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Inmates: Anthony would drug daughter for sleep
Updated: Wednesday, 07 Apr 2010, 10:24 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 06 Apr 2010, 11:00 PM EDT
A jail inmate claims Casey Anthony would sometimes use drugs to put her daughter to sleep so that she could go out with friends, according to documents released Tuesday. A second inmate says the woman would use antihistamines on the toddler.
Maya Derkovic told detectives she was friendly with Casey in the Orange County Jail and that the 24-year-old mother confided in her about drugging her daughter so she could go out, according to a partial transcript the inmate's interview with investigators. The transcript, along with other documents, was released by the State Attorney's Office in Orlando.
A spokeswoman for Anthony's legal team didn't immediately respond to an e-mail and phone call.
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Did Casey Anthony slip in revealing blanket detail to jailhouse friend?
Prosecutors released Casey Anthony jailhouse letters Tuesday.
11:48 a.m. EDT, April 7, 2010
Did Casey Anthony tell a jailhouse friend a detail only her daughter's killer would know?
Not long after remains of 2-year-old Caylee were found in December 2008, Anthony told fellow inmate Robyn Adams that investigators found the bones in a black garbage bag with a baby blanket.
That last detail — the baby blanket — wasn't public knowledge at the time.
"Casey Anthony had knowledge of items only the suspect, certain law enforcement personnel and the certain medical examiner's personnel knew," an Orange County sheriff's detective wrote in a report that was among more than 500 pages released Tuesday.
Other details in Anthony's letters included:
•Her crush on one of the attorneys in Baez's law firm.
"Baez=my other papa/super close friend; Jose G. = my school girl crush," she wrote, referring to attorney Jose Garcia.
•Her sometimes difficult relationship with her parents, George and Cindy Anthony.
"They show their ‘support' for the sake of the cameras, but when it comes to the ‘real story' I'm alone. . . I have a non-existent relationship with two of the most important people in the world to me, and it's to the point where I don't even want to bother."
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Video: Inmates Anthony would drug daughter for sleep 0:43
Video: Fight over Texas EquuSearch produces fireworks 4:13
UPDATED: Casey Alleges Family Abuse, Chloroform Use In Jail Letters
Wednesday, April 07, 2010 9:04:07 AM
In one letter, Casey wrote B-E-T-R-A-Y-A-L to describe her feelings about her mother. Casey wrote that she felt Cindy cares more about the national publicity than about her own daughter.
Casey and Adams had an agreement to flush the letters after reading them. But as Casey was writing the letters to Adams, Adams was forwarding them to another person for safekeeping. “This may be my only way out of prison sooner than my expected term. I only want to come home," Adams wrote to her friend, Tracy.
In that same letter, Robyn wrote "the only real question is: is there any useful information in those letters than can be used to convict her with murder?"
Anthony Family Denies Abuse Allegations
The Anthony family denies that there was any improper sexual behavior in their family nor was there ever a time when Casey told them of sexually inappropriate conduct by her brother or father.
Brad Conway, Anthony family attorney
Defense Response To Casey Anthony's Written Correspondence
The letters released today reflect the natural desire for companionship when isolated for 23 hours a day, and clearly demonstrate Casey's unconditional love for her daughter Caylee. Despite these intentions, it is obvious in the letters authored by Robyn Adams that her sole purpose and only goal in corresponding with Casey Anthony was to create “leverage to get out of prison early.” Furthermore, despite numerous inaccurate media reports, the letters written by Casey Anthony do not contain a single reference to chloroform or any admissions of guilt. Casey Anthony maintains her innocence and looks forward to her day in court.
-Liz Brown at the DePaul Center for Justice in Capital Cases
Video: Family Issues Revealed In Letters
http://www.cfnews13.com/MediaPlayer...aseyletters_040620101047&cat=CAC&title=Family Issues Revealed In Letters
Video: Jailhouse Letters Released
http://www.cfnews13.com/MediaPlayer...released_040620100833&cat=CAC&title=Jailhouse Letters Released
Letters Could Alter Anthony's Murder Trial
Jail Letters Provide Peek At Anthony's Life Behind Bars
POSTED: 11:13 am EDT April 7, 2010
UPDATED: 12:15 pm EDT April 7, 2010
Defense attorney Richard Hornsby said the biggest shocker in the letters were Anthony's claims that she was sexually abused by her brother, Lee Anthony, and her father, George Anthony.
