That’s similar to how I felt about the media.  Why are they befriending the public in a way I have never seen in any of the other murder cases I’ve read about?  Why is the media touting a one-sided story?  I knew there was a lie somewhere in the mix and I was right.  There was no heart sticker on the duct tape. That’s one lie and in due time we’ll find out more.

I hope something good can come out of case after the acquittal of Casey Anthony.  I hope we’ve all learned that the media can not be trusted. I hope the media in turn decides to become more objective and accountable in their journalism.  In this year of 2011, with blogs mistakenly being considered bonafide news sources that the actual news sources become more responsible.

I’d like to read stories from both sides.  I’d like to read objective journalism from every medium whether it be in print, over the World Wide Web or via television or radio.  I’d like to see less commentary from biased opinionated Talking Heads.

The media has under estimated the intellect of the general public.  We are able to absorb information and come to our own conclusions. Perhaps, the news media could be of more service by challenging the general public with facts and asking them to think instead of simply offering their own personal opinion which they assume will be popular.

I feel certain, had it not been for the Nancy Grace’s of the media, there would not have been so many disappointed people standing outside of Orange County Courthouse. Perhaps this was the lesson Caylee Marie Anthony was placed here on this Earth to teach.

God Bless her and May She Rest in Peace



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If Judge Perry’s ruling was good for you, well I must have higher standards.

The fact that Judge Perry denied it means nothing to me because he’s proven time and again that his interest is to get a conviction no matter what as indicated when he denied Casey Anthony a “genuine change of venue.”  That is apparent.

I found the trial in totality a travesty of justice and mockery of the American judicial system as we first witnessed when Casey Anthony was denied her 6th Amendment right to a fair trial.  The violation above is apparent.

Whether Judge Perry denied the four motions for mistrial or not means NOTHING to me because I already know where Judge Perry’s head is at; squarely implanted in the anus of Jeffrey Ashton.  That is apparent.

George Anthony, the Accuser who testified to the Grand Jury to have his daughter Casey Anthony indicted was proven beyond a reasonable doubt X2, to be liar, a bum and an adulterer which makes any and all testimony coming from him null and void.

George Anthony’s lame attempt at suicide is a direct indication of guilt as compared to that of Casey Anthony.  There were no suicide attempts for Casey. In fact her behavior was the exact opposite almost as if she knew her days were numbered taking into consideration her tattoo “Bella Vita”.  Why is it that an immature 22yo is able to accept her punishment?  It’s because her crime was not murder as her father wanted her to believe.  Maybe negligence but maybe not, if both George and Casey were the only two adults who were home when Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool.

I laugh in the face of the State Attorneys Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick with both middle fingers waving in the air as I hear their rebuttal witness Dr Michael Warren admit he did not read Dr Garavaglia’s 23 page report nor Dr Goldberg’s.  Here’s a State rebuttal witness who was suppose to disprove Dr Spitz’s strong assertion “the autopsy was shoddy!” yet Dr Warren didn’t even read the autopsy report.

Without George Anthony’s testimony to the Grand Jury, Judge Belvin Perry presiding, Casey Anthony may not have been indicted.

Without Roy Kronk’s tampering with the body there may have been more forensic findings as to who put Caylee’s body on Suburban Drive.

Both of these witnesses were thoroughly impeached by the defense.

I trust defense attorney Cheney Mason’s knowledge of the law explicitly!  I do NOT trust Judge Perry or Jeff Ashton!  Judge Perry has proven to me that he’d do anything in his power to help the State prove their desperate case by allowing invisible heart sticker evidence into trial which defense attorney Jose Baez fought so vehemently to disallow.

Defense attorney Jose Baez, the Tiger, the tenacious Pit Bull who stood alone at the onset of this case did a remarkable job against not 3 but 5 adversaries, one of which was the presiding judge himself and the other was the media.

I laugh out loud with both middle fingers waving as I heard Judge Perry use the term imagined or unimagined as for the extra time Jose Baez needed to gather information to defend his client Casey Anthony from a possible death sentence.  It must have been a Freudian slip because the only thing imaginary is Judge Perry’s imaginary deadline he artfully set as a date for the end of trial which audaciously happens to be the 4th of July, again making a mockery of Casey Anthony’s Constitutional 6th Amendment right to a fair trial.


Carpe Diem and God Doesn’t Sleep!


