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Defense Seeks Witnesses In Anthony Case
Casey Anthony To Return To Court Monday
POSTED: Tuesday, March 30, 2010
UPDATED: 12:01 am EDT March 31,2010
On Monday (10am), Casey Anthony will ask a judge to give her more information about the 4,000 volunteers from Texas Equusearch, the group that helped look for Caylee.
Last year, a judge ordered the company turn over personal contact information for only 32 of the volunteers since they had been the only ones in the Suburban Drive area where Caylee Anthony's body was found.
Organizers with Texas Equusearch said none of their volunteers were ever in the exact spot were Caylee Anthony's body was found by the meter reader, and added that Anthony's attorneys could visit their lawyer's office at any time to inspect the records.
Yet, as of a few weeks ago, the defense had never made a trip across town to look at the records they are now seeking.
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Casey Anthony to return to court Monday
Updated: Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010, 10:53 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010, 10:25 AM EDT
Casey Anthony's defense team will be in court Monday for a hearing over documents related to the search for Caylee. The defense wants to know more about Equusearch.
There have also been questions as to whether or not the wooded area along suburban drive where little Caylee's remains were found had been thoroughly searched.
Investigators now have their answer. No. Under oath, at least four different Equusearch volunteers say the area was underwater, preventing them from going back there. Those volunteers indicate they'd gone back several times to look for Caylee, but could not because of the high water levels.
UPDATED: Guard Suspended In Casey Pen Pal Investigation
Posted: 3:51 pm EDT March 31,2010
Updated: 6:26 pm EDT March 31,2010
WFTV found out the jail guard who allegedly helped Casey Anthony write an inmate pen pal in jail is now on suspension. Jail guard Silvia Hernandez is still being paid while the investigation plays out.
Also, there's another problem. Both Casey and Robyn were in protective custody at the jail when the letters were exchanged, which means they were not to have any contact or communication with one another. Hernandez is now under suspension with pay while the jail investigates whether she passed the letters from Casey to Robyn, as Robyn told investigators.
Hernandez was assigned to Dorm L as soon as she was hired and worked there for about a year before being transferred. Hernandez worked for the state prison system in Lake County before going to work at the jail. She's been disciplined for absences and tardiness, and once for not reporting her use of force to break up a fight between two inmates. She has also been praised for her writing skills and documentation, but she apparently did not document that she helped Casey write letters to Robyn.
The jail investigation could take another two weeks. Casey remains in Dorm L, but Robyn is now in federal prison.
The defense has until Friday to decide whether to ask the judge to seal Casey's letters from the public. The judge has already said he's not inclined to seal them.
VIDEO REPORT: Guard Accused Of Helping Casey Pass Jail Letters Gets Suspended :
'SECRET' LETTERS: Judge Unseals Motion 4:34
The jail guard accused of helping Casey share letters with a fellow inmate is on suspension. (03/31/10)
'SECRET' LETTERS: Read Motion
UPDATED: Corrections officer connected to Casey Anthony case suspended
6:24 p.m. EDT, March 31, 2010
An Orange County Corrections officer who recently was suspended is the same officer whose name surfaced in connection with the Casey Anthony case.
Corrections employee Silvia Hernandez was suspended March 22, although an Orange County Jail spokesman declined to give the reasons for the discipline.
In March, Hernandez was interviewed as part of the Anthony case, according to documents released by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office.
A judge banned the release of the letters until at least next week to give her defense attorneys time to review them and prepare any objection to making them public.
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Anthony Letters Prompt Officer's Suspension
Officer Suspended With Pay
POSTED: 5:40 pm EDT March 31, 2010
UPDATED: 6:04 pm EDT March 31, 2010
The Orange County Department of Corrections said it suspended officer Silvia Hernandez on Wednesday with pay because Hernandez is accused of passing letters between Casey Anthony and another inmate.
The department said it will conduct a thorough investigation into allegations of Hernandez's inappropriate behavior.
A representative for the Orange County Department of Corrections said the letters were a a violation of security protocol. Any corrections officer who facilitated the correspondence could face punishment, as well as Anthony herself.
Prosectors alleged Anthony was somehow able to exchange the letters with Robyn Adam, who is being referred to by Anthony's defense team as a "jailhouse snitch." According to court documents there are 258 pages believed to be handwritten by Anthony.
Jail Suspends Officer In Anthony Probe
Investigation Eyes Letters Passed Between Inmates
POSTED: Wednesday, March 31, 2010
UPDATED: 6:46 pm EDT March 31,2010
The Orange County correctional officer questioned about the passing of notes between accused child killer Casey Anthony and another inmate has been suspended with pay, pending an internal investigation.
Silvia Hernandez was among several officers responsible for the dormitory where Anthony and now-convicted drug dealer Robyn Adams were housed when more than 50 notes totalling some 258 pages were passed from Anthony to Adams, according to jail and court records.
The contents of the notes remain sealed, while Anthony's attorneys decide whether to ask Judge Stan Strickland to keep any portion of them exempt from release to the public.
VIDEO: Jail Suspends Officer In Anthony Probe 0:42
Casey Anthony: Guard suspended as jail investigates delivery of letters, WFTV reports
posted by halboedeker on March, 31 2010 6:20 PM
“Hernandez is under investigation for being a little too nice to Casey and her two friends,” WFTV’s Kathi Belich reported.
“But Casey needed help to getting her letters to Robyn because both of them were in protective custody,” Belich added. “Robyn told murder investigators that jail guard Silvia Hernandez delivered Casey’s letters to her.”
Belich said the public soon should know the letters’ contents, because a judge has suggested he won’t seal them.
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