Hornsby said if Casey Anthony sticks to they story, they could face charges.
Horsnby also said if she's convicted of killing her daughter, Caylee Anthony, Casey Anthony's claims that she was abused could save her own life.
"That is huge. If a jury were to hear that, it's almost impossible a jury would ever impose a death penalty on her -- if that was true," Hornsby said.
VIDEO: Letters Could Impact Anthony's Trial
Anthony Letters Exchanged In Books
Inmate Says She Visited Anthony
POSTED: 12:21 pm EDT April 7, 2010
Letters written between Casey Anthony and another jail inmate indicated the two were able to exchange their writings through a library.
The letters were written between Anthony and inmate Robyn Adams. Adams talked with investigators and a friend of hers at length about the specifics behind the transfers.
"One recommendation before I close this off for today. Read "God in Popular Culture" by Andrew M. Greenly. I think I will slide the next note in there," Anthony wrote.
VIDEO: Casey Anthony Letters
Family Problems Detailed In Anthony Letters
Casey Anthony Says She Feels Betrayed
POSTED: 11:22 am EDT April 7, 2010
UPDATED: 12:14 pm EDT April 7, 2010
According to the letters, Anthony was disgusted by her parents' behavior.
In one letter, Anthony wrote about how her mother failed to show up for one of her court hearings last year.
"Turns out she meets with Meredith Vieira, formerly of the View ... She's not well enough to take advantage of seeing me in person on Friday but can schmooze with dirtbags the next day," Anthony wrote.
In another letter, Anthony claimed her mother was looking to capitalize on Caylee Anthony's death.
Video: Read Casey's Letters On WESH.com 0:52
WESH 2's Amanda Ober walks you through how to read and comment on Casey Anthony's jailhouse letters on WESH.com.
Video: Anthony Reveals Family Problems In Letters
UPDATED: Did Casey Know Something Only Killer Would Know?
Wednesday, April 07, 2010 3:45:35 PM
A defense attorney said Casey Anthony said too much to a jailhouse pen pal. Meanwhile, there are new questions about whether Anthony knew details about the crime scene that only investigators and only Caylee’s killer would know.
Typically inmates are not very credible. They're convicted felons, who are serving jail time, and many look for ways to lighten their own sentences. However, investigators have called one inmate truthful and forthright. You can’t refute the letters as they are, in fact, written by Anthony.
"Casey was telling her everything,” said Will Jay, a legal analyst. “The state can introduce her statements against her, but the defense just can't introduce her own statements that's hearsay."
Jay said it's not in writing, and the defense could discredit her and other inmates talking. "Would she be making this up the stuff Casey didn’t write to her and would she even have the ability to know what was important to make up? How long was she in jail? Would she even known chloroform was an important part of the case," Jay said.
Defense Will Not Receive Volunteer’s Taped Interview
Anthony's defense team won't get a taped interview from a volunteer who helped search for Caylee. When an investigator with the defense interviewed Joe Jordan, Jordan secretly recorded it, which is against the law in Florida.
MOTION: Order on Defendant's Motion to Compel Production of Tape Recorded Statement of Joe Jordan
http://www.cfnews13.com/uploadedFil... of Tape Recorded Statement of Joe Jordan.pdf
Video: Legal Analysis Of New Evidence
http://www.cfnews13.com/MediaPlayer...ACTIVECASEYW_040720100626&cat=CAC&title=Legal Analysis Of New Evidence
Video: New Facts In Evidence
http://www.cfnews13.com/MediaPlayer...xCaseyDetail_040720101255&cat=Local&title=New Facts In Evidence
Video: Letters From Casey: A Closer Look
http://www.cfnews13.com/MediaPlayer...yLetters_040720100830&cat=Local&title=Letters From Casey: A Closer Look
IN DEPTH: Read Casey’s Letters (pdf)
http://cfnews13.com/uploadedFiles/Stories/Local/casey anthony documents released 4-6-10(2).pdf
Casey Anthony's secret jailhouse letters 5:02
VIDEO: Casey Anthony's Pen-Pal Letters Released 1:12
Hundreds of new documents have emerged in the case against Casey Anthony, and inmates are corroborating the information contained within them.
