CASEY'S ATTORNEY TO START QUESTIONING WITNESSES
Casey Anthony's defense attorney is going to start questioning his first prosecution witnesses in the case next Thursday. Among those taking the stand is an employee at the Amscot on Goldenrod and Highway 50 where Casey abandoned her car in late June, employees from Johnson's Wrecker Service, the company that towed the car from the Amscot, and Casey's ex-boyfriend Tony Lazzaro.
What do they all have in common? They all had access to Casey's car.
I was just going to start a thread on this but you beat me to it!
So is this going to be the defense JB is working on? Is he admitting that there was a dead body in the car but Casey didn't do it? I saw this one coming back when Cindy made the statement "maybe the tow people put a body in the car". (not quite her words but something along those lines.)
He's going for "reasonable doubt". Someone else killed Calyee and put her in her mom's trunk. Don't think so.
How does this work? How do they "question" witnesses? Do witnesses have to answer or can they refuse? Can someone please explain.
Dreamerlin - All this BEFORE trial???
This of course does not apply to 5th amendment issues or privileged information.
But wait the A's had a key to that car, they aren't on this list? OH of course they aren't.
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I agree--- but I do have to say , as much as I believe (most times) Caylee is no longer with us--
I still, to this day--wonder somewhere in the back of my brain " what if? "
...and while I had one of those moments the other nite-It dawned on me..."That is what reasonable doubt" IS.....
so ---I agree--there is certainly some method to all the maddness....JMHO!
IF there was testimony showing that one of the workers at the tow yard killed someone and that the body was missing for a certain period of time while Casey's car was in the lot, that might constitute reasonable doubt.
I have a question for a legal eagle aboard here. Thursday is Casey's arraignment. It mentions in the article that witnesses will be taking the stand.
Could they be questioned at the arraignment vs. through deposition?
After the arrest, booking, and initial bail phases of the criminal process, the first stage of courtroom-based proceedings takes place -- arraignment. During a typical arraignment, a person charged with a crime is called before a criminal court judge, who:
Reads the criminal charge(s) against the person (now called the "defendant");
Asks the defendant if he or she has an attorney, or needs the assistance of a court-appointed attorney;
Asks the defendant how he or she answers, or "pleads to", the criminal charges -- "guilty," "not guilty," or "no contest";
Decides whether to alter the bail amount or to release the defendant on his or her own recognizance (Note: These matters are usually revisited even if addressed in prior proceedings); and
Announces dates of future proceedings in the case, such as the preliminary hearing, pre-trial motions, and trial.
Also at the preliminary hearing, the prosecutor will give the defendant and his or her attorney copies of police reports and any other documents relevant to the case. For example, in a DUI/DWI or drug possession case, the prosecutor may provide the defense with lab reports of any blood or chemical tests that were performed, and may be used in the case.
The Right to Counsel
If a criminal defendant faces the possibility of jail time if convicted for the crime(s) charged, the defendant has a constitutional right to the assistance of an attorney, or "counsel." If the defendant wishes to be represented by an attorney but cannot afford to hire one, a government-appointed attorney will be assigned at no cost to the defendant. Usually employed as "public defenders", these government-appointed defense attorneys are responsible for zealously protecting a criminal defendant's rights at all stages of the criminal process. To learn more about the right to counsel, go here.
"My client suffers from some severe psychological issues"
can the witnesses answer baez one way and then at trial give a different answer? I have seen that happen on law and order but usually they give the district attorney a diffent answer then what they told them before.
Oh and another thing, they should ask why cindy called 911 and reported the car stolen when she actually had it...they picked it up from the tow yard. Maybe that was the "first" plan, to plant a seed that someone stole the car, hence it was towed and there was a terrible stink in the car. Then they found out from casey that she knew about the smell and was last seen with the car at amscot.
Man, I would be MAD if I had to hire an attorney to go to a deposition. Surely the DA's office will provide counsel for the prosecution witnesses. I can see a lot of holes coming into this case with so many young people as witnesses if they have to all hire private counsel. They might say one thing in deposition and another in open court and subject themselves to perjury or contempt charges. grrrrrrr this just infuriates me!! How can a girl sit there and watch her friends and family suffer through this?
There is clearly one person to blame for this.......and as the detective said "this needs to stop".
Last edited by newuser; 10-22-2008 at 07:28 PM. Reason: add last phrase
The prosecution doesn't have to PROVE beyond a shadow of a doubt that Casey put Caylee's body in the trunk, they merely have to present evidence that would lead a reasonable person to believe she is the one who did it.
Some of that evidence (I'm sure there's more):
Casey left the Anthony home with Caylee on the afternoon of June 16th. When she arrived at Tony's apartment a few hours later, Caylee was not with her and was never seen again. There is no evidence that Casey's car was in the possession of any other person during that time or that Casey left Caylee with another person.
Casey would not allow George to look in the trunk of the car for the wheel chucks.
If someone else put the body in the car, who removed it?
Casey's conflicting stories about the cause of the odor in the car show that she had knowledge of the body being in the trunk.