Casey Anthony’s Defense Stated in Opening Statements

The public tuned in Tuesday for the opening statements of the Casey Anthony trial where Anthony finally stated her defense. Back in 2008 this case was showcased on news outlets everywhere, leading many to believe that Casey Anthony murdered her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

During the opening statements we heard two different stories. The prosecutors claimed that Caylee suffocated from duct tape placed on her nose and mouth while defendants argued that Caylee drowned in the family pool. To complicate this trial even more, the autopsy was not able to determine how Caylee died.

An article in Seattle pi quotes Casey Anthony’s criminal defense attorney, Jose Baez saying that

“Casey should have called 911. That’s what she’s guilty of, she’s not guilty of murder. This is not a murder case.”

The article goes into more specifics as to what the defense is arguing in favor of Anthony including accusations that the police performed a “botched investigation” to feed the media a story of a murdering mother.

To further explain Casey Anthony’s bizarre behavior following her daughter’s disappearance, the defense contends that Casey was sexually molested by her father from the time she was 8 years old. This was a very dysfunctional family that had secrets, dirty secrets. The defense made specific challenges to the evidence the state will likely introduce and better be able to back up those claims through cross-examination or in their own case. One thing is for sure, Casey Anthony is going to have to take the witness stand after that opening statement.

Will the Media Influence the Casey Anthony Case?

The media plays an influential role in our life everyday, but will it play a role in the outcome of the very publicized Casey Anthony case?

Anthony is accused of murdering her two year old daughter in Orlando. A very public search was conducted to find the “missing” girl, who’s remains were found months later and fingers were pointed at mother Casey Anthony.

According to Anthony’s defense attorney Jose Baez, the standard microphones that are found in every courtroom are picking up private conversations between Anthony and Baez. Under the legal process, all conversations between the defendant and lawyer should be private. Baez requested that all the microphones to be removed excluding the Judge’s and the juror’s.

Judge Belvin Perry took many steps to make sure that the media was not an influence on the juror’s decision. Jurors pulled from Pinellas County were questioned more specifically about what they had heard about the case and how they felt about the death penalty. Perry decided to pull jurors from Pinellas County because the media coverage was not as extreme.

According to an article from the St. Pete Times, Jonathan Green really didn’t want to have jury duty. Green was fined $450 for contempt of court when he admitted to talking about the case to someone else. Green said, “I just wanted to get out of jury duty.” It is almost hard to blame Pinellas County citizens to not want to be a juror for this case. The jurors are expected to be in the Orlando courtroom everyday for 6-8weeks.

Ratings and Reviews

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated

FL Bar Board Certified

Former Prosecutor