VIDEO: Inmates Corroborate Casey Anthony Letters 3:01
Inmates who claim to have spoken with Casey Anthony are confirming information found in newly released documents.
Inmates: Anthony Would Drug Daughter For Sleep 0:53
Casey Anthony: Is statement about baby blanket and garbage bag key?
posted by halboedeker on April, 7 2010 1:09 PM
WESH-Channel 2, WKMG-Channel 6 and WFTV-Channel 9 focused on one strand of the voluminous information released Tuesday: Convicted drug deal Robyn Adams told investigators that Anthony said a child’s remains were found with a baby blanket inside a black garbage bag.
Casey made the statement “long before that information was made public,” WKMG’s Tony Pipitone reported.
The stations studied Anthony’s supposed reactions to a false report about bones being found at Blanchard Park. Adams said Anthony giggled over that report, Kealing reported.
Pipitone focused on Adams’ comment that Anthony said: “They’re not looking in the right place. It’s right in their face.” A month later, the toddler’s bones were found in the woods near the Anthony home.
The stations had concentrated on Anthony’s letters yesterday, but turned to Adams’ comments today.
Casey Anthony defense won’t get illegally recorded interview with searcher
3:01 p.m. EDT, April 7, 2010
Defense attorneys had asked Orange Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland for access to an illegally made recording by Joe Jordan, a member of Texas EquuSearch who assisted in a search for missing 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony in 2008.
Jordan recorded a conversation he had with his lawyer and an investigator for the defense team. He later turned the recording over to law enforcement.
In a three-page ruling today, Strickland wrote order that the defense can use Jordon's statement to investigators but cannot have access to his illegal recording.
The illegal recording statement is of no more value that what Jordan told detectives, Strickland ruled.
Criminal Murder Docket Updated!
Events & Orders of the Court
04/07/2010---Order---on Defendants Motion to Compel Production of Tape Recorded Statement of Joe Jordan
04/07/2010---Order to Transcribe---Order on State's Motion for Transcription
UPDATED: Bombshell Revelation In Casey Case A Bust
Posted: 3:51 pm EDT April 7, 2010
Updated: 6:24 pm EDT April 7, 2010
Of the more than 800 pages of letters and documents released, page eight and nine hold the most explosive statements that are sure to be looked at very closely by both prosecutors and Casey's defense. They’re not buried in the pages and pages of Casey's own letters, but instead statements made by Casey's pen pal, Robyn Adams, to investigators that could be the most explosive part of the new information. “The best part of this witness testimony and the most damning is apparently confided to her by Casey Anthony,” WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said.
Sheaffer says prosecutors will say the letters show Casey confided in Adams and her statements are believable, but it may not be the bombshell that will make the case. The defense will attack Adams on the stand. “As a convicted felon, she will have credibility problems right out of the gate,” Sheaffer said.
Still, prosecutors will likely take the chance and put Adams on the stand, as long as they believe she's telling the truth.
“I would be very surprised if they did not polygraph Ms. Adams,” Sheaffer said.
JUDGE SAYS DEFENSE CAN'T HAVE TAPED INTERVIEW
Orange County Judge Stan Strickland ruled Wednesday that Casey's defense team cannot have a taped interview of a volunteer who searched for Caylee.
Casey's lawyers had asked the judge for access to an illegally-made recording by Joe Jordan, a volunteer with Texas EquuSearch. Jordan secretly taped a conversation with his lawyer, but later turned it over to detectives.
The judge ruled the defense can use a statement from Jordan, but said the tape is off limits.
VIDEO REPORT: Casey 'Bombshell' Conversation Turns Out To Be A Bust 2:57
Casey Anthony's Handwriting Reveals Immaturity
Handwriting Analyst Examines Jailhouse Letters
POSTED: 4:07 pm EDT April 7, 2010
UPDATED: 4:29 pm EDT April 7, 2010
Sally Elliott, a forensic expert, was interviewed by phone and pointed out that Anthony's letters are all the same height.
"That's mundane writing. It's all in the middle zone. She doesn't have very much in the upper or the lower," Elliott said.
