Thursday, May 26, 2011
Casey's former boyfriend, Tony Lazzaro, was on the stand for a second day.
"She was a great little girl," Lazzaro said when he described Caylee. He also said that Caylee could count in Spanish to 40 and loved Dora the Explorer.
Lazzaro said the two would talk on the phone until they fell asleep and confirmed that Anthony confided a secret about her family with him before she was arrested in July 2008, but said she never mentioned that her daughter had gone missing. Am I the only one who finds this...ODD?
We also got to hear from Melissa England who met Casey Anthony during the July 4 weekend in 2008 said that Anthony gloated about her ability to lie after telling someone on the phone that she couldn't pick them up because she had a flat tire.
"She threw the phone on the dashboard and said, 'Oh my God, I'm such a good liar,'" said witness Melissa England.
This is the first witness who says that Casey Anthony actually did appear distraught during the time her daughter was missing. According to her testimony, while hanging out at Chillers Bar in Orlando, on "She was very upset, she was crying often…she was clearly not doing well and ultimately wanted to leave,"
After jurors were recessed this afternoon, former boyfriend Lazzaro testified that Casey Anthony confided she had been physically abused by her father, but made no mention of sexual abuse.
"Hitting, that's all I can remember…I took it as discipline," said Lazzaro.
So wait, let me get this straight. Baez said that George sexually abused Casey, as a matter of fact it was pretty explicit abuse involving putting his "penis" in her mouth when she was eight. Does this mean that we will have to wait for Casey to testify to this because obviously Tony's testimony does not point to any sexual abuse.
If in fact Casey doesn't testify, and why would she, how in the HELL do they plan to prove this? Can't Baez get in trouble for lying as an officer of the court?
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Today the two former lovers reunite but in far different surroundings than their last encounter.
On the stand Tony Lazzaro recalled meeting Casey Anthony on Facebook, and they struck up a relationship.
Casey Anthony started coming around and staying overnight with Tony sans her daughter as the relationship progressed. She told Lazarro that her daughter Caylee was staying with her grandmother or with a babysitter named Zanny.
Tony's roomates, Nathan Lezniewicz and Cameron Campana testified that Caylee never spent the night at the apartment.
We also got to hear from several women, who worked at Fusion Nightclub as shot girls that testified that Anthony was their supervisor at the time .
None of the people who testified today mentioned Casey appearing express any sadness or regret. You know the kind of thing that one might actually expressed by someone who's daughter was missing and/or died.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Nearly three years after the murder of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, her the highly anticipated murder trial against Casey Anthony began today.
Prosecutor Linda Drane-Burdick, said Casey Anthony's appearance as a hard-working single mother was an illusion, recounting what Casey allegedly told her parents she was doing during the 31 days Caylee was missing before it was reported, saying evidence will show Casey was really doing during that time.
As Drane-Burdick recounted the events of each of the 31 days, sge repeated the question: "Where was Caylee?"
That is indeed the question that so many of us hope to answer by the close of this case. What truly happened to Caylee and will there finally be Justice for Caylee.
After court returned from recess for lunch, defense attorney Jose Baez unleashed a series of bombshells which include the following:
* Caylee drowned in the Anthony family's swimming pool. He said Caylee died June 16, 2008, the day after the Anthonys claimed they last saw her alive.
* George Anthony sexually abused Casey when she was 8 years old. Baez also claimed Casey's brother, Lee Anthony, also tried to sexually abuse Casey years ago.
* George helped Casey cover up Caylee's death. Baez did made it clear that George Anthony was not to blame for Caylee's death, calling it "an accident that snowballed out of control."
* Roy Kronk, a morally corrupt meter reader, took Caylee's body and hid it. Baez claimed Roy Kronk told his son overseas "I found Caylee. Watch for me on TV."
* The so-called "smell of death" in Casey's car came from garbage left in the trunk.
* George Anthony had a mistress who gave him money so he could pretend to be working. According to Baez the mistress, Crystal Holloway, will testify that she had an affair with George Anthony, and when she asked him what happened to Caylee, he replied, "It was an accident."
This isn't a murder case, a manslaughter case, or a child abuse case. So what the heck is it Baez? If Casey drowned, then what in the world does Kronk have to do with this at all other than having found the body? Just curious Baez, did Caylee often swim with duct tape covering her mouth and nose?
I honestly felt that you could hear the oxygen sucked out of the room when Baez told the court that Caylee drowned in the pool as a result of the accident. One would then wonder why she had refused to tell authorities this years ago and avoided all of this.
When court was put into recess for the day, Mark Lippman, the Anthony family attorney released the following statement:
George and Cindy Anthony are shocked and appalled that the defense would resort to lies about them in today's opening statement.
