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2010.05.05 - Today's Current News - ***NO DISCUSSIONS HERE PLEASE ***
Anthony Defense Wants Funding Records Sealed
"In a new motion, Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, argues public disclosure of invoices they submit for reimbursement will lead to "rampant speculation as to the defense strategy."
-from the article
(no pdf of doc yet)
Here are the motions:
Motion to Seal All Justice Administration Commission Documents
Amended MOTION FOR JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION Commission
HEARING AND MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF OUT OF STATE MITIGATION
SPECIALIST AND EXPERT WITNESSES
Casey's Attorneys Want Spending Kept Private
Casey Anthony defense wants documents sealed to keep strategy private
The defense team's request for various funding would lead to speculation, her attorneys argued.
3:22 p.m. EDT, May 5, 2010
"Documents and requests for funding will lead to endless speculation as to the defense strategy for defending Miss Anthony and could ultimately affect her right to a fair trial," defense attorney Jose Baez wrote in a motion made public today. The defense's budget will be the focus of Thursday's hearing before Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry. He'll listen to how much her legal team expects to spend defending the 24-year-old of first-degree murder. The state is seeking the death penalty, which adds costs to her defense.
Defense attorneys now want Perry's approval to continue using:
• Out-of-state experts. They're not identified in the legal request but have worked hours inspecting evidence and reviewing more than 14,000 pages of investigative material.
Typically, the justice commission requires defense attorneys to use in-state experts but this is an "extraordinary case," the defense team argued.
• Mortimer Smith, an Illinois private investigator who has worked on the case for more than a year. The defense team would use him to investigate witnesses and issues that are out of the state. Florida-licensed investigators would follow up on in-state issues.
• And mitigation specialist, Jeanene Barrett, who has logged hundreds of hours learning about Anthony's life history. The defense argues it would be too costly to replace her at this point.
*More at link!
Casey Anthony: Will the court seal financial records at defense’s request?
posted by halboedeker on May, 5 2010 6:34 PM
But WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said, “The court is not likely to grant this motion and seal all of the financial records away from the very people that are footing that bill. That’s you, that’s me, that’s the taxpayers.”
Sheaffer found the defense’s motion “rather disingenuous,” especially the point about “endless speculation.” “It’s Mr. Baez who keeps going on national TV, floating the defense theories,” Sheaffer said.
WFTV’s Kathi Belich reported that another defense motion filed today asks the public to pay for out-of-state experts and their travel. ”Even though state rules say they have to use Florida experts, the defense says it would be more expensive to have new experts start all over again,” Belich said.
*More at link!
Anthony Defense: Seal Expense Records
Hearing To Be Held Thursday Morning
POSTED: Wednesday, May 5, 2010
UPDATED: 4:53 pm EDT May 5, 2010
In Thursday's hearing, the defense will ask newly-appointed Judge Belvin Perry to seal all documents related to the Justice Administration Commission, which provides financial review of the funding.
The defense said that letting the public see how the defense money is being spent could affect Anthony's right to a fair trial.
The hearing will take place at 9 a.m.
Casey’s Lawyers Want Strategy To Stay Secret
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 3:04:43 PM
Now, Casey’s lawyers have asked Judge Belvin Perry to seal all documents and invoices relating to defense spending. They don’t want prosecutors to know their defense strategy.
The defense team has also filed a request to keep several out-of-state experts on the payroll.
Motion to Seal All JAC Documents (pdf)
http://www.cfnews13.com/uploadedFiles/Stories/Local/CA motion to seal jac records.pdf
Motion to Approve Out-of-State Experts (pdf)
UPDATED: Anthony Defense Wants Funding Records Sealed
Hearing Slated For Thursday Morning
POSTED: 11:59 am EDT May 5, 2010
UPDATED: 8:43 pm EDT May 5, 2010
In the new motion, Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, said their case could be compromised if every invoice that they submit for reimbursement from the state becomes a public record. Baez said the public disclosure of the invoices will lead to "rampant speculation as to the defense strategy."
Now that Anthony has been declared indigent, she qualifies to reimburse with state tax dollars for certain expenses.
Last week, Judge Belvin Perry said Anthony's money matters are urgent because there are two more hearings scheduled for next week, when the defense is likely to have to bring some of their experts to town.
Perry is holding a hearing on the issue Thursday morning.
Video: Anthony Defense Wants Funding Records Sealed 1:24
Casey Anthony's lawyers are asking the judge to seal all state records indicating how her defense is funded.
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