Day 26 was the best day ever for the defense team in my perspective regardless of what the news media reports. Sometimes I wonder if we’re all watching the same trial.

As we expected, this trial would be a battle of the experts and not the battle of Casey Anthony’s character witnesses as prosecutors Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick had planned.

The Dastardly Duo totally underestimated their adversary Casey Anthony’s defense attorney Jose Baez. Apparently they wanted him to offer a plea of LWOP aka life without parole and make it easy. Little did they know that they would actually have to prove their case in order to convince the legal experts of America unlike convincing the general public via media sensationalism.
Sadly for the Dastardly Duo, they were fooled by popular opinion.
Setting up a timeline of circumstances and meshing them into Casey Anthony’s actions just doesn’t cut the mustard according to the legal pundits covering this trial. You see circumstances are a great when accompanied by solid evidence. It’s more of a validation feature of the case and not the case itself. It’s like putting on white pearls when wearing a black dress.

I believe it was Linda Drane Burdick who first thought if they looked on the family computers they’d come up with something and they did. They found chloroform. What a waste of tax payer money that was. If only I had a penny for every dollar the Dastardly Duo paid to investigate that I could afford to take the JB Mission on a trip to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”. To think that they thought a weapon was needed to murder a toddler is not only sad but preposterous. And if the chloroform does fly then they always could check the adhesive of Henkel duct tape to see if that sticks.

Yesterday defense attorney Cheney Mason tried to present to the jury emails confirming that FBI agent Nick Savage questioned the involvement of duct tape and stated he was disappointed that Medical Examiner Jan Garavaglia hadn’t measured the strips of duct tape to scale. It seems Dr. Spitz was right, the autopsy was “shoddy”!

On cross-examination Cindy Anthony admitted she told Linda Drane Burdick in 2009 about her internet searches. She repeated “it’s in the deposition” as she explained how her search for “Chlorophyll” took her to searching “chloroform” indicating why LDB took this information and ran with it. Desperate prosecutors do desperate things.
When the media was begging for a bone, the Dastardly Duo lied claiming it was Casey who searched chloroform when in fact it was her mother Cindy who searched Chlorophyll.
Day after day, Jose Baez is tenaciously tearing down the State of Florida’s case making this trial not only the biggest case since Orenthal James Simpson but the most laughable case in history.

That’s all I have to say for now. Onward and forward to Day 27!


Surprisingly State Attorney Linda Drane Burdick reported to Judge Perry last week that the State of Florida will rest their case Friday, June 10th, tentatively. I’m not in total agreement with her prediction but I assume it’s possible if Jeff Ashton is hogtied to his seat and gagged, there’s a good chance that this case will carry on swimmingly without his constant interruptions which are time consuming and uncalled for.  In my opinion, Jeff Ashton hasn’t brought much to the table in helping Linda Drane Burdick.  I’d say he’s more of a nuisance and a good source of entertainment if this was Saturday night’s SNL. 

In my last post I posed the question “who killed Caylee”.  After about 9 days of testimony all I’ve learned is that Casey is a liar.  I learned that she isn’t very law savvy and she doesn’t know when it’s best to keep her mouth shut.  If she had a shard of knowledge of the law she would have asked for a lawyer once she was sure that lead detective Yuri Melich knew she didn’t work for Universal Studios.  We also heard testimony as to the evidence of a trash bag found in the trunk, its contents and how it properly changed hands. A few experts chimed in with little persuasive information but nothing that I recall as bombshell testimony. 

If the trial continues on this useless path and we don’t know beyond a reasonable doubt that it was Caylee Anthony’s villainous, evil mother Casey Anthony who indeed is the murderer then perhaps we should brood over the other charges on the menu.

Casey Anthony Indictments A La Carte


Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four (4) counts of providing false information to police. 

Here’s an informative article I found while searching..


Florida Prosecutors Burden: What They Must Prove With Admitted Evidence To Win Their Case

The Florida Supreme Court’s website includes the current jury instructions that are to be used in Florida criminal trials. From these instructions you can find each prong of the case, or element of the crime, that must be shown by the reasonable doubt standard.  Just surf through. 

You can read the section under Homicide and get an idea of the prosecution’s duty here, it’s in somewhat of an outline format but easy enough for following along with the current proceedings. 

Search the Florida Supreme Court’s instructions to find First Degree Murder as well as Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child: Florida Supreme Court – Jury Instructions. 