Elliott said as a person matures, their letter heights begin to vary, and some pen strokes clearly reach upward. That indicates maturity, as well as the development of morals and character.
But Elliott said Anthony's handwriting indicates an immature personality and someone who's ego-centric.
"Her main problem is immaturity. Just like any child, she's thinking of herself and doing what she wants to do," Elliott said. "(If) she wants to do something, she's going to do it. She's willful."
A handwriting analyst says Casey Anthony's pen strokes reveal immaturity.
VIDEO: Casey Anthony's Handwriting Reveals Immaturity 1:44
An analysis of Casey Anthony's handwriting in her jailhouse letters could provide an added glimpse into who she is.
Inmate: Anthony 'Scared' When Caylee Was Found
Attorney Says Anthony's Actions Amount To Nonverbal Confession
POSTED: 1:52 pm EDT April 7, 2010
UPDATED: 5:18 pm EDT April 7, 2010
Adams told a detective with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement her opinion of Anthony changed in light of two episodes.
Adams said Anthony giggled and seemed to know right away that a report about a bag of bones being found at Blanchard Park wouldn't be connected to Caylee's disappearance. But within a day or so of remains being found on Suburban Drive, Anthony told Adams the remains of a child were found with a baby blanket inside a black garbage bag. The statement was made before Caylee was positively identified. Adams said it was the only time she saw Anthony depressed and very scared.
"Clearly, the lynch pin in this is the details about the blanket and the black bag -- the elements law enforcement didn't release right away," Orlando attorney Richard Hornsby said.
Hornsby said Anthony's biggest mistake in her friendship with Adams was letting those details slip and showing such an extreme reaction to the discovery before the remains were identified.
"Her nonverbal actions are basically the admission to the fact that she knew that was where Caylee's body was," Hornsby said.
Hornsby said those actions corroborate a jail video made of Anthony watching news coverage on Dec. 11, 2008, when she was apparently overcome with anxiety at the discovery. The video has never been made public.
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Video: Inmate: Anthony 'Scared' When Caylee Was Found
UPDATED: Casey’s Pen Pal Could Get Reduced Sentence
Posted: 5:12 pm EDT April 7, 2010
Updated: 6:24 pm EDT April 7, 2010
Casey Anthony's letters are the biggest development yet in the case against her. The inmate she wrote to, Robyn Adams, still has seven years to serve in a federal prison for a drug and weapons conviction. Instead of flushing Casey's letters as she promised, Adams mailed them to a friend for safekeeping on the chance they could clear Casey's name or convict her, or even help out Adams herself.
The letters could be Adams' ticket out of prison. Maybe not right away, but her attorney could use the letters and cooperation with prosecutors in Casey Anthony's case to try to get time off her sentence.
In Adams' letters, she reveals details about a seemingly depressed Casey, who was losing it behind bars and “crying all the time.” In one letter written more than a year ago, Adams even predicted Casey "will break down and talk." But, to this day, Casey hasn't.
Even though Adams and Casey agreed to flush the letters down the toilet, Adams seems to have kept them for a reason, saying in one letter "they might hold some value in the future."
But did she blow her chance to use them? WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer doesn’t think so. “Just handing over letters and saying, ‘I’m handing them over, I want something in return,’ at this juncture, just doesn't fly in the federal system,” Sheaffer said.
“Since this substantial assistance is in the prosecution of a murder case, I would expect a substantial reduction in Adam's sentence by federal court,” Sheaffer said.
VIDEO REPORT: Pen Pal Could Get Reduced Sentence 3:35
The inmate who exchanged letters with Casey Anthony may be able to get a reduced sentence. (04/07/10)
TRANSCRIPT: Investigators Interview Robyn Adams
Casey Anthony: What will inmate’s comments about Casey Anthony mean to murder case?
posted by halboedeker on April, 7 2010 5:35 PM
Casey Anthony’s reactions to another jail inmate amount to “a nonverbal confession,” a legal analyst for WESH-Channel 2 said this afternoon.
“Clearly the linchpin in this is the details about the blanket … the elements that law enforcement didn’t release right away,” Orlando attorney Richard Hornsby, an analyst for WESH.