Baez's idle speculation today certainly are not facts. The only result achieved by the defense in this statement was to further hurt this grieving family.
George Anthony maintains that he never had anything to do with the death of Caylee Marie Anthony, including what happened to her remains after she allegedly drowned. The sworn testimony given today shows that he has never wavered about his knowledge regarding these events. He, like the rest of the Anthony family, only seeks the truth about what happened to their granddaughter.
Monday, May 23, 2011
As with any trial, the members of the jury each bring their own personal experiences, beliefs, and prejudice into the court. This is why the voir dire is so important.
During the voir dire attorneys try to gain as much information as possible from potential jurors. It is the only chance an attorney has to affect the composition of the jury. Jury selection is the only time that they can directly interact with the people who will decide a defendant’s fate.
Here is a brief description of the jurors in the Casey Anthony case.
Let us all hope and pray that at the end of this trial, there will be justice for Caylee once and for all.
White female in 60s
Retired nurse and volunteer counselor.
She is married with two children.
Death penalty stance: “I value life. I also value the criminal justice system
African American male in 30s
An IT Worker
He is married, two children: a daughter that is four and son who is nine.
Death penalty stance: Does not believe in the death penalty. “God is the one that makes the final judgment.
White female, age 32, who has moved back in with her mom
Student in RN program
On a scale of 1 to 10, she rates the death penalty at “a three or a five.”
African American woman, about 40
Prosecution tried to preempt challenge her. Defense objected that she was being eliminated just because of her race. Judge agreed
Plays games like Farmville
Doesn’t watch news
Does not like to judge people by what other people say about them.
White female in her 60s
Retired Nurse’s Aid
She had a DUI in 1998, and her son and grandson both had drug problems.
Death penalty stance: “I guess I believe in the death penalty. I’d have to know a lot of facts before I really considered it.”
White male, aged 33
He is married with two children, ages six and 21 months.
Could vote for the death penalty; “If the law dictated it, I would be able to follow it.”
White female, 41 years old
Works as administrative assistance in juvenile justice welfare
She maintains that she could vote to recommend the death penalty. “It would be — gosh — a solemn decision, but it is an option under the law.”
White female in 50s
Service rep and former manager for Verizon
She is married with two grown sons in their mid-twenties.
She would have no problem with the death penalty if warranted, provided she had heard “all the facts.”
White male, aged 53
Has never married.
He supports the death penalty, and could vote to recommend it “in the proper situation.”
White male, aged 57
Verizon Retention Specialist:
Has never married.
His sister, along with her boyfriend, committed a violent crime against their dad. She spent time in prison.
He regards the death penalty as a “necessary option.”"It's set. It's an unfortunate result of actions."
White male in 30s
High school Physical Education and Health Teacher
States the death penalty is a “necessary option.”
White female in 40s
Publix supermarket employee
She has two children and one young grandchild.
Rating the death penalty as ten on a scale of one to ten, she would have no problem deciding on Life without Opportunity for Parole or the death penalty.
Don't Forget it's Five O'Clock Somewhere. The problem is that someplaces are better to be at Five O'Clock than others.
Why not pour me somethin' tall an' strong, don't forget that pretty tiny umbrella.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Today, 30 yr old Elizabeth Ann Rogers had an emotional outburst at the Pinellas County Florida Courthouse during jury selection for the upcoming Casey Anthony Murder Trial.
Ms. Rogers had been in the courthouse for another reason and said she was curious about the Anthony trial.
As a perspective juror was being questioned, Ms. Rogers yelled out "She killed someone anyway!"
Judge Perry had to dismiss the juror which definitely raised his ire. He then had the bailiffs bring Ms. Rogers back to court to face contempt of court charges.
In between her sobs, she said she had no idea why she yelled this out and never meant to do what she did. She begged Judge Perry not to punish her telling him that she was NOT a bad person.
It was pretty sad to watch Ms. Rogers ramble on about being sorry and the various mental challenges from which she suffered which included being bipolar, manic depressive, multiiple personality disorder, and ADHD.
Judge Perry obviously did not want this trial to become a three ring circus and found her in contempt of court. He informed her that he could inprison her for 179 days. Judge Perry did decide to take her disability into account and sentenced her to two days in jail.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Fernbank Museum will offer a variety of special programming throughout May in celebration of Georgia Archaeology Month, a statewide platform to promote the archaeological resources present in the state and create awareness about the importance of protecting Georgia’s archaeological heritage.
Opportunities to enjoy Georgia Archaeology Month at Fernbank Museum range from archaeological artifacts on display in the exhibitions Conveyed in Clay and DeSoto’s Footprints; to exploring a simulated dig in the all-new permanent children’s exhibition, Fernbank NatureQuest; to a variety of special programs that include activities for families, Scouts and adults.