For First Degree Murder, for example, you will find:

“There are two ways in which a person may be convicted of first degree murder. One is known as premeditated murder and the other is known as felony murder.

“To prove the crime of First Degree Premeditated Murder, the State must prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

“1. (Victim) is dead.  (State will have to put in evidence that Caylee Marie Anthony is dead.)

“2. The death was caused by the criminal act of (defendant). (State will have to put in evidence that Casey caused Caylee’s death and this was by a criminal act.)

“3. There was a premeditated killing of (victim). (State will have to put in evidence that this was premeditated.)


“An “act” includes a series of related actions arising from and performed pursuant to a single design or purpose.

“Killing with premeditation” is killing after consciously deciding to do so. The decision must be present in the mind at the time of the killing. The law does not fix the exact period of time that must pass between the formation of the premeditated intent to kill and the killing. The period of time must be long enough to allow reflection by the defendant. The premeditated intent to kill must be formed before the killing. The question of premeditation is a question of fact to be determined by you from the evidence. It will be sufficient proof of premeditation if the circumstances of the killing and the conduct of the accused convince you beyond a reasonable doubt of the existence of premeditation at the time of the killing. ”
What are jury instructions? 

Jury instructions take the actual statutes and place them into a format for the jury to use in their deliberations, as they assess the evidence presented to them.  There is a charge conference between the lawyers and the judge (at least that’s what we do here in Texas), where the jury instructions are debated by the lawyers and after arguments, finalized by the judge.  The charge will include the instuctions as well as question like you hear on Law n Order all the time:  “how do you find” type of thing.

For example, here is the Florida statute for murder which can result in a life sentence or the death penalty which you can see dovetailed into the Jury Instructions for Homicide (above):

Florida Statutes 782.04

The unlawful killing of a (1)(a) human being:
When perpetrated from a premeditated design to effect the 1. death of the person killed or any human being;
When committed by a person 2. engaged in the perpetration of, or in the attempt to perpetrate, any:
Trafficking offense prohibited by s. a. 893.135(1),
Arson, b.
Sexual c. battery,
Robbery, d.
Burglary, e.
Kidnapping, f.
Escape, g.
Aggravated h. child abuse,
Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled i. adult,
Aircraft piracy, j.
Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging k. of a destructive device or bomb,
Carjacking, l.
Home-invasion m. robbery,
Aggravated stalking, n.
Murder of another human o. being,
Resisting an officer with violence to his or her p. person,
Felony that is an act of terrorism or is in furtherance of an act q. of terrorism; or
Which resulted from the unlawful distribution of any 3. substance controlled under s. 893.03(1), cocaine as described in s. 893.03(2)(a)4., opium or any synthetic or natural salt, compound, derivative, or preparation of opium, or methadone by a person 18 years of age or older, when such drug is proven to be the proximate cause of the death of the user,

is murder in the first degree and constitutes a capital felony, punishable as provided in s. 775.082.

In all cases under this section, the procedure set (b) forth in s. 921.141 shall be followed in order to determine sentence of death or life imprisonment. (emphasis added)

The unlawful killing of a human (2) being, when perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual, is murder in the second degree and constitutes a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life or as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
When a person is killed in the perpetration of, or in the (3) attempt to perpetrate, any:
Trafficking offense prohibited by s. (a) 893.135(1),
Arson, (b)
Sexual (c) battery,
Robbery, (d)
Burglary, (e)
Kidnapping, (f)
Escape, (g)
Aggravated (h) child abuse,
Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled (i) adult,
Aircraft piracy, (j)
Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging (k) of a destructive device or bomb,
Carjacking, (l)
Home-invasion (m) robbery,
Aggravated stalking, (n)
Murder of another human (o) being,
Resisting an officer with violence to his or her person, (p) or
Felony that is an act of terrorism or is in furtherance of an act of (q) terrorism,