Casey’s reaction to the remains are telling, Hornsby told WESH’s Bob Kealing. “Her nonverbal actions are basically the admission to the fact that she knew that’s where Casey’s body was,” Hornsby said.
WKMG-Channel 6’s Mike DeForest explained how corrections officer Silvia Hernandez allowed the two women to talk through a slit in Anthony’s cell door, against jail rules, and once even let Anthony cut Adams’ hair. Hernandez has been put on paid leave while the jail conducts an investigation.
DeForest highlighted a passage in Anthony’s letters in which she says defense attorney Jose Baez passed letters between her and her family, which would be against jail rules.
A defense spokeswoman told DeForest they could not comment because the team has been overwhelmed with requests.
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Adams, a convicted drug trafficker, is in federal prison, and that gives an opening to Anthony’s defense team. You can read the Sentinel’s story here:
Casey Anthony’s jailhouse letter friendship started with a wave
6:09 p.m. EDT, April 7, 2010
Their relationship started as a simple one. Two isolated women, desperate for some type of communication with another, exchanged a wave, a handle signal. But in the months that Casey Anthony and Robyn Adams both spent in the Orange County Jail, a friendship developed, one that involved secret, hours-long chats and extensive letter writing.
When the remains of Anthony's 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie were found in woods near the family's east Orange County home in December 2008, Adams shared a private moment with her friend through a food slot in Anthony's cell door: "I was holding her hand and she was crying . . . You could tell that she had been crying for a long time," Adams recalled during an interview with state investigators last month. "I told her that I would always be here for her, that I would always be praying for her."
Adams told investigators she first initiated communication with Anthony, but Anthony wrote the first letter. The letter-writing began when Anthony left a note for Adams inside a book. Adams said she looked through a window and saw Anthony hold up a book, point at her, and leave the book on the book cart.
They exchanged notes sometimes every-other-day through the same hardback book, "Do Away With August," Adams said.
Eventually, corrections officer Silvia Hernandez permitted Adams go up to Anthony's window and talk to her through the glass, Adams said. At some point, Adams said, she asked Hernandez if she could talk to Anthony through the "bean hole" —the slot in the door where food trays are passed. The two new friends talked just about every night Hernandez worked. "We would talk and we would talk for hours," she said. And Adams said she was once allowed to be in the dorm with Anthony alone.
Adams told the FDLE agents that Anthony was "very scared" when Caylee's remains were found. "The Casey that I know and I got to know is different . . . then [sic] her party pictures," Adams told them. "People calling her a baby-killer from in the jail and the media just surrounding her family and saying all these horrible things . . . that's not the person I knew."
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Could Casey Anthony's letters come back to haunt her
Updated: Wednesday, 07 Apr 2010, 7:09 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 07 Apr 2010, 7:09 PM EDT
Could a relationship that Casey Anthony formed with former fellow Orange County Inmate Robyn Adams come back to haunt her? Letters between Casey Anthony and Adams, who is not in federal prison after being convicted of drug charges, show the pair became friends in October of 2008. That's when Anthony was arrested for the final time. She's been locked up ever since.
Adams tells investigators that two big days in the search for Caylee stuck out in her pen pal's mind. First, was the day bounty hunter Leonard Padilla and a crew of divers found bones at the bottom of the Little Econ River at Blanchard Park in Orange County. That night, Robyn Adams tells investigators that she spoke with Casey who said, "Its not my daughter. She kind of giggled, in just... not in like an evil way, she just kind of like... it's not my kid," recalling her conversation with Casey Anthony.
That search was November 13, 2008. Less than a month later, on December 11, the jail chaplain told Casey that bones had been found on Suburban Drive near her parents house.She told investigators that this time Casey was different. "She was crying. She was very scared." According to Adams, Casey gave a lot of details. She says Casey Anthony told her, "they found the remains... in a bag, it was a black bag... garbage bag. There was a baby blanket."
So what does this mean? That could depend on how much credibility investigators and prosecutors give to Adams' time line of events.
Judge hands defense another setback
Orange County Judge Stan has ruled that Casey's attorneys will not have access to a taped interview, recorded by a Texas Equusearch volunteer who searched for Caylee Marie Anthony. Joe Jordon illegally recorded a conversation which he had with a defense investigator. In Florida, it is against the law to record someone without their knowledge.
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