Explore Fernbank’s exhibitions:
* Conveyed in Clay: Stories from St Catherines Island
* DeSoto’s Footsteps: New Archaeological Evidence from Georgia
* Fernbank NatureQuest
Enjoy a Special Program:
* Boy Scout Merit Badge Archaeology Program
Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
$25 per Scout
To register, call 404.929.6379 or download registration form at www.fernbankmuseum.org.
This special program, led by a Fernbank Museum archaeologist, is designed to help Boy Scouts working on their Archaeology Merit Badge. You’ll have fun and fulfill several requirements at the same time!
* Weekend Wonders: I Dig Archaeology
Saturday May 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, Noon – 2pm, Naturalist Center
Included with Museum admission and free for Members. Call 404.929.6400 for tickets.
Dig in for family fun with archaeology-themed activities that focus on Native American crafts and technologies.
* DeSoto’s Footsteps: New Archaeological Evidence from Georgia
Presentation by Dennis Blanton, Fernbank Curator of Native American Archaeology
Tuesday, May 24, 7 p.m., Fernbank Auditorium
Free, RSVP required at 404.929.6400
Fernbank archaeological expeditions in southeastern Georgia have turned up rare evidence that challenge our ideas about early history, specifically regarding Spanish exploration and interactions between the Spanish and the established Native American communities in the early 1500s. Join project leader and Fernbank archaeology curator Dennis Blanton for an enlightening presentation as he shares details of the discoveries and explains their impact.
This program is appropriate for ages 16 and up.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta. For visitor information and tickets, visit fernbankmuseum.org or call 404.929.6300 (automated information) or 404.929.6400 (ticketing office).
Monday, May 2, 2011
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is packing the summer with lots of reasons to spend the year’s longest, hottest days on an adventure that is filled with hands-on science, culture and the natural world. From May 31-September 4, 2011, Fernbank will celebrate 97 Days (and Ways) to Play, featuring a variety of great activities, events and fun-filled ways to keep families entertained and inspired during the summer months.
97 Days to Play highlights include:
* Superhero Day (inspired by the special exhibition Mythic Creatures: Unicorns, Dragons & Mermaids) on June 19 for Father’s Day;
Pirate and Princess Day (inspired by the special exhibition Mythic Creatures: Unicorns, Dragons & Mermaids) on July 9;
Reptile Day, featuring an assortment of live lizards, snakes and turtles on July 30;
* Fernbank’s Dinosaur Birthday Bash Weekend, celebrating the world’s largest dinosaurs in the permanent Giants of the Mesozoic exhibition, on August 20-21; Plus, an assortment of other family activity days, special activities, celebrations and more.
* In addition to the special weekend programming days, the Museum will offer a weekly line-up featuring:
* Mythic Mondays, featuring scavenger hunts, giveaways, and family-friendly activities;
* Free Hot Dog Wednesdays, where each museum admission ticket is also valid for one free hotdog that day in the Fernbank Cafe;
* Safari Sundays, offering the first 250 children a free safari hat with their museum ticket.
There are also plenty of everyday ways to enjoy summer at Fernbank Museum, including the all-new permanent children’s exhibition, Fernbank NatureQuest, which is filled with more than 100 ways to interact within the 7,000 square feet of nature-inspired habitats and ecosystems. With so many exploration paths in the exhibition, many families are returning to continue their investigation of all the discoveries found within the immersive environment, which includes live animals, hands-on activities, chances to observe nature’s wonder, a working clubhouse filled with added activities, and ecosystems that include a river, a swamp, the ocean, the pine flat woods, a forest, a waterfall and a cave.
The special exhibition Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids, on view through August 11, explores the cultural beliefs and origins of mythical creatures that have inspired stories, songs, celebrations and more for centuries. Featuring “life-sized” models of dragons, a mermaid, a unicorn, a Roc, a Kraken and more, plus artifacts and fossils of living beings that could have led to the tales of creatures like the Cyclops and Griffin.
Most activities offered in conjunction with 97 Days to Play are included with Museum admission, which is $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for students/seniors, $15.50 for children ages 3 to 12; free for children ages 2 and younger, and free for Members. For tickets and more information, visit fernbankmuseum.org or call 404.929.6300.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road, NE in Atlanta
Sunday, May 1, 2011
I entered my classroom into this Earth-Friendly contest. I explained the simple things that we do to have a more earth-friendly classrom.
This grant is an amazing opportunity for my students. If we get the most votes then we will get a $2,500 grant. Trust me, this would be a HUGE BLESSING in this time of cut-backs and more headed our way.
This contest was sponsored by Malt-o-Meal and it's now in the voting stage. All you need to do is just vote for our entry. Thank you so very much
We need votes so please, please, help us!