The Prairie Chicken
May 24, 2011
We expected an explanation of some sort. The crazy thing is how deep and wide a hole has been dug.
The day started out with a precise timeline, day by day, from June 16 to July 15, 2008. Linda Burdick was not over dramatic and methodically followed Casey's actions wrapping up the prosecutions opening statement in about two and a half hours.
Defense attorney Jose Baez began his opening statements. He declared that, "Caylee Anthony died on June 16, 2008, when she drown in the backyard swimming pool." Not only does the defense state that George Anthony was present and somehow involved in the hiding of Caylee's body, but that he had raped his daughter repeatedly when she was younger, and that she was so traumatized by the abuse and afraid of her father that she followed everything he told her regarding the death of Caylee. It was incredible watching how stoic he and Cindy Anthony were as they sat in the back row of the gallery listening to these accusations.
Still trying to slay the messenger, Baez brought up Roy Kronk again, the hapless meter reader who found Caylee Maries remains in the woods.
Then first witness of the day is George Anthony. The state rather delicately asked him the pertinent questions allowing him to deny he abused Casey in any way and that he had nothing to do with, including knowledge of Caylee Marie's death.
Baez began his cross examination of George and at times he seemed to be taunting George with his arrogant manner of questioning. The state objected to almost every question, most of the objections were sustained (the judge agreed with the objection).
I admire George's ability to answer those questions from Baez as stoically as he did, considering the fact that just this morning Baez accused him of some horrible actions. At about 4:30 George appears to be trying to control his emotions. He began to break down when a side bar was called and Baez wrapped it up with some milder questions and shortly court was dismissed.
Throughout the day, Casey went from being weepy to stone cold. No wonder she said she didn't want her parents there. Or maybe she thought that George loved her sooo much that he'd sacrifice himself to save her--like Perry Mason's courtrooms where Mason's orations could push the perpetrator, who was always in the gallery, to jump up mid-speech and admit guilt. "I can't take it anymore, I did it!"
It's obvious that today George's heart was totally broken, if it hadn't been already. Will he now turn his back on her? Why wasn't Lee in the courtroom?
The problem with her defense overall, as I see it, is that IF Caylee was accidentally drown in the pool, why wouldn't Casey have come up with before trial so she would have a shot at involuntary manslaughter, or some lower offense. But now--when her trial has begun for 1st degree Capital Murder, she comes up with this? It's almost laughable, if it wasn't so sad.