by a person other than the person engaged in the perpetration of or in the attempt to perpetrate such felony, the person perpetrating or attempting to perpetrate such felony is guilty of murder in the second degree, which constitutes a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life or as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
The unlawful killing of a human being, when perpetrated without (4) any design to effect death, by a person engaged in the perpetration of, or in the attempt to perpetrate, any felony other than any:
Trafficking offense (a) prohibited by s. 893.135(1),
Arson, (b)
Sexual (c) battery,
Robbery, (d)
Burglary, (e)
Kidnapping, (f)
Escape, (g)
Aggravated (h) child abuse,
Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled (i) adult,
Aircraft piracy, (j)
Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging (k) of a destructive device or bomb,
Unlawful distribution of any substance (l) controlled under s. 893.03(1), cocaine as described in s. 893.03(2)(a)4., or opium or any synthetic or natural salt, compound, derivative, or preparation of opium by a person 18 years of age or older, when such drug is proven to be the proximate cause of the death of the user,
Carjacking, (m)
Home-invasion robbery, (n)
Aggravated (o) stalking,
Murder of another human being, (p)
Resisting an officer with (q) violence to his or her person, or
Felony that is an act of terrorism or (r) is in furtherance of an act of terrorism,

is murder in the third degree and constitutes a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
As used in this section, the term (5) “terrorism” means an activity that:
Involves a violent act or an act (a)1. dangerous to human life which is a violation of the criminal laws of this state or of the United States; or
Involves a violation of s. 815.06; 2. and
Is intended to: (b)
Intimidate, injure, or coerce a civilian 1. population;
Influence the policy of a government by intimidation or 2. coercion; or
Affect the conduct of government through destruction of 3. property, assassination, murder, kidnapping, or aircraft piracy.
History.—s. 2, ch. 1637, 1868; RS 2380; GS 3205; RGS 5035; s. 1, ch. 8470, 1921; CGL 7137; s. 1, ch. 28023, 1953; s. 712, ch. 71-136; s. 3, ch. 72-724; s. 14, ch. 74-383; s. 6, ch. 75-298; s. 1, ch. 76-141; s. 290, ch. 79-400; s. 1, ch. 82-4; s. 1, ch. 82-69; s. 1, ch. 84-16; s. 6, ch. 87-243; ss. 2, 4, ch. 89-281; s. 4, ch. 90-112; s. 3, ch. 93-212; s. 11, ch. 95-195; s. 18, ch. 96-322; s. 1, ch. 98-417; s. 10, ch. 99-188; s. 16, ch. 2000-320; s. 2, ch. 2001-236; s. 2, ch. 2001-357; s. 1, ch. 2002-212; s. 12, ch. 2005-128; s. 1, ch. 2010-121.



 § 827.03(2), Fla.Stat.

  To prove the crime of Aggravated Child Abuse, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

 1.                  (Defendant)


   Give as applicable.

 a.      committed aggravated battery upon (victim)

b.      willfully tortured (victim).

 c.       maliciously punished (victim).

 d.      willfully and unlawfully caged (victim).

 e.       knowingly or willfully committed child abuse upon (victim) and in so doing caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement.

 2.                  (Victim) was under the age of 18 years.

 Definitions. Give as applicable.

  In order to prove that an aggravated battery was committed, the State must prove the following:

1.                  (Defendant) intentionally

 Give as applicable.

 a.      touched or struck (victim) against the will of (victim).

 b.      caused bodily harm to (victim).

 2.                  In so doing, (defendant) intentionally or knowingly caused [great bodily harm] [permanent disability] [permanent disfigurement] or [used a deadly weapon].

A weapon is a  “deadly weapon” if it is used or threatened to be used in a way likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

     “Willfully” means knowingly, intentionally, and purposely.

   “Maliciously” means wrongfully, intentionally, and without legal justification or excuse.  Maliciousness may be established by circumstances from which one could conclude that a reasonable parent would not have engaged in the damaging acts toward the child for any valid reason and that the primary purpose of the acts was to cause the victim unjustifiable pain or injury.

 Give in all cases if 1(e) is alleged.

   “Child Abuse” means [the intentional infliction of physical or mental injury upon a child] [an intentional act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child] [active encouragement of any person to commit an act that results or could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child].

 Lesser Included Offenses


  Child abuse 827.03(1) 16.3
  Battery; only under certain circumstances.  See Kama v. State, 507 So.2d 154 (Fla. 2d DCA 1987) 784.03 8.3
  Attempt 777.04(1) 5.1


 Judge Belvin Perry Jr., Strickland’s boss, had asked Strickland to take on the Caylee Anthony case in the beginning.

Now Judge Perry will preside over the trial and its hearings. He’s also the judge who presided over the Grand jury in Oct. 2008 which indicted Casey Anthony on first degree murder charges charges. He’s heard testimony from state’s witnesses, and is familiar with most of the aspects of this case.


Quote Judge Stan Strickland “the irony is rich”








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